I was happily able to spend the 2018 holiday season with my family and friends in my favorite place on Earth – my hometown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As if being home was not amazing enough, it was summertime! December-January are beautiful months in the hot summer of Rio de Janeiro when the average high temperature is about 38°C (100°F). As a … Read More

  The first question asked tonight was, “Does anyone know whose land USC is on?” Not a single person raised their hands. The second – “Does anyone know what manifest destiny means?” Almost everyone had their palms up. What an incredible way to start a talk. Angel Mooney D’Arcy, an indigenous scholar, lawyer, professor, and executive director of the Sacred … Read More

Asian AF Laughs

Last Friday night, my brother and I attended the Asian AF show at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. As the premier Asian American variety show, they spotlighted a variety of Asian American actors, comedians, and all-around performers throughout the night. For this particular show, the theme was music, so JR De Guzman serenaded the audience with a handful of … Read More

This past semester, a new USC course about self-care, connection, and well-being piloted for an inaugural class of 30 students. A collaboration between Undergraduate Student Government (USG), the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention, and the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, THRIVE: Foundations of Well-being covers a range of important topics: success, connection, community, thrive, time, … Read More

Before this past October, I had never heard the word “ombud” before, but when I got called to participate in the national search for ombudsmen, I jumped right in! In the wake of a series of institutional crises, USC recognized the need for a neutral, safe place for Trojans to express their concerns or workplace challenges. Thus, President Wanda Austin … Read More

I am completely loving the new USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future. I don’t quite remember how I stumbled across their events, but after signing up to receive their newsletter, I have been attending one of their programs at least once a month. At the end of January, I went to see Professor Mark Lilla to discuss “The Liberal … Read More

Every time my collaborator presents our joint research in skeletal and cardiac tissue engineering, he shows a clip of a muscle biopsy to show the audience how he obtains patient samples. As part of a collective that studies muscular dystrophy, he processes these muscle samples in multiple ways: a simple stain to observe native tissue structure, genetic analysis to investigate … Read More

One of my cousins from Singapore stopped by Los Angeles on her way back from San Francisco to spend time with all of the family based here! I was able to host her for a few nights, so we spent a ton of time driving through the city and experiencing some of my favorite spots. Right after picking her up, … Read More

Earlier last semester, Dr. Meredith Drake Reitan from the Graduate School at USC established a writing group for female graduate students. With dedicated meeting times every other week across both campuses – UPC and HSC, she would host past “boot campers” (students that went through their external fellowship boot camp) in comfortable rooms for some valuable quiet time. Although I … Read More

Public Service Announcement! If you are a programming fee-paying graduate student at USC, you can purchase a reduced-fare transit pass for unlimited rides on Metro rail and bus lines from Graduate Student Government (GSG). Sold on a semester basis (fall, spring, summer), the U-Pass is only $105.50 and can be picked up or reloaded at the GSG offices at both … Read More