Madison Baker

Previous Industry: Construction
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Intended Industry: Real Estate
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Hometown: Long Beach, CA; Reno, NV; Los Angeles, CA

Email Address: Madison.Baker.2020@marshall.usc.edu 

What surprised you most about Marshall?
What surprised me most about Marshall was the willingness of all my fellow students to help each other on class material. From understanding challenging concepts to helping figure out difficult portions of class projects, my classmates have been more than generous with sharing their wealth of knowledge in various backgrounds to help us all succeed and do well. A great example of this is that many of our classmates who are experts in the course material will host study sessions before exams to help the rest of us excel on the tests and conquer the concepts.

What do you wish you'd known before attending business school?
I wish I had known just how many different ways your time will be stretched and pulled in business school. Between academics, recruiting, social events, and sleep, you need to be self-aware and have a good grasp on what you would like to get out of the program in order to achieve what you came back to school for. There’s no right answer, and everyone has different priorities among this balance, so figuring out what your priorities are is important.

What leadership positions do you hold at Marshall?
I am involved in the Graduate Real Estate Association as AVP of Communications and I am also the Challenge 4 Charity board where I am AVP of our annual Gala event.

Favorite USC Marshall Experience:
My favorite USC Marshall Experience so far has been the incredible bond formed among our class. Between having all your classes together, working on group projects, social events, and various club activities, you get to know each other very well and I’ve been so happy to get know all my incredible peers at Marshall

Favorite USC Marshall Core Class:
My favorite core class was our class on Contemporary Issues in Competitive Strategy. The class was case-based, the professor was great, and my classmates were highly engaged in the material, so all these factors led to great class discussions every class. During class discussions, my classmates brought to light many different perspectives on the strategic issues companies faced in the cases, in this way it was great to hear from my peers who have a wide-range of different experiences. This environment really allowed us to learn from both our professor and from each other.

Which clubs are you involved in?
I am actively involved in the Graduate Real Estate Association, Challenge 4 Charity, Graduate Women in Business, the Marshall Wine Club, and the Marshall Outdoor Club.

Core:
B

Why did you choose Marshall?
I ultimately chose Marshall for a variety of reasons. For one, after my first campus visit to Marshall I felt like I could envision myself in the program much more so than at other programs I had toured. Marshall is also an excellent program that is on an upward trajectory that can really be sensed at the school and from the amazing caliber of students here. Another large factor that contributed to my decision was the ‘Trojan Family.’ As I was making my decision, my extended network put me in contact with a few Marshall alumni, and all of them were eager to take time out of their busy schedules to talk with me about the program. I immediately realized the level of engagement and strong network that comes with the program, and this was a big selling factor for me.

Languages:
English

Undergraduate:
Tulane University

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Madison Baker

Previous Industry: Construction
Intended Industry: Real Estate
Hometown: Long Beach, CA; Reno, NV; Los Angeles, CA