No Ordinary Nature Blog: LA’s Best Natural Disasters

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

While you probably can google “LA nature” and find lots of photos of Griffith Park, Joshua Tree, Santa Monica, or any other nearby relaxing hike and beach locations, I’m here for those of you looking for a more ~chaotic~ take! This semester, I’m taking one of my Thematic Option classes, CORE 103: “Predicting Disaster: The Applied Science of Seismology”, on …

SHPE-oween

Luz Camacho Luz, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity Leave a Comment

Halloween? Out. SHPE National? In! This year the SHPE National Convention took place in Phoenix, Arizona, starting officially on the spookiest day of the year, Halloween! SHPE National is the largest technical and career conference for Hispanics in STEM the country and it’s always a blast going with so many people from my chapter. This was my second time at …

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Empowering Women at Hackathons: AthenaHacks 2019

Lindsay Huang Computer Science, Involvement, Lindsay, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Happy AthenaHacks 2019! For those who don’t know, AthenaHacks is USC’s all-female (trans and non-binary inclusive) hackathon. This year, it took place at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center from April 6-7. We had over 500 attendees and 74 total projects submitted! As the design lead for the hackathon, I’m responsible for event branding, creating swag and making the graphics for …

What They Don’t Tell You About College

Cami Amein Cami, Electrical, Involvement, Major, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

What people don’t tell you about college. Being close to ending my fourth semester of college has made me realize, I really had no idea what was in store for me. Everyone told me about being independent, surrounded by like minded individual. I think somewhere along the way of trying to find the perfect fit where I could become the …

What I’m Thankful For: Wrapping Up 1st Semester Junior Year

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Home Life, Rachel, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

With this semester coming to a close, I have a lot to be thankful for so I decided to take some time to reflect on my junior year so far. Here’s a list of just some of the things I’m particularly thankful for this year. 1. Oppertunities: I am so thankful for all of the oppertunities that I have had …

ENGR 102 Activities: How to Cook in Your Dorm, How to Get Free Chick-Fil-A, and More!

Natalie Monger Natalie, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I’ve written a lot about my Academy coaching experience, so I apologize for yet another post, but I can’t help but share the fun things we do in the classroom to exemplify why I love the environment in Viterbi so much. This week, our activity encouraged students to create Mini Presentations. These presentations could be anywhere from 2-5 minutes about …

What’s Your Plus? How Engineering Plus Sold Me on USC

Natalie Monger College Applications, Computer Science, Natalie, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

One of the reasons I was so attracted to USC during the college admissions process was Dean Yortsos’ concept of Engineering Plus . This concept aims to show that Viterbi engineers are not just engineers who do boring engineer things; we have so much more to offer in other talents like art, design, theater, and writing. In addition, Engineering Plus …

Why I Was Scared of Being an Engineer

Cami Amein Cami, College Applications, Electrical, Major, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Being a senior in high school is not easy. There is so much pressure to know where you are going to college, what you want to study, basically everything else about the rest of your life and don’t forget to get good grades in all your classes. For people who thought they had it all planned out, good for them, ...

Why USC was Right For Me

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, College Applications, Free Time, Rachel, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Deciding where to go to college can be tough. There are so many factors that must be considered in this process and it can be pretty overwhelming trying to figure out where to start.  So here’s my story and some of the factors I considered which led me to USC! Major: I had actually applied to USC as an architecture …

How to Get the Most Out of Trojan Family Weekend

Miranda Jernberg Best of LA, Campus Events, Chemical, Food, Home Life, Involvement, Miranda, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Trojan Family Weekend happens once during first semester every year. It starts on a Thursday and ends the following Sunday, and the middle is jam packed with fun events for you and your family. For the past two years, my family has came to USC on Saturday for game day and stayed until Sunday. Don’t be fooled, those two days …

The Choice: High School Senior to USC Trojan

Jacob Toney Campus Events, Chemical, College Applications, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a high school student thinking about what schools you should apply to. Maybe you’ve already applied, and maybe you’ve even already been accepted; regardless, you’re in the process of trying to figure out what school is right for you. In fact, you’re probably in a very similar situation that I was in just …

Midterm Madness

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Rachel, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

As a college student, I spend a large amount of time taking and preparing for midterm exams. Although there’s no way to make taking midterms enjoyable, I have a few tips for taking and preparing for exams a bit less stressful. I know it can be easy to fall prey to procrastination; however, I would recommend beginning to think about …

Getting Involved with SHPE

Miranda Jernberg Chemical, Involvement, Miranda, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

It all began at the on-campus club fair in Fall 2017. I was eager to get involved with USC’s clubs and organizations, but I had no idea how one club in particular would change my college experience. The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) had a table set-up with a bunch of photos showing off their social gatherings at KBBQ, …

Computer Engineering: A Look Into Year Two

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Luz, Study, Viterbi Class, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

The start of a new year marks the start of a fresh set of classes and perspectives. With my major requirements for Computer Engineering changing slightly with the introduction of a new class, I think it might be useful to take a look what my course load looks like this year! I am taking five courses this semester, with two …

The Best Places to Study on Campus

Will DuCharme Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Will, Work Leave a Comment

Freshman year at USC I found that finding a reliable study spot could be a difficult task. Leavey tended to be crowded, Doheny was fairly hit or miss, and many other places closed early. While this wasn’t a huge issue during the majority of the semester, when finals season rolled around finding a good place to study became a big …

Midterm Season

Miranda Jernberg Chemical, Miranda, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Even though summer break ended a long time ago, the summer season just officially ended. Fall is here, but that also means that midterm season has arrived. In my experience, the first midterms of the semester are often the hardest to get through. Classes pick up the pace of learning and the material covered becomes more challenging. Time that you …

Making Games for Directed Research!

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Major, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

For the upcoming year I will be working as an engineer for an Augmented Reality rhythm game called Beatcaster! It is one of seven games picked to be developed in the USC Advanced Games Project (AGP) through the School of Cinematic Arts for the entire year. Most seniors studying Computer Science (Games) choose to work on one of these projects …