Venturing outside the SoCal Bubble
It’s the summer before my freshman year in college, and I find out I’ve been invited to participate in the
Global Leadership Program at Marshall—learning from Dean Jim Ellis, Professor Voigt, and Professor
Geck; being mentored by Professor Wang; listening to amazing speakers all of first semester and
researching China’s economy, politics, and society; and then traveling to Shanghai over Spring Break!
How exciting, right?
Wrong. I was terrified. I had never been out of the country before and didn’t even have a passport. Boy
oh boy the idea of leaving the country was daunting.
But that’s what Marshall pushes you to do. Without me even stepping onto campus for my first class,
they were already pushing me to my limits and encouraging me to step outside my comfort zone. And I
don’t regret it one bit. It was an amazing experience, and plus I got my passport (small bonus) and can
now travel anywhere in the world.
Going abroad with a group of people through GLP or LINC definitely creates a bond between all of you.
You’re all freshmen, you’re all anxious, but most importantly, you’re all part of the Trojan Family.
And freshman year isn’t the only time you can go abroad. You can go abroad sophomore year, junior
year, and senior year, if you’d like. There are programs at Marshall for internships abroad during the
summer, semesters abroad through the International Exchange Program, winter/spring recess abroad
to volunteer and provide consulting services in a less fortunate country, winter/spring break abroad to
learn about a different culture and its economy, and many more.
So at Marshall, it isn’t really a question of if you can go abroad, or how you can go abroad. It’s a question
of when you’ll go abroad, when you’ll engage in a new culture, when you’ll take advantage of the
community that isn’t limited to Los Angeles. USC is a global school for global scholars.