For explanations of italicized terms, see Glossary below. What do you do for a 10-day long festival? Good question. Navratri, meaning “nine nights,” is a Hindu festival that focuses on worshipping the Goddess Durga, but it is mainly about the triumph of good over evil. According to Hindu mythology, the goddess vanquishes a demon who was terrorizing the people on … Read More

If you’re not interested in parties and dressing up for Halloween, there are plenty of fun festival themed events around LA for Halloween. I went to an awesome event this weekend, called the Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. I loved it because it was unique, outside, and casual. It’s a great place to stroll around, take pictures, and catch up … Read More

Fight on! If there’s one thing you absolutely must do as a USC graduate student is at least tailgate once for a home football game, if you can’t actually attend one in person! By football, I mean American football, not what the rest of the world calls football. Trojan spirit on game days is contagious! It’s so contagious that tailgating, … Read More

Did you know that Los Angeles County hospital had a renowned ER trauma center, known as C booth, which took care of LA County’s most critical patients? Or did you know that the USC Medical School was the first medical school in the country to establish a department of emergency medicine? I sure didn’t! These are just some of the … Read More

Resumes, companies, the burning sun, oh my! The Viterbi Fall Career Fair happened last week for undergraduate and graduate engineering students. It can be a stressful experience, because your future professional plans can depend on it! On top of that, maneuvering the crowd is like driving in LA – you have to be assertive. To maximize your time at the … Read More

It’s amazing how much more you learn about your hometown once you leave. I’m embarrassed to say I never knew that a gem of an ice cream shop like Salt and Straw was founded in my hometown (or the nearest recognizable city to my hometown), Portland, Oregon. I went to their only other location in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, and … Read More

It’s amazing how much more you learn about your hometown once you leave. I’m embarrassed to say I never knew that a gem of an ice cream shop like Salt and Straw was founded in my hometown (or the nearest recognizable city to my hometown), Portland, Oregon. I went to their only other location in Los Angeles a few weeks … Read More

The Getty Villa Museum in Malibu is one of the must-see places in and around Los Angeles. It’s a museum on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A couple weeks ago, my friend and I went to the Getty to see a Greek play, Medea, skillfully adapted into present-day LA by playwright and USC Dramatic Arts Professor, Luis Alfaro. The … Read More

Wow, I can’t believe just over a third of the semester is over. My transition has been so good. I worked for two years after receiving my Bachelor degree, and it has definitely been (and still is) a transition coming back to the academic world. I see myself reacting to the same things differently than I did before working – … Read More

My Start in VGSA

Last Sunday, I was fortunate enough to attend my first Viterbi Graduate Student Association council meeting as the newly elected Biomedical Engineering Senator.  Having just started graduate school, I did not know too much about the overarching government organizations; however, I took a leap anyways and ran for this position, which opens up every semester.  The number of senators for … Read More