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What surprised you most about Marshall?
My USC Marshall experience has been filled with positive surprises. In addition to recently achieving top 20 status, Marshall was the first major business school to reach gender parity in a full-time MBA cohort; it is invigorating to be part of the 52% women in the class of 2020. I was also pleasantly surprised by how regularly alumni return to campus to guest lecture, speak on panels, and recruit Trojan talent. I have especially enjoyed gaining insight from alumni in the real estate industry, both on and off campus.
What do you wish you'd known before attending business school?
A few weeks before our program began, I realized that a pre-MBA internship is a potential pathway that can be especially helpful for industry and/or function switchers. Although I did not have that experience, I participated in the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and Forté conferences during the summer, where I began the recruitment process with companies that are committed to diversity and inclusion, while bonding with Marshall staff and future classmates; this helped set the tone nicely for my first day at Marshall.
What leadership positions do you hold at Marshall?
I am serving as a Marshall MBA Ambassador, and as Associate Vice President (AVP) of Finance for the Latino Management Business Association and AVP of Diversity and Inclusion for the Graduate Real Estate Association.
Favorite USC Marshall Experience:
The Orange County Real Estate Trek was an energizing experience. We made our way to board rooms, construction sites, and newly re/developed sites. Practitioners from The Irvine Company, EQ Office, CBRE, Garden Communities, Lyon Living, Sares-Regis, and Cushman & Wakefield were incredibly generous with their time.
Favorite USC Marshall Core Class:
My cohort is experiencing a new Core curriculum, which a team led by Dean Ku thoughtfully put together to respond to student feedback and to ensure that Marshall remains competitive. I am thoroughly enjoying the reflective nature of “Foundations of Your Professional Value,” a new course led by Professor Kirk Snyder; it is helping grow our self-awareness. I look forward to reading the book he is currently working on.
Which clubs are you involved in?
I am a member of the following campus organizations: Graduate Real Estate Association, Latino Management and Business Association, Graduate Women in Business, American Finance Association, Entrepreneur and Venture Management Association, Marshall Data Analytics Club, Net Impact, and Mindful Marshall.
Why did you choose Marshall?
“Location! Location! Location!” I grew up in Ventura County, not far from USC. Despite my travel to 10 countries and 17 U.S. states, I have yet to find a place that draws me in the same way as this part of Southern California. I intend on staying in the area post-MBA, and the Trojan real estate network, which is known for looking out for one another, is especially strong here. When I visited campus during the application process, the sense of “family” was palpable, and I knew I was in the right place.
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