FroCos

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.

Renee Hernandez Rodriguez (Head FroCo) is from the border-city of El Paso, Texas. Once firmly MCDB and pre-med, she is now a Humanities major partial to anything regarding Roman history, art, and architecture.  Renee loves traveling, and has been lucky enough to spend her summers abroad in Italy, as well as studying Korean in Seoul as a Light fellow.  She is very involved in Franklin College, having served as a College Aide and as secretary for the Franklin College Council. In her spare time, she likes dabbling in photography, playing IM volleyball, spending time with her KKG sisters, and endlessly scrolling on Facebook’s Dogspotting page. A die-hard coffee enthusiast, you can always spot her between classes studying in cafes. She is very excited for this year, and to be a Fro-Co for the class of 2023!
 
Jocelyn Dorney is from the South Suburbs of Chicago and I am so excited to welcome you to Yale! I love anime, comics, and my standard poodle Nugget! I am majoring in the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health and I recently returned from studying abroad for a semester in Kenya focusing on Healthcare and Human Rights in the East African region. Next fall I will be starting the 5-year Masters in Public Health program concentrating in Health Policy— so I’ll be around to see you all transition to your sophomore year! On campus I have worked at Payne Whitney Gym and Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, as well as a Peer Liaison for the Afro-American cultural center. I was a part of the organization Matriculate which helps low-income high achieving students get into the best colleges and for the last three years I have been a board member of Yale Black Women’s Coalition. My favorite thing about Yale has definitely been the people and I cannot wait for you to find yours, see you soon!

Dieter Eiselen was born and grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. I am an Economics and Political Science double major at Yale. I plan on pursuing the finance world after school in New York or London in addition to keeping the possibility of an NFL career open. On campus, I am an offensive lineman on the football team, the president of the Yale Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and a volunteer on the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Drive Committee. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching great films, and hanging out with my friends. I look forward to being a FroCo and hope to be a great source of sound advice and applicable knowledge. Welcome to the Benjamin Franklin College Class of 2023!

Christian Fernandez is an Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Major born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is very active with music on campus, having played saxophone or clarinet for Tertulia (Yale’s first and only Latin band), the Yale Concert Band, the Yale Precision Marching Band, and the Yale Jazz Ensemble. He has also been involved with the FGLI and Franklin communities on campus, having served as an FSY counselor, a college aide, and a buttery worker. Feel free to find him to talk about basketball, music, activism on campus, or anything else!

Tim Foldy-Porto is from Florence, Massachusetts, a fairly small town in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains. He is majoring in physics and is very involved with the engineering and entrepreneurship community at Yale, having worked with a variety of on-campus engineering groups and Yale-based startups. In addition to STEM stuff, he loves to look at, think, and write about architecture, and will happily talk about any of the amazing buildings on Yale’s campus. Outside of academics, Tim plays the piano, rock climbs, skis, plays ultimate frisbee (he’s always down to toss a disc), and is a serious runner. He loves participating in local 5ks with fellow Franklin residents. In terms of arts and culture, he’s a huge fan of the fast and furious movies, brutalist architecture, and books. Definitely hit him up with any science- or architecture-related questions (or anything else); he’s looking forward to meeting y’all!


 

Tera Hofmann grew up in downtown Toronto and is an economics major here at Yale. Her primary focus is on environmental as well as social justice based economics, and she spent a summer abroad in London engaging more deeply with these topics. Tera is the goalie on the ice hockey team and spends most of her spare time at Ingalls rink (more commonly known as “The Whale”). Before becoming a First Year Counselor, Tera was a Communications and Consent Educator–a group which works to create a more positive sexual climate by working from within their communities on campus. In any remaining spare time she has, Tera loves to play the guitar, write, and make ridiculous fashion statements. Arethusa’s pistachio ice cream is the only acceptable flavour.

 

Nardos Kebede is a Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Sociology double major from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With interests at the intersection of health and society, she has worked in a neurobiology research lab, assisted in menstrual health research, volunteered with the Living History Project and organized community health projects with Yale UAID. In her free time, she enjoys dancing with Yale Movement, watching movies with friends and somewhat tangentially eating really good spicy food. She is excited to welcome you to the Yale community and wishes you all safe travels as you make your way to New Haven.

Lotta Keller is a Cognitive Science major specializing in political decision-making and experimenting with marketing. While she lives in South Carolina now, Lotta was born in Colombia and grew up moving through Germany and the U.S. All that moving motivated her to get involved with an ESL program here at Yale. She also spends her time on campus as a player and officer of the Yale Club Polo Team. When not playing field hockey on horseback, you can find her hiking in East Rock, catching up on (international) soccer, and trying to decide what to watch on Netflix.

Jasmine Liu is an Ecology & Evolutionary Biology major who was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky (“Horse Capital of the World”), though her family has recently transplanted to Virginia Beach, Virginia. During her time here, she has served as co-president of Yale’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (preparing taxes for local low to moderate-income taxpayers), conducted tropical ecology research (both while living on campus and in the Amazonian rain forest), worked as a science and quantitative reasoning tutor, advised prospective Light Fellows as a Chinese Language Representative, worked on program model development for a local youth shelter, taught local 4th-graders science with Demos, and very occasionally put her EMT certification to use. She has also dabbled in the Davenport Pops orchestra (playing viola) and radio (DJ-ing her own show). Outside of class, Jasmine enjoys tending to her many potted plants, dreaming about traveling, and distracting her suitemates from doing their work.  She is beyond excited to get to know the incoming first-year class and welcome them to the Franklin and New Haven communities!

David Washington is an Astrophysics major from Claremont, CA. Returning for his super senior year (fifth year senior), David has been an a cappella aficionado for the past four years, singing with Doox of Yale for his first three years and taking last year off to sing and travel with the Whiffenpoofs. He has has also worked at the Yale School of Music as a church choir and Recital Chorus singer, the Mathematics department as a Undergraduate Learning Assistant, and in New Haven public schools as a tutor and mentor. David is down to talk about anything over ice cream!