Jonathan Yang credits going to Gustavus Adolphus College for helping him find his place in the world. In high school he was extremely shy and Gustavus has helped him come out of his shell. Coming to St. Peter, Yang said, “was an opportunity to make my own decisions and do things for myself.”
A junior, Yang is majoring in management and Japanese studies. He was awarded the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota Scholarship, which supports students of color who are from Minnesota and have a business-related major. Yang knew he wanted to attend after visiting Gustavus. “The Wells Fargo Scholarship helped alleviate the cost burden on my family,” Yang said.
Studying abroad in Japan has been the aspect of his education that has had the most influence on him. He credits the time he spent studying and living abroad with helping him to grow and learn more about himself.
On campus Yang is involved with Hmong American Culture Outreach (HACO), which helps bring Hmong culture to Gustavus. HACO has not only allowed Yang to help Gustavus connect with Hmong culture but he said it has also helped him connect more deeply with his Hmong identity. He’s also active with the college’s entrepreneurship club, which helps him engage with his management major in a unique way.
Yang doesn’t know exactly what he wants to do after graduation but he does know he wants to work or study in Japan. “I feel like I could do anything right now,” Yang said. “And I know I want to use both of my majors by living in Japan again.”