University of Southern California

Wendy Wu
Title
Wu, Wendy
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Graduating Year
2016
Major
Business Administration, Accounting

Areas of Interest at USC and Marshall:

1. Development and Mentorship

2. Social Impact and Innovation

3. International Connections

4. Accounting – Audit and Assurance Services

5. Exploring LA Culture (read: FOOD)

What Made You Choose to Attend USC Marshall?

Besides how USC Marshall and especially Leventhal are 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. However, it wasn’t until I set foot on campus that I knew USC was the place for me, so I highly encourage everyone to visit campus and experience how at home the Trojan family will make you feel.

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 the real you—and if the real you isn’t a fit, then maybe that school isn’t for 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:

InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship, Global Brigades @ Marshall, Spoon University @ USC food web magazine, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab Scholar, Global Leadership Program mentor, Trojan Scholar Society, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity, 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.

Favorite USC Marshall class:

BUAD 491, or Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship.

What Global Experiences have you had in college?

I did GLP in both Beijing and Shanghai and loved every minute of it! We spent the week immersed in Chinese culture and touring and visiting the Chinese branches of large international firms. It was an experience truly like no other, and I was able to form some very close friendships out of that class.

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

The summer after my freshman year, I participated in the Marshall International Summer Internship (formerly known as the Winslow-Maxwell Summer Internship. I worked for one division of a big supermarket company called Dairy Farm Group, which owns 7 Eleven, GNC, IKEA in Asia along with the Southeast Asian supermarkets ColdStorage and Giant, and did a market research project concerning Giant’s recent merger. My sophomore summer, I worked as a research and administration intern for Lapin Consulting, International, a management consulting firm specializing in executive leadership development. With Lapin, I was able to learn more about what it means to be a leader in the business world through the work I did to help prepare for the various sessions the consultants led for our clients. In my most recent summer, I worked as an assurance intern in audit for Ernst & Young, LLP, in San Jose (part of the San Francisco Bay Area practice). There, I met great people while learning about business processes and the procedures for verifying financial statements in both situations of a massive carve-out and an IPO, and further developed my personal and professional leadership in a client service role on a fun, week-long trip to Disneyworld!

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