College Aides

(Head College Aide) Hana Galijašević is a senior double-majoring in Computer Science and Linguistics. She is a proudly-international student from Bosnia and Herzegovina, with interests in learning languages (to the point of being conversational), perfecting traditional cooking and baking skills (or, learning them), random educational videos (which she only watches, but gladly recaps), math and physics (casually), and graphic design and photo-editing (recreationally). Hana has been named “The Mom Friend” by six unrelated friend groups across three continents. In her free time, you can find her napping, seeking out people to have meals with (you’re invited!), or making and drinking traditional Bosnian coffee. She’s always down for a chat! Hana Gali
Bianca Beck  is a junior majoring in Political Science and East Asian Studies. She is an international student currently living in Switzerland, but she grew up moving around to different countries throughout her life. At Yale, Bianca is a researcher at the Lowenstein Human Rights Project at Yale Law School, involved with Volunteer Income Tax Association, and interns at Winning Ways, a local non-profit that supports formerly incarcerated people as they return to their home communities. During the semester, you can find her in the Buttery making quesadillas for Franklinites (or people from Pauli Murray, the college next door), chatting in the dining hall, or testing chai at different cafes. She can’t wait to return to Franklin and meet people in the HOC office! Hana Gali

Han Choi

Jun-Davinci Choi is a junior from Ridgewood, New Jersey seeking to read Economics and Mathematics. She is active in the music scene at Yale as a conductor and violinist in various orchestral, operatic, and musical theatre productions as a member of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley College Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Yale College, and as a frequent collaborator with undergraduate composers. Outside of the rehearsal room, she can be found cramming psets in various libraries or wandering around campus in search of good company, food, and entertainment.

Alexandra Contreras-Montesano is a junior from Burlington, Vermont hoping to major in Sociology with a concentration in Ethnicity, Race and Migration. Some of her favorite things in the world are her little sister Scarlett, chai from the Jitterbus, and the color orange. At Yale she is involved in the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project, A Leg Even, FLY, and the Association of Native Americans at Yale. In her free time she enjoys hanging out at the NACC, watching movies with friends in the Octagon room, and wearing colors and patterns that really should not go together. This summer she worked on translating memorials for Mourning Our Loses and took YSS classes. She looks forward to seeing and helping anyone in the Ben Franklin HOC office!

Dannie Daley

Steven Dykstra is a junior from the small town of Arroyo Grande on the Central Coast of California majoring in Political Science. During the school year, he works as a campus tour guide, research assistant for Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), and is involved with the Urban Philanthropic (UP) Fund. When he’s not busy on campus, Steven loves to binge watch all kinds of movies and TV, cook in the student kitchen, travel around the Northeast, and unapologetically plug his favorite restaurants!

Steven Dykstra

Samantha Fleishman  is a senior from Woodbridge, CT majoring in Classical Civilization. Outside of classes, she is involved with the Yale Slifka Center, CHAARG, a heath and wellness group, and works at the Yale University Art Gallery. She really loves coffee and spends the bulk of her time at any of New Haven’s many coffee shops. In her free time Samantha enjoys baking and hiking.

Abigail Eswarakumar

Eli Gilbert

Maria Leskovec

James Lu:  I am a sophomore in New York City who is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I am a first-generation immigrant who moved to the states when I was five years old. Alongside the New England region, I have previously lived in a variety of cities and regions in the United States, including Virginia, Florida, and Arizona. You’ll often see me around as an event aide, either helping in planning, organizing, or executing the various activities planned by Benjamin Franklin College. In my spare time, I enjoy playing RPG computer games, biking, and exercising. I also enjoy brewing my own herbal teas, and can often be seen testing out new combinations in the courtyard.
 
Hudson Patterson is a senior from Seattle, Washington. He is interested in pursuing a career as a lawyer. Hudson is majoring in Psychology, and pursuing an advanced language certificate in Spanish. He is involved with WYBCx, Yale’s student-run online radio station, on which he has a show all about the latest celebrity controversies! On campus, he is also a board member on Yale’s mock trial association. His hobbies include reading, binging TV shows, and decorating. And of course, his guilty pleasure is nintendo video games! When a new Zelda, Mario, or Pokémon game comes out, he will not leave his couch for approximately 24 hours unless forcibly removed — consider yourself warned! Hudson Patterson
Juan Recoaro
Ben Swinchoski
Trisha Victor is a junior from Pittsfield, MA, majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Society. She is particularly interested in the intersection between public health and the fields of human rights and law. She has been involved with the Women’s Leadership Initiative, the Yale College Democrats, and the Yale College Council, as well as working at Sterling Memorial Library. In her free time, she enjoys baking at midnight, crocheting gifts for her friends, and binge-watching murder documentaries when she should definitely be studying. She can also be found telling anyone who will listen about her pets, or trying to convince friends to go to the Mew Haven Cat Cafe with her.

Yuliia Zhukovets