Within a few months, I’ll transition from student to alumna. The T’20s warned me, “Your MBA will be done before you know it, so make the most of your experience!”
To be candid, adjusting to Tuck took me a while. As an introvert, I valued Tuck's tight-knit community for building relationships. But this desire to be in a small community starkly opposes my introverted tendency that loves anonymity. Before Tuck, Los Angeles was my home and social refuge: every Saturday morning, I would go to a coffee shop to hide behind my book and drink coffee. At Tuck, hiding is impossible. The entire town of Hanover is my campus, and the closest city, Boston, is 2 hours away. However, I realized my struggle to balance my inner introvert and desire for social connection was experienced by other Tuckies. This shared internal dilemma enabled me to find belonging. As I continued to invest in Tuck, my relationships expanded beyond current students to alumni, which made my connection to Tuck even more enriching.
As I reached out to alumni at various stages of their careers, I began to see a global community.
By fostering my relationships and connecting with the greater Tuck community, I realized my MBA isn’t over. In fact, my bond with Tuck will continue to grow and strengthen even after I graduate. As I rise in the ranks, I trust the Tuck community will continue to support and celebrate my journey as it does so today. I’m honored to take on my upcoming role as a Tuck alumna. I look forward to upholding the tight-knit culture of Tuck as alumni have paved the way for me.
Cindy Yan T’22 grew up in California and received her BA in International Studies from University of California, Irvine. Prior to starting business school, Cindy worked in digital marketing at Leaf Group. At Tuck, Cindy served as co-chair of the Tuck Diversity Conference, is involved with Tuck Mentors, and is a Small Group Dinner co-chair.