Tomy Duong

Class of
2020
,
Business Administration
,
Music Production

Areas of Interest at USC and Marshall
Diversity & Inclusion, Finance Industry, Professional Development, Music & Concerts, USC Football

What made you choose to attend USC Marshall?
When I was twelve-years-old, I visited USC and immediately knew it was my dream school; the rest is history. I really do believe Marshall is a great place to be at - from the Trojan family connections, access to renowned faculty, a vibrant student organization community, challenging upper-division course offerings, a strong emphasis on professional and career development for any career in business, and, of course, we can't forget about the beautiful Fertitta Hall. Business is really about people, and I think Marshall epitomizes this philosophy - the community here is just unparalleled.

Advice you wish you had known while applying to college:
I wish someone had told me to be intentional with the colleges I applied to. I ended up applying to so many colleges (27), spending a lot of time and effort into colleges that, even if I got accepted into, were not a match for me both socially and academically. On that note, I highly recommend incoming freshmen to really research their colleges of interest - visit the school, glance over the curriculum, talk to current students/alumni/professors, check out the club offerings, and, most importantly, assess the social fit - to determine if that college is the best match for you.

USC activities/general hobbies:
On campus, I'm involved with Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, and SpectrumSC, Marshall's LGBT business organization. Outside of school, I really enjoy going to concerts, practicing the piano, going to our football games, and am currently exploring electronic music production.

Why do you love Los Angeles?
As a native of Mississippi, I was attracted to Los Angeles because it encompassed everything I see in my ideal city: beautiful beaches, impeccable weather, great entertainment, and, of course, the Trojan family. The opportunities here are limitless, and I truly appreciate the work/life balance that Los Angeles fosters.

What global experiences have you had in college?
I was apart of the GLP Class of 2020 cohort. This program took me to Beijing and Shanghai during spring break and culminated into an internship in Taiwan the following summer. My GLP experience provided me a tangible and visible outlook on how global our economy really is. On top of learning about international business, I also had the chance to, during my time in Taiwan, travel to Singapore, Hong Kong, Burma, and Thailand. I can say that GLP undoubtedly was the best college decision I've made so far, and I'm grateful I had the chance to do all of this under Marshall's support.

Favorite USC Marshall class:
Global Leadership Program. FBE 423: Venture Capital and Private Equity is a close second - it's taught by Professor Stephen Moyer who authored "Distressed Debt Analysis," a leading text in the private equity space.

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Tomy Duong

Class of:
2020
Major:
Business Administration
Music Production