Email Address: Jimmy.Zhang.firstname.lastname@example.org
What surprised you most about Marshall?
The Trojan family. I had heard a lot about the network so I expected a strong community coming in, but I didn't realize how amazing this network was until I arrived. Everyone here is so accomplished, driven and supportive. I've found that being a Marshall student really opens doors: my classmates have connected me with their network and alums are willing to take a call or respond to e-mails.
What do you wish you'd known before attending business school?
Everyone tells you how busy school can be and that you will have to prioritize. So if possible, take the time to relax and plan out how you want to use your first year. Once school begins, don't lose sight of what you want to achieve. An MBA is an opportunity to grow professionally and personally but will require trade-offs. Having a plan and being mindful of what you want to be invovled in will help you stay on top of things.
What leadership positions do you hold at Marshall?
AVP Events - Healthcare Leadership Association, AVP Marketing & Alumni Relations - Marshall Graduate Student Association, Marshall Leadership Fellow, Marshall MBA Ambassador
What has been your favorite USC Marshall experience?
Getting to know my classmates in light of the pandemic and representing USC at case competitions. There are so many interesting people in my class and I think it's fantastic we've been able to take advantage of our location to bond and get to know each other in a socially distanced way!
What is your favorite USC Marshall core class?
Contemporary Issues in Competitive Strategy
Which clubs are you involved in?
Marshall Consulting & Strategy Club, High Tech Association, Healthcare Leadership Association, Marshall Data Analytics Club, Entrepreneurship & Venture Management Association
Why did you choose Marshall?
The location and community. I had clients in Los Angeles before but always wanted to truly experience the city. I also wanted to be part of a tight-knit community and the size of Marshall's class, which was a little over 200, was attractive. What sealed the deal were my interactions with the ambassadors and students during and after my visit. Everyone I connected with was generous with their time and interested in helping each other out. I could see myself contributing and flourishing in this kind of community and felt this would be the right school for me.
University of California, Berkeley