University of Southern California

Wendy Wu
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Graduating Year
2016
Major
Business Administration and Accounting

Areas of Interest at USC and Marshall:

  1. Professional Growth
  2. Mentorship/Development
  3. School Spirit and Fall Football
  4. Exploring LA Culture
  5. International Connections

What Made You Choose to Attend USC Marshall?

Besides how high USC Marshall is ranked among the undergraduate business programs in the nation, the three things that really made USC Marshall stand out to me were the international programs, the fact that Marshall offers a 4-year program (as opposed to just a 2-year program like most other schools), and the extensive alumni network. USC Marshall is probably the only school that places a heavy emphasis on understanding the international aspect of business. I had heard about programs like the Global Leadership Program (GLP) or Learning through International Commerce (LINC) that would allow me to go abroad in my freshman year. Besides freshman year programs, my Marshall courses frequently extend concepts learned in class to an international business perspective, which is super relevant to our rapidly globalizing culture. Secondly, I really wanted a 4-year undergraduate business program, since I really wanted to see if business was something I was actually interested in before I became an upperclassman. Likewise, I think spreading the Marshall curriculum over the course of 4 years gives more time for us to reinforce and practice the concepts we learn in our early classes. Finally, USC has one of the most extensive alumni networks in the world. As someone going into business, networking is everything. Because USC students are so successful after leaving university, and because Trojans are always willing to helpout a fellow Trojan, I saw the alumni network as a huge bonus to attending USC— especially because alumni loyalty isn’t something tangible that schools can really buy or attain. Loyalty is really a sign that students genuinely loved their experience at USC, and made me want to be a part of the Trojan Family and discover that love as well.

Advice you wish you had known while applying to college:

Be yourself. Don’t try to be that perfect model student that you think colleges are looking for, since you’ll come across contrived and fake. Colleges aren’t looking for your idea of perfection; they’re looking for someone like you. True, your grades and scores largely substantiate your application, but your numbers will speak for themselves. Let you speak for you. USC activities/general hobbies: Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship, Undergraduate Student Government, music, writing

Why do you love Los Angeles?

I love the diversity in Los Angeles—the fact that almost every neighborhood has a different culture and history. Even in the immediate downtown area, there’s lots of restaurants and boutiques and fun places to explore, and keeps me entertained as a student. Besides the cultural diversity in Los Angeles, I also like the professional diversity in Los Angeles as well. There are so many companies with their headquarters or large office branches in Los Angeles, which provides ample opportunity for USC students to find internships and gain valuable professional experience as well.

Share a definitive freshman moment at USC:

Late night food runs for TG Express, Chano’s, Manos, McDonald’s, Freebirds, etc.

Favorite USC Marshall class:

BUAD 304—I have really enjoyed a lot of the activities that we do in this class. Many of our discussion sections take place in the Experiential Learning Center (ELC), where we get to do fun simulations and games that teach and illustrate real-world business concepts. As a result, we get to practice what we’re learning and also receive immediate feedback, which I think is a very unique aspect to both this class and Marshall’s curriculum.

 

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