Kathir Palaniyappan

Previous Industry: Commercial
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Intended Industry: Consulting
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Hometown: New Jersey, Ilinois

Email Address: Kathiresan.Palaniyappan.2020@marshall.usc.edu

What surprised you most about Marshall?
Everyone says it, but the environment is genuinely collaborative. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, so we leverage and draw on each other strengths. For example, throughout the semester students volunteer to lead review sessions to help other classmates who need extra support.

What do you wish you'd known before attending business school?
Be prepared to hit the ground running. The first couple of terms are intense with the core classes and you need to manage your time effectively. Especially if you are not coming from a quant background, I recommend brushing up on your accounting skills before attending.

On another note, there are so many opportunities available within Marshall, it is impossible to attend all of the workshops, social and networking events. You will have to prioritize what is important to you and make trade-offs.

What leadership positions do you hold at Marshall?
Marshall Data Analytics: AVP of Career Development, Graduate Marketing Association: AVP of Social Events,& MBA Ambassador

Favorite USC Marshall Experience:
The International Mixer has been my favorite Marshall experience so far. It was a great opportunity to meet and get to know my classmates represented from all over the globe. Moreover, I had a chance to try authentic cuisine from over 20 different countries.

Favorite USC Marshall Core Class:
Contemporary Issues In Competitive Strategy

Which clubs are you involved in?
Marshall Consulting & Strategy Club, Marshall Data Analytics Club, Graduate Marketing Association, Marshall Business Entertainment Association, Graduate Asian Business Society, Marshall Business Case Competition Group, Marshall Wine Club, MBA Ambassadors

Core:
A

Why did you choose Marshall?
Culture, Network & Location: I visited Marshall prior to accepting, and learning more about the school from the previous students, it was evident how open, social, and supportive the environment was at Marshall. Moreover, as a career switcher, I have already recognized how strong the Trojan Network is, especially with how willing alumni are to take time to help you. And it doesn’t hurt that Marshall is located in sunny Los Angeles.

Languages:
English & Basic Tamil

Undergraduate:
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign

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Kathir Palaniyappan

Previous Industry: Commercial
Intended Industry: Consulting
Hometown: New Jersey, Ilinois