University of Southern California

Brendan Nguyen
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Graduating Year
2016
Major
Accounting
Hometown
Los Angeles, California

Areas of Interest at USC and Marshall:

  1. Professional Growth
  2. Mentorship
  3. Alumni Network
  4. Accounting Opportunities
  5. Trojan Family

What Made You Choose to Attend USC Marshall?

When I was applying to college, it really came down to choosing a local university that offered a stellar business program. Nothing stood out more to me than USC. I chose to attend USC Leventhal specifically because I knew it was a top-5 accounting school in the nation. As I was researching schools, I loved that Leventhal, with its close and small-knit community, focused so much attention on its students. Not many universities give freshmen a chance to take core business courses during their first year. Even fewer business programs let freshmen go abroad. As an added bonus, as a Leventhal student, I would also be a part of USC Marshall, thereby gaining general business opportunities as well. Even more, both my parents and my older brother graduated from USC, and I wanted to complete the family legacy. USC was my top choice from the beginning, and I’m glad to say that attending this amazing university was one of the best decisions of my life.

Advice you wish you had known while applying to college:

As a high school senior, I wish I had taken the time to really analyze each university that I was applying to and ask myself, “Why do I want to come here?” Like any ambitious student, I applied to prestigious business programs across the nation, but I was weighing reputation more heavily than suitability. The application process is so important because it’s essentially about finding a future home. Back then, I was more concerned about attending a well-respected institution than finding my home. Of course, I knew I was destined to become a Trojan due to family history and a true love for USC, and so I put all my effort into my USC application. However, I didn’t have as strong a connection with other universities that I applied to, and this definitely showed when I couldn’t adequately answer my high school advisors whenever they asked me, “Why do you want to apply here?” My advice to those who are applying to college is this: find a university that you can call home.

USC activities/general hobbies:

My activities at USC include representing the Marshall School of Business as a Marshall Student Ambassador and going abroad to Taipei, Taiwan, through the Learning about International Commerce (LINC) freshman program. I have volunteered through the Joint Educational Project (JEP), and I currently have an on-campus job with USC Student Financial Services. My general hobbies include performing slam poetry, playing and watching basketball (go Lakers!), and trying new food!

Why do you love Los Angeles?

I love Los Angeles for how extensive it is. I’ve lived in LA all my life, and it still amazes me that I still haven’t fully experienced my city. Granted, I’ve been able to engage myself in activities such as attending Lakers games at Staples Center and walking along the boardwalk at Venice Beach, but there is still much I have left to do on my LA bucket list. My goals for these next few years include going to Griffith Observatory and Malibu. Beyond that, I love LA for its beautiful weather and cultural diversity.

Share a definitive freshman moment at USC:

As cliché as it sounds, my definitive freshman moment at USC was attending my first home football game. My high school didn’t have a football team, so going to the September 1st game against Hawaii was literally my first time seeing a football game in person. Any game at the Coliseum epitomizes school spirit, something I know I saw and was a part of that day. It really is something when the entire stadium is decked out in cardinal and gold, with everyone – students, alumni, and general fans – chanting the Fight Song and rooting for our team. Personally, I loved it every time the marching band played Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, and everyone in the crowd embraced while singing along to the song. This really showed me how unified my school could be, and this made me proud to be a Trojan.

Favorite USC Marshall class:

My favorite Marshall class so far would have to be BUAD 280 (Accounting I) with Professor Shames. I took this course during the spring semester of my freshman year. Not many business students take Accounting I during their first year, but as an Accounting major, I wanted early exposure to decide whether or not I wanted to stick with my major. Needless to say, I’m glad I got to take my first accounting course with Professor Shames. He taught the subject matter in such a digestible manner that it was both easy and fun to learn. He even made the class personable by talking about his interests in tennis and Seinfeld. If anyone has the chance to take a class that is taught by him, I’d wholeheartedly recommend it.

 

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