A Half Semester But A Full Heart

Sheetal Madnani Campus Events, Chemical, Involvement, Life Outside Of Engineering, Sheetal, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

I love doing semesterly recaps: be that through a witty end of semester Instagram post captioned with a pun that makes every one of my followers groan, by means of a blog post (like this one!), or in the context of an intense night of journaling. But I’ve never before had to try to reflect on a semester that was …

Relieving Stress ASAP!

Madelyn Douglas Hikes, Home Life, Life Outside Of Engineering, Madelyn, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

College can be stressful on its own, but especially requires stress-relieving habits each day in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As humans, we naturally do not respond well to uncertainty and change, and not knowing what will happen in the next few months paired with major lifestyle changes takes a lot of adjusting to. While I spend the next …

Do Engineering Students Have a Life?

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We’ve all heard the chiche: engineering students are too busy studying so they don’t have any time to go and have fun. Does this hold any truth? Absolutely not. If you look on any Viterbi publication, you might have seen the term “Engineering Plus” which refers to the idea of engineering students being more than just… well… engineering students. This …

Five Things to Do During Finals that Aren’t Studying

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Food, Home Life, Madelyn, Music, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

It’s the most wonderful ~stressful~ time of the year… finals can be intense, especially if you stay locked up in your room for 14 hours a day without seeing sunlight (been there, done that, don’t do it). Remember, diamonds are made under pressure, and sometimes your best studying and work can get done in between breaks of fun, stress-relieving activities! …

The REAL Guide to LA Study Cafés

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If you are a yelp maniac like me, then you may have spent more than a few wasted hours looking at “top 10 study cafes near you” and many, many, many similarly titled pages. Sadly, the automated selection of popular LA cafes just isn’t sufficient for a college student seeking various criteria for a great study café (open until 2am? …

Going to College in LA: The Best 5 Things I’ve Done This Semester

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The fall semester is halfway over! Midterm season is in full swing, teachers are starting to talk about final projects and papers, and Halloween is almost here! After living at USC and in downtown LA for over two years, I’ve learned a lot about all the exciting things to do off campus to get a break from school. This semester …

Why Mechanical Engineering?

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If you’ve been on campus, you might have seen me walking backwards in front of a group of families, talking loudly with large hand gestures, including the occasional “Fight On!”. As a tour guide, I have plenty of opportunities to talk about why I chose USC, but not how I knew majoring in mechanical engineering was the right choice for …

To Read or Not to Read? The Case for Taking Classes Outside Your Major

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This semester, I had the opportunity to take a Liberal Arts Reading Salon class here at USC titled CORE 200, which involved a class-curated reading list that covered an impressive eight works over the course of the semester. Prior to taking this class, I was already enrolled in an 18 unit course load, but my best friend convinced me that …

USC is Music to My Ears

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One of my biggest fears applying to engineering schools was that I would lose my love for music and performance.  In high school, I spent about five hours a day certain times of the year in theatre and dance rehearsals, and played piano often at home on the weekends.  Many high school students have heard of the ominous “Sleep-Social Life-Schoolwork” …

Long Weekends in College: My Social Life as an Engineering Student

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As an engineering student in the midst of midterm season, you’d think I’m spending every night in the library. But over the three day weekend I had the opportunity to get out a lot (in between studying of course). I’m a member of the structural avionics team for USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab. I started the weekend working with my team …

My Completed LA Bucket list (so far!)

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I’ve been in Los Angeles for nearly a year and a half now, and I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced many different places and events around here. Here is a list of my favorite things to do in LA (so far)! Fun Events: Los Angeles is the international capital of entertainment, and this is reflected in the sheer number …

Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College Life

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Internship, Professional & Academic, Rachel, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Getting admitted to college can be both exciting and terrifying. Having to commit to a school, city, major, or activity can be super overwhelming. I remember feeling an extreme pressure to specify in February of my senior year, and even more so after coming to campus and trying to find my niche. With the wisdom I have obtained over the …

Cherishing my Time with Others

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I’m trying to make the most out of my remaining time as an undergrad student here at SC’. While I am emphasizing my school work and striving to get enough sleep, I’m also seeking to actively cherish and nurture the relationships I have had the privilege of forming and maintaining over my four years here. I’ve been attempting to put …

San Diego: Beaches and Biotech

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A three-day weekend at the beginning of the semester is an ideal time to relax and have fun with friends before everyone gets busy. For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I traveled with a couple friends down to San Diego. One of them lives in San Diego, which meant that we had a place to stay and a car! By …

New Semester, New Opportunities

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This semester definitely got off to a fast start! As I write this, I’m in the midst of preparations for two midterms and am writing my first Thematic Option paper of the semester. My classes this semester are all extremely interesting, I’m taking my first two Mechanical Engineering classes (statics and thermodynamics), along with differential equations, a course on French …

Winter Break: Blink and You’ll Miss It

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Though scientists say that tachyons are some of the only things in this universe to move faster than light, I’d offer that winter break for college students moves just as fast if not faster than these theorized particles. This momentary respite from the busy life of an engineering student at USC allowed me time to refocus, recharge, and relax. Keep …

Winter Break Rocks

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Hikes, Rachel, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Right after finals last semester, I  jet-setted off to Utah where I got to visit two national parks! I had never been to Utah before, and I’ve wanted to visit for as long as I can remember . I even let my boyfriend/personal photographer tag along! (He also studies mechanical engineering at USC…both beauty and brains, folks!) Our first day …