University of Southern California

Lauren Jung
Title
BS Candidate, Accounting
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Graduating Year
2013
Undergrad Institution
Leventhal School of Accounting
Hometown
San Francisco, CA

When Lauren Jung graduated from high school, she wanted to pursue a career in business and decided accounting offered the most opportunities.

“I chose to study accounting because it is the language of business,” she said. “It provides a great foundation for understanding the ins and outs of a company — from internal processes to financial statements to managerial decision making. It also opens up many career avenues, including becoming a CPA, controller, CFO, even CEO.”

Jung chose USC Leventhal because it is one of the top accounting programs in the nation. “It is also one of the few schools where you can jump into business classes in your first semester and start networking with professionals right away,” she added.

Because Jung has aspirations to work internationally, particularly in the Pacific Rim, USC’s strong connections in Asia were another attraction. Through Marshall’s Global Leadership Program (GLP), available only to the top tier of business students, Jung visited Shanghai, where she had an internship in the business development office for the Chia Tai Group.

“Through the GLP, I had the opportunity to pursue my dream to travel and work abroad right away in my freshman year,” Jung said. “USC Leventhal has given me opportunities I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.”

After Shanghai, Jung traveled to Greece for the Deloitte International Student Business Forum, in which students from 20 countries are invited to work on a business case in cross-cultural teams. She also returned to China as one of 15 undergraduate women leaders paired with female executives and entrepreneurs in the inaugural USC Marshall Women’s Leadership Delegation. During the fall semester of her senior year, she will study abroad in Madrid through Marshall's International Exchange Program.

In addition to her coursework and internships at Benefit Cosmetics and Deloitte, Jung has found time to participate in numerous extracurricular activities. She was involved with the freshman Leventhal Accounting Cohort and helped community families prepare their tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She also served as president of the Marshall Women’s Leadership Board, coordinator for the Asian Pacific American Student Services’ Connections! Career Mentoring Program, and a board member of the Asian American Business Association.

Just as important as those opportunities, however, was the culture she found on campus. “I love how the professors and advisers truly get to know us on a first-name basis,” she explained. “USC Leventhal is like a family away from home.”

After graduation, Jung plans to pursue a Master in Business Taxation; she was granted early admission through Leventhal’s Progressive Master’s Degree program. Her ultimate goal is to earn her CPA and work at a Big Four accounting firm, and she is confident about the future.

“From teaching how to write business emails to giving extensive presentation critiques, the USC Leventhal professors and curriculum make sure that we are prepared to hit the ground running,” she said.