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1-1 Mentoring, Workshops, Group Mentoring

1-1 Mentoring, Workshops, and Group Mentoring

 Two students sit at a table in the Poorvu Center. They are talking and concentrating. Two Academic Strategies Mentors next to each other in Zoom screen, talking to camera with friendly faces.

1-1 Mentoring
Group Mentoring
Meet the Peer Mentors!

1-1 Mentoring

Request a Peer Mentor: academicstrategies@yale.edu
Sign up for a Peer Mentor Slot: https://yalectl.mywconline.com/index.php?msgLOG=YES.

Each student’s goals, responsibilities, and challenges are unique. An individual meeting with a peer academic mentor can help you identify and focus on your goals and develop the strategies that work best for you. During a mentoring session, you will get acquainted with your mentor; your mentor will invite you to talk about the questions on which you are seeking advice; you’ll discuss what has worked well for you previously, and brainstorm with your mentor new approaches to try; together, you’ll create a plan for implementing the new strategies; and finally, you’ll set up a future check-in appointment with the same mentor to follow up on how things are going. Back to Menu


Our Schedule: Workshops Organized by Date
Look for a Workshop: Workshops Organized by Topic

Sign up for the ASP Newsletter: academicstrategies@yale.edu
Add us on Campus Groups: https://yaleconnect.yale.edu/index

In addition, check the ASP homepage, the ASP Facebook Group, and the ASP Instagram (@academicstrategies) for the workshop highlights for the month!

Each of our workshops is created in direct response to the concerns of Yale undergraduates at a given moment. For example, this year we are offering workshops on Transitioning Back to In-Person Learning and Returning from your Leave of Absence, among others that are geared toward your needs as a Yale student right now. The offerings are constantly evolving based on what is happening at Yale, so keep up-to-date with the calendar by signing up for our newsletter, and joining Poorvu Center: Academic Strategies on Campus Groups! Back to Menu

Senior Thesis Peer Groups
Sign-ups for for Senior Thesis Peer Groups for Spring 2022 are now open!

Academic Strategies Senior Thesis Peer Groups will meet regularly throughout the semester to share strategies, support, solidarity, and accountability in the development and writing of the senior thesis. This semester, we will begin our meetings the week of February 7, 2022.

The sessions will be facilitated by an Academic Strategies Peer Mentor, and will offer a combination of group work time (with the support of a Writing Partner during some weeks), group discussion time (a collective sharing of ideas, experiences, current challenges), and advice on working through this process from the earliest stages to the end, in a curriculum developed in part by Yale students in response to their own experiences here, with the support of faculty members, librarians, and other staff.   If you would like to be placed into a group, please fill out this form!

Peer Mentors, 2021-2022

Enyo Adoboe (she, her)

Enyo is a junior in Davenport College and is from Belchertown, MA. She is currently double majoring in Astrophysics and Film Studies. She is part of UCW and in her free time loves to watch movies, knit, eat, and hang with friends. She’s very excited to be an Academic Strategies Mentor and work with everyone!

Laiba Akhtar (she, her)


Laiba is a junior in Branford College from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is majoring in Chemical Engineering on the pre-med track with a language certificate in Russian. Outside of class, Laiba does research in the Saltzman Lab, interpretation and translation for refugee and immigrant organizations, and college advising programs. She enjoys trying new restaurants with her friends, going to game nights, doing embroidery, and finding new books and shows to binge. Laiba is thrilled to be an academic strategies mentor and hopes to share her experiences that have helped her throughout her time at Yale.

Faiad Alam (he, him)

Faiad is a junior in Grace Hopper college, majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology and a Global Health Scholar. He represents the great city of Houston, Texas where he grew up (i.e., he is a huge Houston Rockets fan!). He is very active in the First Generation, Low-Income community, where he is involved in Yale FGLI Advocacy Movement and Matriculate, an organization mentoring FGLI high school students. He is passionate about doing research and planning to pursue an  MD/PDH in the future. Outside of class, he loves eating at different restaurants, watching movies, and playing intramural basketball.  He also loves to chat, laugh, and meet new people!

