College Aides

The College Aides are essential in helping the college run smoothly. Their usual base of operations is at the front desk in the Head of College’s Office, where they check out keys to the basement activity rooms; receive and distribute mail; maintain the college bulletin boards and website; conduct tours; handle forms and purchases (trips, spirit wear, etc.), and answer student questions. They help students who have been locked out of their suites and generally troubleshoot!

The Aides also work in the House at College Teas, Study Breaks, Mellon Forums, and the monthly Fellows’ dinners. College Aides also assist with the opening of the college and first year student move-in at the beginning of the academic year and with commencement activities at the close of the academic year. Hopper’s College Aides are an integral part of day-to-day operations. 

Head Aides

Hannah Liz Cordova, GH ‘23
Liz is a senior from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Computing and the Arts and is one of the Head Aides this year. She is on the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project Board and works as a graphic designer and software engineer on the side. In her free time, she enjoys reading, photography, and hanging out with fellow Hoplites.

Justin Yamamura, GH ‘23 

Justin is a senior from the San Francisco Bay Area majoring in political science with a certificate in Spanish. In addition to being one of the Head Aides, he is the President of the Japanese American Students Union and is an Urban Fellow working at Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. In his free time you can find Justin running to East Rock, watching Warriors basketball games or learning other languages.

College Aides, 2022-2023

Lumisa Bista, GH ‘24

Lumisa (she/her) is a junior pursuing a major in astrophysics. She is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, but currently resides in Williamsport, Maryland. She is a member of astronomy and physics organizations (ex. SPS) at Yale; additionally, she is involved in the work of the Endowment Justice Coalition. You can likely find her accidentally asleep in the ~comfy~ buttery couches, mid-p.set.

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Dinara Bolat GH ‘25

Dinara is a sophomore, planning on majoring in neuroscience. She is from Almaty, Kazakhstan but has lived in the UAE and the UK for most of her life. At Yale, she is involved with MedSci, Danceworks and works as a research intern for the Noonan Lab. In her free time, Dinara enjoys watching movies with friends, painting and trying out different coffee-making techniques with her French press.


Emily Brown, GH ‘24

Emily is a junior from Spokane Valley, Washington, majoring in political science. Some of her other interests include psychology, anthropology, and basically any other social science! In her free time, she likes to run, watch TV, explore campus, and attempt (often poorly) to try new hobbies. Fun fact: Emily bakes when she gets stressed, so keep an eye out around midterms and finals seasons!


Hannah Cevasco, GH ‘24

Hannah is a Computational Biology major and Global Health Scholar from the SF Bay Area. She founded GRC Yale (a nonprofit consulting group), serves on two Dean’s committees, and works in the Gerstein Lab. When she’s not in class, she enjoys baking/eating desserts of any kind, watching rom-coms with friends, and attending musical performances on campus.

Jian Chen

Jian Chen, GH ‘24

Jian is a junior planning on majoring in mathematics. He is originally from China but currently living in Waterbury, CT. Aside from procrastinating his work, some of his hobbies include stalking people on Spotify and making playlists for his friends. His favorite music genre include pop-punk and Taylor Swift (yes it is it’s own genre), but is always open to suggestions so don’t be afraid to send him any music recommendations!


Larry Dunn GH ‘25

Larry is a philosophy (and likely political science) major from Homer, Alaska. A full-time Ethel Cain evangelist, Larry spends their time off the job working on homework, doing design for the best daily newspaper at Yale University (the Yale Record), and chief-of-staffing the Party of the Left.


Luke Elizondo, GH ‘23

Luke is a senior from Houston, TX, majoring in History on a pre-law track. He is a member of Sube, Yale’s Latinx Business & Leadership Association, and plays for Hopper’s IM basketball team. While he’s procrastinating on his assignments, his hobbies include watching movies, playing sports, exploring New Haven, and hanging out with friends. A fun fact about him is that even though he’s from Texas, he loves to ski!

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Felicia Fraizer-Bisner GH ‘25

Felicia is a junior from Mesa, Arizona majoring in environmental studies. Some of her other interests include music, reading, and doing anything creative! In her free time, she likes to go on hikes, spend time with family and friends, and catch up on sleep.

