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Check out the profiles below to learn more about the VARC Team!

Peer Tutors

 

Amber Bhargava

 
Hometown: McKinney, TX
Major: Electrical Engineering
Year: Junior
Hobbies: Yoga, art/design, dancing, shopping online, and FOOD
Words of wisdom for success at USC and Viterbi:
> Organize your life. Think about what you really want to do and what you need to get done... and then don't spend three hours on Reddit.
> If you can't figure something out, don't get frustrated - ask for help.
> To be honest? The key to success is simple: Don't do dumb things. You know what those are.
 

Brock Malinoski

 
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Major: Chemical (Environmental) Engineering
Year: Junior
Hobbies: Football, basketball, video games, sleeping, movies, going out, and texting
Words of wisdom for success at USC and Viterbi:
> Not just anyone can be an engineer.
> Success is getting back up just ONE more time than you have fallen down.
> The science may be theoretical, but the fun is REAL.
> I strongly advise studying everyday even if it is only for a few hours.
> Don't get distracted - homework and studying can pile up very very fast.
 

Christopher Girard

 
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Year: Senior
Hobbies: Guitar, piano, woodworking, philoshophy
Words of wisdom for success at USC and Viterbi:
> Working with others is almost always better--you can reinforce each other's understanding, or at least have someone else to suffer with.
> Get help as soon as things don't make sense. The professors, TAs, and VARC tutors are all here to help you learn, so don't hesitate to come see us.
 

Jasmine Wong

 
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Minor: Business Law
Year: Grad
Hobbies: Hiking, stand-up paddling, completing Sudoku puzzles, surfing, traveling
Words of wisdom for success at USC and Viterbi:
> Go to class! Doing so helps you to understand the material, and you also get to know your professor and classmates, both of which you can turn to for help with the course.
> Don't be afraid to ask for help and to use the academic resources provided by Viterbi and the university. These resources are here to ensure that we as students succeed, so you should take full advantage of them!
 

Jonathan Cressy

 
Hometown: Paris, France
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Organizational Leadership and Management
Year: Grad
Hobbies: Tennis, golf, swimming, beach volleyball, watching movies, following the French soccer league, hanging out with friends and family
Words of wisdom for success at USC and Viterbi:
> College will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life. Be sure to get the best of both worlds and find the healthy balance between the studying and the socializing. Great time management habits and good organization will allow you to be successful in everything you set your mind to do.
 

Kai Xie

 
Hometown: Nanjing, China
Major: Electrical Engineering
Year: Junior
Hobbies: Reading, video gaming, drawing, swimming
Words of wisdom for success at USC and Viterbi:
> Nothing can come from nothing: speak again. --Shakespeare.
 

Kevin Xu

 
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Year: Senior
Hobbies: Hip-hop dancing, longboarding, photography, camping, traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with friends
Words of wisdom for success at USC and Viterbi:
> Learn to manage your time and balance your life between studying and having fun.
> Go to office hours and get to know your professors and TAs.
> Make new friends and form study groups.

Makana Krulce

 
Hometown: Solana Beach, CA
Major: Chemical (Biochemical) Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, longboarding, Sudoku, baking, going to the beach
Words of wisdom for success at USC and Viterbi:
> Try reading the material in the textbook before lecture. You don't need to understand everything beforehand, but the lecture will be much more meaningful if you already have an introduction to the information.

Michael Jacobs

 
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Masters: Mechanical Engineering (Dynamics and Control)
Undergraduate Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Grad
Hobbies: Snowboarding, drawing, reading, whitewater rafting
Words of wisdom for success at USC and Viterbi:
> Time management is extremely important. So start assignments early, plan ahead, and make sure to take breaks in a busy schedule.
 

Mike Jones

 
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
Major: Chemical Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Hobbies: Basketball, (barefoot) running, a cappella, pool
Words of wisdom for success at USC and Viterbi:
> Fill your schedule (within reason): two or three extracurricular activities, along with a full set of classes, forces you to stay disciplined about managing your workload and time well.
> I think everyone already has a good understanding of what it takes to succeed. Make the most of the abilities that the Viterbi Admissions Office obviously knows you possess.

Nakul Joshi

 
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Major: Computer Engineering/Computer Science
Minor: Physics
Year: Junior
Hobbies: Reading, running, thinking
Words of wisdom for academic success here at USC and Viterbi:
> Be deeply passionate about whatever you do. Otherwise, why would you be doing it?
> Stay on top of homework. If you finish it off during the week, you'll be free on weekends!

Staff

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Christine D'Arcy

Assistant Director, Student Engagement & Support Programs

Christine isn't an engineer, but she has a great time working with them! Christine manages VARC and helps plan many of events and programs that you attend as a Viterbi undergrad - like Study Days, Get Connected, E-Week, and the Senior Design Expo. Christine also works with the Viterbi President's Council and advises students who are interested in coming into Viterbi from other USC schools. Her office is right inside the front door to VARC, so stop by and say "hi!" the next time you are at VARC

Claire Christian

Graduate Assistant, Student Engagement & Support Programs

Masters: Engineering Management
Major: Biomedical (Mechanical) Engineering
Year: Grad
Hobbies: Traveling, baking, Sprinkles cupcakes, USC football games, Viterbi, and exploring Los Angeles!
Words of wisdom for academic success here at USC and Viterbi:
Get involved! Whether its joining student organization in Viterbi, a USC club, or even an intramural team with your dorm, its a great way to meet people with similar interests and balance out your coursework. And if you need help in your classes, there are a lot of different resources available for you so be sure to utilize them!

 


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