University of Southern California

Zachary Bergenfeld
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Graduating Year
2015
Major
Business Administration and Political Science
Hometown
Ardsley, New York

Areas of Interest at USC Marshall:

1. Fund Management 

2. USC Football

3. Professional Development

4. The people on campus

5. Public speaking

What Made You Choose to Attend USC Marshall?

While searching for a college, I wanted a competitive and very strong academic program and business school. When I came out to campus for Explore USC and stayed with a host student, I was able to learn all about the programs that USC Marshall offered and how strong of a undergraduate program it offered. Additionally, the ability for me to pursue academic interests outside of Marshall was a big factor in my decision. Thirdly, the Global Leadership program is such an unprecedented program and one that I was extremely eager to participate in and could not pass up. I simply loved the environment at USC and at Marshall. I knew that the student body was ambitious, perseverant, professional, and academically and socially driven, all qualities that I find in myself and wanted to be around in a collegiate environment. A lot of it came down to the people around me. I knew that I would fit in perfectly at Marshall, both academically and socially; and as a result, most of my best friends at 'SC are in Marshall.

Advice you wish you had known while applying to college:

It would have been pretty helpful to speak to a current USC student while I was in the process of applying to answer some of the questions that I had about USC. In general, reach out to current students to create connections, to have questions answered and get inside advice to beef-up your application. That's something I didn't know, or even think, about while I was applying to schools. 

USC activities/general hobbies:

Aside from being an MSA, on campus I am a member of the Trojan Knights, USC oldest all-male brotherhood, spirit, and philanthropy social organization, I play competitively on the USC men's club Ultimate Frisbee team, and am involved with the Trojan Investing Society.

Outside of school, I am a huge sports fan and my favorite sports are football (both college and the NFL), baseball, golf, Ultimate Frisbee, and hockey. I also am  big music fan and I've played the guitar for around 6 years. I love to read and be active, whether that mean working out, playing sports, or going for a hike. 

Why do you love Los Angeles?

I love being in LA because there are so many opportunities here, whether it be from going out to explore the city and different restaurants, going to the various beaches on the weekends, to all the different internship opportunities that exist for students. LA is also such a cultural hub and I love being able to go out and see everything that LA has to offer. After NYC, LA has become a second home to me and I've been able to come to appreciate LA so much more after having been here for two years (and having a car definitely helps too).

Share a definitive freshman moment at USC:

Definitely, my most definitive freshman moment at USC has to be my first USC football game. We were playing Minnesota and the game was at noon. I walked out of my dorm around 7am to start getting ready for the game and to join everybody tailgating. What I saw when I walked outside was simply amazing; the entire quad was a sea of Cardinal and Gold as people we're already tailgating outside and getting ready for the start of 'SC football. The entirety of the day was amazing. From hanging out on campus before the game to being in the stands with my friends cheering as Barkley and Co. started off what became an amazing season. This was what I came to 'SC for (well partly...); the school spirit and the fact that the entire community unites together for a single game each week of football. This event is what began to set off everything that happened during my freshman year and all the great experiences that I had. 

Favorite USC Marshall class:

BUAD 302: Business Communication. This was my favorite overall class for a number of reasons. First, I loved my professor, Stacy Geck. While tough, she was an unbelievable mentor and someone who really cared about helping her student become better communicators and public speakers. Given that I enjoy public speaking (but actually) this experience was a great one for me to be able to continue to master that skill and gain practice in a comfortable environment. Also, the people. I made a number of really close friends in that class and being able to work with them the entire semester and on our final project made me appreciate the class and what I was learning that much more. 

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