First-Year Counselors

The First-Year Counselor Program was established in 1938 and has been ever since an intrinsic and essential component of Yale’s advising system for the first-year students. The program has evolved in many ways over the years, but the general purpose of the program has remained the same: to help ease the transition of incoming first-years to the academic, social, and cultural life of Yale College.

Silliman 2020-2021 First-Year Counselors:

Samir Al-Ali

Samir (he/him, rhymes with “hammer”) is a Classics and Biology double major from the great city of Chicago. Throughout his time at Yale, Samir has enjoyed time with the Yale Muslim Students Association, Yale College Council, Yale EMS, the Chaplain’s Office, the Silliman HoC Office, and mentorship roles with peers on campus and in New Haven. When he’s not working in a genetics lab on campus or studying in the Acorn, he enjoys playing basketball, helping others, pranking others, rap, puns, and cinnamon. Samir cannot WAIT to meet all the incoming Sillimanders and welcome them to campus!

Jesus Contreras Magana

Jesus (He/Him/His) is a Computer Science major from Santa Paula, California. On campus, he is a Recruitment Coordinator at the Yale Admissions Office and previously served as the President of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (the only Latino Fraternity at Yale). During his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, befriending every dog he sees, competing in any and every card and board game out there and loves anything soccer related be it improving his FIFA skills, watching the UEFA Champions League and playing with the Yale Men’s C2 Club Soccer Team. He also studied abroad in Beijing the summer after his first-year and spent his Junior Spring in Copenhagen with fellow FroCo, Maciej. Jesus loves meeting new people and is thrilled to welcome the Class of 2024 to the objectively best residential college… Silliman!!!

Chelsea Chaug

Chelsea (she/her/hers) is from Queens, New York and is studying architecture on the design track. During her time at Yale, she has been a research assistant at the Yale Center for British Art, a Spanish tutor through the Center for Language Study, and a reading tutor at New Haven Reads, a local book bank. When she’s not in class, Chelsea can be found unsuccessfully learning new TikTok dances, reminiscing on her time studying abroad in Copenhagen, or spending an obscene amount of time in arts and crafts stores. She can’t wait to meet her frosh and help them make a home out of Silliman!

SungMi Johnson (Head FroCo)

SungMi is from New Haven, CT and is studying psychology on the neuroscience track. In her spare time, she enjoys working out and weight training at PWG, drinking earl grey tea, painting alongside Bob Ross videos, reading, and napping in Silliman courtyard. SungMi also loves to sing. She has been a member of the Yale Glee Club since her first year and sang in the Elm City Girls’ choir for nine years before college. She is a lab assistant in the Affect Regulation and Cognition (ARC) lab and tutors/mentors New Haven students in her spare time. SungMi absolutely loves meeting new people and is excited to welcome her frosh into the best residential college ever!

Brooke Milosh

Brooke is a Cognitive Science major and premed student from Massachusetts. She is especially interested in the evolutionary origins of human music cognition and in auditory perception. Outside of class, Brooke sings with the Yale Glee Club and with Morse Chorale children’s choir, conducts research with HoC Santos at the Canine Cognition Center, volunteers with Yale Community Kitchen, and is an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. In her free time, Brooke loves drawing, watching romcoms, naming her succulents, getting all you can eat sushi, petting every dog she passes on campus, and watching Kara & Nate’s travel vlogs. She is so excited to welcome new Sillimanders to the best residential college!

Maciej Zielonka

Maciej (He/Him/His) is a Computer Science major from Brooklyn, New York. On campus, he is captain of Yale Men’s C2 Club Soccer, a student tech for the Student Technology Collaborative, and an active member of Camp Kesem, a yearly camp for children affected by a parent’s cancer. He spent his Junior Spring studying in Copenhagen with fellow FroCo Jesus, so he’s eagerly anticipating his return to frolicking in the Silliman courtyard. The biggest regret of his Yale experience will without a doubt be the the fact that he couldn’t win an Intramural title with Silliman, and although he hasn’t really made any plans for post-graduation, he is considering returning for as many years of grad school/PhD’s as will be necessary for the Tyng to find its rightful place within our walls.