PAL Application

Meet the Peer Academic Leaders and Student Interns

Marshall Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) are academic student leaders and mentors. They help students enhance their mastery and understanding of course concepts, clarify course content, and help students improve their academic performance. PALs demonstrate a mastery of the subject material and can present a model of thinking about, organizing, and understanding course content.

Alex Tse

Alex Tse (He/him/his)

PAL for:
ECON 351

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
I'm majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Environmental Studies!

Are you involved in any student organizations?
MOVE (Marshall Outreach Volunteer Entrepreneurs), Tommy's Tours, Christian Challenge, USC Garden Club

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Tustin, CA

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Survivor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, any Food Network show (I love cooking!)

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
And Then There Were None, Tuesdays with Morrie, Harry Potter

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Blake Strzepek

Blake Strzepek

PAL for:
ECON 352

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Majors: Business Administration and Political Science

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Men's Ultimate Frisbee, Spikeball Team, Global Investment Society, and Trojan Investing Society

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
East Windsor, New Jersey

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
The West Wing and Ballers

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
The Joe Rogan Experience, Pardon My Take, and 2 Bears 1 Cave

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Catherine Kim

Catherine Kim (She/her/hers)

Student Intern for:
ECON 352 & BUAD 306

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Double Major in Business Administration and Health & Human Sciences; Minor in Natural Sciences

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Trojan Health Volunteers, Community Health Connection, Smart Woman Securities

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Denver, CO

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Law & Order: SVU, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Criminal Minds

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Outliers, Catch-22, The Lightning Thief

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Jenny Back

Jenny Back (She/her/hers)

PAL for:
ECON 351

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Business Administration Major, Computer Programming Minor

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Alpha Lambda Delta

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Shanghai, China

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Parks and Recreation, Snowpiercer, Criminal Minds

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Other People's Lives; Turtles All The Way Down; Today, Explained

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Jenny Gao

Jenny Gao (She/her/hers)

PAL for:
ECON 351

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Major: BUAD Minor: Applied Analytics; Mathematical Finance

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Trojan Investment Society, Global Investing Society, Chinese American Student Association

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Vancouver, BC and Shanghai, China

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Gossip Girls, The Office, Gilmore Girls

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

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Kash Olumide- Fusika

Kash Olumide-Fusika (she/her/hers)

PAL for:
ECON 351

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Business Administration and Human Biology

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Not yet

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Nigeria

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
The Act, Outer Banks and Grey's Anatomy

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
We Bought A House and Homegoing

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Riley Sullivan

Riley Sullivan (he/him/his)

PAL for:
BUAD 306

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Business Administration

Are you involved in any student organizations?
TIS, USC American Language Institute, Marshall Research

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Armonk, NY

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Game of Thrones

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Dinosaurs with Jobs, War and Peace,  Goodnight Moon, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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Swapnika Raola

Swapnika Raola (she/her/hers)

PAL for:
ECON 351

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
I'm majoring in Business Administration with minors in Applied Analytics and Entertainment Industry.

Are you involved in any student organizations?
AIM Consulting, Troy Camp, Science Outreach

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Phoenix, AZ

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Schitts Creek, Game of Thrones, and Chopped

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Jamie Morgan

Jamie Morgan (She/Her/Hers)

PAL for:
ECON 352

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Major: Business Administration Minor: Spanish

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Marshall Business Network and Smart Woman Securities

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Denver, CO

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
The Blacklist, Succession

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Podcast: How I Built This, Book: Reconstructing Amelia

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Judy Jiang

Judy Jiang (She/Her/Hers)

PAL for:
ECON 351

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Business Administration (with an emphasis in Cinematic Arts)

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Sigma Eta Pi (SEP)

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Vancouver, Canada

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Attack on Titan

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Podcast (The Intelligence), Books (Abundance, Educated)

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Jefferson Julius

Jefferson Julius (He/Him/His)

PAL for:
BUAD 311

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Business Administration

Are you involved in any student organizations?
TIS and GIS

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Jakarta, Indonesia

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Narcos

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Sapiens, Atomic Habits and JRE

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Angelique Widjaja

Angelique Widjaja (She/Her/Hers)

PAL for:
ECON 351

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Majoring in Business Administration

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Yes

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Jakarta, Indonesia

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Euphoria and How I Met Your Mother

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
IQ84 by Haruki Murakami, The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

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Joanna Ge

Joanna Ge (She/Her/Hers)

PAL for:
BUAD 306

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Business Administration and Accounting with a minor in Computer Science

Are you involved in any student organizations?
VITA, Mock Trial, Trogons

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Shanghai, China

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Person of Interest, Criminal Minds

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, To Kill a Mockingbird, Journey Under the Midnight Sun

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Tony Wang

Tony Wang (He/Him/His)

PAL for:
ECON 351

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Business Administration and Accounting

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Accounting Society

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Toronto, Canada and Shanghai, China

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
True Detective, Better Call Saul

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Dune by Frank Herbert, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Sanika Sahasrabudhe

Sanika Sahasrabudhe (She/Her/Hers)

PAL for:
BUAD 311

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
Business Administration with a minor in Applied Analytics

Are you involved in any student organizations?
The Consulting Club at USC (Co-President), USC SCIA (Co-President)

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
San Jose, CA

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Schitt's Creek, Chuck, The Mentalist

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Matilda, Sapiens, Sherlock Holmes

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