College Aides

The College Aides are essential in helping the college run smoothly. Their 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 Hopper’s bulletin boards and website; conduct tours; handle forms and purchases (trips, spirit wear, etc.), and answer many student questions. They help students who have been locked out of their suites, generally troubleshoot – and no Study Break would be complete without them!

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

Head Aides, 2023-2024


Emily Brown, GH ‘24

Emily is a senior 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!


Zachary Ledesma, GH ‘24

Zachary is a senior 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 often be found playing pool in the Buttery, any time of day.


Jessica Romero, GH ‘24

Jessica is a senior 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.

College Aides, 2023-2024

Andrew Alam-Nist, GH ‘26

Andrew is a sophomore who grew up in London, England, although he was born in Washington DC. In his free time Andrew likes making art, writing for his blog, listening to literally any music, and getting a caffeine fix from Jitterbus. Andrew doesn’t like mayonnaise, the colour yellow, and mayonnaise (really not a fan apparently). Andrew plans to major in ethics, politics, and economics, and his deepest academic passion is philosophy. 

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Dinara Bolat, GH ‘25

Dinara is a junior, 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.

Brooklyn Brauner, GH ‘26

Brooklyn is a sophomore on the BA/MA track in the Political Science department, originally joining us from a small town in Door County, Wisconsin. She currently serves as the vice president of Yale Club Powerlifting, participates as a counselor for Camp Kesem at Yale, and writes for the University desk of the Yale Daily News. Additionally, she nurtures her HoppLove as co-Social Chair of the Hopper College Council! In her free time, she loves spending time with friends and listening to country music. 

Olivia Cevasco, GH ‘26

Olivia is a double major in English and Film & Media Studies from Bronxville, NY. She spends the majority of her time at Yale watching films or writing them and is a member of Yale Cinematic Productions, the Yale Film Society, and the Screenwriting Syndicate. She also serves on the Hopper College Council. In her free time, she loves to grab ice cream with friends and relax in the Hopper courtyard.

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Jian Chen, GH ‘24

Jian is a senior planning on majoring in mathematics. He is originally from China but currently living in Waterbury, CT. Aside from procrastinating on his academic 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’s its 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.

Alyssa Erthum, GH ‘26

Alyssa is a sophomore, planning on majoring in psychology. She grew up in a small town called Ainsworth, nestled in the Sandhills of Nebraska, where she cultivated an interest in rural communities. She serves on the board of the Rural Students Alliance at Yale. Additionally, she enjoys friendships she has made at Chi Alpha, YAFSA, and FOOT. In her free time, she enjoys walks, making chaotic Spotify playlists, and painting.

Maxwell Fisher, GH ‘26

Maxwell is a sophomore from the Louisville Metro Area, majoring in Economics. Outside the classroom, he is a member of the sketch comedy group Red Hot Poker and the Jones Zimmerman Academic Mentorship Program. In his free time, you’ll find Max exploring New Haven, playing cards, or spending time in the Hopper Courtyard.

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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.

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Amy Jiang, GH ‘25

Amy Jiang (she/her/hers) is a junior 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

Thomas Kannam, GH ‘26

Thomas is a sophomore from Connecticut double majoring in Ethnicity, Race, & Migration and Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies. They love their dog, the Hopper pottery studio, and 2000s romcoms. They hate wet socks, cantaloupe, and gender binaries. In their free time Thomas is constantly working on creative projects with friends.  

Clara Kleindorfer, GH ‘26

Clara is a sophomore from Southern California. She plays on the club water polo team and in Berkeley College Orchestra. She enjoys walking around, making and trying different foods, taking fun classes, and playing with her dog. Her favorite fun fact is that she really likes frozen yogurt. 


Ethan Liu, GH ‘24

Ethan is a senior 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!

Sean Liu, GH ‘26

Sean is a sophomore from Belle Mead, New Jersey majoring in neuroscience. He serves as operations manager of the Opera Theater of Yale College, volunteers as a Patient Navigator for the HAVEN Free Clinic, and is involved with microtubules research in the Howard Lab. In his free time, you can find Sean in one of Hopper’s music practice rooms, deep in a cello concerto.

Alex Moore, GH ‘26

Alex is a probable STEM major from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. You can always find Alex in the Hopper common room at night practicing piano, but he also plays the oboe, and is a dedicated baker and cook. At Yale, he’s involved in Yale Votes, HCC (come visit!!), and the Faboratory engineering lab.

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Nikki Ng, GH ‘25

Nikki is a junior 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 on her studies at the Tsai Center, or getting in a workout at Payne Whitney.

Caleb Nieh, GH ‘26

Caleb (he/him) is a sophomore from New York City majoring in CS (and likely Mechanical Engineering). He’s involved in Code Haven, YHack, and Helix on campus. Outside of the classroom and school organizations, you can find him playing IM’s (favs being soccer, broomball, and volleyball) or in the Buttery. He also enjoys baking, listening to music, playing sports, trying new things, and doing literally anything with friends.


Carolyn Qu, GH ‘24

Carolyn is a senior 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.


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!

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Paula Toranzo Paredes, 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.