Cynthia Yang ’10

Alumni and Administrator

Assistant Dean of Admission and Coordinator for International Recruiting in Admission

Territory: 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?
Reach out to your Admission Counselor! I am here to guide my students through the college admission process. I can help answer questions or connect you with particular members of the Gustavus community. 

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 "typical" 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 at Gustavus want to be here and want to be part of this wonderful community! The daily interaction I have with my colleagues 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, getting to know people through conversation, and traveling. My other hobbies include: cooking, dancing, cross-fit, and checking items off my bucket list!

What is your favorite Gustavus tradition?
By far, my favorite Gustie tradition is the Midnight Express. Nothing beats being served wings and ice cream by your professors, and live entertainment before finals!


B.A., Management, Gustavus, 2010