Sandra Amezcua Rocha (she, her)

Sandi is a junior in Jonarthan Edwards college majoring in environmental science with a focus on food and agriculture. She primarily grew up in El Monte, CA but also lived in her P’urhepecha and Nahuatl homelands of Mexico. On campus, she is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, works at the Native American Cultural Center, and dancer for Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale. She’s also learned a lot as a peer liason for La Casa Cultural Center and Conexiones MECha mentor and is excited to help you grow!


Zully Arias (she. her)

Zully is a junior in Silliman College majoring in Statistics & Data Science. She is from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, a small town not too far from NYC. She has an interest in data journalism and is currently working on research geared towards environmental justice. She served as a Production & Design editor for the Yale Daily News and is also a camp counselor for Camp Kesem. In her free time, she likes solving jigsaw & sudoku puzzles, watching reality TV shows, and beating my friends in card games. She’s excited to be a part of the Academic Strategies Peer Mentor team!  


Alessandra Baldari (she. her)

Alessandra is a senior in Trumbull College from North Palm Beach, Florida. She is a pre-med majoring in Psychology and is a member of the Swimming & Diving Team at Yale. When she is not swimming (or grabbing coffee with friends at Donut Crazy), she is a counselor for Camp Kesem, a member of the Yale Women’s Athletic Council, and a Student-Athlete Mentor. She speaks three languages (English, Italian, and Spanish) and loves to cook! Alessandra is so excited to continue working with and learning from students as an Academic Strategies Mentor!

Nicky Brussel-Faria (she, her)

Nicky is in her fifth and final year of the joint BA-BS/MPH program through which she is pursuing a degree in Health Policy from the Yale School of Public Health. On campus, she is deeply involved in Y2Y New Haven, an initiative to open a student-run overnight program for young adults experiencing homelessness. As an Academic Strategies Mentor, she is excited about working with students to craft adaptive academic strategies in the event that medical needs or emergencies interrupt the traditional semesterly rhythm. Dark chocolate is one of her top three favorite things in the world. Feel free to reach out to her to ask about the other two and with any other questions you may have!

Ale Campillo (they, them)

Ale Andres Campillo (They/Them/Theirs) is a senior in Jonathan Edwards College from Los Angeles, California. Pursuing a double major in Theater Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Ale has performed in over a dozen productions all the while leading intercultural protests to amplify BIPOC & LGBTQ voices in the arts. As a proud first generation Mexican-Cuban American, you can catch Ale cooking Latin food at La Casa Cultural, Yale’s Latino Cultural Center where they used to work as a student coordinator. To unwind you can also find Ale in the Jonathan Edwards Sculpture Garden listening to Rina Sawayama, Lil Nas X, Kacey Musgraves, BTS, Lorde, and more! They seriously can’t wait to meet their FROCO Group and the amazing class of 2025!

Carlos Carrillo-Gallegos (he, him)


Carlos is a senior in Trumbull College majoring in Astrophysics. He is from just outside of Los Angeles, but has also lived in North Carolina, Washington D.C, and Mexico City. At Yale, he has been involved with the YDN Podcast Desk, Matriculate, the CCAM, and the East Rock Record. Carlos also does research on star forming regions within the Astrophysics department. Outside of school, he enjoys writing, running, and biking. 



Elena Castro-Oliva (she, they)

Elena is a Junior in Branford college, majoring in Architecture with a concentration in Design. She is originally from Greenville, SC, but really considers home to be wherever her avocado plant is. On campus, she serves as Co-Head Peer Liaison for La Casa Cultural and is a member of WORD: Performance Poetry at Yale. She is also currently serving as an assistant to the Yale Dura-Europos Archive (YDEA), where she works to create geospatial maps of the ancient Dura-Europos city and its buildings. She is passionate about urban planning, green infrastructure, and art of all kinds. She would love to chat about anything and everything (especially music, poetry, and the outdoors), so please feel free to reach out!

Michael Chen (he, him)
Michael is a junior in Branford College from Alameda, CA. He is a first-generation low-income student majoring in ER&M and Political Science with a language certificate in Chinese. Outside of classes, Michael is involved with the Asian American Cultural Center, the Chinese American Students Association, Dwight Hall, and Matriculate. He loves to explore local cafes, restaurants, and parks, and is more than happy to give recommendations. Michael is excited to support you in any way that he can as an Academic Strategies Mentor!

