Cynthia Yang ’10

Alumni and Administrator

Assistant Dean of Admission and Coordinator for International Recruiting in Admission

Territory: St. Paul, MN; International

Life before Gustavus
Born and raised in St. Paul, MN, I am the middle child of 7 and the first with a degree from Gustavus. I was born into a world of business and had my parents’ local store as my playground. Majoring in Management at Gustavus was pure coincidence, really! No one could have predicted that I would enjoy and prefer my management  classes over biology--which crushed my parents' dream of me becoming a doctor--but it all worked out for the best. By my senior year, I found a real passion for encouraging higher education opportunities, especially to underrepresented and underprivileged students. More than anything, I seek to be an outlet for students who don’t know of the great opportunities an education can bring. After my January Interim internship with the Gustavus Admission office, I searched for an opportunity to interact with college bound students--and I didn’t have to search far! I am extremely grateful for the chance to do what I’m most passionate about at a place I love.

What is your best college search tip?
Do at least one campus visit to different types of institutions. A campus visit is crucial in the decision-making process. How else will you know which college or university is right for you? You won’t know if it’s the right place unless you do a visit.

What are your most recent professional/work projects?
When I'm not traveling and recruiting abroad, I supervise and work with current students in our tour guide and overnight hosting program. 

What do you learn from interacting with Gustavus students?
There definitely isn’t a cookie-cutter GustieGustavus students come from all walks of life and have so much to offer. Gustavus students are hard-working, well-rounded, and fun!!

What do you value most about working at Gustavus?
People here are all driven, passionate, and invested in what they do. People are here because they want to be here. The daily interaction I have with co-workers or with students will always be invaluable learning experiences.

What are your hobbies?
I love learning about people and culture. Generally, that includes trying new foods, partaking in eye-opening conversations, and traveling. My other hobbies include: cooking, reading, dancing, working out, and checking items off my bucket list.

What is your favorite Gustavus tradition?
By far, my favorite Gustie tradition is the Midnight Express. You can’t beat free wings and ice cream, live entertainment, and a study break w/ friends before finals. 


B.A., Management, Gustavus, 2010