Alyssa Lam

Class of
Business Administration

Areas of Interest at USC and Marshall
1. Consulting
2. Global Experience
3. Professional Development
4. Community Service
5. Dance

What made you choose to attend USC Marshall?
USC and Marshall offered the complete package to me during my college search due to its stellar academics, curriculum flexibility, and global emphasis. Without a doubt, Marshall offers business students a well-rounded and comprehensive business education that will prepare them for a career in whatever industry they choose to pursue. I love that Marshall offers so many organizations and events to cater to all students, whether it be consulting-oriented clubs or mentorship programs. I also was attracted to the flexibility of the USC education and the ability to pursue interests in very different disciplines. As a competitive dancer for 15 years, I knew I wanted to attend a school that would allow me to continue that passion while still giving me a stellar academic education. USC has allowed me pursue a dance minor in the Kaufman School, and I think this aspect has really enhanced my USC experience. Additionally, as a student interested in working abroad, I loved the emphasis that Marshall places on international experiences. For example, Marshall allowed me the opportunity to visit Shanghai and Beijing in the spring of my freshman year with my GLP (Global Leadership Program) peers.

Advice you wish you had known while applying to college:
As a high school senior, I wish I had known that a school’s fit matters a lot more than it's ranking or prestige. It is easy to get caught up in the craziness of the process, but try to tailor your college search to your individual priorities and not just apply to schools for the sake of applying. I ended up applying to 22 schools, many of which I knew very little about and frankly had little interest in attending. Make sure you know what you are looking for in a school- you can save a lot of time, money, and tears this way! I would recommend talking to current students from the school and finding out their personal experience in their program. Also, a big part of the fit of the school is location. I applied to Midwest and east coast schools knowing I don’t handle cold weather well at all and most likely wouldn’t be happy in that environment. Pick a school that will challenge you academically, but also allow you to enjoy a balanced social life!

USC activities/general hobbies:
Trojan Consulting Group, Marshall Business Student Government, Alpha Phi Sorority

Why do you love Los Angeles?
There is no shortage of things to do in LA! From amazing brunch spots to accessible beaches and hikes, there is sure to be an activity that satisfies everyone. And you can’t beat the perfect weather!

What global experiences have you had in college?
I was a part of the Global Leadership Program (GLP) during my freshman year, and interned in Hong Kong the summer after freshman year as part of the Winslow-Maxwell program.

I also had the opportunity to consult on an international client last semester through the Trojan Consulting Group. My TCG peers and I traveled to Canada last semester to present our final deliverable to our client. Although it was during finals week, the experience was unforgettable!

What internship/employment opportunities have you taken advantage of at Marshall?
I interned abroad my freshman summer thanks to the Winslow-Maxwell program here at Marshall. My experience working abroad allowed me to experience global business first-hand.

I interned my sophomore summer at Johnson & Johnson in Orange County, CA. As a business student with a strong interest in the healthcare industry, this internship was a great way to experience the intersection of the two fields.

Favorite USC Marshall class:
Global Leadership Program with Professor Carl Voigt!


Alyssa Lam

Class of:
Business Administration