Durel Crosby (he, him)
Durel is a senior in Grace Hopper College and Eli Whitney Student who came to Yale after earning his associate’s degree in Chicago. He is majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and also in Education Studies and the Brady-Johnson program in Grand Strategy. On campus, Durel is volunteers with the Urban Improvement Corps through which he mentors and tutors a local high school student. After a long summer of learning the splits, handstands, and pursuing the elusive five-minute mile, Durel is eager to dive into the fall semester with all of the Academic Strategies Peers!
Matthew Davidson (he, him)
Matthew is a junior in Pierson College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He is from a small farm in a rural area outside Clay Center, Kansas. Matthew is a member of the FGLI community, as well as involved in Matriculate. On any given day, Matthew can probably be found drinking coffee and playing video games with his suitemates.

Yabi Degefu (she, her)

Yabi is a junior in Grace Hopper college studying Economics. She was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and being a part of the international community has been a big part of her college experience and would love to connect about it! On campus, she is involved with the International Student Organization, YUMUNC, the Good Life Center, and is also an OISS Peer Liaison. Yabi loves listening to music, going on walk around campus, meeting new people, and cooking. She looks forward to meeting you and working with you as an Academics Strategies Mentor to help you thrive!

Cathy Duong (she, her)

Cathy is a senior in Morse from Garden Grove, CA. She is a first-generation, low income student majoring in English and is currently writing her senior essay on contemporary Vietnamese American novels. She’s also taking STEM courses to fulfill prereqs to apply for a genetic counseling graduate program in the future. She loves hanging out with her closest friends in the Vietnamese Students Association at Yale (ViSA) and singing with the Yale Gospel Choir (YGC). In her free time, she enjoys watching K-dramas, playing badminton, and learning new Viet pop songs to play on her ukulele.

Jordan Fitzgerald (she, her)

Jordan is a junior in Trumbull College from New Jersey majoring in American history. She works as a Trumbull College office aide, writes and produces podcasts for the Yale Daily News, serves as a board member for The Women’s Network-Yale, and teaches with Community Health Educators. As a first-generation college student, she is dedicated to ensuring that everyone at Yale has the tools they need to succeed. Outside of school, Jordan loves nearly burning herself in the kitchen, laughing with/at her friends, and begrudgingly exercising. According to her Head of College, she is the only person in history to break a bone for Trumbull IMs. She’s incredibly excited to work with the academic strategies program this year.

Hana Galijasevic (she, her)

Hana Galijašević is a senior (Class of 2022) double-majoring in Computer Science and Linguistics. She is a proudly-international student from Bosnia and Herzegovina, with interests in language and discourse dynamics, perfecting (traditional) cooking and baking skills, educational videos and education in general, math and physics (casually), and graphic design and photo-editing (recreationally). On campus, she’s the Franklin College’s office Head Aide, a Peer Liaison for the Office of International Students and Scholars, an Academic Mentor and Pedagogical Partner, and has previously been involved with the OISS pre-orientation program OIS. You’re most likely to run into her in Franklin, or on Hillhouse Avenue.

Laine Garber (she, her)

Laine was originally a member of the class of 2022, but after taking a semester off during COVID, she is now proud member of the class of 2022.5. She is majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and History of Science, Public Health and Medicine. Laine is also a member of the varsity field hockey team, and as she originally hails from the Greater Philadelphia area, she is a passionate Philly sports fan. When Laine is not on the hockey pitch, in the lab or doing her history readings, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, whether it be hiking, skiing, biking or just relaxing. Laine also whole-heartedly believes that Hopper is the best Res College at Yale. 

Sam Heimowitz (he, him)

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Sam is a junior in Branford College from Washington, DC—we are indeed taxed without voting representation in Congress! He is an East Asian Studies major, focusing on China and Chinese. Along with his studies of classical, literary, and the modern Chinese language, history, and culture, his interests lie in the Russian influence in China’s northernmost provinces, the Soviet legacy in Central Asia, and fascist, communist, and socialist regimes of the past and present. He also has a keen interest in finding tiny classes with unique professors! Outside of class, he is a professional tap dancer alongside his identical twin brother and serves as a co-president of Taps; he is the choreographer for Steppin’ Out; he volunteers with CityStep; and occasionally writes and edits for Symposia, China Hands, and Accent Foreign Language Magazine. And how could he forget his love for Branford—the most beautiful of all residential colleges—as he works as a Head of College Aide? Of course, one of his passions is napping, and he finds joy in discovering international TV series on Netflix to binge at night.
Hannah Hernandez (she, her)

