The REAL Guide to LA Study Cafés

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Madelyn, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

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? …

4 Ways to Maximize Fall in L.A.

Celeste Goodwin Best of LA, Celeste, Free Time, Hikes, Music, Sports Leave a Comment

So you may have heard that Los Angeles doesn’t experience seasons… I’ll admit that this is halfway true. We don’t get snow or as many changing trees as other parts of the country, but we do get some chillier weather and our favorite fall traditions! Here are five ways to enjoy the fall in Los Angeles. Whatever team you claim …

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

Christina Najm Beach, Best of LA, Christina, Civil and Environmental, Free Time, Music, Sports, Students, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

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?

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, College Applications, Nick, Why USC Leave a Comment

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

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Free Time, Sheetal, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

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

Madelyn Douglas Free Time, Madelyn, Music, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

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

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Design Teams, Food, Free Time, Rachel, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

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!)

Loic Alini Beach, Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Hikes, Loic, Music, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

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, Free Time, 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

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Sports Leave a Comment

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

Dominie Miyasato Beach, Biomedical, Dominie, Free Time, Hikes, Research, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

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

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Major, Miles, Service, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

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

Miles Kay Beach, Free Time, Home Life, Miles, Sports Leave a Comment

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, Free Time, 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 …

My Sophomore Year Resolution: Play More Tennis and Golf!

Miles Kay Best of LA, Free Time, Miles, Sports, Viterbi Life 1 Comment

In high school, sports were my preferred method of de-stressing. I played both varsity tennis and golf, and when I wasn’t in season I could be found playing both with my friends or family in preparation for the next season. As all high school athletes know, sports seasons are a great way to get exercise, hang out with your friends, …