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How I Knew USC/Marshall Was Right For Me

Before I begin, I’d just like to say that I come from a Bruin family. My mom is a Bruin, as are most of my relatives. I had never even thought of coming to USC and just applied on a whim before December 1st (scholarship deadline). I was invited to attend one of the merit scholarship Explore Programs in early March. This was my first time stepping foot on campus. Throughout the Explore Program, I was so well taken care of by all of the advisers, volunteers, and my host. I stayed in my host’s room in Birnkrant overnight, and she took me around to Ground Zero to try the delicious milkshakes and on a brief campus tour at night. She shared her first-year USC experiences and told me about the opportunities that she was given at Marshall.

I have always known that the USC Marshall School of Business was an incredible school known for its academics, international programs, and Trojan Family. Even though I am only a sophomore, I have realized that this is all 100% accurate. Marshall has been consistently ranked as an excellent undergraduate business school, and what really distinguishes us is that we offer a four-year business program, rather than a two-year program that you have to gain admission to. I really wanted a school where I would be learning business knowledge my very first semester, instead of having to take a bunch of prereqs before a business class junior year. In fact, during my first semester at USC, I took two business classes, Microeconomics for Business and Business Statistics. Furthermore, some of our programs are in the top five in the nation, such as our Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (#2 in the nation) and Leventhal School of Accounting (#5 in the nation). As an Accounting major, I had heard about the Progressive Degree Option, which means that students who came in with a substantial number of AP credits are able to earn both their B.S. in Accounting and Master’s Degree in Accounting or Business Taxation in just four years! No other school in the nation offers this premiere program. Since I had many different interests in high school, I wanted a school that would have a flexible core curriculum so that I could easily explore other areas of study and potentially minor or double major. Even though I had initially been attracted by the Progressive Degree, I ultimately decied that I wanted to explore my other interests. Marshall is exactly that, and with the help of AP credits, I am now able to double major in Accounting and Psychology (Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences) and graduate in FOUR years!

2nd in the Nation!

2nd in the Nation!

5th in the Nation!

5th in the Nation!

Furthermore, many schools offer international experiences for upperclassmen, but for USC Marshall students, we have the opportunity to participate in either GLP (Global Leadership Program) or LINC (Learning through International Commerce) programs. I was invited to participate in GLP, where I participated in a year-long seminar learning about the foundations of business and travelled to Beijing and Shanghai over spring break to tour companies. GLP was definitely one of the drawing points for me as I was deciding among colleges.

GLP at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing

GLP 2013-2014 at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing

GLP 2013-2014 at the Great Wall

GLP 2013-2014 at the Great Wall in Beijing

Finally, the Trojan Family seemed like a myth until I actually experienced it. In my short span at USC, I have realized that USC alumni are so honored that they have graduated from USC and are constantly giving back to the school. Whether that is through donating millions of dollars or simply coming back to recruiting events like the Marshall Recruiter Reception, the Trojan Family is very real. In fact, this past summer, I received an internship through the online recruiting portal (ConnectSC) with a Trojan (Marshall MBA grad). Without these connections, I would not have grown so much this summer at my Marketing/Accounting internship!


Looking back on my decision, I do not regret coming to USC at all. Sure, I had dreams to attend college in the East Coast, but I ultimately decided to attend USC over an Ivy League college. I am so glad I made the right choice, and I hope you come to USC too!


My very first Trojan Football game!

My very first Trojan Football game!

As always…Fight On,





Posted on October 23, 2014 by Charlene


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