In the recent month, the Neighborhood Data for Social Change (NDSC), a project based in the USC Price Center for Social Innovation, partnered with Microsoft and the USC Safe Communities Institute to announce the NDSC Criminal Justice Data Initiative. This one-year project’s objective is to collect, aggregate, and disseminate data related to criminal justice and public safety across select communities … Read More

About a year ago, swan-shaped pedal boats were introduced to Echo Park Lake, making it a wonderful hidden gem close to DTLA. My cousin, mom, and I took our 2-year-old niece to play on the open water in the last few days of summer and it was so delightfully fun. Open year-round, seven days a week from 9am to sunset … Read More

As a PhD candidate in STEM searching for opportunities in industry, I’m always on the lookout for interesting opportunities to broaden my business sense. At the start of this semester, I noticed an announcement from the Viterbi office about Women’s Association of Venture and Equity, otherwise known as WAVE. WAVE is a non-profit organization that focuses on developing and advancing … Read More

Pod Save America LIVE!

Every day when I wake up, I usually do a quick scan of my messages before picking a podcast to play as I get ready for work. For the past couple of years, I have been an avid follower of several channels, one of which is Pod Save America from the Crooked Media suite of podcasts. For those of you … Read More

Machu Picchu If you read part 1, you might be wondering why there is no mention of the holy grail of Peru tourism, which also happens to be one of the 7 wonders of the world. I am, of course, talking about Machu Picchu. This is an Incan citadel set in the Andes at an altitude of about 8,000 feet. … Read More

The world has about 200 countries. Each of these has its own unique special flavor and reasons for visiting. The world also has a lot of history. One of the illustrious groups of people of the past were the Incas. They occupied portions of modern-day Peru during the 1400s and were one of the largest and most organized empires in … Read More

Over the weekend, one of my best friends from Graduate Student Government threw his birthday party at XLanes in Little Tokyo. Although I grew up and went to school in Los Angeles, I had never actually visited this venue before! XLanes is basically a whole variety of entertainment folded into one space. There are separate areas for bowling, arcade games, … Read More

What is Pilates?

Last week, my cousin brought me to my very first pilates class! Knowing nothing about pilates heading in, I was surprised by how fun and tough it was (I’m still sore two days later!). Although I was a little intimidated by the reformer machine and all the gadgets associated with it when I first walked into the classroom, I got … Read More

Family Dinner at Madeo

This last Wednesday kicked off over a month of birthday celebrations for my family in Los Angeles. Almost every year, the late August to mid October stretch brings along with it weekly dinners at some of our favorite spots in town. For the kick-off this round, we started at Madeo! Because their original spot on Beverly Boulevard is currently under … Read More

Founded just four years ago, the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) is our city’s professional soccer team that competes in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). While I had grown up in the area hearing about the LA Galaxy, all the talk these days is focused on the LAFC because of their incredible first season last year. In … Read More