Young Chaldeans poised to take over the world

Michael Sarafa

Michael Sarafa

This month’s CN covers two outstanding young Chaldean men who earned early admittance to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, one of the premier undergraduate business colleges in the world. There’s at least one other from the community who we were able to identify. All three are the sons of medical doctors.

The preferred admission process for this program is highly selective. For those admitted on a preferred basis, the average high school GPA is 3.89. The average SAT score is 1480 and the average ACT score is 33. Less than 20 percent of those that apply are accepted and the applicants are the creme de la creme of high school students from around the country. (Less than half are Michigan residents).

But these young men represent a generation that is destined for great things. Repeatedly, in the
last several years, we have seen astonishing success of the new Chaldean generation in school, in business and in the professions. We are just two generations removed from a community that was largely farmers and merchants. There is barely a Chaldean more than 50 years old who was born in the United States. The elements of this success seem deeply imbedded somehow in the DNA of our forefathers.

The speed in which individuals in the Chaldean community have risen to the top of nearly every profession and excelled in business opportunities far and wide is truly remarkable. I recently had lunch with a highly successful Chaldean man who has had great success in Florida who told me he continues to be impressed with the younger generation each time he visits Michigan. No where else in the country, he told me, does he see the hustle, the work ethic, the risk taking, the business acumen and the brain power.

I think — please excuse the hyperbole — that the young Chaldeans born in the 20 years between 1985-2005 are poised to take over theworld. And why not?

It’s hard to predict what their children will come to be and how connected to the community they will stay. But the current cast, for the most part, are still steeped in Chaldean culture and history. Each of the next generations will be less and less so. History dictates that this will be true.

But for now, the promise of this generation will prove to be one of the great success stories in the long and storied history of the Chaldean people.

Rise up, young Chaldeans! The world is yours!