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Healthy Interests

Maariyah Patel '17 merged her passion for healthcare with an interest in finance and emerged a Renaissance Scholar

May 12, 2017
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Maariyah Patel has big dreams. “I want to be the CEO of a hospital and start a nonprofit to provide educational and professional opportunities to young women in Pakistan,” she said. She tapped into USC Marshall to help her get there.

Starting her college career as a pre-med neuroscience major with a minor in public health, Patel decided to add a second minor in business. “I wanted to start my own clinic, so having a background in business would be helpful.” As she took more Marshall classes, she realized she enjoyed studying business and opted to double major.

“I merged my passions for healthcare and finance through my studies and, eventually, my career,” said Patel, a Fullerton, Calif. native who will join J.P. Morgan in New York City as a healthcare investment banking analyst.

Patel distinguished herself at USC. She is among the less than 1 percent of USC undergraduates who will receive the Order of the Laurel and the Palm for distinguished leadership, scholarship and service on and off campus. And by combining disparate areas of study, she has earned the additional honor of being named a Renaissance Scholar.

As a member of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), she helped in the effort to extend the drop deadline and pass/no pass deadline from week three to week seven. She considers this to be her proudest accomplishment at USC. “It has been really rewarding to see the positive and tangible impact my work has made on USC students,” said Patel, who served as director of academic affairs for USG.

Another highlight of her Marshall experience was serving as a peer career advisor for investment banking. Patel was also involved with the Trojan Scholars Society, serving as the executive board co-chair for two years and the director of service and philanthropy before that.

“Marshall taught me the importance of creating and maintaining meaningful relationships with my peers, professors, mentors and the Trojan Family,” Patel said.