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2022 FSY Program Administrator

Sheyenne Tichnell


Sheyenne is a class of 2022 graduate from Branford College who is handling many of the logistics of FSY & will be managing the pre-arrival communications with the First-Year Scholars. She double majored in Art History and the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health, and spent much of her time working with the Academic Strategies Program. Having attended FSY in 2018 and served as a counselor for the past two years, she is looking forward to welcoming the FSY students to campus and helping them transition to their new homes at Yale. Please feel free to contact her if you have any questions about FSY!

2022 FSY Residential Life Team


Darnell Battle
Jonathan Edwards College, ‘21

Darnell graduated from Yale in 2021, having majored in political science. He's from Torrington, Connecticut, a relatively small city about an hour northwest of New Haven. At Yale, he chaired Model UN and Model Congress conferences throughout the year, and was a member of the Yale College Executive Committee. He just finished his first year at NYU Law School, and intends to focus on criminal law after graduating. In his free time, you could catch him aggressively avoiding homework, hanging out with friends, playing basketball, playing Avalon (an amazing game), watching sports (Go Pats!), or binge watching yet another show. He is so excited to meet everyone!

Christian Milian-Santiago
Davenport College, ‘21

Christian is a Class of 2021 graduate from Davenport College, who majored in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology with a Certificate in Education Studies. He's from Waterbury, Connecticut but was born and raised for some time in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. At Yale, he has been involved in mentoring first-year students as a STARS I Peer Mentor, FSY 2020 Counselor, and FroCo (first-year counselor). He has been involved in Matriculate, Despierta Boricua (the Puerto Rican Students Association at Yale), La Unidad Latina, and AIESEC at Yale during his time at Yale. In his free time, Christian enjoys spending time with friends and listening to music (hit him up if you want some good tunes). Christian will work in the Office of the Secretary and Vice President of University Life (OSVPUL) as a Woodbridge Fellow for the 2021-2022 year.

Carli Roush
Timothy Dwight College, ‘22

Carli is a class of 2022 graduate with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is originally from Berea, Kentucky and was in Timothy Dwight college. At Yale, she has been involved with New Haven REACH (a student organization devoted to assisting New Haven public high schoolers with college applications), managed the Timothy Dwight Buttery, was vice president of the Yale Student Lettuce Club, and spent many hours conducting research on antibiotic resistance. Carli participated in FSY in 2018, was a counselor in 2020, and is excited to be a residential director in 2022! When not in her lab or the buttery, Carli enjoys knitting, watching trashy reality TV, and going down niche internet rabbit holes. She will be starting the PhD program in Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall. 


Esmeralda Alejo
Timothy Dwight College, ‘25

Esmeralda is a rising sophomore in Timothy Dwight College (which is 100% not a cult). She plans on majoring on Psychology and is also considering obtaining a certificate in Education Studies. She's from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma but she has previously lived in San Elizario, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. When she's not in class, you can find her scrolling through Snackpass (to find deals on food, not to snoop on people, of course), taking unprompted trips to the Yale bookstore, and hanging out at Davenport (her second favorite residential college). She's a big fan of books, Squishmallows, and reality TV. She can't wait to meet everyone in the summer!

Cecilia Chak
Benjamin Franklin College, ‘23

Cecilia is a rising senior in Franklin College from Pinole, California. She is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and planning to complete the certificate in Japanese. Although she is a MCDB major, she enjoys taking a broad variety of classes outside of the major or STEM field in general. In terms of extracurriculars, Cecilia is involved with American Red Cross at Yale, FLGI Pre-Health Community, and Yale Undergraduate Prison Project. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks around New Haven and taking pictures of New Haven during spring.

Python Chen
Pierson College, ‘23

I'm Python, a rising senior from Nashville, TN majoring in English w/ fiction writing focus. I was a member of the 2019 FSY Cohort and I'm very excited to be a counselor for the first in-person FSY since then! On campus, I'm involved with music (piano), creative writing, Matriculate, English, and Japanese+Chinese language study so don't hesitate to reach out with any questions in those areas or any others!

