University of Southern California

Kristie Tom
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Graduating Year
2015
Major
Business Administration
Hometown
Arcadia, California

Areas of Interest at USC Marshall:

1. Advisory & Consulting

2. Corporate Finance

3. Community Outreach & Service

4. International Experiences

5. Fall Tailgates & Game Day!

What Made You Choose to Attend USC Marshall?

Whether you’re a student, alumni, faculty member, or just a fan, the Trojan Family will welcome you. That doesn’t just include football games and tailgates—it’s all-encompassing. From business connections and networks to lunch in McCarthy Quad with friends to meeting with your professor in his office hours to learn about his bird-watching hobby outside of his Microeconomics class, USC has it all.

Advice you wish you had known while applying to college:

Do your research well. Knowing which program you want to be in or career path you want to take will really help you when you’re looking at colleges. Be realistic about what your “match” schools are, but don’t be afraid to reach for your dreams. Talk to your parents and keep them updated throughout the process, because they’ve invested so much time, love, effort, and money into you and your education that it wouldn’t be fair to cut them out now!
 

USC activities/general hobbies:

USC Involvement: Delta Sigma Pi, Marshall Business Student Government, Marshall Outreach & Volunteer Entrepreneurs, Providing Animals With Shelter, USC American Language Institute, Marshall Student Ambassadors 

Past Internships: The Boeing Company (Cost Management/Financial Operations), The Walt Disney Company (International Labor Standards/Integrated Supply Chain Management)

 Hobbies: Running with my dogs, playing soccer, & watching gymnastics

Why do you love Los Angeles?

I love Los Angeles because you never run out of things to do. I’ve lived in the Los Angeles area all my life, and I’ve learned that it’s one of the only geographic locations in the US where the beach, the snow, the lake, the desert, and downtown are less than an hour away.

Share a definitive freshman moment at USC:

Almost every freshman has one of those cardinal & gold USC lanyards--and everyone puts their identical dorm keys on the lanyard. One time, we had them all jumbled in a pile in the cafeteria and it took forever to separate them and figure out which one was mine.

Favorite USC Marshall class:

My favorite Marshall class thus far is actually one I'm taking right now, called Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring with Lloyd Levitin. We're learning about business history (how the current companies came to be) and the economy's future--when the next wave of M&As will be, how takeover and defense tactics work, the financial and operational restructuring that must take place after the fact, and how to merge corporate cultures. I highly recommend it to everyone, not just people looking to go into finance or corporate strategy!

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