Vinodini Suresh,Bachelor's in Business Administration '15

Business as Unusual

Pursuing two contrasting but complementary majors — marketing and finance — gave Vinodini the skills to succeed after graduation.

Vinodini Suresh ’15 lived in Singapore until she was 9, when she moved with her family to New Jersey and then Texas. She speaks English, Spanish, and Tamil. No matter where she was living or what language she was speaking, her goal was always the same: Go to law school and become a corporate lawyer.

That changed in her second semester at USF, when she took Introduction to Business with Professor Nicole Nguyen.

"That course was very invigorating," she says. "It actually shows you what it means to do marketing, accounting, and finance, and how you can apply that in the workforce. And I was getting all this knowledge from an industry expert. It let me know that this is what I want to do, and this is where I belong."

There are benefits when you have a university in a city, as opposed to a college town. I wouldn't have had the same internship opportunities at a school secluded from the workforce."

Now Vinodini is immersed in the business world. She's landed coveted internships through USF’s School of Management, where her double major is finance and marketing.

"I initially chose marketing," she says. "I really love discussing what people want and need. Then I fell in love with finance as well. They're very different, but more connected than most people believe. Both are necessary for a business to be successful and thrive."

Vinodini wasn't acquainted with San Francisco before arriving at USF, but she was certain the city was where she wanted to be.

"USF is located in the heart of San Francisco," says Vinodini. "There's great access to everything from startups to major corporations here and in Silicon Valley. It makes entering the job market more approachable."

When she graduates in December, she wants to find work that uses both her majors — something creative but also analytical.

Vinodini was an intern in the wealth management division of Morgan Stanley, an investment firm. She researched potential clients to make sure they met the $10 million minimum investment threshold. She also interned at marketing startup VitaMe, where she designed vitamin packages.

USF’s location and connection to the city had everything to do with her landing such great internships, Vinodini says. "There are benefits when you have a university in a city, as opposed to a college town,” she says. “I wouldn't have had the same internship opportunities at a school secluded from the workforce."

"We all have a great sense of community, and we look out for one another. That's an important value you should take with you. You should never leave anyone behind."

Vinodini Suresh