Truss us, we’re friends

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life

Cheering on our team! Compared to some of the other engineering major classes, the civil engineering class of 2019 is relatively small with probably about 25-30 students- which can be a good or bad thing depending on who you ask. I’m one of those people who thinks it’s a good thing. I’ve gotten so used to having classes with the same …

Beach Bashin in October- Greek Life Philanthropies

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Nathan, Social & Diversity

Since midterm season (round two) is now in full swing, my “Halloweekend” consisted mostly of studying in the library. I had a math midterm this morning, I’ve got a statics midterm on Thursday, and I have an essay due on Friday. There’s a lot on my plate mentally draining me, so that’s why I was so relieved to have our …

A Parentless Parent’s Weekend

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit

This past weekend was Trojan Family weekend, so the tailgates and stadium seats were filled with just as many parents as students. Everywhere you turned, you could see students excitedly introducing their parents to their friends, taking family photos, and brainwashing parents to “fight on”. However, I didn’t do any of these things because my parents weren’t able to make …

When the going gets tough, the tough get help from their ~support systems~

Vanessa Pangbourne Chemical, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Vanessa, Viterbi Life

This week has been a rough one, friends. I had many a midterm, caught the flu, had a homework assignment that took over 12 hours to complete, not one but two meetings at the crack of dawn, and a class conflict. After many nights sleeping not enough for a functioning human, everything got too much and I realized I couldn’t …

Tip #1: Networking, a professional term for making friends

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Campus Events, Professional & Academic, Ramiro, Viterbi Life, Work

It is career fair and job search season so I decided to give a little tip on my experiences with networking, which you can hopefully use and learn from for future situations! I’ll maybe even start a little series of blog posts that’ll be titled Ramiro’s Tips! When you become more involved in your preparation towards a professional career, you …

Weekend Roadtrip: Feeling Alive in Death Valley

Rhea Choudhury Free Time, Hikes, Rhea, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

While I love being on campus and our little USC bubble, one of my absolute favorite things to do is go on roadtrips. My parents always took me to beautiful natural spaces as a kid, and my love for nature and the ~great outdoors~ has grown exponentially in the last few years. If I have a chill weekend ahead, I’ll …

Networking (with your Friends!)

Bria Abroad, Bria, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One thing I’ve learned since being in college is that while networking with corporate representatives is important, making connections with your peers and the people you work with in school is crucial. The Trojan Family is definitely a real thing and I’ve encountered Trojan alums throughout the recruiting process (and in all 3 of my internships). Daisy!! Besides the value …

The Amazing SWEsterhood

Namita Prakash Involvement, Namita, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Hello Everybody!! How’s it hanging? How about me, you ask? Well, just about a week ago, I was literally hanging, off of something I affectionately call the cloth-rope-thingy: The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Officer Council retreat was last weekend and wow!! The day started off with us taking an aerial acrobatics class in which I conquered my fear of …

Back to School: College Edition

Yingyu Sun Campus Events, Social & Diversity, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu Leave a Comment

To all the new Trojans, welcome to the family! You’re in for a wild and amazing ride for the next four years, and you couldn’t have picked a better school. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re feeling a mix of excitement and back-to-school jitters — that was me before my freshman year! With only a few weeks before classes start, …

How to: College as an International Student

Vanessa Pangbourne Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Vanessa, Why USC Leave a Comment

The transition from high school to university is a huge one as is, but I also moved countries when I was moving into my freshman year dorm. Two years before that I moved from Santiago, Chile to Vancouver, Canada and I moved between countries a handful of other times too. As an International student, there are a few extra things …

Major Key Alert: A Smooth College Transition

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Involvement, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

USC is a whole new, fast-paced, and exciting world that demands acclimation. There are more opportunities than ever, more events/resources, and more people to interact with; however, you must balance it all with a substantial course load and the same amount of time as before. The transition is manageable. There are several things I did to prepare myself for a much …

Reflecting on Freshman Year: 5 Ways College Has Changed Me

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

The fact that I am moving back to campus in a few weeks blows my mind. I still clearly remember how it felt opening my acceptance letter over a year ago. I was not sure exactly what to expect when coming to college, which I now realize makes sense because everyone’s experience is so different that it’s hard to explain …

BK4Life: The Best Residential College on Campus

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Dorm, Housing, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

During the summer before I came to USC as a freshman, I was freaking out about where I was going to live. I watched every Youtube video, read every blog, and read the housing website seemingly hundreds of times. What I decided upon was Birnkrant, the honors dorm with a traditional dorm style. I now know that I definitely made …