This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to go to San Francisco yet again to visit friends and family. My brother and I got an amazing deal on Southwest, so it was a quick 48-hour trip from Saturday to Monday morning. We obviously had lots of amazing food while we were there – pastries, oysters, and burritos galore!! – and … Read More

MY FAVORITE WEEK OF THE YEAR! Almost all of my best friends from undergrad came back to Los Angeles for homecoming this month. Coming from San Francisco, Austin, and St. Louis, we were all reunited to hang out with each other and support our team in beating the Wildcats. Everybody, including the locals, stayed over at my apartment (9 in … Read More

I’ve been so busy this year that I barely got to think about Halloween!! Typically, I think of and handcraft a costume about a week before, but it totally snuck up on me this fall and I completely missed it. Even though I didn’t get to really celebrate it this year, my friends surprised me with a trip to Knott’s … Read More

Last month, I attended my first Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Departmental Retreat since starting my PhD program. Hosted by the USC department of the same name, this two-day conference brings student researchers, post-docs, faculty, and administrators together to explore the studies being conducted across the university that falls within these exciting fields. Covering topics such as the molecular … Read More

Boston Take 3! With every weekend came the time to explore the city. One of the prettiest areas in downtown Boston is a central public park, Boston Common, which founded in 1634 is the oldest city park in the United States. It has a lot of history tied to it and is a perfect place to relax amidst the greenery … Read More

Good Morning and welcome back sports fans to part deux this double header of Another Day in Paradise. When we left off, your host and company were debating whether or not to attend a USC football game. In prime position to complete this task was this past Saturday’s tilt against the nationally ranked Arizona Wildcats. Step 1: Tailgate As my … Read More

Good Morning and welcome to today’s double header edition of Another Day in Paradise. I’m your host Brett Tomlinson. When I saw the New York Times article this week entitled “The Disappearing American Grad Student,” I thought that maybe they too were wondering where Southern California’s favorite blogger had been. Alas, they were not, but I do appreciate all the … Read More

The best kind of travel always mixes work and play. This year, the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting was held in Phoenix, Arizona across four days. Since it was a lot closer than previous conferences (San Antonio, Tampa, Minneapolis to name the last three), we decided to road trip out there and make a few stops along the way. … Read More

Having studied engineering for undergraduate at USC, I’ve always been surprised and disappointed at the lack of ethic classes available or required for our coursework. Of course, we already have more units than a majority of other majors, but engineers deal with societal problems that have drastic consequences if solved indifferently. Every single engineering program has its own set of … Read More

  Since last semester, I’ve grown to understand the political world a bit more as a leader in student government and reading public documents regarding policy. Luckily, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. again to represent USC and the graduate student population at large in discussions with our government officials across the country. Over the course of … Read More