Hannah is a community college transfer student from California in Pierson’s Class of 2022. She is majoring in Political Science and is especially interested in U.S. relations with Russia and China as well as the intersection between human rights and foreign policy. At Yale, she dedicates her time to the Civic Allyship Initiative Cohort, Yale Students for Christ, and Yale’s Transfer Program in which she is a Transfer Counselor. During her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, baking, cooking, and searching for antiques at the flea market. She’s excited to join the ASP community and assist fellow students accomplish their academic goals!

Tyler Jager

Bio coming soon!
Arianna Jiron Villanueva (she, her)
Arianna is a senior in Ezra Stiles College, studying Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. She is a proud Latinx first-generation low-income student from San Diego, California. On campus she is a member of Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale and a vocalist in La Orquesta Tertulia, Yale’s only salsa band. She is passionate about uplifting and amplifying the voices in her community both on and off campus. As a Bouchet fellow she is focusing her research on transnational caregiving within immigrant communities. In her free time, Arianna loves to sing and dance with friends, re-watch ’90s and ’00s rom-coms, and obsessively listen to new music she finds.
Dana Joseph (she, her)
Dana is a Yale School of Public Health MPH student (‘22) and Yale College graduate (‘21). She is currently studying Chronic Disease Epidemiology and double majored in Biomedical Engineering and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry in college. Dana conducts research on engineered heart tissues and endocrine disruptors. In her free time, she enjoys doing pottery, reading science fiction, baking, and watching TV. 
Katerina Kargioti (she, her)
Katerina is a Junior in Pauli Murray College studying Applied Physics. Katerina is also a member of the Energy Studies Multidisciplinary Program at Yale. Outside of class, she enjoys Physics research, listening to podcasts, and taking long walks. Katerina is a member of the YuQC, the Yale Undergraduate Quantum Computing Group, and the Yale Women in Physics. She is excited to work with students and help them explore different tools and recourses to aid their learning process. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to her!

Annaelise Kennedy (she, her)

Annaelise is TD class of 2023.5, double majoring in Theater and Performance Studies & English. At Yale, Annaelise has been involved with Matriculate, CCAM, and YLS. She also founded and currently is the President of the student-run production company Yale Cinematic Productions. Annaelise is a member of the FGLI community, proudly serving as a FSY counselor this past summer. She’s excited to be an ASP mentor! 
Jaelen King (he, him)

Jaelen is a Senior from Columbia, SC. He’s in Benjamin Franklin college studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. On campus, he is the upcoming president for the Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as well as executive director for the Black Students for Disarmament at Yale. He also works as the Community Connections Coordinator out of the AfAm Cultural Center as well as a research assistant in both the Psychiatry Department and the SEICHE Center. In his free time, you can probably find him just talking with friends or trying to sneak in a workout between studying!

Monika Krasniqi (she, her)

Monika is a junior in Jonathan Edwards college from Brooklyn, NY. She’s majoring in Psychology. Outside of class, she’s the co-director of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project (YHHAP), a research assistant at the Comparative Cognition Lab, and a FOCUS leader. She’s a fan of DIY haircuts, hot beverages, and incessantly talking about her hometown. As an ASP mentor, she looks forward to being a resource for her peers to rely on. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions you may have! 
Kayleigh Larsen (she, her)

Kayleigh is a junior in Hopper College from San Antonio, Texas. She is double majoring in Political Science and History of Medicine, and is passionate about health and educational equity! On campus, Kayleigh is involved with Matriculate and Community Health Educators, and works as a research assistant in the History of Medicine Department and as a fellow at the Yale Institute for Global Health. In her free time, you can catch her lounging around crescent courtyard, playing volleyball at Payne Whitney, and trying not to kill her plants!


Akweley Mazarae Larte (he/him & xe/xem/xyrakweley.lartey@yale.edu


Akweley Mazarae is a junior Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies major also pursuing the Education Studies Certificate. Xe is passionate about making education accessible for students from immigrant communities, low-income students, and students with disabilities. Originally from the Greater Philadelphia Area, Akweley Mazarae loves reading (and sometimes writing) poetry, making playlists, and talking about all things Philly!

