USC Price School of Public Policy

Price Student Q&A: Alvin Neo

Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Major: Real Estate Development

Q. What inspired you to choose your major?

A. I chose the Real Estate Development Major because of its interdisciplinary approach by combining public policy, environmental, planning, and business teachings into one major.

Q. What opportunities has Price afforded you?

A. Price has enabled me to collaborate and learn from experienced and distinguished professors and working professionals in the field. Through these interactions, I have gained both an academic and real-world understanding of the issues that surround the development field and how to properly and successfully address and solve them.

Q. What skills have you developed in your time at Price?

A. Through the countless face-to-face interactions with like-minded individuals, I have developed a wide range of social interaction skills that will be immeasurably helpful in the future. I have also developed problem solving skills that have enabled me to understand the wide range of issues that developers face from beginning until end.

Q. Tell us about your internship experience.

A. I currently intern as a real estate investment analyst at Lee and Associates Investment Services Group. I analyze and valuate commercial properties all over the Southern California region using Excel and Argus. I also conduct research on properties and help develop investment memorandums for investment clients.

Q. What class have you enjoyed most at Price and why?

A. RED 362: This class was taught by Bret Nielsen, a Vice President with Caruso Affiliated. By learning from an instructor who is a current professional in the field, I have gained hands on knowledge of the challenges that developers face and how to solve it with ease.

Q. What are your future career plans?

A. Coming out of college, I would love the opportunity to get involved in the real estate investment field. Through my various classes and internship, I know that I can be successful in helping clients with their investment interests. Furthermore, I love the long-term aspect of holding on and gaining passive income through real estate investment properties. I would also like to entail my interest in the transportation field in my future career plans as transportation and a successful development project go hand in hand.

Q. What is the best advice anyone has given to you regarding your education?

A. The best advice I ever received was to keep getting yourself involved in anything and everything. College is only 4 years and is one of the best times to create lasting relationships with people from different backgrounds. By getting yourself involved, you will not only have a wide plethora of peers to count on but also professionals in the future that can help you with issues you come across.