University of Southern California

Kinsey Kuhn

Full Name
Kuhn, Kinsey
Graduating Year
2016
Major
Business Administration and Accounting

Areas of Interest at USC and Marshall:

  1. Community Service
  2. Professional Development
  3. Design and Fine Arts
  4. Social and Environmental Responsibility
  5. Study Abroad Programs

What Made You Choose to Attend USC Marshall?

While other students at my high school had already decided by the beginning of senior year which college they would attend, I struggled to find the school that was right for me. I toured a dozen universities but it wasn't until partway through my second semester that I visited USC. The people that I met from Marshall and other schools within the university were so enthusiastic about USC and seemed to form a community that welcomed people from many different backgrounds, each with their own unique story to tell. In addition, Marshall's focus on global leadership was unlike any school that I had visited. The chance to go abroad during my freshman year was an opportunity that no other school offered, and I was thrilled to later that year travel to Istanbul, Turkey. And finally, the recruiting opportunities provided by the incredible network of Trojans globally were something I knew would help me immensely when I began to look for internships and jobs. I have been so happy to learn just how true this is.

Advice you wish you had known while applying to college:  

A school is more than the sum of its academic programs: it is built upon the ambitions of its students and the community fostered by alumni, professors, administrators, and students. When I was searching for a college, I looked primarily for a school with strong academics and competitive degree programs. But I couldn't quite see myself at other schools during campus tours, and I realized why when I came to visit USC. The students at the university weren't just going after a degree: they were pursuing the skills, connections, and experiences necessary to build a successful career and fulfilling life.  I wish I had known sooner that this is what I should have been looking for all along.

USC activities:

Marshall Student Ambassadors; Helenes (women's service organization); Marshall Outreach and Volunteer Entrepreneurs; Career Advantage Program; International Exchange Program participant and host

Hobbies:

Art, tennis, flute, jewelry making, hiking, camping, skiing, exploring L.A.

Why do you love Los Angeles?

I grew up in a relatively small town, and I love the fact that there will always be something I haven't done in L.A. When you live in a city of so many cultures, it's almost like traveling to a different country when you explore Koreatown or Little Tokyo; there is always the opportunity to try something new. I’ve also spent a lot of time recently in areas such as the Flower District and the Arts District, where unique boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops seem to be popping up continually. The weather in L.A. is also beautiful so much of the year, and while the proximity of the beach can be a bit distracting, it's a great way to relax after a stressful week.

Share a definitive freshman moment at USC:

When I entered the Hagia Sophia on my LINC trip to Istanbul, I was struck by the beauty not only of the space, but suddenly reminded of the immensity of the opportunity that had been given to me through the Learning about International Commerce program. How many college freshmen have the chance to learn about global business firsthand in Turkey, network with company executives, and explore the Hagia Sofia and Grand Bazaar? It was truly the experience of a lifetime: one made possible only by the Marshall School of Business.

Favorite USC Marshall class:

BUAD 307 (Marketing) with Rex Kovacevich: this class has so many applications no matter what you are studying and the professor's enthusiasm can't help but get you excited about the subject matter!

Have you studied or worked abroad? Was it through IEP? Where did you go and talk about that experience?

During the spring semester of my junior year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Lisbon, Portugal through the IEP Program. Besides the gorgeous views out over red tiled rooves to the river, sunny weather and proximity to the beach, much of the draw to Lisbon for me was the classes offered by Marshall’s partner school there. At the Nova School of Business and Economics, I took classes such as Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Business Challenges and Management of Nonprofits, which feed into my interest in socially responsible business. I learned so much that has already proven to be relevant in my most recent Marshall classes, and interactions with students from all over the world have given me a new perspective on many issues facing businesses today. Learning Portuguese was more difficult than I anticipated, but I had so much fun trying to put together phrases to say to my Portuguese friends, and almost everyone spoke English. During my time abroad I was able to travel to 7 different countries, but found the most astounding beauty to be within Portugal itself as I grew closer to its culture and explored its islands, castles, cities, and countryside.

What internship/employment opportunities have you taken advantage of at Marshall?

I always knew that Marshall offered incredible opportunities, but it wasn’t until I began recruiting for an internship that I understood how far the school could take me. By attending recruiting events such as Meet the Firms, I was able to network with accounting professionals from all of the Big Four firms, and eventually earned an internship with KPMG in Los Angeles for the summer of 2015. Through the internship, I gained exposure to both the audit and advisory practices, where I had a chance to see the inner workings of an audit, and work with a team answering client questions about topics such as software revenue recognition. In addition to gaining work experience, one of the best parts of the internship was forming friendships with the other 60 interns at KPMG. By the end of our 8 weeks together, the group felt like a family. I am overjoyed to have received and accepted an offer to work full-time in the firm’s deal advisory practice after graduation, and couldn’t imagine a better place to start my career!

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