Matthew Davidson
Pierson College, ‘23

Matthew is a rising senior from a rural area outside the small town of Clay Center, Kansas, where his family has a small farm and which he fully acknowledges nobody has ever heard of. He is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and works as a STARS I Peer Mentor. Matthew is also involved in Matriculate, a program in which he mentors low income high school students through the college application process. When he's not doing anything else, and sometimes when he is, Matthew can probably be found drinking coffee and convincing his friends to procrastinate alongside him.

Felice Dong
Grace Hopper College, ‘25

Felice is a rising sophomore in Grace Hopper College currently pursuing a degree in Statistics & Data Science. She has spent half of her life in Fuzhou, China, and half in Middletown, a small city an hour north of NYC. At Yale, she tutors for Bridge ESL, an organization that helps local New Haven adults improve their English skills. She is also involved in STARS and Danceworks. When she is not in math office hours, she likes going around campus in search of free food, procrastinating with friends, taking late night strolls, playing tennis, and blasting music through her AirPods. She is super excited to meet everyone and feel free to reach out to her if you want to talk about any of the above!

Solomon Gonzalez
Pauli Murray College, ‘23

Solomon is a rising senior from humble Rocky Mount, North Carolina. His residential college is Pauli Murray up on Science Hill, where he’s a college aide and an avid IM player. He’s pursuing a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering with ABET certification, so hit me up if that's something you're interested in. When given the luxury of a crevice of free time, or even without it, he enjoy messing around with and/or annoying friends at the cultural centers, playing video games, or dancing with Yale Sabrosura. You'll often catch him around the CEID or cruising through campus on his skateboard listening to music. He looks forward to meeting you all, let's make this a good summer!

Lexie Hernandez
Ezra Stiles College, ‘22

Hi y'all! My name is Lexie (she/her/hers) and I am a graduated senior from Stiles. I majored in Anthropology and was pre-med! I’m from Pasadena, TX and am a first generation student. Being a part of FSY during the summer prior to my first-year allowed me to feel more comfortable at Yale, an experience which I hope many of you will have. I’ve been involved in social activism and volunteering via MEChA, SNUGS, and HAVEN free clinic. These extracurricular clubs have allowed me to explore my passions while helping the community around me. I have also been a Light Fellow and am a dance member of Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale. I have gone through STARS I, the STARS Summer Research Program, and have been a STARS I mentor. I’ve previously worked in a biological lab conducting neuroscience research at the Yale Medical School. During my free time I enjoy crocheting, knitting, reading, and rollerblading. Feel free to come to me with any questions you may have, especially if you are wanting to be a pre-med student while also majoring in a non-STEM subject. I would love to share my experiences and help in any way possible

Arianna Jiron Villanueva
Ezra Stiles College, ‘22

Arianna is a recent Yale college graduate, Ezra Stiles College class of 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. She is a Latina from San Diego, California, passionate about music and dance. On campus, she danced with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale and was a vocalist in La Orquesta Tertulia, Yale's first and only salsa band. Academically she conducted research on the Latinx immigrant community's use of social media as a fellow in the Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship program. She is proud to have been an Academic Strategies mentor at the Center for Teaching and Learning. In her free time, and not so free time, you can catch her binge-watching yet another show, rewatching rom coms for comfort, listening to music with friends, and facetiming her family.

Annaelise Kennedy
Timothy Dwight College, ‘23+1

Annaelise is a rising Junior in Timothy Dwight College, majoring in Theater & Performance Studies. She’s from a small, rural town along the coast of North Carolina. Outside the classroom, Annaelise is the President of The Cinemat, which provides educational workshops in film production skills and a community for filmmakers. She is involved with the Poorvu Center as an Academic Strategies Mentor. She also works at the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and does freelance videography around campus. FSY is one of her favorite experiences at Yale, and she’s so excited to be a counselor for an in-person FSY! 

