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.

(Head FroCo)

Anise Overton is from Roswell, Georgia, and she is beyond excited to welcome the class of 2025 to Franklin and to Yale! Her main role on campus has been as a Peer Liaison for the Afro-American Cultural Center during her sophomore and junior years. She has also been a tutor with Refugee and Immigrant Student Education (RISE) and is currently a board member of Yale Cinematic Productions. Anise is an English major and member of the Writing Concentration in playwriting. She loves all sorts of storytelling and is particularly interested in consuming, as well as someday helping to create, role-playing video games and children’s animation; feel free to recommend your favorite games, shows, plays, and movies to her!


 

Jeff Cieslikowski was born and raised among the apple orchards of New Hampshire. He is double majoring in physics and political science (yes, a unique combination), with a   particular interest in social and environmental justice. He plans to attend law school after graduation, with an emphasis on some form of public interest law. In his junior year, Jeff served as president of the Yale Political Union, a debate society and the largest student organization on campus. In his free time, you can find Jeff out for a run, chatting with friends at the LGBTQ+ Center, or doing a reading at the Episcopal Church at Yale. Jeff is ecstatic to meet the next generation of Franklinites. Oh, and he’s always looking for a new cornhole partner!

Leila Iskandarani is a double major in economics and history from Miami, Florida. During her time at Yale, she’s served as president of Refugee and Immigrant Student Education (RISE), a volunteer group offering free tutoring to refugee and immigrant students in the New Haven public school system. She’s also worked with Havenly Treats, a nonprofit café in downtown New Haven that supports refugee women through job training, political education, and community organizing. Her coursework has piqued her interest in all sorts of fields, and she’s very excited to see where she lands after graduation. In her free time, you can catch her watching Love Island (UK version, obviously) or attempting to roller blade. Leila is incredibly excited to be back on campus in the fall and to welcome the class of 2025 to Yale!

Ellie Nassir is a pre-medical biology major from Boise, Idaho. Her favorite activities include hiking, running, biking, and camping (as well as eating Idaho potatoes). She is an Air Force ROTC cadet and is additionally involved in Christian Union, the Yale Political Union, Vox Church, and the Yale Cheer Team. In her free time, she chats with friends in the Franklin dining hall, bakes, and watches movies. She is so excited to welcome the class of 2025 to Franklin!

Enzo Okpoye is a Political Science major from Ibusa, Nigeria. His interests include law, social justice, poetry, and democracy reform––a topic he will be writing his senior thesis on and would love to have conversations about at any time or place. During his time at Yale, he has assisted with the Yale Global Justice Program–Poynter Fellowship in Journalism joint seminars. He has also served as a Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office, worked on sustainability issues in the Athletics Department as a member of the Bulldog Sustainability team, and played on the Yale Men’s Soccer team. Enzo is a football (soccer) fanatic, so do not hesitate to start a conversation by asking him which team is the best in the world (clue: they won the 2021 UEFA Champions League). When he is not attending to academic matters or playing soccer, you will find him banting with friends in the dining hall, writing poetry, or working out in the Franklin gym. Enzo is very excited to meet the Franklinite class of 2025 and can’t wait to share his senior year with them.


 

Jack Starr is interested in how the human mind works, majoring in Psychology with a focus on behavioral, social and abnormal psych. Jack’s career interest is in film and entertainment, having spent two summers working in feature and series development and production in Hollywood. This summer, Jack is back in LA working in production and post-production on a Netflix series. Jack is a goalie on the men’s lacrosse team and is highly invested in the experience of student-athletes at Yale. Jack was elected vice president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which advises Yale’s administration on policies affecting student-athletes. He and the SAAC board pushed to expand mental health services for student-athletes. To unwind, he plays guitar, reads and cooks. He looks forward to using Franklin’s student kitchen to cook for friends (and worthy first-years) with recipes he’s learned over the years as a line cook at a French restaurant in his hometown of Washington, DC.


 

Elizabeth Van Ha is from Chicago, Illinois (midwest best coast!) and is an Ecology & Evolutionary Biology major also enrolled in the Energy Studies program. In her first two years at Yale Elizabeth has volunteered at the Yale Farm, served on the board of Yale’s only and finest step team (Yale Steppin’ Out), and co-founded Franklin’s very own Beanjamin Cafe. Since then, she’s created fourth-grade lesson plans through the Environmental Education Collaborative (ECCO), served as counselor and co-coordinator of the Harvest pre-orientation program, and is currently serving as captain of the Yale Women’s Rugby team (YWRFC). Elizabeth likes to stay active around New Haven, whether it’s volunteering at local non-profits, biking to East Rock and beyond, or playing pickup with fellow club soccer players. In Franklin, you’ll most likely find her in the buttery eating the frozen fruit cups. Elizabeth is looking forward to meeting the lovely incoming Franklinites and all the energy they will bring to New Haven, Yale and Franklin communities!

Victoria Winter is a Film and Media Studies/Political Science major from the small state of Rhode Island. She is interested in international relations and screenwriting with hopes to become a screenwriter or foreign service officer (or both!). At Yale, you’ll either find Victoria playing with the Yale Precision Marching Band, volunteering with VITA  (Yale’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program), or trying her best to fix students’ laptops with the Student Tech Collaborative. Other times you can find her taking photographs around campus or playing ping pong in the buttery until 3 in the morning. This year she’s excited to get back into IM sports and try to bring home the Ting Cup! Victoria’s super excited to meet the class of 2025 and to introduce them to all sorts of fun activities and programs at Yale!

Xiao Zheng is from Northborough, Massachusetts, although she’s also lived in Colorado, Michigan, and Southern China. She hopes to attend medical school after graduation and is especially interested in addiction medicine. As a chemistry major, she spends a lot of time at Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, where she does research in carbohydrate chemistry with the Herzon lab. When she’s not in lab, she conducts research on language and stigma in substance use disorder at the medical school. At Yale, she serves on the board of Dwight Hall, (center for public service and social justice) and volunteers with Yale Community Kitchen. She also writes for the Scientific Magazine, dances with Yale Steppin’ Out (along with Elizabeth!!), and peer tutors for chemistry and physics classes. In her free time, Xiao loves hiking, running, and drinking cold brew. She’s so excited to welcome BF ‘25 into the wonderful Franklin community this year!