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Real Humans of MBA Students: USC Marshall MBA Class of 2023

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usc mba class 2023Vaibhav Singh, USC Marshall MBA Class of 2023

Age: 29
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Undergraduate Institution and Major: New York University Stern School of Business, Double major finance and economics
Pre-MBA Work Experience (years, industry): Deloitte Consulting for 6 years 

Why did you make the decision to attend business school? Why now?
I’ve always wanted to work within the film industry and eventually open my own independent film studio. I was already planning on moving to LA to pursue my passion, but once the pandemic hit and shut everything down, I had to pivot plans. I didn’t want to waste any time, and I felt that USC could provide me with the connections and education to best position me to make the transition to the film industry. 

Why did you choose USC Marshall? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
For me the number of alumni within the entertainment industry was big for me. Plus the Trojan Entertainment Network, a private group of MFA and MBAs, seemed like a passionate group that supported each other. That sort of community is a unique draw that USC has. This network and getting to live in LA, where I’ve always wanted to be, were the deciding factors for me. 

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2023?
Oh wow, I’d say my extensive experience in business helps me provide guidance and support to my fellow students. I also am an AVP of community in MGSA so I try to bring the class together as much as I can. Keep it a welcoming space for people to mingle, bond, and grow. 

Tell us a fun fact that didn’t get included on your application:
I have run with the bulls in Pamplona. 

Post-MBA career interests:
Film Production 

Advice for Current Prospective Applicants:
–What is one thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?
Be honest about your passions. The school is determined to help you succeed in your chosen line of work, and that passion and excitement is infectious. It will help you stand out. 

–What is one thing you would change or do differently?
Nothing honestly.

–What is one part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
Who wouldn’t want to skip the GMAT if they could haha.

What is your initial impression of the USC Marshall students/culture/community?
The idea of the Trojan Family is real. Alumni are always ready to help and be in communication with you as a student. It is unique passion that other schools don’t seem to have.   

What is one thing you have learned about USC Marshall that has surprised you?
The school is consistently trying to evolve and provide unique learning experiences for up-and-coming industries. They have open dialogues with students to understand their needs and they do their best to address them. 

Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your personal application or admissions process in any way? If so, how?
Not really, besides pushing me towards business school in the first place. 

What is one thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
The rapid turnaround into internship networking and recruitment. No time to settle in and learn, so you have to be efficient with your time. 

What is one thing you are most excited about in your first year?
Exploring LA. I love this city and want to spend as much time diving into it and it’s various cultures.

Posted in: Real Humans of MBA Class of 2023, Real Humans of MBA Students

Schools: USC / Marshall

About the Author

Lauren Wakal

Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.

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