Wataru Takahashi ’24
MBA Class of 2024
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Undergraduate Institution and Major
Hokkaido University, Agricultural Economics
Master's Degree Institution and Major
Hokkaido University, Bio-systems Sustainability
The Norinchukin Bank, Finance
Clubs and Affiliations
Impact Investing Club, Investment Management Club, Food, Agribusiness, and Beverage Club, Private Equity & Venture Capital Club, Japan Club
Japan Club Co-President
Tell us about your International Experience trip. Where did you go? What was your favorite experience?
My International Experience in Uruguay far exceeded my expectations, as it was filled with an abundance of marvels and discoveries. Starting from a pre-trip discussion with Uruguayan Vice President Beatriz Argimón, we were privileged to have in numerous sessions with the founders and executives of top companies, where I was able to gain unique insights and learn from real-world examples. Witnessing the commitment and resilience of these management professionals, as they took risks to navigate Uruguay's fast-growing business environment, left a lasting impression on me. I was struck by the scene where impromptu small discussions, involving even the founders, occurred in Q&A sessions as if we had been in a classroom; which made me think that it was a perfect representation of the characteristics of Yale students, brimming with intellectual curiosity. I also enjoyed visiting the famous Bodega Garzón Vineyard to learn about sustainability, watching a soccer game to cheer on Professor Lorenzo Caliendo's favorite team, and spending evenings with my classmates, and discussing our experiences while watching the sunset on the beach and gathering around campfires. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience that truly embodied the phrase "Study Hard, Play Hard."
Talk to me about...
Being a first-generation college student