The Wade brothers have always been together, since they were born just minutes apart. After high school, they were accepted into 59 universities, including Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and Duke. All of them decided to go to Yale University where they were given scholarships.
They stayed in different residential colleges to move in their careers as individual people.
“In high school, we all knew the same people. So in a sense, that didn’t allow us to divert as much as we might’ve wanted to, but in college, because there are so many different types of people, and we had so many different diverse interests, I think we were able to carve our paths in our own way.”
Nigel majored in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and plans to continue being a medical doctor.
Zach double majored in chemical engineering and economics and became president of the National Society of Black Engineers at school.
Nick worked with refugees and immigrants, and pursued a degree in political science with a minor in Arabic.
Aaron double majored in computer science and psychology while also being a musical director of an acapella group.
They haven’t seen each other on campus very much; only once or twice a semester within the whole four years. They only ever overlapped in class once, with Aaron and Nigel in the same 2,000+ person psychology lecture.
“I would just be walking on the street and just be like, ‘Oh hey, there’s my brother,’” said Aaron. “When that happened, I would be shook. I’d be like, ‘Oh my God, I completely forgot that you go to this school.”
“It’s a safety net that you already always know is there, and you know you’ll always have people to support you,” Nigel added. “There’s probably no one else on the planet who understands me better than my brothers. You know that there’s someone who’s going to be in your corner.”
Most recently, they all shared a special moment together as they had their ceremonial graduation together and celebrated it with their family and friends.
Now they are ready to take the next steps in their lives.
Aaron, who will spend one more semester at Yale to complete his senior thesis, will officially graduate in December and move to New York City to work for Google. Nick and Zach will be working at Goldman Sachs, with Nick in New York City and Zach in San Francisco. Nigel is doing research in New Haven before applying to medical school.
“For a long time, it felt like we were all a singular collective unit of a protagonist in the same show,” Aaron said. “Now, oh my God. I just get to sit back and flip through the channels in each of my brother’s lives and be like, ‘Whoa, he’s doing this and this.’ It was just cool to brag like, ‘Oh, I have three brothers, and they’re all so smart and talented.”
The Wade brothers are the standard.