Launched in 2011, the Transfer Counselor Program is designed to help incoming transfer students adjust to life at Yale and explore their full range of 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 TroCos are happy to answer any and all questions about the Yale experience.

Head Counselors

Heidi Makhlouf

Hey everyone! I am a rising senior in Jonathan Edwards College, currently majoring in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. I am originally from Lebanon, but moved to Miami, FL, about four years ago, where I attended the Miami-Dade College honors college for two years before transferring to Yale. Since moving to Yale, I have spent my time volunteering with Happy and the Haven free clinic, working on my research in the Wolfswinkel Lab, and making heart-stopping (I’m not kidding — they are made with an ungodly amount of butter) grilled cheese sandwiches at the JE buttery. I am interested in Middle East politics and hope to get more involved in refugee public health and improving government policies surrounding that. I hope to eventually use my experience in the field and in the lab by going to medical school. As one of the head transfer counselors, I am excited to welcome all of you to the Yale campus and help make your transition as smooth as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at heidi.makhlouf@yale.edu if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just want to chat about anything, big or small!

 

Emma McAteer

Hi everyone! I am a rising Junior in Saybrook College. I am thrilled to be one of the head transfer counselors for this year. I am from Ireland and, before I transferred to Yale, I spent a year at the London School of Economics. I am majoring in economics (no surprise there) but I love to take film and drama classes as well, which Yale’s liberal arts education allows me to do. Outside of classes, I am a member of the business committee for the Women’s Leadership Initiative and, this year, I’m also a part of the Remembering Committee that organized the celebrations for 50 years of Women at Yale. I am a member of the investment group called Smart Women Securities, I am a volunteer for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), and a sister of the Alpha Phi Sorority. In my spare time, I love to play guitar, watch movies, hike to East Rock and hang out with friends on our beautiful campus. I am so excited to meet you all, welcome you to the Yale community and introduce you to all the amazing things that Yale has to offer. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me (emma.mcateer@yale.edu) if you have any questions or concerns, I am more than happy to chat and answer any queries as best as I can! See you all soon!

 

Transfer Counselors

Brooke Alviar

Hello everyone! I am a rising senior in Saybrook College. I was born and raised in San Jose, California, and studied at Foothill Community College for one year before transferring to Yale, where I major in economics and computer science. I'm currently interning at NASA Ames Research Center implementing information systems and developing business efficiency models. In August, I will also TA for CS50, an introductory computing course. I love to be surrounded by nature, whether that means hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California or East Rock in New Haven, as well as writing for the Yale Daily News, making smoothie bowls, and hanging out on Saybrook hammocks. I look forward to meeting all of you; please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or hellos you may have! (brooke.alviar@yale.edu)

 

Farid Djamalov

I’m a rising senior in Pierson College who’s from Montreal and is majoring in the history of art. Prior to transferring to Yale, I spent two years at Dartmouth College. At Yale, I work in the photography department at the Yale University Art Gallery. I am also editor-in-chief of Asterisk* Journal, a peer-reviewed, intercollegiate art and art history publication, president of People of New Haven, a New Haven spin-off of HoNY, arts editor at The Herald, a weekly campus publication, a volunteer at APNH, an HIV prevention center, and the social coordinator for Co-op, an LGBTQ organization on campus. If you are searching for creative outlets and queer communities on campus, or just want to already have a familiar face on campus, feel free to reach out (farid.djamalov@yale.edu). Welcome to the Yale family, and I can’t wait to meet you all in the fall!

 

Caroline Dunleavy

Hi everyone! I am a rising senior in Pauli Murray College. I'm originally from Darien, CT, and I transferred to Yale from Notre Dame after my freshman year. I am majoring in political science and am the captain of the varsity women’s tennis team. At Yale, I am on the board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and am also involved in Athletes in Action, a Christian ministry group on campus. 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 welcomed in the same way and will love Yale as much as I do! Please reach out with any questions, concerns, or anything else and I will be happy to talk (caroline.dunleavy@yale.edu). I can't wait to meet you!

