With the launch of the Office of Wellbeing & Education came a slew of new ideas to bring about positive change within the USC student body. One of these projects is Aristotle, or Ari, a customized Virtual Wellness Assistant that can engage with students around the clock and serve as a gateway to other existing resources on our campuses. … Read More

I had a lot of fun celebrating my birthday at the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, CA, on February 15. As a marine life lover, I could not have been more excited to see and learn about hundreds of amazing species (over 11,000 animals) in Southern California’s largest Aquarium for the first time. The Aquarium has three main … Read More

One of the fun places I visited during my time there was the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) – a science museum designed by neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava – and built next to the Guanabara Bay at Pier Maua. The museum was part of the city’s port area renewal for the 2016 Summer Olympics and was the first museum in … Read More

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