Launched in 2011, the Transfer Counselor Program is designed to help incoming transfer students adjust to life at Yale and explore the full realm of their interests. Trocos are students who transferred to Yale in previous years, and who are interested in providing guidance and mentorship to the incoming class. Each new transfer student will be assigned a troco during the summer, and this troco will serve as both a friend and a mentor to them throughout the academic year. However, accepted students are encouraged to explore the bios of all troco, and to contact any troco with questions specific to his or her academic or extracurricular interests. All troco are happy to answer any and all questions about the Yale experience.

Head Counselors

Gabriel Conte Cortez Martins

Hi everyone! My name is Gabriel and I am a rising senior in Jonathan Edwards College majoring in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. I’m originally from Brazil and moved to Miami, Florida, four years ago, where I attended The Honors College at Miami Dade College for two years before transferring to Yale last fall. On campus, you can find me working as the event coordinator of AIDS Walk New Haven, doing structural biochemistry research in Professor Paulsen’s Lab, volunteering with HAPPY, and attempting not to fall face-first on the ice in JE’s intrammural broomball team. After Yale, I want to attend medical school and pursue a career in oncology, while writing novels in my free time. Don’t hesitate to reach out at gabriel.contecortezmartins@yale.edu if you have any questions or want to hear more about Yale. Congratulations on your acceptance to Yale and I can’t wait to meet you in the fall!

Isabel Rooper

Hi everyone! We’re so excited to welcome you to the Yale community. My name is Isabel Rooper and I’m from Portland, Oregon. I’m a rising senior in Ezra Stiles college (go Moose!), majoring in political science. I transferred from Notre Dame as a junior. When I’m not bragging about Stiles pizza or running to East Rock, you can find me working at the Office of New Haven and State Affairs or climbing up rocks with the Yale Climbing Team. I worked on Ned Lamont’s gubernatorial campaign through the Yale College Democrats, and I’m currently working on Justin Elicker’s mayoral campaign. I’ll be in New Haven this summer through the President’s Public Service Fellowship. Post-graduation, I plan to work on a presidential campaign and then head to law school. I’m more than happy to talk about any questions/fears/concerns, great or small, so please reach out if you need anything (isabel.rooper@yale.edu). See you soon!

Ahmed Allawi

My name is Ahmed Allawi. I’m a rising junior in Pauli Murray College studying economics and applied mathematics. I’m originally from Mclean, VA, a suburb of DC, and I transferred to Yale from Tufts after my freshman year. At Yale, I’m part of the Urban Philanthropic Fund, a student investment group which uses its returns to support nonprofit organizations in New Haven. I also play on Yale Club Squash and will be serving as co-president of Yale Undergraduate Diversified Investments. I’m really excited to meet all of you, and I hope to make your transition to Yale as smooth as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out for any reason (ahmed.allawi@yale.edu). I will be in New York throughout this summer, and I would be more than happy to connect with any of you if you’re in the area. 

Lizzie Bjork

I’m originally from Oakland, California, and I spent three semesters at Rice University before transferring to Yale in fall 2018. During my semester off last spring, I worked at a coffee shop and interned for Senator Kamala Harris — two valuable experiences that were a great change of pace from school. Here at Yale, I’m majoring in diplomatic and international history. I’m also the treasurer for the Yale Democrats, a member of Yale Ramona (women’s club frisbee), and a leader for FOOT (first-year outdoor orientation trip — which is also open to transfers and SO much fun!) I’ll be in New Haven this summer and would love to meet anyone who’s planning to visit. 

Rachel Diaz

I was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Miami, FL where I attended Miami Dade College for two years before transferring to Yale in fall 2017. Having been discouraged from studying economics while at community college, I realized female enrollment in the major was an issue nationwide and I’m now tackling the problem as co-president of the Yale Women in Economics Organization. When not contacting speakers or trying to survive my economics classes, I choreograph and dance for Sabrosura, Yale’s undergraduate Latin dance team. While I’m no expert in econ or salsa dancing, I’m probably better equipped to answer questions about the latter. I’m easily spotted on campus as I’m usually taking pictures of anything that captures my attention, regardless of time or place. Feel free to come up to me with any questions you may have – I may not always have the answers, but I can probably get you a decent new profile picture.

