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For questions about the First-Year Scholars at Yale program:

FSY Administrator

Michael Fitzpatrick

Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Yale Summer Session

Office: 55 Whitney Avenue, Suite 420, New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 432-2431

Michael Fitzpatrick works in Yale Summer Session, directing summer course proposals and faculty hiring for all Yale College’s summer offerings. He also reviews summer applications and advises students on course selection and course changes. Michael will be handling many of the logistics of FSY & will be managing the pre-arrival communications with the First-Year Scholars. As a first-generation/low-income graduate of Cornell, he is looking forward to welcoming the FSY students to campus and helping them transition to their new homes at Yale.

2019 FSY Residential Life Team

Residential Director

Priya Singh
Saybrook College, ‘19

Priya is a recent graduate from Yale University with her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering. During her time on campus, she served as Head Fro-Co (First-Year Counselor) for Saybrook College. She was born and raised in Far Rockaway, New York, but attended an under-resourced, public high school in Saint Cloud, Florida. In the fall, she will be attending Johns Hopkins Medical School. When not in the classroom, you can always find her out for a run, reading a book for fun, or catching up on the latest season of Grey's Anatomy. This summer she will be serving as the Residential Director for the FSY program.


Darnell Battle
Jonathan Edwards College, ‘21

Darnell is a rising Junior in Johnathan Edwards College. He hails from Torrington, Connecticut, a relatively small town about an hour Northwest of Yale. He is majoring in Political Science and is interested in going to law school after he graduates. At Yale, Darnell is involved in tutoring high school students, and multiple mentorship programs, as well as Yale Model United Nations and Model Congress. In his free time, you can catch him avoiding homework at all costs, binge watching Netflix, watching sports (Go Pats!), hanging out with friends, playing basketball, or re-watching all of Stranger Things for the 17th time.

Rhasaan Bovell
Pauli Murray College, ‘19

Rhasaan hails from Silver Spring, Maryland and, as of May 2019, is a graduate of Yale University, where he lived in both Saybrook and Pauli Murray Colleges. He studied Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and in his free time he enjoyed stress eating, watching bad television, and spending time with friends on campus. Rhasaan participated in FSY as a student in the summer of 2015 and credits the program with some of his closest Yale friendships. He’s excited to welcome the new class of FSYers to campus this summer and to give them an experience as formative as his own!

Seila DeLeon
Branford College, ‘21

Seila is a rising junior in Branford College from Miami, Florida. She is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and intends to go to medical school after Yale. When not in class or lab, you can find her participating in many extracurriculars around campus, such as Sabrosura (the latin dance team), Dominican Student Association, and volunteering at HAVEN free clinic. Seila also works for Yale Hospitality and is buttery worker in Branford. For fun, she loves to read a good book, watch her favorite shows on Netflix, and spend time with family and friends.

Tiffany Fomby
Pierson College, ‘19

Tiffany is from Snellville, GA. She’s in the Class of 2019, having majored in Theater Studies. On campus Tiffany spent time singing with Living Water (Yale's Christian a cappella group), performing in various stage productions, and serving as a First-Year Counselor in Pierson College. In her free time, you can find Tiffany reading a good book, watching vine compilations, or jamming out to her favorite Spotify playlists.

Andy Ma
Berkeley College, ‘21

Andy is a rising junior in Berkeley college from Brooklyn, NY. He is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and East Asian Language and Literature. At Yale, he is involved in Matriculate, Community Health Educators, and the Chinese American Students Association. He loves going to the Coney Island beach for their rides and beautiful view in the summer. On campus, he loves to run or bike on the Farmington Canal Trail with friends. In his free time, he likes to grab a meal with friends and have a movie night at their common room.

Emily Richards
Pauli Murray College, ‘21

Emily is a rising junior in Pauli Murray College from Berlin, Vermont. She is a Cognitive Science major and does research with the "DogLab" here on campus. She works a few student jobs on campus and is a Head Advising Fellow for an organization called Matriculate, which serves to empower low-income, high-achieving high school students in navigating the college application process. In her spare time, she loves taking naps, listening to music, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with friends.

Ricardo Soto
Trumbull College, ‘21

Ricardo Soto is from El Paso, Texas and is a rising Junior in Trumbull College. He is double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. Ricardo currently does research with the Gentner Lab Group in the department of Environmental Engineering focusing on the analytical chemistry of air pollution and air quality. Outside of the classroom and the lab, he is active in the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Club, an Academic Strategies mentor at the Center for Teaching and Learning, and an Advising Fellow for Matriculate.

Natalia Taylor
Branford College, ‘21

Natalia is a rising Junior in Branford College from Widefield, Colorado. She is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology on the pre-med path but is also interested in Psychology. Her extracurricular activities include the Branford College Council, the American Red Cross at Yale, and the Yale Precision Marching Band. She is also a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and is the current president of Yale's chapter of the National QuestBridge Scholars Network. In her free time she likes to volunteer at Yale New Haven Hospital or watch movies while curled up in her fluffy blankets! She is really looking forward to meeting the new FSY students!

Alejandra Trujillo-Elizalde
Saybrook College, ‘18.5

Alejandra Trujillo-Elizalde is a recent Yale graduate (woohoo class of 2018.5!), where she studied sociology with a focus on migration. She grew up between Tijuana and San Diego, along the U.S.-Mexico border. At Yale, she's worked at La Casa Cultural, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and as FSY counselor during summer 2016. She believes in the power of sharing experiences, strategies, and institutional knowledge with FGLI students so they can develop their own definition of success in an institution like Yale. She's excited to meet this FSY cohort and to spend one last summer riding her bike around Yale and New Haven!

Neche Veyssal
Berkeley College, ‘20

Neche is a rising senior in Berkeley College from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is majoring in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Geology and Geophysics. At Yale, she plays viola in the Yale Precision Marching Band, is heavily involved with Questbridge, and works at Sterling Memorial Library as a Library Assistant, as well as working in the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning as an Academic Strategies Mentor. She is open to talking about anything and everything and loves passing free time either practicing viola or watching corgi videos.

Quote: FSY is amazing! The transition from high school to college will be really smooth for me now, and I've learned a lot in just five weeks."