Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Alfonso decided to leave his home country at age 15 to attend an international boarding school in Quebec, Canada. Speaking Spanish, English, and French, Alfonso had a plethora of opportunities when it came to continuing his education.
“Being from Mexico and then studying in Canada, I didn't really know much about the process for applying to university in the US, and Crimson really helped me understand and have a better grasp on how that worked,” Alfonso shares. “I also have to be honest-- I had no idea of where I wanted to study! Initially, I thought I wanted to go to Stanford. Then after I started working with Crimson, I was really able to find more universities that I thought I would be interested in.”
“George [Alfonso's strategist] really helped me out with the bigger picture and was a huge help because I was really able to grasp everything that I needed to do in a holistic manner. He guided me through every single detail that I needed to consider to make the most out of my time,” Alfonso recalls.
“My team really prepared me properly. I had a lot of support throughout the process to make sure that I really increased my chances of being as successful as possible in all of these very competitive applications,” Alfonso reflects.
The most difficult part of the application process for Alfonso came after the applications were submitted: “I never really thought that deciding which university to go to would be probably the hardest part of the whole application process. I remember sitting down with George after I got the letters back and I was like, ‘how am I even going to decide where I want to go now?’
George really helped me figure out how to research more into these universities, why I liked each of them, and sort of like compare and contrast. I think I had a running document of like over 10 pages on all of these universities,” jokes Alfonso. “George sat down with me and we talked through my ideas. It was nice that he was there to confirm that intuition that I had, that USC was the right school for me.”
While he has a few more years left at the Marshall School of Business at USC, Alfonso has big dreams he looks forward to. Alfonso looks forward to interning with Goldman Sachs or Credit Suisse in the coming summers and pursuing a career in investment banking. Until then, Alfonso is making the most of life at USC and is involved in several on-campus organizations.