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

Coastal Cleanup Day, the world’s largest volunteer day to protect our environment organized by Heal the Bay is coming up on September 21, 2019. I had the pleasure to participate in the Coastal Cleanup Day 2018 in L.A. County as a volunteer and it was so much fun and rewarding. The event brought together 13,464 people who removed over 29.8 … Read More

I visited Echo Park Lake for the first time last week. The lake was originally built in the 1860s as a reservoir for drinking water. In the past, the lake was significantly affected by pollution. In 2011, it started being restored through the two-year Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project as a result of the collaboration between the City of Los … Read More

In preparation for my qualifying exam (which I passed on March 1st!!), I signed up for every single opportunity available to me to present in front of a live audience. In the 10 presentations I gave in the month of February, my favorite by far was the one where I engaged with students from other STEM departments – Science Open … Read More

The University Forum

I am so fortunate to consistently work with people who have such an immense love of and passion for USC. These individuals not only have a fundamental role in continuing the best and brightest parts of the university, but they are also constantly churning out new initiatives and projects to address ongoing issues or improve the current systems and resources. … Read More

Students do not often have the opportunity to learn and think deeply about faculty concerns; however, Debbie and I had the opportunity to join the 2019 Joint Provost/Academic Senate Retreat as Presidents of the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments. Focusing primarily on two broad topics, experts in various areas presented for 15-20 minutes on facts and figures about specific parts … Read More