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3 Reasons to Love the University of Southern California

This is the hardest blog I’ve ever written. Honestly, it’s one of the hardest things for me period. And I’ve done some difficult things – Here’s a reference link to the industrial engineering courses in case you are curious about my engineering curriculum and just how serious I am. But yes, this is more difficult. 


I don’t find it challenging to express why I chose to attend USC. But I find it almost impossible to do concisely. There are just so many awesome parts about this school. To keep myself from rambling on for pages, I’m going to give you all a list of some of the things that drew me to USC and some of my favorite parts of being a student here. And I’m going to stop after 3 things.


1. The people

Students at USC are engaged, super intelligent, and passionate. It’s infectious to be around them. I love being around students and staff doing incredible things like actively breaking world records and launching rockets into space (check out the rocket propulsion lab) and publishing research as one of the leading figures in optics and materials research (shoutout Dr. Andrea Armani). Even if they aren’t engaged in something you are personally passionate about, the people at USC will inspire you to pursue whatever it is that you want to do. 


2. The campus

If you haven’t had the chance to visit USC in person, know that it is absolutely stunning and should be on your list to visit whenever you can!! There is almost always sunshine, blue skies, and beautiful brick buildings and walkways. I was so amazed at the weather and beautiful landscaping coming from my frozen corner of the world. 


3. The courses

My classes are a mix of hands-on and theoretical at USC, and I have found that is the most effective way for me to learn. I feel thoroughly prepared for post-graduate life working in industry. And I’ve had the opportunity to work on some pretty cool projects as well like creating a drone delivery system or a linear program to optimize biodiversity on a nature preserve. Check out the class projects section of this webpage to learn more about hands-on opportunities across different disciplines.


I could probably give you at least 5 more solid reasons why I am in love with USC, but I will leave you to explore the links in my blog and other student blogs to discover what you would love about USC. 


Maya Neuenschwander

MAJOR: Industrial and Systems Engineering YEAR: Class of 2024 HOMETOWN: Hudson, Wisconsin PRONOUNS: she/her/hers I host the Viterbi Voices podcast, and I am involved in Lava Lab, a student-run start-up incubator at USC. Outside of school, I have my own photography business and enjoy hiking and the outdoors.