University of Southern California

Mai Nguyen
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Graduating Year
2015
Major
Accounting Major, Pre-Law emphasis
Hometown
Los Alamitos, CA

Areas of Interest at USC Marshall:

1.    Flexibility to pursue multiple disciplines

2.    Professional Development

3.    Extensive Alumni Network

4.    Progressive Master of Business Taxation

5.    USC Football!

What made you choose to attend USC Marshall?

When I was in the process of making my college decision, USC Marshall and Leventhal offered everything I was looking for in an undergraduate experience. I loved the school spirit, networking and professional opportunities, hands-on learning, and amazing Trojan Alumni Network of USC.

Advice you wish you had known while applying to college:

Visit the schools you’re considering attending, talk to current students, research the different programs offered, explore the campus, and check out the surrounding areas off campus. Beyond receiving a first-rate education, it’s also important to remember that you’re going to be spending four years here. The people, weather, lifestyle, study abroad programs and career opportunities are all things that really make a difference in your undergraduate experience.

USC activities/general hobbies:

I am very involved in Beta Alpha Psi, the professional accounting honors fraternity, which has given me a lot of great opportunities to learn more about the accounting industry and the different firms that recruit on campus. I also work for USC Stevens Center for Innovation with the Transactions team that handles many different types of contracts and transactions for USC scientists and researchers. In my free time, I really enjoy dancing, kayaking, travelling and trying out new restaurants around LA.

Why do you love Los Angeles?

I love how there are so many things around LA that are easily accessible to USC students. Whether it is going to a USC football game, spending a day at the beach, or making a late-night food run, there are so many fun things to do in LA.

Share a definitive freshman moment at USC:

A definitive freshman moment for me was waking up at 8AM on the first Game Day of the year to the sound of hundreds of alumni and students tailgating outside my window on McCarthy Quad. Every inch of grass on campus was covered in Cardinal and Gold and it was incredible to walk around campus and see how excited people were for the game and how much Trojan pride everyone had.

I also had an incredible experience studying abroad with USC’s Global East Asia program over the summer. The program was covered by a generous stipend from the Freeman Foundation, which allowed us to immerse ourselves in the country and culture. We spent a month exploring Seoul and also travelled to different regions of the country, learning about Korean culture, eating delicious food and visiting popular tourist destinations and historical sites. My favorite class excursion by far was our visit to the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA), where we stood less than a yard away from North Korean soldiers. The political tension at the border was surreal and the entire experience really put the North and South Korea conflict in perspective for me. I had an amazing trip overall and it really showed me how USC and not just Marshall is really invested in providing international experiences as well as multidisciplinary study opportunities for its students.

Favorite USC Marshall class:

My favorite USC Marshall class was my intermediate accounting course with Professor Merle Hopkins, primarily because I had the opportunity to learn about a lot of relevant accounting issues that Professor Hopkins always taught accompanied by really funny stories from his own past career experiences.

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