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  • Isabella

    A Fitting Goodbye to an Amazing Internship

    Friday, August 16, 2013, by Isabella Sayyah

    Today is my last real, full day of summer. Tomorrow I begin working on the Orientation issue of the Daily Trojan. Monday, the DT e-board goes on a two-day retreat. Once I get back it’s Move-In day and then, just … Continue reading

  • Isabella

    Looking for “Likes”

    Friday, August 9, 2013, by Isabella Sayyah

    Last week Molly decided we should spice things up in the RYOT office by having a good friendly competition. The rules were simple: Everyone picks two stories to write and post; After the stories are edited, the writer is responsible … Continue reading

  • Maddy Keavy

    Reason 101 Why You Need a Road Trip

    Friday, August 9, 2013, by Maddy Keavy

    We’ve finally taken off, not by plane, not by train, but by automobile. As Californians know, we live in a state that is not only large, but also diverse in its people, food and geography. This week’s road trip was … Continue reading

  • Rini

    More Than Just a Bar: Fueling America’s Heroes

    Friday, August 2, 2013, by Rini Sampath

    We’re not just another nutritional bar company at Rise Bar. Sure, we make delicious and nutritious snack bars, but unlike most brands on the market, we’re completely free of GMOs, gluten, preservatives, and we even sell vegan and vegetarian bars. … Continue reading

  • Maddy Keavy

    An RV, Jack Black and a Journalist

    Thursday, July 25, 2013, by Maddy Keavy

    If you’re thinking I am suggesting the use of drugs or turning an RV into a meth lab you are very wrong; what I am suggesting is that I attended the premiere for the final eight episodes of AMC show … Continue reading

  • Isabella

    Decorating the Apartment

    Thursday, July 25, 2013, by Isabella Sayyah

    Today, July 21st, it is exactly one month ‘til USC Move In Day, and I still can’t decide if I’m excited or dreading it. While I’ll be heading back to campus starting August 13th (as if my drive to Venice … Continue reading

  • Isabella

    A Day in the Life

    Thursday, July 18, 2013, by Isabella Sayyah

    Summer is definitely more relaxed than any time school is in session, but it can still be kind of crazy. Here’s a typical day in my life: 6:15 – My alarm goes off. I reluctantly climb out of bed to … Continue reading

  • Rini

    India’s Finest Photography Course

    Thursday, July 18, 2013, by Rini Sampath

    Though I can work the manual setting on my DSLR without worry, I’m no Dorothea Lange. So when I packed my camera alongside the rest of my belongings in preparation for my trip abroad, I told myself not to expect … Continue reading

  • Maddy Keavy

    It’s Time to Talk, L.A.

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013, by Maddy Keavy

    Before you think I’ve turned this summer blog of eating, working, and road tripping into a political statement, let me offer this disclaimer: the following is a story about the power of talking. As a journalist and aspiring foreign correspondent, … Continue reading

  • Maddy Keavy

    The Other Side of the Red Carpet

    Monday, July 15, 2013, by Maddy Keavy

    When you watch a red carpet event on television, you’re privy to glamorous celebrities you adore, the bright flashes of the camera and perhaps the muffled voices of the media asking questions to which your dazzled celebrities answer for you, … Continue reading

  • Selena

    I Got 99 Problems and Traffic Is One

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013, by Selena Ng

    The phone rings for the fourth time in the past two minutes. “Inspire, this is Selena. He’s in a meeting right now. Can I take a message?” The statement rolls off my tongue with ease, considering that it’s now the … Continue reading

  • Rini

    Mosquito Warriors

    Wednesday, July 3, 2013, by Rini Sampath

    My sister and I sat on the teak cot, eagerly anticipating the red light to turn green. My weapon was recharging. With its criss-cross wires and neon frame, it may look like just any other tennis racket. But this here … Continue reading

  • Maddy Keavy

    Californian SChemin’

    Wednesday, July 3, 2013, by Maddy Keavy

    California—where the sunshine is plentiful, Hollywood is in everyone’s backyard and business mecca Silicon Valley defines what is the future. I was born and raised in the Golden State and although Southern and Northern California lead the world  in city populations, innovations, and … Continue reading

  • Rini

    Rini Goes Global

    Friday, June 28, 2013, by Rini Sampath

    My mom gave me a name that made substitute teachers pause and stutter while calling roll. At 26 letters long, my full name, Vidhyarini Karikalan Sampath, never fit on scantron sheets or ID cards. So now, I go by Rini. … Continue reading

  • Selena

    SoCal Summertime

    Friday, June 28, 2013, by Selena Ng

    Hey, fellow Trojans! I’m Selena, and I’m writing to you from the beautiful, sunny SoCal. The sun is shining, the weather’s warming, and the beach is calling my name because it’s SUMMER! As an almost-sophomore majoring in business administration and … Continue reading

  • Isabella

    Quiet RYOT

    Friday, June 28, 2013, by Isabella Sayyah

    I knew when I signed on to intern at a start-up things would be small, but I never imagined I’d be working in a garage.  When my GPS led me to a charming residential cul-de-sac in Venice on Monday morning, I … Continue reading

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