Natalie Hayakawa

Class of
2020
,
Business Administration & Psychology

Areas of Interest at USC and Marshall
1. Psychology
2. Trojan Family
3. Management and Organization
4. Campus Involvement
5. Professional and Academic Growth

What made you choose to attend USC Marshall?
I was accepted to USC as a Psychology major and after my first semester here, I began to explore the idea of adding a second major. At the time, my older brother was a junior in Marshall and after seeing his experience and the opportunities presented to him, I decided to apply to Marshall to add Business Administration as my second major. Being in Marshall has provided me with plenty of opportunities for professional development both in and out of the classroom environment and has made me feel really connected to the Trojan Family.

Advice you wish you had known while applying to college:
While applying to college, I wish I had known that it's okay not to know what you want to do with your life or what major to choose. College is an excellent time to explore different opportunities, whether that be through taking courses that are not in your specific college/major or gaining work-experience through summer internships.

USC activities/general hobbies:
USC Activities: USC Helenes, Marshall Women's Leadership Board (MWLB), Dornsife Student Ambassadors, on-campus research, MoneyThink
General Hobbies: watching movies, traveling, knitting, exploring LA

Why do you love Los Angeles?
I love Los Angeles because of it's diversity. Los Angeles is home to so many cultures and ethnicities that I get to learn something new each day. There's also a plethora of activities to do and tons of places to eat. One of my favorite things to do is catching the metro and spending the day in Santa Monica!

What global experiences have you had in college?
This upcoming Spring (2019), I will be studying abroad at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain through Marshall's International Exchange Program (IEP).

What internship/employment opportunities have you taken advantage of at Marshall?
The ConnectSC website has been very helpful when applying for on-campus jobs and internships. In addition to ConnectSC, the Marshall Career Source has given me the opportunity to attend career development programs such as Excel workshops. I have also attended Trojan Talks, where different companies come to campus, allowing students to network and hear about career opportunities and gain exposure to the organization's culture.

Favorite USC Marshall class:
My favorite class at Marshall has been BUAD304. As a double-major in Psychology and Business Administration, this course really touched upon material that overlaps my two fields of studies. This course inspired my interest in organizational management in the workplace.

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Natalie Hayakawa

Class of:
2020
Major:
Business Administration & Psychology