USC Marshall Defines Flexibility

October 09, 2019
• by
Dajah Pickering

In high school, I had very minimal control over what classes I wanted to take and when I wanted to take them considering the six-period itinerary kept my temporal freedom pretty limited. Even throughout all of my academic years prior to coming to USC, I was expected to stick to the rigid schedule that ensured that I started school at 8 am and ended at 3 pm every single day, only leaving the weekends as the pockets of daytime that I could utilize freely. However, at USC, students have the complete power to customize our class schedules, thus giving me the ability to tailor our daily academic expectations to fit with the non-scholastic demands of my life.       

Beginning a couple of weeks before I moved to campus, I got to meet with an advisor at orientation where I got to browse the course catalog and choose the classes that caught my eye. While registering, I was able to visualize exactly how my weeks would be laid out, getting the chance to see when I would start my days later, when I would have those breaks to grab some lunch, and when I could possibly squeeze a mid-day nap into my daily agenda. In college, the days move so quickly and are so busy that I often find myself scheduling meetings, interviews, and study sessions at odd hours of the day that just happen to fit perfectly in between my morning and afternoon class and works well with the equally bustling schedules of my peers and professors.

In addition to being allowed total control of my day-to-day availability, USC also offers extensive freedom in giving students to have total control of their academic paths. The course load within the Marshall School of Business, despite being relatively heavy, still grants me room in my 4-year plan to pursue involvement in other areas of study. Specific to me, beyond being encouraged by my Marshall advisors to take courses outside of the business scope, I am currently pursuing my Business Administration degree from Marshall along with a double-minor in Psychology and African American Studies both of which are from USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science. The opportunity to squeeze in the minors are especially encouraging for me because it has helped me find a sense of balance in that studying about my career-oriented passions while exploring my non-business-related interests concurrently eases the stress attributed to only taking the weighty classes strictly for my major.

In the future, I hope to get involved with the numerous study abroad opportunities that Marshall presents which would be an entirely new adjustment to my academic career that will undoubtedly find a place within my 4-year plan. USC as an institution really values offering students the chance to tailor our collegiate experiences to be valuable contributions to our individual interests and long-term goals. By giving me the opportunity to work towards a degree specific to everything that I am interested in is incredibly special.