Esther Lee (she, her)

Born and raised in the South, Esther (she/her) is a first-generation, low-income Korean-American in Silliman College. She is a Neuroscience major (‘23) who wants to pursue something related to health in the future. (Currently, Esther is on the pre-med track, but that is something subject to change lol). At Yale, she loves spending her time with friends, talking and eating with them. She’s a big fan of spicy foods! She is also involved in several volunteer-based organizations, like RISE and HEAR. Esther is so excited to become a peer mentor, where she can really engage with the Yale student body, especially other FGLI students. 

Michelle Liang (she, her)

Michelle is a senior in Pierson College from California. On campus, she studies economics and has given her time to the Asian American Cultural Center and Asian American Students Alliance. She is an FGLI student who cherishes her mentors and peers who have supported her learning journey, and is eager to be a source of support for you through the ASP program!
Karen Lu (she, her)

Karen is a junior in Benjamin Franklin College and hails from sunny South Florida. She is majoring in Economics and has a love/hate relationship with R. She’s involved with Yale Movement (a K-Pop dance group), the Yale Globalist (international relations magazine), and writes for a few publications in her free time. She enjoys picking up new hobbies, but her go-tos are baking, drawing, and working out. She is looking forward to meeting new people on campus and supporting them as an Academic Strategies Mentor, especially those who are FGLI!

Emme Magliato (she, her)
Emme is a junior in Pierson College studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She is also pursuing the Global Health Scholars program and following a pre-medical track in hopes of attending medical school. She is originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, but loves New Haven for its plentiful food trucks, coffee shops, farmers markets, parks, and beautiful community! As a first-generation, low income student, she is passionate about health equity and access for marginalized communities and volunteers with a free clinic in the city. She also helps low-income students apply to college through Matriculate and teaches health education in New Haven Public Schools through Yale’s Community Health Educators. Outside of classes, jobs, and extracurriculars, Emme loves to sing, drink coffee, cook tasty vegetarian food, and ride her bike through New Haven.

Sayda Martinez-Alvarado (she, her)

Sayda is a junior in Davenport College from Northern Virginia. She is majoring in Psychology and is an Education Studies Scholar. As a psychology major, Sayda is a Research Assistant at the Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale. On-campus, she is very involved with the first-generation, low-income (FGLI) community at Yale, being one of the Head Advising Fellows for Matriculate at Yale, the former sophomore representative for QuestBridge at Yale, an FGLI Student Ambassador for the Yale College Dean’s Office, and an FSY Counselor this past summer! In her free time, Sayda can be found with her friends searching New Haven for the best ice cream, bagels, and pizza! She is looking forward to contributing to the Academic Strategies Program!

Rachel Merrill (she, her)

Rachel is starting her third year at Yale as an Eli Whitney Student, and is now Class of ’24 (so she’s a super Sophomore!). She earned her Associate’s Degree in Kansas City, MO (her hometown) before enrolling at Yale, where she’s a proud member of Trumbull College (Moo-rah!). She is deciding between a major in Mathematics or Physics and is also on her fifth semester of Modern Hebrew. On campus, she is involved with the Joseph R. Slifka Center, the Eli Whitney Students Society, and her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Rachel loves to read in her spare time, and usually has more library books checked out than she can ever finish. Ask her about her dogs (she has pics!) and which TV show she’s nerding out over this week.

Shady Mina (he, him)

Shady is a junior in Morse College from Tampa, Florida. He is on the pre-medical track, majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He also has a passion for political science and enjoys examining topics from different perspectives in the political science courses. Shady is involved in the FGLI Pre-Health Community, and he is an interpreter at HAVEN Free Clinic. When not in the classroom, he conducts research at the School of Medicine, studying the role of non-coding RNA in RNA modification and splicing. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, listening to Christian music, and trying new food. Shady looks forward to serving as an Academic Strategies Mentor.
Andrew Nguyen (he, him)
andrew.nguyen@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

Andrew is a senior in Berkeley College and Eli Whitney Student who came to Yale after serving four years as an Army Ranger. He is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, Andrew is involved as a member of Yale Alzheimer’s Buddies and as a tutor and mentor for the Urban Improvement Corps. In his free time, he enjoys working out, eating sushi, and keeping up with the latest in rap and hip-hop music. Andrew attended several ASP sessions as a first-year, so he is excited to now be a part of the Academic Strategies Peer Mentor Program as a senior!

