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 2017-2018 First-Year Counselors:

Camila Franco (Head FroCo)

Cami is a proud Sillimander from Buenos Aires, Argentina and has also lived in Chile and Bolivia. She’s a Biomedical Engineering major, Pre-Med, and works as a web designer for the Yale School of Medicine. She’s been on the board of the International Students Organization (ISO), the Club of Argentine Students (CASY), and Yale Medical Professions Outreach (YMPO) at Yale. She enjoys binge watching shows on Netflix, cooking and baking in the Sillikitchen, and volunteering at Haven Free Clinic as an interpreter. She loved being a Head Counselor for the Orientation for International Students last year and is very excited to be the Head FroCo for Silliman this year! 

Brendan Hellweg

Brendan is a senior Ethics, Politics, and Economics major concentrating in Urban Development from Holyoke, Massachusetts. Brendan is passionate about affordable housing and local politics. Outside of class, he is an avid Judoka in Yale Club Judo, a debater with the Yale Political Union, and a researcher in the Yale School of Architecture. He loves to cook and looks forward to surprising his FroCo group with homemade treats when midterms come around.

Jeffrey Hendricks

Jeffrey is a senior from Detroit, Michigan, majoring in Political Science. He shows his love for Silliman through IMs and trips to the Buttery. Outside of Silliman, he is a proud member of the Liberal Party of the Yale Political Union. In his free time, Jeffrey can be found catching up on TV, enjoying classical and alternative music, cheering on Bulldogs, Spartans, Tigers, Red Wings, Lions, and Pistons, or napping. 

Devin Hilly

Devin is a Computer Science major born and raised in Chicago, IL. She spends much of her time outside of class dancing and choreographing with Yaledancers, one of Yale’s many dance groups. She also teaches dance and Computer Science at New Haven after school programs, and is excited to her bring love for teaching and mentoring to the Silliman froco program!

Nikolaj Hoejer

Nikolaj Højer pronounces his name Nikolai Hoier and loves people who do so too. He calls Copenhagen, Denmark his home and is trying to double major in Economics and Global Affairs. Despite being a First-year Student Counselor, he first set foot on Yale’s campus as a sophomore. He spent his first year studying at the University of Copenhagen before transferring to Yale. If Nikolaj had free time, he would travel, eat chocolate, and watch Disney movies with his friends.

Cole Rianda

Cole is a Senior from Salinas Valley in California (“The Salad Bowl of the World”) majoring in Psychology.  He works in the Mechanisms of Disinhibition Lab both on campus and in the Cheshire Correctional Institution, is an active member in the Conservative Party in the Yale Political Union, and has done research with the Yale Historical Society. In his free time he loves keeping up with e-sports, hearing about good anime, chatting about politics or philosophy, and reading mystery novels. He is living in the Silliman FroCo Suite in Tower E this year, so stop in and say hi!

Alexandra Small

Alexandra is a First-Year Counselor from Connecticut studying Global Affairs and Ethics, Politics, and Economics.  Outside of baking in the Silliman kitchen or running in the SilliGym, Alexandra can be found participating in Political Union debates, organizing Model UN conferences, exploring New Haven restaurants, and dabbling in photography.  She is looking forward to welcoming the first years to campus!     

Matthew Stock

Matthew is a senior Global Affairs major and a proud Dallas, Texas native living in Entryway E. An avid follower of all things Yale Athletics, Matthew serves as the sports editor of the Yale Daily News and spends most weekends rooting for his classmates at Payne Whitney Gym, Ingalls Rink or the Yale Bowl. When not cheering on Yale sports teams, you can find Matthew in his favorite place on campus — Silliman! He loves afternoon basketball in the SilliDome, hearty brunches with friends in the Silliman dining hall and lounging time in the courtyard, and can’t wait to share all of that and more with the awesome Class of 2021!

Christian White

Christian is a senior studying mechanical engineering, originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina.  He is active on campus as the outgoing president of Yale’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, planning events or tutoring at New Haven Academy.  You’ll often find him right across the street in the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design or in the Sillikitchen indulging in his passion for cooking.  Outside of his regular activities, Christian enjoys traveling, watching/playing sports, listening to music, hanging with friends or playing board games.

Annie Xu

Raised in the suburbs outside Philadelphia, Annie is a senior majoring in Psychology and Economics. She loves everything about Silliman (especially the people and the hammocks), and is so excited to be a First-Year Counselor of the best college at Yale. Her passions include journaling, traveling, and ice cream. She loves meeting new people, so definitely come say hi!