I believe that my unique combination of leadership and analytical skills, acquired throughout my professional career and military service, combined with the understanding of human behavior that I developed while studying psychology, will enable me to be a strong contributor to the USC community.
Throughout my life, I have been involved within the community. While I was earning my bachelor’s degree, war broke out in my country. Many civilians found themselves under fire and without adequate protection, some with special needs and others desperate for emotional and mental support. As a psychology student learning about trauma, mental illness and PTSD, I didn’t hesitate when the Students Union asked for volunteers from the psychology department to initiate various projects. Our mission was to help civilians in the country’s most dangerous areas, where our help was needed most. We were 20 volunteers visiting more than 800 bomb shelters, delivering food and necessities to a total of 3,000 families. The situation calmed down, however not long after, war broke out again – more intensively and for a longer duration. I approached the Student Union and initiated a second project. This time I recruited and led 60 student volunteers, some from other school departments. This time our responsibilities included not only providing psychological support, but also acting as substitute teachers in over 20 kindergartens.
Speaking with ______ (MBA 2019), I heard about the strong sense of community on USC’s campus, and the wide variety of extracurricular activities headed by students. I am especially excited about the Graduate Marketing Association (GMA), where I will be able to gain experience and knowledge, as well as contribute from my past experiences to other association members. I also intend to bring my previous experience in initiating volunteer projects and fundraising events to the USC community by joining the Volunteer Center and by becoming an Alternative Break Trip Coordinator in the Alternative Break (AB) program. As such, I will be able to enhance students’ volunteering experience by planning and executing pre-trip marketing, recruitment and informational meetings. I am also delighted that my love of helping others and volunteering for a good cause will have an outlet in the Challenge 4 Charity weekend. I plan to organize a stellar team and together win the Golden Briefcase, by making a year-round impact through our activities in the AB program, as well as personal volunteering.
Finally, while I was working at Wise Credit, as we had no HR department, I took upon myself the aspect of fostering a true team feeling in the office. This included initiating bowling nights, weekly happy hours and company outings – all to keep the team spirit up, which I felt had a direct impact on the work everyone did and on general employee satisfaction. I plan to bring to Marshall my people skills and my high energy to initiate extracurricular events, meetups and study groups, which I believe can help unite our class and bring great satisfaction and pride in being a part of the Trojan Family.