Laura Nicholas (she, her)
laura.nicholas@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Laura is a junior-and-a-half in Pauli Murray College from Madison, WI. She is majoring in Cognitive Science and is an Education Studies Scholar. On campus, she’s been on the board of Yale Daily News for two years and recently finished up a second advising cycle for Matriculate. She took a spring gap semester to work at an education non profit, and is so looking forward to enjoy lots of coffee and living with friends again back on campus this fall. In her free time, she loves watching reality TV, listening to politics podcasts, and create extremely specific Spotify playlists. Laura is very excited to work with you through the ASP program this year!

Ayanle Nur (he, him)
ayanle.nur@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

Ayanle is a junior in Davenport College from Denver, Colorado. He is a pre-med majoring in Neuroscience. He is the Vice President of the Black Men’s Union, as well as the Secretary of Black Pre-Health at Yale. He is on the Club Archery team and also serves as an Advising Fellow for Matriculate. He is a QuestBridge scholar and a first-generation low-income college student. Ayanle is also involved with the Yale Muslim Students Association. In his free time, you can find Ayanle playing basketball, board games, or getting boba and hanging out with friends.

Sheri Ofwona (she, her)
sheri.ofwona@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Sheri is a junior in Grace Hopper College from Nairobi, Kenya. She explores her wide range of academic interests at Yale by double majoring in Economics and Global Affairs. She also explores her interest in human rights through the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. On campus, you can find her working at the Undergraduate Admissions Office as a recruitment coordinator or dancing on Yale’s first, finest and only step group - Yale Steppin’ Out. She enjoys making Spotify playlists, picnicking and buying novels that seem interesting (whether or not she reads them in their entirety a separate and slightly complicated conversation). Sheri hopes to help other students find creative and sustainable ways to explore their interests at Yale while prioritizing their mental and physical health.

Alejandro Ortega (he, him)
alejandro.ortega@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

Alejandro is a senior in Benjamin Franklin College majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. He was born in Venezuela and grew up in Miami, FL. Alejandro is involved in Danceworks, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and AIESEC. He is a Questbridge scholar and a proud member of the first-generation/low-income community on campus. Outside of class, he enjoys spending time with friends, cooking vegan food, and watching Tik Toks.

Gabby Ortega (she, her)
gabby.ortega@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

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Gabby, a first-generation, low-income student, is a senior in Jonathan Edwards majoring in political science with a certificate in Spanish. Outside of academics, she participates in the Yale Varsity Cheer team as a flyer, where she cheers on our football team and men’s and women’s basketball teams. She additionally volunteers at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association and Yale Interpretation Network as a Spanish translator, and participates in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies as a Director’s Fellow. Gabby is very excited to work with and learn from students as an Academic Strategies Mentor!

Michelle Osagie (she, her)
michelle.osagie@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

Michelle is a senior in Pauli Murray College from Illinois. She is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and she is passionate about public health and advocacy for healthcare equality. On campus, Michelle is involved in pre-medicinal, educational, and cultural activities. You can often find her trying out a new recipe, studying at Steep, or spending time with friends. From her own academic experiences, Michelle has learned the importance of having a supportive learning community, and she is excited to be an ASP mentor and an additional resource for fellow students.

Chloe Papai (she, her)
chloe.papai@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Chloe is a junior in Berkeley College from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is majoring in Economics with a concentration in French. Outside of class, she works as a college aide (for the best college at Yale) and a financial literacy educator (check out ReisUp - it’s free for Yale students to learn all about money!), in addition to being an Academic Strategies Mentor. Chloe enjoys cooking, making cajun food when she’s homesick, exploring New Haven, and drinking coffee. She is so excited to be an academic strategies mentor and pay forward all the help and support that other students have provided during her time at Yale.

John Plumeri (he, him)
john.plumeri@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

John is a junior in Pauli Murray College from Long Island, New York. He is a Political Science major and member of the Men’s Lightweight Crew Team. He is also a Pre-frosh Mentor and a Spanish peer tutor for the Center of Language Study. While not on the water or in the classroom, John enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams (Go Browns), dancing at WOADs, binging shows and watching movies.

