August 14 marked the beginning of orientation for the Master’s in Asset Management program, and we in Admissions were thrilled to welcome the 57 Class of 2024 members to New Haven.
The Class of 2024 is a globally diverse cohort with 15 citizenships represented. Among the class members, 95% speak two languages or more, and 30% speak three or more, including German, Spanish, French, Hindi, Japanese, Punjabi, Swedish, Urdu, Chinese, Finnish, Italian, Lithuanian, Russian, Swahili, and Telugu.
You aren’t likely to find this group sitting still for long—nearly every student is involved in athletic activities, including surfing, skiing, playing baseball, shooting hoops, hiking, diving, golfing, backpacking, mountaineering, running, playing tennis, cycling, bodybuilding, figure skating, ballroom dancing, horseback riding, swimming, weight-lifting, snowboarding, and so much more. One classmate reported training for a 50k trail race with a running streak of more than 290 days, while another completed an astonishing 1,200-mile bike ride.
In the résumé section of the application—the Admissions Committee’s favorite section—our students listed many fun interests and hobbies, including attending food festivals, collecting 18th- and 19th-century cartography, caring for houseplants, watching Formula One racing, baking Portuguese egg tarts and blueberry pies, chess, geeking out over aviation and cars, painting with watercolors and oils, considering the validity of conspiracy theories, painting with wildlife conservation, and enjoying Japanese anime, LEGOs, and roller coasters.
Speaking of interests, one of our Asset Management students (and my new personal hero) has taken their love of coffee a few steps further than most by attaining SCA certifications in intermediate-level sensory skills and brewing. In fact, you can look to the Asset Management class for a number of certificate-level skills, including certification in open water scuba diving in five countries and several high-level piano certifications. Piano is played by nearly half of the class, but drums, flute, guitar, accordion, and ukulele players round out the program’s future band.
With so many interests and talents, what brings the Class of 2024 together is their aspiration to both do good and do well in their asset management careers, embodying the school’s mission of educating leaders for business and society. We are so excited for them to begin this journey!
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Yale School of Management