First-Year Counselors (known as FroCos) are seniors in Benjamin Franklin who have been chosen by the Dean and the Head of College to serve as residential counselors and advisers to first year students. FroCos live in residence with the first-years, sprinkled among their entryways, and are an integral part of Yale College’s advising structure. In addition to serving as an advising resource, they assist with assuring the safety and well-being of the incoming class and are closely supervised by the Dean. FroCos are assigned a “FroCo group” of between 12-16 students, but first-years are welcome and encouraged to get to know the whole team and to go to any FroCo with questions or concerns.

(Head FroCo) Shannon Linder is an English major from Southern California and Washington state. She is especially interested in becoming a human rights or education lawyer and would also love to publish a poetry book in the future. Some of Shannon’s favorite on-campus activities include serving as editor for Her Campus at Yale, volunteering with a New Haven Girl Scout troop, and choreographing for Yale Danceworks. When she’s not reading Victorian poetry or watching a niche silent film, you’ll find her singing karaoke with friends or doing yoga. As a former Benjamin Franklin College Council member and college aide, she LOVES Franklin College and can’t wait to welcome the new class of Franklinites home!


Thalia Baeza Milan was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, although she spent ten years of her life living in Georgetown, Guyana before she and her family moved to New York City. She is a Global Affairs major with interest in economic development in the Latin American region. While at Yale, Thalia has dedicated her time to working with A Leg Even (ALE), an organization that helps first-generation low-income first year students access Yale resources. She also edits for the Hippopotamus Literary Magazine and volunteers for Bridges ESL to help teach English to members of the New Haven Community. Outside of her jobs at the Yale University Art Gallery and with the Student Technology Collaborative, Thalia is also part of Yale’s co-ed wrestling team (ask her about her multiple sustained injuries…she can provide an insider view on how to get around Yale in crutches). For Thalia, this past year was spent studying abroad in different countries—everywhere from Argentina to South Africa. For this reason, she is more than excited to return to Yale in the fall and welcome the new first-years to the New Haven, Yale and Franklin communities!

Jason Contino is a sociology major concentrating in health from New York City’s least populated borough, Staten Island. He is specifically interested in addiction and drug policy, as well as workers’ rights and labor unions. On campus, he’s been active with first-generation/low-income student groups, having previously served as co-president of A Leg Even. He also works as an Academic Strategies Mentor, and loves to laugh, drink too much coffee, and enjoy the company of his friends and loved ones. Looking towards the future, he wants to become a union organizer and help work towards building political, social, and economic power for working-class people and our communities. He’s looking forward to meeting all of the first-years, and is excited to teach them how to effectively take advantage of all the resources that the University has to offer.

Fred Jr. Ebongue Makolle is a Economics/Statistics & Data Science major hailing from Yaounde, Cameroon. In his first two years at Yale, he served on the boards of the two biggest Africa-related groups on campus: the Yale African Students’ Association (YASA) and the Yale Undergraduate Association for Peace and Development (YAAPD). Since then, he’s served as a mentor to first-year students in his roles as OIS counselor, OISS Peer Liaison and as an Academic Strategies Peer Mentor. Fred is also a nerd about all things sports, especially football (the real one), basketball or golf. He is always ready to engage in conversations on all sorts of topics, ranging from Neo-colonialism in Africa to making a case for Stephen Curry being the greatest basketball player of all-time. Fred is looking forward to meet the Class of 2024 and do not hesitate to show him a funny internet meme if you see him around, he will be incredibly grateful!


Spencer Hagaman is a senior political science major from Huntington Beach, California, and founder/CEO of Eos Political Consulting LLC. A former college aide, assistant buttery manager, college council president, and now FroCo, Spencer has been heavily invested in the Benjamin Franklin community. When he's not working on political campaigns, advocating for smart local public policy, or helping the Franklin community, Spencer is writing for The Politic, playing IM pickleball, or volunteering with the Yale Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. He is very excited to meet the Class of 2024 and for whatever the 2020-21 year may bring!


Vienna Scott is from a small town in New Hampshire. She is a Religious Studies and Political Science double major (and especially loves studying the ways religion and politics impact each other). Outside of classes, she enjoys participating in a wide range of extracurriculars, from tutoring to debate to journalism to playing IM sports to hiking (she even managed to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro while studying abroad in Tanzania last year). When she's not at class or clubs, she loves sitcoms, long Saturday brunches, and attending student performances. She is very excited to welcome you to Yale as a FroCo for the class of 2024!