Davis Nguyen is a first-generation college graduate and the founder of My Consulting Offer, a company that helps people land their dream jobs in management consulting. Davis was raised by a single mother who didn’t finish elementary school and grew up in one of the most impoverished communities in the U.S. He started his career at Bain & Company before leaving to join an education company, while starting My Consulting Offer as a weekend side business in 2017. In 2018, Davis became a full-time entrepreneur. Since that time, he has helped more than 500 people launch careers in consulting, grown his business to a team of more than 50 people, and was featured at TEDx.
Here, he talks about the seminal moment that drew him to Yale, reflects on what it meant to be the first in his family to graduate college, and how his time at Yale laid the groundwork for his current success.
I come from a family of immigrants who didn’t attend college (or most of them even high school), so when the opportunity came to attend Yale, my family asked, “What is Yale? Is that a good college?” So it was a decision that was driven by me to attend. What convinced me was the feeling I had when I visited Bulldog Days. I left the week thinking, “Wow, if I could have that feeling for four years, I can’t imagine a better place I want to be.” At the time I was deciding between a few schools, including Harvard and Brown, as top choices, but Yale and what I felt during Bulldog Days convinced me that there was no other choice.
What is the most enduring memory of your time at Yale?
Class Day was my most enduring memory because I got to reflect back on how much I’d changed since first coming to campus with my oversized suitcase to L-Dub and now being able to be with my friends and family as I ended my college days at Yale. I remember how happy it made me to know my family’s sacrifices to move to America allowed me to be the first in our family to attend and graduate college and to share hugs with the friends and professors I made, who four years earlier were just strangers to me, but now were people who forever changed my life.
If you could relive your time at Yale, what would you do differently?
I wouldn’t change anything because everything that happened at Yale made me who I am today. As embarrassing as serenading a crush who turned me down or as sad as it was to find out my aunt passed away in the middle of section, each memory made me who I am today and made me appreciate my time at Yale. So unless I didn’t like who I am today, I wouldn’t change anything.
What would you do exactly the same?
I would still take classes I enjoyed, including as a freshman bothering the professors of senior seminars to get me in. Saying “yes” to opportunities I never thought about, such as coordinating a benefit concert when I had no experience. And taking every opportunity to meet and get to know the people around me so we could both learn and grow. For me, Yale felt like a four-year summer camp, and I would make sure it felt the same way if I could do it all again.
Favorite spot on campus, past or present?
My favorite spot on campus was Payne Whitney Gym because it was where I learned to love my body, something I didn’t before Yale. It was where I had a morning routine to work out, afternoon routine to learn to swim, and evening dance sessions in the dance studios. PWG was on campus but felt like its own world where I could go whenever I needed. I even used PWG’s rooms for study groups.
Favorite spot in New Haven, past or present?
My favorite spot in New Haven is East Rock for the many purposes it served during my time at Yale. I will always remember the fall Sunday morning runs with my roommate, as we both set a goal to run to and from East Rock to lose weight, the spring picnics with friends, classmates, and organizations, and the summers eating ice cream atop East Rock.
New Haven pizza preference?
Modern Apizza was the first pizza I had in New Haven and it’s still my favorite whenever I return.