Akielly Hu (Grace Hopper ‘19)
Academic (major): Global Affairs
Hometown: Seattle, WA
What I’m up to this summer: Research in Ecuador
Extracurriculars: G.E.D. tutoring, Chinese tutoring
Hobbies: Hiking and eating
Welcome to Yale! I’m Akielly and I love the Pacific Northwest, all things food-related, and R&B. I’m so excited to meet and get to know all of you. Let’s have a fantastic year!
Amanda Zhang (Benjamin Franklin ‘21)
Academic (major): Undeclared (potentially Economics and Environmental Studies)
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
What I’m up to this summer: Studying abroad at Harvard Beijing Academy thanks to some generous funding from Yale’s Light Fellowship.
Extracurriculars: Yale Daily News Business Team, Danceworks, Yale Undergraduate Consulting Group, Canine Cognition Center, Chinese American Students’ Association (CASA)
Hobbies: Writing, online shopping, trying new foods, watching any animal related video
Hi Class of 2022! I’m a sophomore in Franklin and am super excited to be the Franklin PL! I was born and raised in Atlanta, and am a huge southern food enthusiast. Around campus, you can catch me dancing with Danceworks, hanging out with some dogs at the Canine Cognition Center, or meeting with the YDN Business Team or the Yale Undergraduate Consulting Group. Some of my favorite things to do include dragging people on late night food runs, listening to movie scores, and considering a different major pretty much every week. Can’t wait to meet you all, and feel free to reach out with any questions!
Anushree Agrawal (Ezra Stiles ‘19)
Academic (major): Computer Science and Humanities
Hometown: Katy, TX (near Houston)
What I’m up to this summer: Interning on the machine learning infrastructure team at Stripe in San Francisco and drinking my weight in boba!
Extracurriculars: YHack, CS50
Hobbies: Reading, eating, cooking, knitting, eating
Hi! I’m Anushree and I’m a rising senior in Stiles, majoring in Computer Science and Humanities. I’m from Houston, TX, so always down to eat Tex-Mex and reminisce on Southern winters. On campus, I’m involved with some CS organizations like YHack and CS50, and I’ve worked as a software engineer in industry - definitely reach out if you have questions about any of that! Outside of classes, I really like to read, so definitely reach out for book recommendations (and send me yours too), and I hope to eventually learn how to be an expert barista. Looking forward to meeting you all very soon!
Archeta Rajagopalan (Branford ‘19)
Academic (major): MCDB (Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology)
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
What I’m up to this summer: Studying for the MCAT and volunteering
Extracurriculars: Branford Head of College Aide, Pi Phi, Rangeela (Bollywood Dance Team), South Asian Society, Volunteering at the Hospital, Research
Hobbies: Yoga, Running, Corgi Watching, Dancing
Archie is an MCDB major and in the Class of 2019. She’s a proud Branfordian, and works in the HOC office as a Branford Aide. She’s also a member of Pi Beta Phi, dances on her Bollywood fusion dance team Rangeela, is outgoing president of the South Asian Society, volunteers at the hospital, and works at her lab at the medical school. Aside from that, Archie is an avid corgi lover and loves to laugh at her own jokes.
Derek Mubiru (Silliman ‘19)
Academic (major): MCDB (Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology)
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
What I’m up to this summer: Studying for the LSAT –> Working on a medical project in Uganda
Extracurriculars: AACC Student Coordinator of two years, CASPY Co-moderator and CASA board member, UCY Student Deacon, Immunobiology Research at the Med School
Hobbies: Watching & Playing Basketball, 8-ball pool, switching my new favorite music album every week, cats
Hey class of 2022! I’m Derek, a pre-med/pre-law rising senior from sunny San Antonio, Texas. This is my second year being a peer liaison for the AACC, and I can’t express just how excited I am to meet you all! I’ve had many incredible and rewarding experiences at Yale – from traveling to Beijing on the Light Fellowship, going on retreats with the UCY deacons, or conducting research on how the gut microbiome contributes to autoimmune disease - and I hope you all are excited to embark on journeys of your own! As a half-Chinese/half-Ugandan, I’m especially excited to travel to Uganda for the first time this summer and finally connect with my family there! In my spare time, you can probably catch me in the buttery shooting a game of pool or playing some pick-up basketball at PWG.
Justin Cheong (Pierson ‘21)
Academic (major): Undeclared
Hometown: Newton, MA
What I’m up to this summer: I’ll be doing chemistry research and taking a class with the STARS Summer Research Program. After that, I will be traveling to Europe with my family.
