3rd Annual Alumni and Student Mixer

Charitha BathalaCharitha Bathala, Graduate Student Bloggers

Viterbi Graduate Student Association organized their 3rd Annual Alumni and Student Mixer yesterday!!! The event was successful and students had a such a positive review about the panel discussions. I had an amazing time inviting our Viterbi Alumni to this event and coordinating with them. We’re so grateful to our alumni who showed up yesterday even though it was a … Read More

The Rematch of the Decade – USC vs Texas

Joycelyn YipJoycelyn Yip

I still remember watching the 2006 Rose Bowl and National Championship Game between USC and Texas. My dad was out of town in New York, but my mom, brother, and I were huddled in our living room ready to see the Trojans become three-peat champions. The final Texas drive and successful scoring shocked us to our core. Considered one of … Read More


Joycelyn YipJoycelyn Yip

This was a moment that’s been in the making for over a year. In May of 2016, my brother and I purchased 2016-2017 Pantages Theater season tickets for our parents and ourselves for their 50th birthday. From that November to this past August, we saw seven incredible shows: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Darren Criss!), The King and I, Finding … Read More

Trekking Across Switzerland!

Joycelyn YipJoycelyn Yip

Halfway through the summer, I flew to Switzerland to visit one of my best friends during her work rotation in Geneva. One of our other friends from undergrad also joined us on our weeklong trek throughout this beautiful country. We each packed in all of our gear and purchased transportation passes that could get us on all the trains, local … Read More

First Summer in LA!

Charitha BathalaCharitha Bathala

This was the best summer of my life! I visited a lot of places in LA while I was enrolled in what was probably one of the toughest courses I’ve gone through, while at USC. Like I always say, it’s very important to stay motivated in grad school and my way of rejuvenating is by going out and visiting new … Read More

Boston Take 1 – Say YES to new adventures!

Tanushree KakaniTanushree Kakani

The Spring semester was a very hectic one with the constant search for an internship. Along with the daily assignments and class work, applying to companies and hoping for an interview call was a pretty stressful time. But, hard work does pay off. The feeling when you finally get the offer letter for the job you have been wanting to … Read More

NAGPS Spring Legislative Action Days

Joycelyn YipJoycelyn Yip

Posted: March 20, 2017, 1:09pm   Last weekend, I flew to Washington, DC with a couple other USC students who are also a part of our Graduate Student Government (GSG). As a school with more graduate students than undergrads, USC is a member of the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS), a student-run organization dedicated to “improving the … Read More

Adventures in Aspen

Joycelyn YipJoycelyn Yip

Posted: March 16, 2017, 5:53pm Last Tuesday, my mom, brother, and I flew out to meet the rest of our family in Aspen!! We take this trip every year to spend time with one another skiing/snowboarding, cooking, and exploring the city. This year, I decided to spend my time on the slopes snowboarding since I’ve been itching to learn something … Read More

Viterbi Cup 2017

Joycelyn YipJoycelyn Yip

Posted: March 16, 2017, 5:37pm On the last weekend of February and the first weekend of March, the Viterbi Graduate Student Association hosted the annual Viterbi Cup! This is a soccer tournament involving teams from all of the departments in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Because the student population in each department varies from 150 students (astronautical!) to over 1800 … Read More

Spontaneous Trip to Utah!

Joycelyn YipJoycelyn Yip

Posted: February 27, 2017, 4:46pm On Wednesday night, I made a last-minute decision to visit one of my best friends in Salt Lake City, Utah! Stephanie, who is in the Technical Development Program at Edwards Lifesciences, is currently on her second rotation as a manufacturing engineer at the Draper location. I had wanted to visit her for a while now, … Read More