[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ _order=”0″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”4/5″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]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 270, and EE 109. However, despite the inevitable challenge of these classes, I was excited to get back to Los Angeles and see my friends again. I had been working in Houston for most of the summer, and so I had not seen most of them for over 3 months. Therefore, I was pretty excited to move in on August 15th.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://viterbivoices.usc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/CampusPicture.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]Now being a few weeks in, many of my academic worries about returning to school have been alleviated. Even though classes such as CS 201 and EE 109 are definitely hard, the professors I have in them are great at explaining the difficult concepts, and as a result I feel that I am not having as hard a time as expected. On the other hand though, CS 270 has still been a large obstacle. Now, this is not the fault of the professor, as he is great at explaining material. Instead, I am just not as skilled in the theory side of computer science, and therefore I have been needing to spend much more time in order to understand the concepts and do well in the class.

Alongside my classes, I have also been focused on getting more involved outside of school. I have been excited to take greater responsibility inside VSA and I have been making an effort to join new organizations such as the Silicon Beach Club and Society 53. These organizations have already provided me with many different and interesting opportunities – such as touring a startup office in Silicon Beach – and have given me plenty of options outside of the classroom.
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