Davenport Freshman Counselors

Emily Frost

Emily Frost (you can call me Emily). Davenport College. American Studies Major. From Buffalo, NY. Favorite freshman memory: Sitting on the fence outside Welch Hall on the night of the last day of classes basking in the glow of the enormous Davenport logo made out of Christmas lights and looking out on Old Campus and all the other light decorations as well – all while in utter disbelief that I had just finished 1/8 of my time at Yale.

Bethany Goodhue

Name: Bethany Goodhue/ College: Davenport College/ Major: Psychology/ Favorite Freshman Memory: My favorite memory from freshman year was the Freshman Holiday Dinner. I had taken a field trip to the Met in New York City earlier that day with my Classical Mythologies class, and I took a cab from Union Station to get to the Holiday Dinner just in time. Walking into the festive, beautifully decorated hall and being welcomed by my friends felt magical, and watching the Parade of Comestibles felt like a scene out of a Harry Potter movie. After the dinner my suite mates and I stuffed leftover food into our purses and pillaged the gigantic gingerbread house to bring shingles and candy trimmings back to our common room. I will never forget that giddy holiday feeling of being surrounded by loved ones and amazing food, combined with the very Yale experience of spending the day touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art with my favorite class.

Olivia Pollak

Olivia Pollak is in Davenport College and a double major in History and Psychology. Her favorite freshmen year memory was picnicking on Cross-Campus in the spring, after all the snow had melted and the trees were blooming, with the new friends she’d met freshmen year!

Joan Rhee

A freshman counselor for the best residential college, aka Davenport, Joan studies History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She is particularly passionate about studying topics such as social determinants of health, health inequity, gender based violence, and related policies. Outside of the classroom, Joan has worked on health education as a Community Health Educator and Communication and Consent Educator. She is president of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, where she plays violin and directed the 2014 Halloween Show. One of her favorite moments of freshman year was actually during spring semester finals; she and her friends took a break from their hours studying in Bass Library to have some of BAR’s bacon mashed potato pizza picnic style on Cross Campus. It was a moment to remember all the incredible things Yale has to offer (friends, food, fun!), despite the incredible amount of stress we might experience.

Saad Syed

Name: Saad Syed/ College: Davenport/ Major: MCDB/ Favorite Freshman Memory: The overwhelming feeling when I first set foot on campus that anything I ever dreamed of pursuing could be pursued here at Yale.

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams is a History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health major in Davenport College from Texarkana, Arkansas. He is highly interested in the intersections between the arts and sciences and how they can be used for disseminating scientific information to audiences in new ways. After Yale, he plans on acting with a major regional theatre via fellowships or internships for a couple of years before pursuing an MFA in Acting. Andrew has worked for the Afro-American Cultural Center since his freshman year and also became a member of the Heritage Theatre Ensemble, Prism (a group for LGBTQ students of color), and taught as an after school instructor for the EVOLUTIONS After School Program for the Peabody Museum. Andrew loves theatre, running, skateboarding, and cooking many things (especially Southern food) from scratch. His favorite memory from his first year was attending President Obama’s second inauguration in the freezing D.C. weather with many members of Yale’s cultural centers. He cannot wait welcome the Class of 2019 to their new home for the next four years.

Christian Rhally

Name: Christian Rhally/ College: Calhoun (but serving as freshman counselor in Davenport)/ Major: Economics/ Favorite Freshman Memory: At the end of my freshman year, I helped to organize a TEDx conference on “The Art and Science of Happiness.” Over a hundred fifty people from New Haven attended the event, which was a very special moment for everyone to reflect about the importance of happiness. It was an incredible feeling to see all these people enjoy what the team and I had worked so hard on for several months!