Melquisedec Lozano
Berkeley College, ‘22.5

Melquisedec is a second semester senior in Berkeley College. He is a proud Arizonan (proud in terms of the land) and absolutely loves the desert with its grand skies, picturesque sunsets, and abundance of saguaro cacti. At Yale, he finally decided on majoring in music after extensive exploration of math, computer science, and data science classes. While he doesn’t really consider himself a musician, he formed part of two different acapella groups and Suprabanggo, Yale’s Central Javanese Gamelan ensemble. He is interested in many things including teaching which is why last summer he developed and taught a music class for the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation. Other things he’s currently interested in include Magic: The Gathering, (the decline of) the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rock climbing, and all things mental health and mindfulness.

Tracey Matthew
Pierson College, ‘25

Tracey (they/them) is a rising sophomore in Pierson College majoring in American Studies with hopes to become an Education Studies scholar. They grew up, and currently live, on a small family farm in the rural mountains of West Virginia. When they aren’t wrangling toddlers at their work-study daycare job, Tracey absolutely loves to read, write, and ritualistically smell every scent of candle in a TJ Maxx. Tracey’s favorite animals are frogs, they are enthusiastic about tattoos/piercings, and their favorite library at Yale is the Pierson library (because it’s superior, obviously.) Feel free to reach out anytime— they’re super excited for this summer!

Ayanle Nur
Davenport College, ‘23

Ayanle is a rising senior in Davenport College from Denver, Colorado. He is a pre-med majoring in Neuroscience. On campus, Ayanle is a member of the Nu Gamma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He is the Vice President of the Black Men’s Union, as well as the Secretary of Black Pre-Health at Yale. He also serves as an Advising Fellow for Matriculate. Ayanle is a QuestBridge scholar and a first-generation low-income college student. Ayanle is also involved with the Yale Muslim Students Association. In his free time, you can find Ayanle playing basketball, board games, or getting boba and hanging out with friends.

Jesus Ramos
Davenport College, ‘25

Jesus is a rising sophomore in Davenport College majoring in Ethnicity, Race, & Migration. He is from Oxnard, California and is a first generation, low-income student on the pre-law track. On campus, he is actively involved in MEChA serving as the current co-treasurer and works in the Davenport Head of College Office. For this upcoming year, he will be a Matriculate Advising Fellow and a Peer Liaison for La Casa. Aside from academics, he loves to hang out with his friends, is an avid Olivia Rodrigo listener, and enjoys watching Netflix shows and Anime. Jesus hopes to share his experiences and passion with all of his fellow FSYers!

Ashley Tanaka
Grace Hopper College, ‘24

Ashley is a rising junior (c/o 2024) in Grace Hopper college. She is from sunny Los Angeles County in Southern California. Ashley currently plans on majoring in engineering sciences with a focus on chemistry. On campus, she is involved in activities ranging from Navy ROTC to the Yale Undergraduate Dairy Association. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, drawing, and going out on walks or runs. This fall, she will also be a leader for FOOT, which she encourages all incoming first-years to sign up for! She is excited to meet the class of 2026–if there are any questions or concerns about life at Yale, feel free to reach out!

Christelle Thieba
Benjamin Franklin College, ‘23

Christelle is a rising senior majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with plans to attend medical school in the future. She was born and raised in Burkina Faso but mostly grew up in Brooklyn, New York. On campus she conducts research in the Blenman Lab in the School of Medicine. She is also involved with Students Unite Now to advocate for financial aid and mental healthcare justice. Outside of the classroom she can be found crocheting, running, watching thriller movies, or obsessing over Formula One! 

Gladys Alondra Venegas
Silliman College, ‘23

Gladys Alondra is a rising senior in Silliman College from Anaheim, California. She is a first generation low income student majoring in Neuroscience and completing the Spanish Language Certificate. She is a member of Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Yale and is a peer mentor for STARS I and for the Academic Strategies Program. She currently works at the Higley Neuroscience Lab as a Research Assistant. In her free time she likes hanging out with friends, dancing in New Haven (though she is not very good), and snackpassing.

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."