University of Southern California

Brandon Young
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Graduating Year
Undergraduate School
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Leawood, KS

Previous Industry/Function: Energy / Consulting Engineering
Intended Industry/Function: High Tech – Energy / Project Management & Business Development

Why did you choose Marshall?

The USC/Marshall national reputation, the team-based and hands-on working environment, and the strength of the Trojan Network.  Also the Southern California climate didn't hurt!

What surprised you the most about Marshall?

Just how collaborative and close you are/become with your peers.  The backgrounds here at Marshall are so diverse and as a result, everyone naturally wants to work together and learn from each other's past experiences.  The program is challenging, and it's amazing how early on you develop the sense that you're all truly in this together.  I know if there's ever an obstacle I need help overcoming, I can turn to any one of the 1st or 2nd years for assistance.

Favorite USC Marshall Core Class:

Contemporary Issues in Competitive Strategy

Favorite USC Marshall experience:

The emphasis on social activities.  Between volunteer events, Marshall tailgates and C4C parties, you have nearly endless opportunities to enjoy and celebrate your free time with your fellow classmates.

What you wish you knew before attending business school?

The pace and intensity of Orientation.  I expected Orientation to be similar to undergrad but it was exponentially more in depth.  In short, it's a great and fun experience, but also challenging and time consuming.  Take a month or two off before you arrive if you can to travel, to see friends and family, and to relax.  At the very minimum, strive to be settled in LA a week prior to Orientation so you can hit the ground running; you will thank yourself and so will your teammates.

Which clubs are you involved in?

  • High Tech Association
  • Entrepreneurship and Venture Management Association
  • Marshall Automotive Club
  • MBA Ambassadors