College Aides

College Aides 2017-2018

Mara Blumenstein, ‘18

Mara is a senior from northern California majoring in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology.  A lover of both food and Silliman College, you can find Mara combining her two passions by eating cookie dough in the Sillikitchen, making (and eating) mozzarella sticks in the Buttery, and perfecting her grilled cheese technique in the Silliman dining hall.  When not engaging in Silli-related activities, Mara enjoys playing soccer, wearing crocs, and training to become a Bananagrams world champion.

Shannon Cirilli, ‘19

Shannon is a junior in Silliman College, majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Tissue Engineering.  She is a co-captain of C2 Soccer, a member of the club figure skating team and enjoys tutoring at a Fair Haven elementary school.  Shannon is an active member of Silliman College, participating in IM soccer and attending SAAC meetings.  In her free time, she enjoys running, talking to her family and attending every Free Topping Tuesday at Go Greenly.

John Paul Kenney, ‘20

John Paul is a sophomore from Buffalo, New York (Go Bills!) who is still undecided on his major but looking into Molecular Biophysics & Biophysics or Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.  Outside of the classroom you can find him running around New Haven with the Club Running Team or helping organize events for Not So Straight Frosh. In his spare time he’s often studying, doodling, or watching Rom-Coms with members of his Fro-Co Group.

Ipsitaa Khullar, ‘19

Raised in multiple cities, Ipsitaa is a junior whose most recent hometown is Chandigarh, India. She is pursuing a double major in Economics and Psychology. You can find her working on a paper in the Silliman Common Room in the wee hours of the morning, dancing in the Silliman Dance Studio, making chai in the Sillikitchen or grabbing (way too many) cups of coffee from the dining hall.  Outside of Silliman, she spends time working as the President of the South Asian Society, working with graduate students & professors on Psychology research, singing opera with the OTYC, choreographing a Kathak piece with The Yale Kalaa or just chilling in the SM courtyard. She loves making new friends so definitely hit her up for a chat over chai!

Elizabeth Kitt, ‘18

Elizabeth is a senior from Potomac, Maryland majoring in Psychology.  Within Silliman, she can often be found running in the SilliGym or baking cookies in the SilliKitchen.  Beyond Silliman, she enjoys furthering student wellness as a Peer Wellness Champion and participating in clinical psychology research in both the Innovative Interactions Lab and the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Development Lab. 

Emily Locke, ‘19

Emily is a junior from Seattle, Washington double majoring in Theater Studies and American Studies. That’s a lot of ‘studies,’ but she spends the rest of her time with Pi Phi, YHHAP, theater, food, Netflix, sarcasm, shin splints, and tiny handwriting. Catch her in the dining hall eating vegan chicken or peanut butter pancakes anytime! 

Nina Mesfin, ‘18

Nina is a senior from Chicago (proper ;-) majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. The only thing that rivals Nina’s love for Silliman is her love for her suitemates…mainly their banana bread. If she’s not scarfing down suite-made banana bread, you can probably catch her having a dance party with her roomie-4-life aka Mimi, lingering around the HoC’s office, running in and around Silliman, or drinking tea in the dining hall/engrossed in a many hour long conversation. 

Emma Pred-Sosa, ‘19 (starting Spring 2018 semester)

Emma is a junior from the Boston area and a prospective History major.  She loves everything Silliman, especially getting involved with the Silliman Activities and Administrative Committee (SAAC) and trying out new IM sports.  When she’s not in her favorite study spot, (the Sillibrary!), Emma spends her time tutoring kids in literacy, trying to learn all the languages possible, and watching way too much Netflix.

Shelby Redman, ‘19

Shelby is a junior from Austin, Texas. She regularly attends SAAC meetings and is the Silliman Art Room Coordinator. She also helps plan and organize the annual Silliman haunted house. Beyond Silliman, Shelby is co-president for MedX, a group that seeks to improve the health realities of local and global underserved communities through interdisciplinary approaches. She serves on the board for UAID, an organization that empowers students and communities to eliminate health inequities and disparities. You can see some of her graphic design and illustration work in the Yale Herald, or see her (attempt to) dance in the Danceworks shows. She loves the Sillikitchen, bubble tea, cats, horror movies, writing, and art. If you ever want to make a new friend or just talk about cats, Shelby would be excited to meet you!

Haley Rogers, ‘19

Haley is a junior from Boulder, Colorado majoring in environmental engineering. Haley loves Silliman and the people in it even more. If she is not in her favorite place - the dining hall - you can find her eating pounds of mozzarella sticks in the buttery, studying (or not) in the sillibrary, mastering the art of IM broomball, or eating pizza with SAAC. Outside of Silliman, she is a leader with FOOT, volunteers in a New Haven elementary school, and finds any excuse to eat ice-cream.  

Drake Williams, ‘19

Drake is a Junior from Georgia pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering. He has a perfect SAAC attendance record, is a Silliringers veteran, and frequents both the Silligym and Payne Whitney. He volunteers with Chi Psi on the weekends, and is a cadet in Air Force ROTC.  In his free time, Drake loves watching movies and going on the occasional run.

Mike Yoon, ‘18

Mike a senior from the beautiful island of Guam majoring in Political Science and East Asian Studies.  His passions include exploring New Haven restaurants and having coffee with friends.  In his free time, Mike enjoys watching his favorite shows in Silliflicks and cooking up late night foods in the Silliman Buttery.