USC Marshall

Reflections on USC Marshall School of Business

I know I said I might edit my last blog post, but I am just way too lazy to do that.  Instead, I’m going to summarize my three key take-aways from this past weekend at the USC Marshall FTMBA 2013 Admit Weekend.  I think this will be more useful and reflective to both future students and to myself in the long term than just a recap of what happened. So here we go!

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Popovich Hall

Coming at you like a freight train

I had the pleasure of visiting the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business this weekend for the admitted students weekend.  I went to LA expecting no time to hang out with my friends and all day of MBA stuff and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.  Kudos to the Admissions Ambassadors for putting together such an awesome event!

… There was so much over the past two days that I have to recompile what happened by looking at the schedule and by looking at the @USCFTMBA13 tweets …

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Capital Hearts for Japan

Capital Hearts & Hope for Japan

Over March 25 and 26, two events were held here in Washington, D.C. to benefit the survivors of the recent Japan Earthquake & Tsunami.  Both the events were co-hosted by a plethora of groups across the DMV area.  I had the pleasure of working closely with the organizers of both events and being able to see first-hand how relief fundraisers can come together in a weeks time.  One of the things that I took away from this was how incredibly fast people can work to set up an event when they’re united behind a cause. It’s really incredible that within a week the events were able to draw support ranging from the Japanese Embassy to student groups at the University of Maryland.

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Duke Club of Washington: Partners in Education

The Duke Club of Washington has an awesome program called Partners in Education.  Alumni from across the DC area partner with local area schools to serve as mentors to the students.  Recently, at the behest of Kim, I participated in a field trip to Cox Farms in Virginia with first graders.  I got to say, it was a lot of fun.  I’m really glad that I was able to be a part of the field trip and meet the students.  I don’t have much interaction with kids in my work or in my other volunteer activities, and I was really inspired by how intelligent and inquisitive the first graders were.

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Immigration, Immigration

Disclaimer: My personal views might have affected this blog due to some selective hearing…

On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) hosted an immigration debate featuring both progressive and conservative debaters.  This event was the brainchild of my colleague, vice-chair Jonathan To, who realized last year the potential of bringing together speakers from opposite sides to debate the issues at hand after CAPAL’s healthcare panel.

The debate was an Oxford style debate modelled after the Intelligence Squared style that is so popular throughout media.  The motion discussed at table was “We should provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.”

The side arguing for the motion cited reports from the Cato Institute about the economic impact of immigrants and also the emotional impact of having undocumented immigrants and their families torn apart.

The side arguing against the motion pointed to studies that discredited the economic impact that immigrants had, and advocated for stronger enforcement while acknowledging the situation had to be dealt with in the long term.

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