Senior Hanna Endrias got here to Los Angeles for faculty from Washington, D.C., desirous to get out of “her bubble.” It labored; after which some. Throughout 4 years at USC as a pc engineering and pc science (CECS) scholar, she discovered a help system of nice mates, roommates, dance companions and professors who helped her take advantage of her expertise and inspired her to complete robust.
Whereas studying concerning the “fantastic world” of pc structure and software program improvement, she took dance lessons, starting from ballet to hip hop, and was a part of the USC Ballroom and Latin Dance Staff. A passionate linguist—she speaks Spanish and Amharic, an Ethiopian language—she jumped on the alternative to review overseas in Zaragosa, Spain, from 2016 to 2017, the place she fell in love with flamenco dance. Again at USC, she served as vp of the award-winning USC Chapter of the Nationwide Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). After commencement, she is going to be a part of Microsoft as program supervisor, working with designers, builders to establish issues and produce answer to life.
We caught up with Endrias to be taught extra concerning the individuals who helped make her college expertise particular and her recommendation for future college students as they embark on their very own journeys. Some solutions have been edited for brevity and readability.
Out of your time at USC, what’s going to you carry ahead into the subsequent chapter?
I’ll all the time consider this as a chapter of progress and studying—a time of exploration, curiosity and heat from all the relationships I fostered alongside the way in which. It’s unimaginable to choose one reminiscence, from the late-night examine periods, the NSBE tournaments and bonfires, the month-to-month salsa nights… I’ll positively look again on all these reminiscences with pleasure sooner or later.
An necessary a part of school is discovering a neighborhood of individuals to help and encourage you. Who was in your herd at USC and the way did they form your expertise?
NSBE made my expertise very particular—that, for certain, formed my USC expertise. Everybody has a way of heat and look after one another. Seniors and graduate college students had been very supportive, very encouraging and really motivating. We even have NSBE “mothers” and “dads”! The quantity of help, honesty and encouragement is fairly unreal. My ballroom dancing companion, who can also be a pc science scholar, can also be a very enjoyable individual—he inspired us to method dance as a chance to simply have enjoyable.
And everybody else, from roommates to mates, and different classmates that helped me all through lessons. I feel it’s all about having the ability to discover individuals who actually care about you and help you all through the school course of. I feel that community extends past commencement: at no matter establishment I’ve labored at, I’ve all the time met a USC individual and can most likely proceed to take action. That has additionally made my expertise actually distinctive and particular.
Based mostly on what now, what’s your greatest piece of recommendation for different college students?
Hearken to your self. Verify in with your self. Ask your self: does the work I’m doing nonetheless align with what I need to do? I really feel like generally, you may get so caught up in class work that it may be very easy to lose that sense of curiosity and curiosity. Additionally being affected person and reasonable with your self when it comes to your limits. And don’t be afraid to ask for assist. Professors are folks too.
What’s an space the place you’re feeling such as you’ve actually grown between your first semester of school and right this moment? What have you ever realized alongside the way in which?
I feel no matter what occurs in 5 or 10 years, my expertise at USC taught me to maintain exploring. After I began at USC, I knew I loved downside fixing, however I didn’t know what that function would appear to be within the tech business. Now, I’m excited to embark on the subsequent stage of my journey as a program supervisor at Microsoft after commencement.
An enormous lesson I realized in second semester of freshman yr was to grasp my limits. I had a very intense course-load and was energetic in golf equipment and I ought to have scaled again. I’m actually completely satisfied that after that semester, I centered on having a balanced course-load and attempting to determine what actions to prioritize.
What motivated you to persist all through school?
The issue-solving thrill of pc science – once you discover the answer to an issue, it’s superb. Additionally, dancing – one of many coolest issues about ballroom dancing is that it’s actually about being current within the second. It’s a lot enjoyable and an effective way to fulfill superb folks you may not meet in any other case—you simply should say sure to the alternatives that come your manner!