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 2018-2019 First-Year Counselors:

Hannah Nikole Almonte

Hannah Nikole (or HNA) is an Ecology & Evolutionary Biology major. She lived in the Philippines for 12 years before moving to sunny Sun Valley, California. She’s involved in several educational outreach programs such as Splash at Yale and Pathways to Science. She was also a former coach/counselor for ONEXYS and First-Year Scholars at Yale (FSY). She’s passionate about education, mentoring, science communication, and has a strong interest in the environment and design. In her spare time, she loves to read, watch films, and journal. She loves late night/early morning/mid-afternoon talks about anything and everything, so feel free to swing by her room in Entryway B!

David Glaess

David is a Silliman senior majoring in Economics. He grew up near Portland, Oregon, but his family currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand. During his time at Yale, he has enjoyed being a member of the student government and participating in every aspect of Silliman life from SAAC (Silliman Activities & Administrative Committee) to helping with the creation of The Acorn: Yale’s first residential college coffee shop. Outside of academics, David enjoys playing recreational sports, traveling, and meeting new people.

Astrid Hengartner (Head FroCo)

Astrid is a proud Sillimander from New Mexico (although was born right here in New Haven!) She’s a neuroscience major, Pre-Med, and works with HoC Santos in Yale’s Canine and Primate Lab. She dedicates much of her time to Camp Kesem, Community Health Educators (CHE), Yale’s Alpine Ski Team, and interpreting Spanish at HAVEN Free Clinic. In her free time she enjoys watching West World, hiking, and hanging out with Dean Barlow’s adorable pup, Walter, in the courtyard. She is very excited to share her love for Silliman as Head FroCo this year!

Seamus Joyce-Johnson

Seamus is a Washington, D.C. native majoring in history and mechanical engineering. He can be found around Silliman recording in the sound studio, eating late dinners in the dining hall, or hanging out with fellow froco Drake in their suite. Seamus is a devoted member of the frisbee team and works on lighting for theater productions around Yale. In his free time he enjoys photography, rock climbing, and urban exploration.

Lindiwe Mayinja

Lindiwe is a psychology major from Phoenixville, PA. Outside of class, Lindiwe interns at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Psychiatric Unit, tutors at Fair Haven School, and sings in Magevet, Yale’s Jewish a cappella group. Lindiwe is absolutely obsessed with Silliman College, and she is an active member of the Silliman Activities and Administrative Committee (SAAC). She loves to spend her copious amounts of free time hanging out in the Silliman courtyard (when it’s warm!) and watching bad movies with her friends. Lindiwe is really excited to be a FroCo, and she is so looking forward to welcoming the new Sillifrosh to her home away from home!

Emma Pred-Sosa

Emma is a senior from the Boston area, majoring in History. She is active on campus as a member of Mind Matters, an undergraduate mental health advocacy group, and as co-president of Despierta Boricua, Yale’s Puerto Rican student organization. She loves all things Silliman, and you can often find her whipping up snacks in the Buttery, or trying out her favorite IM sports (shoutout to IM Broomball!). She is looking forward to meeting all of the first-years and can’t wait for them to get to know the best residential college at Yale!

Haley Rogers

Haley is from Boulder, Colorado and majoring in environmental engineering. She loves all things Silliman: spending hours at brunch in the dining hall, eating pounds of mozzarella sticks in the buttery, studying (or at least pretending to) in the sillibrary, and mastering the art of IM broomball. Outside of class, she is a leader with FOOT, volunteers at a New Haven elementary school, and organizes fun events through SAAC (Silliman Activities and Administration Committee). Haley also loves outdoor activities, finding excuses to eat ice-cream, and watching trashy tv with her friends. She is living in entryway F and can’t wait to welcome the class of 2022 to Yale!

Kendall Schmidt

Kendall is a psychology major from Tallahassee, Florida. Outside of class, she works in a lab at the Child Studies Center and is part of the Yale Women’s Leadership Initiative! In her spare time, you can find her watching trash tv or rooting on the Ohio State Buckeyes! Her favorite place at Yale is a hammock in the Silliman courtyard. She also loves helping plan college-wide events (and getting free snacks!) at the weekly Silliman Activities and Administrative Council meetings, and hopes to see lots of first years there!

Sonny Stephens

Sonny is a Global Affairs major, born and raised in Austin, Texas. He has been heavily involved with La Casa: the Latino Cultural Center at Yale, and also worked as a Communication and Consent Educator (CCE). He currently serves as the Vice President of the Yale College Democrats, and led a research trip to Eastern Europe with the Yale International Relations Association. Last summer, he studied abroad in Brazil and is super passionate about international history. He loves hanging around Silliman (especially chatting at The Acorn!), watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, and learning new languages. He wants you to know his full name is Mariano Antonio Cienfuegos Stephens, but that’s a mouthful so most people call him Sonny. He is so excited to welcome all the first-year Sillimanders to their fabulous new digs at Yale!

Drake Williams

Drake is an Air Force ROTC cadet and Mechanical Engineering major from Warner Robins, Georgia. He is a Silliringers veteran, and has a nearly perfect SAAC attendance record. He enjoys hanging out and volunteering with his friends in Chi Psi, as well as hiking and camping. When he has the time to read, he loves a good space opera. He frequents both the Silligym and Payne Whitney, and is always searching for the freshest beats.