Extracurriculars: Volunteering at HAVEN Free Clinic, Standby: The Yale Student Travel Journal, The Science, Technology and Research Scholars (STARS) Program
Hobbies: Learning languages, traveling, watching (and rewatching) Westworld, going to Blue State Coffee to add to my study/procrastination aesthetic, scrolling through Snackpass for post-dinner snacks, sleeping
Class of 2022, Welcome to Yale! I’m a rising sophomore in Pierson College, and I’m excited to be a peer liaison for the AACC. My parents were born and raised in Vietnam to Chinese parents, and I have inherited this mixed culture as a first-generation Asian-American. Although it has been difficult to manage these different cultural identities, the AACC has been a space where Asian-Americans of all diverse backgrounds can celebrate their heritage. I’m passionate about studying languages and talking about Asian diaspora. I also love spicy food and horror movies! Academically, I’m a prospective Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major, and I’m pre-med. Outside of classes, I’m a Spanish-English medical interpreter at HAVEN Free Clinic and a board member of Standby: The Yale Student Travel Journal. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about multicultural identity, STEM and pre-med, languages and linguistics, or anything at all. I look forward to meeting you all and supporting you as you thrive at Yale!
Katharine Wang (Davenport ‘19)
Academics: American Studies
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
What I’m up to this summer: Curatorial Intern at Shanghai Power Station of Art
Extracurriculars: Gallery Guide at YUAG, WYBCx, Miss/chief Collective, Freelance Photographer
Hobbies: Photography, Music Production, Fashion Design/Production, DJing,
Hey Class of 2022! I’m Kat, a senior in Branford college from Ann Arbor, Michigan majoring in American Studies/Urban Studies. I’m so thrilled to meet all of you and have the incredibly privilege of witnessing your formative growth in the next year. In my spare time, I do freelance portrait photography and spin with a womxn of color DJ collective for events at Yale, the greater New Haven area, and New York. The past two summers, I’ve worked in Shanghai, China interning at contemporary photography galleries and art museums. As an undergraduate, I’ve had the wonderous and rare chance of studying and working abroad within the urban landscapes of Berlin and Shanghai. If you have any questions at all, particularly about the Arts at Yale, feel free to reach out!
Lillian Yuan (Saybrook ‘21)
Academic (major): Undeclared
Hometown: Naperville, IL
What I’m up to this summer: Studying Italian in beautiful Siena, Italy
Extracurriculars: Yale Students for Christ, the Hippopotamus Literary Magazine executive board, Yale’s only step team Steppin’ Out, and Matriculate.
Hobbies: Painting, singing, reading, and chillin with my twin sister Vivian whenever i’m at home
Hello hello hello! It is currently 55 degrees and gloomy in Naperville, IL, my little suburb of Chicago, but I’m filled with the warmth and excitement of getting to meet all of you next year! I am a sophomore in Pierson College who is deciding between Cognitive Science, Economics, or English as my major. Because of my wide array of interests, I’ve taken a pretty eclectic mix of classes so far and explored a variety of clubs/events on campus. In my free time, I love to watch Game of Thrones with my roommate, take long walks to East Rock or other surrounding neighborhoods, host impromptu dance parties to musical soundtracks, and read fiction books outside in the sun. My PL was one of the first people I truly considered a friend on campus, and she inspired me to be a PL too. The AACC is a truly wonderful place that I hope all of you will come to love as much as I do!
Matthew Le (Jonathan Edwards ‘20)
Academic (major): Economics and Mathematics
Hometown: Conyers, GA
What I’m up to this summer: I’m studying Japanese in Tokyo this summer on the Light Fellowship!
Extracurriculars: Vietnamese Students Association (ViSA), WYBCx Yale Radio, Yale MathCounts coach, MoneyThink mentor
Hobbies: Music, reading, shopping for clothes/sneakers, cooking/eating and watching YouTube videos of people cooking/eating
Hello! I’m Matt, and I’m a junior in Jonathan Edwards College from Conyers, GA, a suburb right outside of Atlanta. On campus, I’m on the board of the Vietnamese Students Association, I teach at various public schools around New Haven, and I host a weekly online radio show on WYBCx Yale Radio. When I’m free, I enjoy listening to music, cooking, watching YouTube, going out to eat with friends, and reading long-form journalism. I’m super excited to be a PL this year, and can’t wait to meet all of y’all soon!
Neha Bhatt (Berkeley ‘20)
Academic: Biomedical engineering
Hometown: Maple Grove, MN
What I’m up to this summer: Stem cell research in the Hirschi lab, shadowing, food adventures in New Haven
Extracurriculars: Musical director of Mixed Company of Yale, interpreter at HAVEN, peer tutor, research at the Yale Cardiovascular Research Center
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, making SpongeBob references, cooking, taking awkward close-up candids of people
Hey Class of 2022! I’m Neha, a junior in Berkeley College from Minnesota (if you ever need cold weather advice, I’ve seen it all). I love listening to and making music, especially R&B. I also love food videos of all sorts, and I’m excited to put my chef skills to the test in New Haven this summer. At Yale, I’m involved in a cappella, Roshni, ~pre med things~, and more. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!