Shirshak Gautam, GH ‘23

Shirshak is a senior from Fayetteville, Arkansas. He’s thinking about majoring in mechanical engineering, but is also considering biomedical engineering. Shirshak volunteers at New Haven elementary and middle schools through DEMOS and STARLAB and is also a staff member of the Yale Record. When he is not aimlessly walking around campus playing Pokemon GO or devouring those heavenly Slifka cookies (iykyk), he loves playing FIFA and watching Netflix with his friends

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Amy Jiang GH ‘25

Amy Jiang (she/her/hers) is a sophomore from Andover, MA studying Computer Science and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration. She serves on the board of Women and Gender Minorities in Computer Science (WGiCS), the Chinese American Student Association (CASA), and the Asian American Students Alliance (AASA). In her free time, she loves eating spicy food, discovering new music on Spotify, updating her Goodreads, swimming, and taking candid photos of friends


Zachary Ledesma, GH ‘24

Zachary is a junior from the San Francisco Bay Area interested in pursuing History. Outside the classroom, Zachary is involved in the environmental/political organization S4CD and is a part of the TEDxYale team on campus. When he is not studying or working for one of the above groups, Zachary can usually be found playing pool in the Buttery any time of day.


Ethan Liu, GH ‘24

Ethan is a junior from New Jersey, near the Princeton area. He is interested in both economics and chemistry. Ethan is also the director for Yale Undergraduate Science Olympiad and conducts computational chemical research. In his free time, he loves taking photographs and chatting with friends. Growing up just fifteen minutes from Princeton University, Ethan has always loved the amazing architecture and atmosphere of historic colleges, so he also enjoys taking walks to look at all the cool buildings on campus!

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Nikki Ng GH ‘25

Nikki is a sophomore majoring in Economics. She is from Queens, New York City where she enjoys cafe hopping and film photography. She is a member of Yale Alternative Investments. On campus, you can probably find her spending weekday mornings making a matcha latte in the Hopper dining hall, procrastinating her studies at the Tsai Center, or getting a workout in at Payne Whitney.


Carolyn Qu, GH ‘24

Carolyn is a junior from New York, majoring in Computer Science. Outside of classes, she co-leads the product design team for Yale Entrepreneurial Society Internship Program, helps organize Y-Hack, and plays sports like tennis, volleyball, and table tennis for fun! She is also in general interested in design work, making Youtube videos/taking photos, and baking with friends.


Jessica Romero, GH ‘24

Jessica is a junior from Phoenix, Arizona. She is (probably) majoring in Comparative Literature, and is also interested in history and religious studies. Some of her favorite activities are participating in intramural soccer, studying at the CEID, and relaxing in the beautiful Hopper courtyard. She also loves to play the piano! If you ever can’t find her, it’s probably because she’s in one of Hopper’s music practice rooms.


David Saunders, GH ‘23

David is a senior from Toronto, Ontario planning on majoring in Astrophysics and Film & Media Studies. He’s involved in the Society of Physics Students and Yale Cinematic Productions. In his free time, he loves writing, watching movies, and playing basketball with his friends in Hopper! You can find him eating in the Buttery more often than he’d like to admit.


Wei-Ting Shih, GH ‘24

Wei-Ting is a junior from Taiwan and Nicaragua who plans to double-major in Ethics, Politics & Economics and History. At Yale, she’s involved in publications, policy research, Yale International Relations Association, Hopper College Council and Yale Taiwanese American Society. In her free time, Wei-Ting loves to grab meals with friends, spend time outdoors, geek out about sports and collect books.


Julia Sulkowski, GH ‘24

Julia is a double major in neuroscience and English from CT (born and raised! :) ) If you can’t find her she is probably reading under a tree or going on walks around campus to find cool coffee shops and artsy videos for her one second a day. She loves being a part of YCC and HCC and is so excited to spend her first in person year on campus. But if you ever see her in the Hopper dining hall, (because let’s be honest-it’s the best because of the people!) please sit down and say hi!


Connie Tian, GH ‘23

Connie is a senior from California studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She is a member of the Club Soccer Team, Community Health Educators, Yale Undergraduate Science Olympiad, and is a research assistant in the Turner Lab. In her free time, she enjoys exploring coffee shops in New Haven, painting in the art studio and practicing piano in the Hopper basement.

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Paula Toranzo Paderes GH ‘25

Paula is a junior from Los Angeles, California, double majoring in Architecture and Mechanical Engineering. In her free time, she co-produces the Yale Spring Fling Music Festival, plays IM sports like soccer and basketball, backpacks way beyond her comfort level, and opens herself up to any opportunity to work in film or gallery production! She loves balancing her academics by listening to music (urbano especially) and cooking with friends.