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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Ally Kim

Ally Kim (she/her/hers)

PAL for:
ECON 352

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

Are you involved in any student organizations?
KBSO, AKPsi

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Seoul, South Korea

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, When Breath Becomes Air

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Anushka Saboo

Anushka Saboo

PAL for:
BUAD 311

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

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

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

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

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
The Palace of Illusions, The Fountainhead, Sapiens

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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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Carol Xavier

Carol Xavier (they/them)

PAL for:
ECON 351

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

Are you involved in any student organizations?
No - but I do play soccer!

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Euphoria, Lucifer, Gossip Girl, American Horror Story

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Books: On the Road, The Alchemist, Harry Potter/Twilight

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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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Emily Farshi

Emily Farshi (She/her/hers)

PAL for:
ECON 351

What are you currently majoring, minoring/specializing in?
I am majoring in business administration, while completing the pre-med requirements

Are you involved in any student organizations?
I am involved in TAMID, Hillel, Chabad, WYSE, and CAP

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

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
I am currently binge watching Friends

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
My favorite books are Pride and Prejudice and The Book Thief. My favorite podcast is The Daily

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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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Joe Altaffer

Joe Altaffer (he/him/his)

PAL for:
BUAD 306

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

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Expat Society, Daily Trojan, USC Athletics Department, Sigma Chi

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

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Animal Kingdom

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
Greenlights, A Man Called Ove, Can't Hurt me

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Joshua Zhu

Joshua Zhu (he/him/his)

PAL for:
BUAD 311

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

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Sigma Eta Pi, Alpha Phi Omega, GIVE Foundation, American Marketing Association, Chinese American Student Association

Where would you consider your hometown? (city, state)
Nantong, China and Temple City, CA

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Criminal Minds, The Rain, Fresh Off the Boat

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
The Power of Habit, Sapiens, The Ride of a Lifetime

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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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Student Interns

Student Interns are a vital part of the Core Review Sessions. Student Interns ensure that sessions run smoothly by checking in students, organizing breakout rooms and overseeing Zoom logistics. 

Bobby Voong

Bobby Voong (He/him/his)

Student intern for:
BUAD 311 & ECON 351

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

Are you involved in any student organizations?
Troy Philippines, PEER Mentorship Program, Norman Topping Student Aid Fund

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

What show(s) are you currently binge watching?
Mainly a lot of anime: Bleach, One Piece, and Dragon Ball

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter Series, Lord of the Flies

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