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  • Hello SCenior Year!

    Monday, August 18, 2014, by Vanessa Wilkins

    I am currently moving into the house that I’ll be living in for my senior year… Wait, what?! It always takes me aback every time I remember that this year I will be a senior. And the only question I … Continue reading

  • A Few Ways to Give Back at USC

    Monday, August 18, 2014, by Vanessa Wilkins

    I love giving back to the community. It is a quality that was instilled in me by my parents at a young age, and something that I always feel the need to do no matter where I am in the … Continue reading

  • From Intern to Employee, and Moving Back to ‘SC

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014, by Isabella Sayyah

    The last week of my internship may already be part way over, but I recently learned it won’t be filled with as many farewells as I thought. Because the features web team is a little understaffed, I’m going to continue … Continue reading

  • It’s Back to School Already!

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014, by Isabella Sayyah

    I can’t believe it. Somehow it’s not only August, but this is my last week of interning and my first week returning to campus. At Daily Trojan, we have an Orientation Issue, or O-Issue as we call it, that comes out … Continue reading

  • Fighting On in Boston

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014, by Vanessa Wilkins

    Last week I attended the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students came from all over the world to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate “excellence … Continue reading

  • To Bike or Not to Bike

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014, by Isabella Sayyah

    About two weeks ago, my Dad decided he wanted a new bike. He has a mountain bike, but he and my sister have recently taken to riding on the beach and he wanted a beach cruiser to match hers so … Continue reading

  • A Trekkie in Vegas

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014, by Mollie Berg

    This week is my one-week off this summer (not counting my earlier traveling extravaganza, I guess). No work, no classes, and no responsibilities. During the weekend, I went to Las Vegas with my family on vacation. A lot of college … Continue reading

  • My Date with the USC Career Center

    Thursday, July 31, 2014, by Aida Solomon

    One of my biggest preoccupations this summer has been job hunting. Although I had found a promising internship almost two months ago, the opportunity fell apart. I was disappointed to be so close to jump-starting my career and having to … Continue reading

  • Eating My Way Through Downtown LA

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014, by Isabella Sayyah

    If you asked me two years ago if I ever went to Downtown LA, or even really considered going there, the answer would be no. Living 40 miles outside the city, an hour drive on a good day, I didn’t often … Continue reading

  • 17 Days Until Move-In!

    Monday, July 28, 2014, by Mollie Berg

    This weekend, my sister and I went to Street Food Cinema’s movie in the park! Saturday’s movie was “Wolf of Wallstreet,” and we got to watch it on a huge screen in Exposition Park, right by the USC Coliseum. Along … Continue reading

  • Ringing in my 25th LA Style

    Monday, July 28, 2014, by Aida Solomon

    This past weekend, I had the blessing to bring in my 25th birthday. It’s been a great year for me: starting my graduate career at USC, launching my blog Habesha LA, and expanding my professional network. I wanted to celebrate … Continue reading

  • Stuck in a Bubble

    Monday, July 28, 2014, by Isabella Sayyah

    Last week, I was in a meeting with the features web editors (my bosses, basically), the editors of all the features sections, and the homepage web editors. The homepage web editors wanted to go over pitching stories to put on … Continue reading

  • Sibling Rivalry

    Monday, July 28, 2014, by Vanessa Wilkins

    I spent all last week traveling around NorCal, which was a blast! Of course I am a firm believer that SoCal is the best Cal, but I am a travel bug and I love to see new places so I … Continue reading

  • A Danish Day Trip

    Thursday, July 24, 2014, by Isabella Sayyah

    When I’m home, I always try to appreciate the time I have with my sister. Sofia’s only 13, so she’s still at an age where she’s home a lot, but also at one where she’s getting busier and busier. I … Continue reading

  • Summer Move Nights at USC

    Thursday, July 24, 2014, by Vanessa Wilkins

    One of the coolest things about going to USC is all of the awesome perks they have for their students, even in the summer! My favorite summer perk is the free movie screenings that the USC School of Cinematic Arts … Continue reading

  • My Greek Life

    Monday, July 21, 2014, by Mollie Berg

    I never ever wanted to join a sorority. In fact, growing up, my family often made fun of the concepts of Greek life and sororities. So when choosing a college, I specifically looked into schools that socially were not centered … Continue reading

  • Summer Reading

    Friday, July 18, 2014, by Isabella Sayyah

    As a kid, all I did was read and read and read, but somehow around high school, when books started being assigned for class and my schedule started filling up, I sort of stopped. Nowadays, I’ve realized that though it … Continue reading

  • The Challenges of Building a Brand

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014, by Aida Solomon

    In my previous post, I mentioned a passion project that I have been developing over the past year. As the daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, I have had the privilege of growing up in Los Angeles while still being raised in … Continue reading

  • Unexpected Learning on the Job

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014, by Isabella Sayyah

    The whole idea behind an internship is that it’s a learning experience. This concept, harkening back to the simpler times of apprenticeships, is really, I believe, what keeps the whole practice going. Well, that and the resume-building aspect. But, in … Continue reading

  • Meaningful Internships

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014, by Mollie Berg

    Over the past week, I feel like I have really understood the point of an internship. Not too long ago, I spoke with a Carousel employee about the concept of an internship. My boss said that the company essentially is … Continue reading

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