For Mother’s Day, I just so happened to be in San Francisco the same time my aunt was visiting my cousin and her 9-month-old son. It had only been a couple of months since I last saw them, but it was nice having time to catch up nonetheless. We had many relaxing brunches and dinners, with multiple long walks to … Read More

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!! Last week, I was able to take part in so many events to celebrate those that graduated from their many different degree programs this year. Some highlights were participating in the Wall of Scholars dedication in Leavey Library with my ever-supportive parents, attending the Honorary Degrees Dinner, and walking with the platform party at … Read More

PhD students are often working on and developing technologies with potential to translate well into market and industry. Every university handles patenting differently, but here at USC, the USC Stevens Center for Innovation accepts all invention disclosures, encourages collaborations with external companies, and aids with licensing the intellectual property (IP) when the technology is ready to be commercialized. After a … Read More

The Annenberg Space for Photography, located in the bustle of Century City, has a new exhibit in town and it is absolutely stunning. On display from April 26th to August 18th of this year, CONTACT HIGH visually documents the early beginnings and rise of the cultural phenomenon that has now become mainstream – hip-hop. Highlighting and celebrating the photographers and … Read More

For anyone who lives in California, KPCC’s latest podcast, The Big One, is a perfect reminder that disaster is inevitable. The good news is that we have time to prepare for it, to truly reduce how much we will have to endure when the big earthquake finally comes. Over the course of 9 episodes, Jacob Margolis walks us through many … Read More

Did you know that there are incredible career opportunities for doctoral candidates beyond the classic options of academia and industry? As I finish up my fourth year in my PhD program, I am talking to more and more individuals that went in different directions after they defended. There are many paths that you can head down with an advanced degree. … Read More

One of my core groups of friends from undergrad has made it a mission to get together at least once a year. The five of us all live really far apart from one another. Right now, we’re in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Austin, and San Jose, Costa Rica. There isn’t a single overlap at all! Last year, … Read More

For the early quarter of this year, my aunt from Hong Kong took a sabbatical and spent time with us here in California! Staying at my parent’s house, she seized every opportunity to explore Los Angeles before taking little trips to Palm Springs, San Diego, Seattle, and more. Although I had gone camping a few times in the national parks … Read More

Every year, the incoming and outgoing Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and Undergraduate Student Government (USG) are invited to the USC Trustee Retreat over a March weekend. Because the GSG retreat sometimes coincides with Trustee Retreat, we don’t get the chance to go. Luckily, this past weekend was free, so we were all in attendance … Read More

Last month, my extended family spent our weeklong annual retreat at a new spot this year – Hawaii! Staying on the North Shore of Oahu, we lived in a gorgeous home filled with unique antiques and cozy spaces for intimate conversation. Although many of us are from and live in Los Angeles, there were others that came from Hong Kong, … Read More