University of Southern California

Arvind Ramachandran
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Graduating Year
Undergraduate School
SASTRA University
Chennai, India

Previous Industry/Function: Consulting / Strategy
Intended Industry/Function: Digital Media / Marketing

Why did you choose Marshall?

Choosing a business school means finding the best fit for you. Marshall was the only school that emphasized personal development on top of the standard career development program that other schools offer. This and the Centers of Excellence for academic research played a big part in my decision as I wanted to work with thought leaders.

What surprised you the most about Marshall?

Grad schools are often walled from other programs in a university. From the first day I set foot in USC, I knew that I was a Trojan for life. The collaboration and affection between the different programs and schools at USC meant that I wasn't just restricted to my friends in the MBA program. My network now includes people as diverse as a professional football player, a film-major, a linguist and a policy maker.

Favorite USC Marshall Core Class:

Operations Management by Professor Sriram Dasu

Favorite USC Marshall experience:

The Tailgates before the Football games. Getting together as a class, mixing with alumni from 20 years ago, partaking some sumptuous food and then marching together behind the band, roaring for the Trojans to fight on.

What you wish you knew before attending business school?

Business school is a lot of reading. I genuinely wish I had learnt how to speed read. In the beginning, I equated reading slowly with better analysis. But I learnt quickly that reading fast with a firm analytic framework will do wonders to enhance your learning.

Which clubs are you involved in?

  • Graduate Marketing Association
  • Marshall Consulting and Strategy Club
  • Business of Entertainment Association
  • High Technology Association
  • Global Executive Organization