Caroline Dunleavy

My name is Caroline Dunleavy and I am a rising junior in Pauli Murray College. I transferred from Notre Dame before my sophomore year. I am from Darien, CT, and plan to major in political science. I am the incoming captain of the varsity women’s tennis team, and I am on the board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. I am also involved in Athletes in Action, a Christian ministry group on campus. This summer, I will be studying in Tokyo through a Yale Summer Abroad program. I will take two Humanities courses while living with a host family. Our class will also visit both Hiroshima and Kyoto. Although it was difficult to adjust to life at Yale when I first arrived on campus, the transfer community made my transition much easier. I am excited to make sure that you feel the same way! Please reach out with any questions, concerns, or anything else and I will be happy to talk (caroline.dunleavy@yale.edu).

Authia Gray

Hello! I am a senior in Pierson college and a happy biomedical engineering major. Beyond working with the transfer community, I devote my time to on-campus research in Professor Humphrey’s lab. I am from Washington State and originally transferred from Tacoma Community College as a sophomore. Please don’t hesitate to send me questions at authia.gray@yale.edu. I’d love to help if you need assistance mapping out your class schedule or finding research labs!

Monica Groth

I am a junior majoring in the history of science. I grew up in the small rural town of Aurora, NY, next to Cayuga Lake, where I loved to spend my days reading novels in the woods and at the dock. I studied chemistry and American history for one year at Wellesley College before enrolling in a maritime studies program at Mystic Seaport, CT. This program was such a fun and interdisciplinary experience that it inspired me to challenge myself intellectually and get what I had really wanted out of college. I began studying marine biology and maritime history and became interested in shipwreck diving and underwater archaeology. At Yale, I study archaeology and the history of science in the hopes of blending the two into the perfect thesis. I am involved socially in the Independent Party of the Yale Political Union, the Davenport Letterpress Printing Society, the Choose Life at Yale Student Committee, and the Saint Thomas More Catholic Community. I like to think of myself (as modestly as one can) as a bookish and adventurous student. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Navid Kiassat

Hi! I am a senior in Saybrook College studying political science with a focus on political philosophy. I am originally from Chico, California, which is about 3 hours north of San Francisco. Prior to Yale, I attended Swarthmore College and transferred to Yale as a junior. Here at Yale, I am involved with the Federalist Party of the Yale Political Union. I’m working in San Francisco over the summer. Feel free to drop me a line if you would like to meet up and discuss life at Yale.

Daria Kozeko

Hi new transfers! I’m a second-semester junior hailing from Moscow. I transferred from the Russian State University for the Humanities back in 2015 and came back to New Haven after taking two and a half years off. In Russia, I worked in politics, the music industry, and advertising. At Yale, I major in anthropology. I focus on media studies and digital anthropology, so if you want to know how to turn a social media addiction into a degree, reach out! If I’m not obsessively categorizing memes on the sixth floor of Sterling Memorial Library (they call it “doing research”), I’m probably exploring somewhere along the MetroNorth railroad line or making music in the depths of the Center for Collaborative Arts & Media. I also hang around the Yale Political Union, edit the Yale Free Press and run a blog on modern Russian culture. E-mail me at daria.kozeko@yale.edu anytime!

Oasis Zhen

Hey all! My name is Oasis Zhen (ES ’21) and I am so excited to serve as a TroCo this year! I am double majoring in Ethics, Politics & Economics and Global Affairs, and I call both Qingdao, China, and New Jersey home. During the school year, I co-direct the Yale Women Leadership Initiative’s annual Women Empowering Women Conference, and I also work for the Yale US-China Forum. (I would love to see some familiar faces at both events this year!) Outside of school, I love traveling, backpacking, doing studio art and curation, and playing some pretty mediocre ice hockey. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about anything, want to chat about international relations and development, or just crave ice cream from Arethusa’s and decide to go museum hopping!