University of Southern California

Aaron May
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Graduating Year
Undergraduate School
San Mateo, CA

Previous Industry/Function: Financial Services / Business Development
Intended Industry/Function: Consulting / Strategy

Why did you choose Marshall?

After 10 years away from my home state, I knew it was time to return to the West Coast and start building my network here.  Also, having gone to NYU for my undergrad studies, I didn’t have a typical campus community for college.  USC turned out to be great for both of these things and then some.  From my first interactions during my campus visit in the Fall through to Admit Weekend and Orientation, I felt like I truly belonged to the Trojan Family.

What surprised you the most about Marshall?

A lot of schools talk about culture and community, but Marshall lives and breathes it.  Just the other day, I contacted an alum from the 90s that I found on LinkedIn, asking if I could ask him a few questions about his career experiences.  Even though we had no shared connections, he replied almost immediately, saying, “Of course, you’re a fellow Trojan!”  This response is not atypical, and is reflected by professors, administrators, and other students.  Everyone is super busy, but never too busy to help.

Favorite USC Marshall Core Class:

Contemporary Issues in Competitive Strategy

Favorite USC Marshall experience:

Tailgates and football games! Again, going to school in New York City meant never getting a true college football experience.  Not only do I enjoy just going to the tailgates, but I love that we get a chance to volunteer at them as well.  It’s a great way to meet a lot of classmates and alumni as they come in or stop by the drinks tent.

What you wish you knew before attending business school?

Get organized! Orientation is full of packed days, and before you know it, you are in the middle of the accelerated core.  The more you can take some time to think about how you’re going to approach the semester, the better off you’ll be as the semester goes on. 

Which clubs are you involved in?

  • Marshall Consulting & Strategy Club
  • Global Executive Organization (Core A Rep)
  • Jewish Association of Marshall Students
  • Challenge For Charity (Race for the Red Case Board)
  • High Tech Association