Volunteering for extra credit? It’s more likely than you think

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Involvement, Service, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

Over the Summer I taught at the CS@SC summer camp, teaching basic Computer Science concepts to middle school students through Scratch. The same professor that runs the camp annually is the professor for my software engineering class, CSCI 201. During one of the first lectures, he offered extra credit for signing up and teaching a mini course through USC’s Joint …

ISE, ISE Baby: My Life as an Industrial and Systems Engineer

Miles Kay Industrial and Systems, Major, Miles, Study, Viterbi Class, Why USC Leave a Comment

“Alright stop, collaborate and listen!” Though I’m not a huge Vanilla Ice fan (David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” is most DEFINITELY the superior song), this line from “Ice, Ice Baby” is one that expresses an important aspect of all majors in Viterbi, and most specifically my major: Industrial and Systems Engineering. For many prospective students, including myself in high school, Industrial …

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 …

Starting Sophomore Year

Will DuCharme Computer Science, Housing, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Will Leave a Comment

Going into my second year at USC, I’ll admit that I wasn’t too thrilled to start classes again. Summer had been a nice break of responsibility, and I was suddenly going to put plunged back into the thick of it. Adding to this dread was the fact that I was taking a group of notoriously challenging classes: CS 201, CS …

An Experience™ to Remember

Loic Alini Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Loic, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

For me, this summer was a roller coaster of learning, hard work, professional growth, but most importantly personal growth. I had the privilege of working for Intel and it made for an exciting couple of months! I got to work in their Corporate Services division at their global headquarters in Santa Clara. Their Santa Clara site employs over 12,000 people …

What is Computer Science (Games)?

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

Two of the most common responses I get when I tell people I’m majoring in Computer Science Games are 1) “Oh so you do game design?” and 2) “So you must really play a lot of games”. And while a decent answer to both of these questions is yes, it’s not what CS Games is really about. I thought I’d …

What it’s actually like to be an undergraduate researcher

Cami Amein Cami, Electrical, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Uncategorized, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

That’s my roommate! In high school, dance class was an everyday activity for me . So when I got to college I didn’t know how to keep dancing seeing as my classes revolved around engineering. Luckily for me I had awesome roommates in the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (check out their website: https://kaufman.usc.edu/) who let me into the studios …

Emphases: Just a Little Something Extra!

Jacob Toney Chemical, Jacob, Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I started at Viterbi, I heard a lot of talk being thrown around about different emphases within engineering majors. I knew there were several different options within my major, but wasn’t really sure what the significance of an emphasis was. In fact, I really didn’t know anything at all about engineering emphases aside from the fact that they existed. …

Hello World! A Quick “What to Expect” for your Second Semester as a CECS or CS Student!

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Second semester freshman year can be very different from first semester for many Computer Science or Computer Engineering majors. Not only will you be taking two big, major specific classes, most CS or CECS students choose to pair these with other stem courses, such as math or life sciences. This semester can be a little scary for anyone who is …

Decision Day

Jacob Toney Jacob, Students, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Well, it’s that time of year again. May 1st, when the months long college grind comes to an end, is rapidly approaching. You’ve poured your heart and soul into your applications, anxiously awaited your decision letters, and are now faced with the choice of where you’ll spend the next four years – a decision that’ll determine the rest of your …

Why USC? My Top 3 Reasons

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Music, Nathan, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC

When I was looking at different colleges, there were three primary factors that I looked for- strong academics, fun social life, and an enjoyable location. Usually schools excelled at one or two of these topics, but finding a place that I felt like I could really have all three was not an easy challenge. However, USC’s strong combination of these …

Five Factors that led me to USC!

Daniel Donchev Biomedical, Daniel, Major, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC was not my dream school; in fact, I didn’t have a dream school. At the beginning of the college application season, I was not entirely sold on engineering being my future, let alone biomedical engineering. But as the decisions started arriving in the month of April, I started visiting college campuses and interacting with students who lived there, trying …

Taking it one step further: PDP

Bria Bria, Life After Graduation, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Winding down my time at USC (RIP don’t remind me), you can imagine that the number one question I get from literally everyone is: “What are you going to do when you graduate?” I know this is a normal question, but let me tell you I will never enjoy answering it. Not because I’m worried about the future, but because …

My Favorite Class So Far: Writing?

Nathan Alvarez Nathan, Study, Viterbi Class

After a year and a half as a Mechanical Engineering major, my favorite class so far has been… writing? I know, I know- I’m an engineer and I’m supposed to hate writing and anything else related to the humanities. I’m supposed to dream about math and physics all day and night and never stimulate the other side of my brain. …

The Biggest Networking Event of the Year (ASBME’s Corporate Dinner)

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The most renowned professional event specific to undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students at USC is the annual Corporate Dinner hosted by the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering Students (ASBME). This is an ideal opportunity for students interested in the biomedical industry (regardless of major) to meet and network with ASBME’s industry partners in Southern California. Companies in attendance this year included …

Engineering the future: Where tech meets social good

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu

Hey guys! As usual, happy Friday! Midterm season is over and it’s finally feeling like fall here and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’re wondering what engineering students are doing now that they don’t have exams to study for, I have some cool news for you! Being an engineering student isn’t all about the homework assignments and the exams …

Organize yourself to join Student Organizations

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Computer Science, Design Teams, Involvement, Ramiro, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Getting involved with a school organization is definitely a great part of the college experience. With some organizations, you’ll be able to make new friends and go on different adventures, while other organizations will put classroom lessons into practice. Whichever you decide to join, not limited to either type, you will find many opportunities for growth and learning. For me, …