Sandra Luo

Previous Industry: Insurance, Data Analytics
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Intended Industry: Consulting, Human Capital
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Hometown: Pleasanton, CA, USA
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Previous Location: Boston, MA, USA

Email Address: Sandra.Luo.2021@marshall.usc.edu

Pronouns:
they/them/theirs

What surprised you most about Marshall?
Most schools will brag about their network, but I've found the Trojan Network to be unbelievably beneficial as I explore future career opportunities. I've spoken to both USC and Marshall alumni alike and most alumni who I reach out to get back to me in less than 24 hours. I've gotten incredibly honest feedback and have made really meaningful connections with people.

What do you wish you'd known before attending business school?
Take time off before starting. I was told by so many people how important it was to take a vacation or leave a few weeks in between quitting my job and starting school. Taking the time off to relax and travel or even explore LA would have been so much appreciated now that we're constantly busy!

What leadership positions do you hold at Marshall?
Diversity and Inclusion Representative - Marshall Graduate Student Association, Co-Director - Marshall MBA Ambassadors, AVP of Inclusion - Graduate Women in Business, AVP of Outreach and Education - Marshall Pride

What is your favorite USC Marshall experience:
I've really loved doing case competitions with my classmates. A case competition is an event where teams of students receive a case study for a limited period of time. During this period, the teams must identify the most prominent issues facing the company and develop a strategy to address these key issues in order to help companies achieve their goals. I have really enjoyed  working with different people and coming up with creative ideas to tackle the problem we were presented. I've been fortunate to have won first and third place with my teams in the two competitions I've been in so far and I'm signing up to do at least three more!

What is your favorite USC Marshall core class:
Corporate Finance - with Dean Suh-Pyng Ku and Prof. Scott Abrams.

Which clubs are you involved in?
Business of Entertainment Association, Marshall Interactive Gaming Association, Marshall, Outdoor Club, Marshall Wine Club, Leadership and Organization, Marshall Business Competition Program

Core:
A

Why did you choose Marshall?
For me, it came down to where I felt like I fit in the most. When I visited campus for my interview, I signed up to do a class visit and information session. I remember feeling nervous to be on campus, but when I arrived, I felt right at home. I was blown away by how eager my Ambassador was to connect me with her peers who were interested in building equity, diversity, and inclusion into their future careers. I loved the camaraderie that I felt on campus when I visited and knew that this would be the right school for me.

Languages:
English, Mandarin

Undergraduate:
Brandeis University

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Sandra Luo

Previous Industry: Insurance, Data Analytics
Intended Industry: Consulting, Human Capital
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA, USA
Previous Location: Boston, MA, USA