Hiking Mt. Hollywood with the BME Department

July 28, 2017

Posted: November 14, 2016, 8:28pm

Every semester, the department senators in the Viterbi Graduate Student Association (VGSA) use their allotted funds to organize academic, social, and industry events for their peers. This fall, Hydari, our BME Senator, organized three events – one of which was this hike! About 20 of us met up in front of our department’s building, the Denney Research Center (DRB), and we carpooled to Griffith Observatory. After enjoying the views of Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, we faced north and began hiking up the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood.

Although I have walked these trails many times before (most recently with the Graduate Students of Biomedical Engineering during the summer), every trip still feels refreshing and new, especially if I go with people I didn’t know before. This particular hike brought out a lot of Master’s students, so I had a chance to talk to them and learn more about their experience as a USC student. Near the top of the mountain, some of the students split off to continue all the way to the Hollywood Sign while some of us headed back towards the observatory. I needed to get back to lab to finish some experiments so I decided to end the hike a little earlier. Hydari’s next event will be a movie night, so if you’re a BME graduate student, be on the lookout for instructions on how to RSVP!

Published on July 28th, 2017

Last updated on August 10th, 2017