 

Jake Jorgl

Hello incoming transfer students and welcome to Yale! I’m so excited to meet and learn more about you all. I transferred here from Oberlin College last fall, and I’m originally from Brooklyn, New York. I am a rising third-year in Jonathan Edwards College, and I am majoring in art with a concentration in video production. At Yale, I am the performance director of Mixed Company, one of the many a cappella groups we have here, and I am the publicity chair for the Yale Film Alliance. I’m also a member of Danceworks, Yale’s largest non-audition dance group. In my free time on campus, I love exploring new spaces and taking care of my growing family of plants. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about the arts at Yale or Yale in general! You can reach me by email at jake.jorgl@yale.edu!

 

Grace MacDonald

Hi all! I am a rising junior in Timothy Dwight College majoring in classics and chemistry. I transferred to Yale as a sophomore after one year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I am originally from Canada, but for most of my life I’ve moved around the United States, graduating high school outside of Philadelphia. Having moved a lot, I understand any concerns and anxieties you might have about transferring, so feel free to reach out. Besides reading Latin, Ancient Greek, and chemical reactions, I teach science to kids via DEMOS, I work as a psychology research assistant, I babysit on the side, and I do yoga when I have time. You can contact me at grace.macdonald@yale.edu.

 

Daniel Oestericher

Hi! I am a rising junior in Davenport College. I am originally from New York City and transferred to Yale from Tufts after my freshman year. At Yale, I am on the Moot Court team, write for The Politic, and am a member of Greek life. I am also a passionate sports fan and play on Yale's club baseball team. In school, I study Global Affairs and am particularly interested in the intersection between national security, civil liberties, and human rights. In summer 2020, I will be staying in New York, interning in the field of international law and (I hope) getting to spend some time outside. Feel free to reach out at daniel.oestericher@yale.edu and — fingers crossed — I'll be meeting you in person in the fall!

 

Dante Petruzziello

Hello new transfers! I’m a junior in Pierson College, majoring in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology on a premed track. I was homeschooled for most of my life and transferred to Yale after spending two years at a local community college. I am a Connecticut native and grew up just 45 minutes from the Yale campus, which allowed me to take advantage of the many opportunities the university provided during my homeschool and early college years. At Yale, I am a member of Yale EMS and the Yale Bridge Club. I work as an academic tutor and essay consultant, and plan — pandemic permitting — to teach science courses at a New Haven homeschool cooperative this fall. I’m currently getting involved with undergraduate research, and I am happy to help answer questions or provide resources on that front! Prior to my time at Yale, I spent five years as a traveling youth circus performer and ran trading card game tournaments at a local card shop. Feel free to reach out with any questions about life or academics at Yale, and I look forward to meeting you all!

 

Kate Pundyk

Hi, new transfers! I’m excited to be a TroCo this year. I am a political science and global affairs major in Benjamin Franklin College, graduating in December 2021. I’m from a small town in Alberta, Canada, and came to Yale via Wellesley College. I’m currently the science and technology editor at the Yale Daily News and, before that, served as the technology beat reporter. Last year, I did on-campus research at Yale Law School and, next semester, will start at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. I study all things technology policy and am spending summer 2020 working with a cybersecurity group in Toronto. Let me know if you have any questions about writing for the YDN, researching on campus, or being an international student! I’m looking forward to meeting you all.

 

Cathryn Seibert

Hi everyone! I am a junior in Jonathan Edwards College majoring in urban studies. I am from northeastern Pennsylvania and transferred from Lehigh Carbon Community College in the fall of 2019. At Yale, I am involved in Matriculate, a student group that helps high-achieving, low-income students in the U.S. apply to college. I also work at the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, and I am a member of The Politic video team and WYBCx Yale Radio. In my free time, I love taking long walks up to East Rock, decorating my suite and going thrifting (thank you, Zipcar and New Haven public transit). Please reach out to me if you have any questions or want to chat about life at Yale in general. Can’t wait to meet you all!

 

Andres Villarreal

Hi! I’m a junior in Branford College majoring in Economics. I transferred to Yale last fall from a university in Monterrey, Mexico, where I was studying chemical engineering and working part-time at a consulting firm. At Yale, I’m involved in Sube, a business and leadership association run by Latin American students. I like playing basketball, hiking, and camping. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about Yale and your transition to campus. (andres.villarreal@yale.edu)