Sourya Dey

Electrical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate


Beat the summer heat with a swim – Part 2

Hello there once again. In my previous post, I gave an introduction to the swimming facilities at USC. This post will talk more about the actual act of swimming. If you want to learn swimming at USC, the course PHED 110A is an excellent option. It is offered in every semester, including summer. As you might know, there are 4 … Read More

Beat the summer heat with a swim – Part 1

Summer is here! But while temperatures have cooled down somewhat after reaching 90 degrees the previous week, the heat is set to come back towards the end of this month with daily maximums rising above 80. What better way to cool down and stay fit at the same time than to hop in a pool for a swim workout? This … Read More

Mindfulness at the Shambhala Meditation Center

Along with terms such as ‘global warming’ and ‘artificial intelligence’, mindfulness is a term that is becoming increasingly relevant in the world of today. A quick Google search reveals the definition of mindfulness as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a … Read More

The Last Bookstore – a hidden gem of LA

Let’s keep this short. Go and visit 453 South Spring Street in the downtown LA area. You’re welcome. Curious about the address? It is the home of The Last Bookstore, described aptly by one source as “a literary treasure trove in downtown LA”. This place, started in 2005, is one of the few independent bookstores left near you. In the … Read More

Day Trip to Joshua Tree National Park

One of the many reasons due to which I feel privileged to live in Los Angeles is its abundance of natural beauty. With the San Gabriel mountains to the east and the Hollywood range to the north-west, LA has no shortage of options for adventurers and hikers looking to get away from the concrete and congestion of the main city. … Read More