Nicholas Pham (Morse ‘20)
Academic (major): Economics
Hometown: Tampa, FL
What I’m up to this summer: Studying at the London School of Economics
Extracurriculars: Yale Rugby, New Haven Reads, Chess Club
Hobbies: Playing games, Eating, Relaxing, Sports
Hey everyone, I’m excited to welcome you to the Yale Class of 2022, and look forward to getting to know you! A lil about me: I’m a Junior in Morse College studying Economics and Computer Science, and I hail from the beautiful Sunshine State. I love playing board games, so you can typically catch me playing Catan, Codenames, ERS, etc… in and around Morse, and would love to learn and play any new games you bring! I’m also a member of the Yale Men’s Rugby team, and I casually play squash and soccer for fun with my friends, and hopefully you all too. I LOVE food, and would be honored to show you all the amazing restaurants around New Haven. Can’t wait to meet you, cheers! Nick.
Stella Xu (Timothy Dwight ‘21)
Academic (major): East Asian Studies and Linguistics
Hometown: Milpitas, CA
What I’m up to this summer: Traveling around East Asia and studying Korean at Seoul National University!
Extracurriculars: Asian American Students Alliance, Bridges ESL, Chinese American History Project, Model UN Korea & YIRA, Resource Access Mapping Project, Danceworks
Hobbies: Learning languages, listening to my friends sing and read poetry, making ASMR videos, traveling, visiting art galleries, petting stray cats, tattoos, astrology, and boba
Class of 2022– welcome to Yale!! I’m so excited to meet and get to know all of you throughout the year. I’m a sophomore in Berkeley College, and a prospective double-major in East Asian Studies and Linguistics. I’m from a small, majority-Asian American city called Milpitas, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside of being a PL, I work as a co-Political Chair for the Asian American Students Alliance, teach ESL and Chinese American history on weekends, and work on International Delegations for Model UN Korea. I’m also half-involved in a variety of Asian musical activities, including Jook Songs, UNITY, and Hangarak. Please feel free to reach out to me about traveling on Yale’s dime, AACC-related events and opportunities, or anything else! If you’re in Seoul over the summer, we should hang out too! Can’t wait to meet all of you :D
Tasnia Khan (Pauli Murray ‘21)
Academic (major): Biology (MCDB) & History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health
Hometown: New York City, NY
What I’m up to this summer: I’ll be working at the Harlem Village Academies West Middle Charter School as a school operations intern. Other than that, I’ll be catching up with family and friends!
Extracurriculars: Tutor for the Urban Improvement Corps.
Hobbies: Writing, reading, watching Netflix, trying new foods, sleeping
Hey Class of 2021! I hope you’re all having a great summer, and I’m really excited to meet you all in the fall! My first year was definitely one I cannot forget. I’ve already made friends I know will last me a lifetime, and I’ve been able to explore my passions for social justice and change through clubs, talks, work, conversation, and wonderful classes! If I’m not binge watching Gossip Girl for the 6th time in my bed, I’m sitting with friends on cross campus, running to make dinner, or hanging out with my amazing tutees st the African American Cultural Center. I’m so excited to get to know all of you and help guide you through this journey!
Travorn Mahadeo (Trumbull ‘20)
Academic (major): Neuroscience
Hometown: Detroit, MI
What I’m up to this summer: Taking classes and interning at a non-profit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Extracurriculars: Research at the Bordey Lab/Medical School, Vietnamese Students Association at Yale (ViSA), The Elmseed Enterprise Fund, and The Teaching Peace Initiative
Hobbies: Napping, watching horror movies, eating (big fan of boba and Thai food), and exploring New Haven restaurants.
Hey, Class of 2022! Welcome to Yale! I’m Travorn. A little about me: I’m a junior in Jonathan Edwards college. I was born in New Jersey and raised in Michigan - New Haven practically feels like home to me. I am incredibly excited to be a peer-liaison for the AACC. In the past two years, I’ve been an active part of the Asian American community. I’m currently a co-president for the Vietnamese Students Association at Yale and I’ve also danced for Yale Jashan Bhangra. This summer, I’ll also be in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, studying Vietnamese language and interning at a non-profit. Academically, I am interested in Neuroscience, and I have a passion for medicine and healthcare. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about pre-med at Yale, New Haven, etc.! I look forward to meeting all of you!