University of Southern California

Stephen Gould
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Graduating Year
Undergraduate School
Arizona State University
Seattle, WA

Previous Industry/Function: Motorcycle / Entrepreneurship
Intended Industry/Function: Automotive / Operations

Why did you choose Marshall?

When I decided to go back to business school, I knew I wanted to join a top MBA program that was a leader in the field I was passionate about: Entrepreneurship. After speaking with quite a few current students, alumni and faculty, it was obvious that those at Marshall shared this interest with a deep passion as well. Combining this innovative environment with the extremely collaborative atmosphere of the student body backed by the power of the Trojan network, made Marshall the clear choice for me.

What surprised you the most about Marshall?

Arriving on campus for the first week of school, I was [pleasantly] surprised with the caliber and character of my fellow classmates. I knew Marshall would be comprised of smart, professional and driven individuals but this was only the beginning. I couldn't believe how friendly, genuine and considerate every single person I met was. I am definitely looking forward to working with this group over the next two years and beyond.

Favorite USC Marshall Core Class:

504A - Operations Management with Professor Dasu!

Favorite USC Marshall experience:

Marshall tailgates and USC football games!

What you wish you knew before attending business school?

The amount of work that is truly demanded by business school. Everyone told me that b-school is extremely busy, stressful and hectic but I felt that was a bit of an exaggeration. I was dead wrong. School definitely takes over every aspect of your life and nearly every minute of your day (and night) but after the initial shock, I found this to be one of the best aspects of business school.

Which clubs are you involved in?

  • Marshall Automotive Club
  • Entrepreneur & Venture Management Association
  • Marshall Operations Management Club
  • Marshall Outdoor Club
  • Marshall Eatz