Tony Potchernikov (he, him)
tony.potchernikov@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Tony is a sophomore in Saybrook College from Nashville, Tennessee returning from a gap year. He currently studies Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He is a Hahn Scholar and undergraduate researcher under the mentorship of Prof. De La Cruz and also works with community organization Stand Up Nashville. In his free time, Tony enjoys cooking, figuring out how to play piano, and impromptu painting. He is excited and grateful for the opportunity to be an Academic Strategies Mentor and looks forward to working with fellow students on campus—and please feel free to reach out to him with absolutely any questions!

Isabelle Rhee (she, they)
isabelle.rhee@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

Isabelle is a senior in Berkeley College and an Ethnicity, Race, and Migration major and human rights scholar from sunny Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Outside of their studies, they have served as the president of Jook Songs spoken word, edited for Yale’s political magazine, and volunteered with the Yale Prison Education Initiative. As a former Peer Liaison with the Asian American Cultural Center and current First-Year Counselor, they love to support students through their transition to Yale. In their free time, they enjoy writing poetry, reading, curating Spotify playlists, watching K-dramas, and taking long walks. They deeply value their mentors at Yale, who have shown them the importance of asking for help, and as an Academic Strategies Mentor, look forward to supporting others on their academic journeys.

Jerry Ruvalcaba (he, him)
jerry.ruvalcaba@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Jerry (he/him/his) is a junior in Timothy Dwight College, majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology while also seeking a Certificate in Data Science. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrant parents. On campus, he is involved in undergraduate research — whether that be by working directly as a research assistant for the Malvankar lab group or through supporting Yale undergraduate work as a member of the Yale Undergraduate Research Association. Additionally, during the school year, he serves as a Spanish interpreter for the HAVEN Free Clinic, writes for the Yale Scientific Magazine, and mentors for Matriculate at Yale. He is passionate about his cultural heritage and hopes to combine his love for medicine with his background in his career. In his free time, Jerry loves watching and reading up on Formula 1 news or going out on runs.

Avik Sarkar (any/all pronouns)

avik.sarkar@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Avik is a junior in Davenport College from Boston, Massachusetts. He’s majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and pursuing a certificate in French. As a queer person of color and the child of Bengali immigrants, he’s particularly interested in queer and trans aesthetics across South Asia and its diasporas. On campus, Avik works as a Dwight Hall Urban Fellow at the Yale Prison Education Initiative, which offers Yale courses to incarcerated students. He also organizes events and supports programming at the Asian American Cultural Center as a student coordinator. In his free time, he loves spending hours at Koffee, taking long walks around New Haven, and staying up way too late talking to his suitemates. He’s so excited to join the Academic Strategies team!

Maayan Schoen
maayan.schoen@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

Maayan is a junior in Davenport College considering majoring in Psychology or Humanities. On campus, Maayan is involved in Jewish life, The Politic magazine, YCC, tutoring in New Haven public schools through IRIS, and a few other clubs whose mailing lists she can’t leave. Hailing from Atlanta, GA, she loves making jewelry, hanging out with her suitemates, and smiling at people she remembers sitting near during shopping period (often despite no indication that they remember her). She is especially excited to work with peers to succeed through medical challenges that may come up, as ASP was such a great resource in her own experience. Let’s be in touch!

Marcus Shallow (he, him)
marcus.shallow@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Marcus is a senior in Silliman College from the rural town of Elton, Louisiana. He is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and is also a Global Health studies scholar. He conducts research in labs with the Yale Cardiovascular Research Center and Yale Section of Hematology and is considering medical school in the near future. Outside of STEM he is interested in topics such as health policy and equity of health access. On campus he is a FroCo in Silliman and is also involved with science education outreach. As an FGLI student in STEM, Marcus has seen the impact of positive peer support and is very excited to be returning as an ASP mentor this year to continue to work with students!

Camilo Tamayo (he, him)
camilo.tamayo@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

Milo is a Senior in Ezra Stiles College from Port Saint Lucie, Florida. He was born in Colombia and moved to Florida when he was 8 with his family. He is an Economics major and originally a member of the class of 2021, but opted for a gap year during the 2020-2021 academic year. During this gap year, Milo converted a camper van in which he completed a 15,000 mile road trip around the country, got scuba diving certified and promptly suffered mild hearing loss from his first dive, and spent the summer learning Korean in Seoul. He is extremely excited to get back to campus fo really take advantage of all Yale has to offer. Ask him anything about being low-income/first-gen at Yale, study abroad, management consulting, or overall how to balance work with fun!

