Transfer Student Counselors (TroCos) 2017-2018

update in progress!


 

[2016-2017 TroCos — sunny, even on a rainy day: Gessica Ni, Josh Tranen, Jake Brussel Faria, Ashley Suan, Brendon Bouphachay, Ryan Liu, Taylor Buscemi, Philippe Chelenski, Lora Kelley, Harry Gray, Katie Grasso, and Tim Gavin]


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 TroCos, and to contact any TroCo with questions specific to his or her academic or extracurricular interests. All Trocos are happy to answer any and all questions about the Yale experience.

 

Counselors

Lucy Baldwin, Grace Hopper College ’19

Hi! My name is Lucy Baldwin and I am a rising junior in Hopper College majoring in the History of Art.  I transferred to Yale in the fall of 2016 after a year at the University of Virginia. I was lucky to be welcomed not only by the transfer community, but also my older brother, Henry, who is now a rising senior in Saybrook College.  I am from Darien, CT, which is less than an hour away from Yale’s campus, but I spent my high school years at Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts, so it’s nice to be back in my home state! At Yale, I am a member of the Polo team, the COO for Kappa Alpha Theta, a volunteer for Circle of Women, a member of the Investment Board for Smart Women Securities, and a manager for Women’s Leadership Initiative.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Yale as a transfer student and I can’t wait to welcome you all to the Yale College community! 

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Genevieve Davis 

Daniel Do, Pauli Murray College ‘19

Hey! My name is Daniel and I’m a rising junior in Pauli Murray College studying Cognitive Science and Philosophy. I’m especially interested in moral psychology, moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. If you’re even remotely interested in any of these things, we should talk! When I’m not staring into space, I like to hike, bike, play chess, listen to podcasts, “read” audiobooks, look for new music, watch sci-fi movies, and talk to people I disagree with. Several times a year, I volunteer as a Yale Splash instructor and teach introductory classes on epistemology and ethics to high school students. I also manage a HONY-esque Facebook page called Behind the Science that humanizes scientists and showcases their research. I’ll be in the SF Bay Area this summer, so hit me up if you’re around!

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Graciela Garcia

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Lewis Ho

Ryan Liu, Morse College ‘18

Hi transfers! First off, congratulations on your acceptance! My name is Ryan Liu and this is my second year as a TroCo. I transferred from Pasadena City College in California, where I was involved in community organizing, campaign work, and student advocacy. I’ve interned on Capitol Hill, coached a Speech & Debate Team, and founded a small e-commerce business. Last year, I worked on the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign as a member of the Hillary for America Millennial Victory Council and as the National Chair of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Millennials for Hillary, a grassroots coalition that engaged young AAPIs to support Clinton. At Yale, I’m a Political Science major, with an interest in examining the role of education in expanding access to socioeconomic mobility, and I’m an undergraduate director’s fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. I’m writing a year-long senior thesis in political science on free community college “Promise” programs and will be spending my summer conducting research and working on the issue with the College Promise Campaign in DC. I’ve been involved with the Yale College Council, the Asian American Student AllianceSigma Chi, and the Yale International Relations Association. I hope to eventually pursue a career in law and in public service. Outside of class, you can usually find me at Starbucks. I can’t wait to meet you all and please feel free to reach out with any questions!

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Caio Matias

Sophie Rader, Branford College ‘19

Hi! My name is Sophie Rader and I’m a rising junior in Branford College majoring in Psychology. I’m also interested in studio art, religious studies, and ethnicity race and migration. I transferred to Yale in the fall of 2016 from Pomona College in sunny California, but I’m originally from Chappaqua, New York. On campus, I am a research assistant in the Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain Lab, I do technology work for  Yale Model Government Europe, and I am a member of Pi Beta Phi. I’m also the Director of Fundraising for a student-run girls’ education-focused nonprofit organization called Circle of Women, and we’re looking for new members, so if you’re interested please hit me up! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, or just to say hi! I’m so excited to welcome you all to Yale in the fall.

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Liam Riley

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Andrew Sparkman

Ashley Suan, Berkeley College ‘18

My name is Ashley Suan and I am a rising senior in Berkeley College. I transferred to Yale in the fall of 2015 after completing my first year at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. I am originally from Baltimore, MD, but I spent my high school years as a boarding student at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ. At Yale, I am an American Studies major with a concentration in audio, visual, literary, and performance cultures. Outside of academics, I play on the Women’s Varsity Squash team, sing and play fiddle in Yale’s American folk music group, Tangled Up in Blue (TUIB), and am a member of Pi Beta Phi. I can’t wait to meet you all and welcome you to Yale and the Yale transfer community this fall!

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Ishaan Srivastava

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Constance Thurmond

Joshua Tranen, Pierson College ‘18

Hey, everyone! I’m Josh Tranen, a rising senior in Pierson College. Last fall, I transferred to Yale after studying abroad in Israel and attending Yeshiva University in New York City. At Yale, I’m majoring in American Studies, where I concentrate on queer literature, theory, and culture. On campus, I work for the Yale Writing Center and am currently a research assistant for Professor George Chauncey, a historian of US lesbian and gay history. In my free time, I read and write creative nonfiction, and stalk my favorite literati and activists on Twitter. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Yale, American Studies, or just want to say hi!

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Sara Tridenti, Pauli Murray College ‘19

Hi, everyone, and welcome to the Yale community! My name is Sara Tridenti and I am a rising junior in Pauli Murray College. After spending a year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) studying chemical engineering, I transferred to Yale to seek a broader, liberal arts education. Now I’m a dual major in Chemistry and the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health Departments, with interests in understanding how science can affect society and what communicative devices can be used to share science with a wider audience. Outside of the classroom, I complete research in the Paleobotany division of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, wander around in the wilderness from time to time with Yale Outdoors, hold conversations in broken German, and dabble in writing scientific poetry. I hail from New Hampshire and will be headed there at the beginning of July, and I’ll be glad to meet up or to simply answer any questions you may have!