• Investments Analyst, Wesleyan University

    JULIA TOFAN

    Julia joined the Investments Office in 2020 after graduating from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Philosophy.

What do you love about Wesleyan? 

 Wesleyan is an intellectual playground that offers academic, cultural and social resources at every turn, and most importantly, the trust in students to use those resources with a large degree of freedom. The school's liberal arts curriculum and diverse set of passions on campus prove David Epstein's point in "Range: How Generalists Thrive in a Specialized World" -- indulging in one's varied interests and allowing for breadth is not only valuable for the development of the self, but also for meaningfully contributing to the world. 

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by the following quote from David Quinn: "In fact, of course, there is no secret knowledge; no one knows anything that can't be found on a shelf in the public library." While perhaps an exaggeration, it serves as a reminder that any skill or area of knowledge that seems inaccessible may well be challenging but can be learned like anything else. But not everyone has a library, or in a modern world, the internet, time, and financial resources, and that leaves the world with a lot of unrealized potential. I'm passionate about unlocking that potential, and have enjoyed working on global entrepreneurship initiatives.

What do you care about/ do for fun?

I love playing Javanese gamelan. I first started playing at Yale, and fondly remember the awe I felt in discovering a full gamelan in all of its splendor walking into my first class. Gamelan meditatively focuses all of my thought to the present, and by nature of being less prescriptive than Western music, requires one to listen carefully for signals to know when a piece might repeat, speed up, or end. I look forward to joining Wesleyan's gamelan community group post-COVID!

 In addition to gamelan, I love traveling, hiking and learning about art history.