Sheyenne Tichnell (she, her)
sheyenne.tichnell@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Sheyenne (she/her/hers) is a junior in Branford College double majoring in the History of Art and the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of western Maryland on her family’s farm. As a member of the FGLI community, she was an FSY counselor during summer 2020 & 2021 and currently serves as a CollegePoint Ambassador at Yale. She also is on the Student Advisory Committee for the History of Art Department. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, sewing, and baking (while hopefully not setting off the smoke alarms).

Gladys Venegas (she, her)
gladys.venegas@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Gladys is a junior in Silliman from Anaheim, California. She is majoring in Neuroscience with a certificate in Spanish. She has also been involved in Matriculate and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale. She enjoys dancing in New Haven and eating out with friends. She is a part of and loves the FGLI community at Yale, which is why she is especially excited to be working as an Academic Strategies mentor :)

Caro Vera (they, them)
caro.vera@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Caro is an FGLI senior in Hopper College, studying Sociology with a concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They are from Barrio Logan in San Diego, California where they grew up in front of Chicano Park, home to the largest collection of outdoor murals in the U.S. Caro enjoys hiking in East Rock, visiting museums, and writing poetry. They are interested in disability/mad studies, critical university studies, and futurisms emerging from the “Other.” Caro is also working as a pedagogical partner this year. They have taken two gap years and are excited to embark on their last year at Yale!

Hillary Warolin (she, her)
hillary.warolin@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

Hillary is a sophomore in Silliman College and an Eli Whitney student from Stillwater, Minnesota. She is currently pursuing an English degree but loves exploring areas of anthropology, economics, and language studies. Outside of classes and work, she loves hiking, reading comics (particularly anything from the Mignolaverse), snowboarding, running Dungeons and Dragons games, and getting coffee. Having used many of the Academic Strategies resources herself, she is thrilled to be a part of the ASP Mentors team and looking forward to connecting with other students!

Wen Long Yang (he, him)
wenlong.yang@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Wen Long is a senior in Branford College from New York City. He is majoring in Psychology, where he is most interested in studying the intersection between behavioral decision-making and human psychological functions. Outside of classes, Wen Long is the President of Mixed Company of Yale and the Vice President of STAY (Students and Alumni of Yale). Outside of extracurriculars, he also works a variety of student jobs, including being a Buttery Manager at the Branford Buttery, a Senior Mandarin Tutor at the Center for Language Studies, and a Behavioral Lab Research Assistant at the Yale School of Management. This year, Wen Long will be taking a gap year to sing with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group. Other than singing, in his free time, you will find Wen Long binging YouTube videos, cooking up new recipes, and doing a cardio workout.

Audrey Yeung (she, her)
audrey.yeung@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)


Audrey is a senior in Branford College from southern New Jersey. She is a Neuroscience major hoping to pursue medical school. She is involved with Yale Movement (a K-pop dance group), Davenport Pops Orchestra (Yale’s only pops orchestra), and the Yale QuestBridge Chapter. In her free time, she enjoys baking, dancing, drinking coffee, and listening to any and all music. She is dedicated to helping students (especially first-generation low-income) transition to college academics. She is looking forward to getting to know and supporting more people as an Academic Strategies Mentor!

Hannah Yi (she, her)
hannah.yi@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

Bio coming soon!

Beichen Zhang (she, her)
beichen.zhang@yale.edu(link sends e-mail)

Beichen (she/her/hers) is a second-semester sophomore in Pierson College from Shanghai, China. She is currently studying Economics and Sociology. At Yale, she works as a campus tour guide and a Peer Liaison for the Office of International Students and Scholars, in addition to being an ASP mentor. She is also involved with Smart Woman Securities and was a President’s Public Service Fellow. Beichen enjoys exploring places around New Haven, meeting new people, and collecting city maps. She has been taking remote classes with a 12-hour time difference for the past fall semester, so she’s super excited to get back to campus and start her role as an ASP mentor!


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