University of Southern California

Graduate Spotlight: Kinga Marciszewska
Warsaw Native Receives Double Major in Business Communication and Accounting
May 13, 2008 • by News at Marshall

An athletic scholarship and a spot on the women's rowing team brought Warsaw, Poland native Kinga Marciszewska to USC, but her goal to study business led her to USC Marshall and a double major in Accounting and Business Administration.

"I knew I wanted to be in business from the seventh grade," she says. Drawn to numbers, Marciszewska declared her major after taking classes in the Leventhal School, "Once I got into Marshall I started taking accounting classes and I really enjoyed managerial accounting, how it applies to life and how I can help a company," she says.

At USC, Marciszewska excelled in athletics and academics. She led her team to a Pac-10 Championship and a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2005, all the while maintaining a 3.7 GPA and being named West Region Scholar Athlete in 2007, PAC-10 All Academic in 2005 and 2006 and Student-Athlete of the Month in January 2004. She also received a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship in 2007. Recently Marciszewska received an academic achievement award from the International Services Office and a scholar-athlete award. She will be recognized at USC's Student Recognition Awards.

She says balancing life as a full-time athlete, a full-time student and holding a part-time job taught her time management. Among her positions on campus, Marciszewska worked as a teaching assistant for the Core Concepts of Accounting Course and as a research assistant for Kevin J. Murhpy and Tatiana Sandino on a study about consultants and executive compensation. "Being at Marshall and doing what I was doing helped me figure out how I have to schedule my life. I don't consider myself a multitasker," she says.

Her business communication classes also helped her with her positions as assistant coach for the USC Women's Rowing Team and as team captain, as well as the director of social events for the Golden Key International Honor Society. "Talking to group of 30 or 40 people helped me talk to my team and from 10 years of managing stress before races, I was able to manage the stress of the job interview process and turn it into positive energy," she says.

Along with managerial accounting course work, Marciszewska values the faculty and that her training prepared her for immediate entry into the business world. "I remember before I declared a second major I was at a panel where different representatives from the different concentrations at Marshall were talking about their specific areas and the dean from Leventhal said that there's an increasing demand for accountants and a diminishing supply and that we'd all get jobs," she recalls. "Well, I got my offer in November, months before graduation."

After graduation, Marciszewska will take the skills she's acquired and apply them to a position with Deloitte in its audit practice in Los Angeles.

About USC Marshall School of Business
Based in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, at the crossroads of the Pacific Rim, the USC Marshall School is the best place to learn the art and science of business. The school's programs serve nearly 5,000 undergraduate, graduate, professional and executive-education students, who attend classes in facilities at the main Los Angeles campus, as well as satellite facilities in Irvine and San Diego. USC Marshall also operates a Global MBA program in conjunction with Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.