Bryanna Wallace entered USC with her eyes set on conquering the world. As a freshman business major at USC, she took part in Marshall’s LINC program, learning about globalization and international business practices through a course and a week-long trip to Tokyo. On the flip side, she took a ballet class in the Kaufman School of Dance to fulfill her minor.
Over four years, Wallace balanced classes in entrepreneurship, management and marketing with others in dance performance, technique and theory. Pursuing two such diverse courses of study, she truly earned the distinction of Renaissance Scholar.
“I love dance because it’s such a nice creative break from the more analytical field of business and it allows me to pursue my passion,” she says. “My ultimate goal is to run my own fashion company, but after that, down the road, I’d love to open a dance studio for children.”
Wallace has been dancing since she was a toddler (though her mom tells her she was dancing in the womb). She did eight consecutive years of studio dancing, primarily ballet but also jazz, tap and hip-hop. In high school in Brea, California, she participated in show choir for six years, singing, dancing and performing competitively in a nationally ranked program.
“I love the stage,” she says, “and I knew I didn’t want dancing to go to the back. I was very intentional about it: I wanted dance to be part of my college experience and declared a minor before I started.”
In high school, Wallace also decided she was going to be an entrepreneur—and not all top-ranked business schools also have a prestigious dance school on campus. “That’s one reason I chose Marshall,” she says. “Within 10 years, I’d like to be on the way to disrupting the fashion industry.”
She's taken the multitude of opportunities Marshall offers to travel abroad. In addition to LINC, she did a fashion business and logistics internship with Kittima Milano in Italy and a semester abroad at Copenhagen Business School.
“Those were amazing experiences,” she says, “the ability to be culturally aware and really capitalize on that global mindset by not just being a tourist, but working and studying abroad.”
This summer Wallace will be starting as an associate brand manager for Kenra Platinum, a prestige professional hair product brand. Having worked previously with Kenra as an intern and showcasing her ability to be an agile learner and top achiever, higher management reached out to offer a full-time position.
Wallace, who was fortunate to pinpoint her priorities early on, has some good advice for incoming freshmen. “You have to appreciate the value of remaining rooted to who you are but not being afraid to change your perspective on what the world looks like and how you fit into it,” she says. “Who I was freshman year at the core is still very much the same, but how I see the world is very much different.”