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.
Dalia Moallem, GH ‘21
Dalia is a senior from New Rochelle, New York, majoring in psychology. She is an absolute foodie and loves exploring new restaurants in New Haven. Dalia is involved in the Slifka Center for Jewish life on campus and Challah for Hunger, a group that bakes to combat food insecurity. During her free time, Dalia enjoys practicing yoga or going to the beach. She loves living in Hopper!
Sabrina Black, GH ’22:
Sabrina is a junior from Paris, France, majoring in History. When she’s not studying (or at least pretending to while watching Netflix), she can be found volunteering with organizations that provide legal services to local immigrants or playing piano in the Hopper basement. Sabrina is very serious about New Haven pizza and stands firmly in her assertion that Pepe’s is and always will be the best!
Tim Bradley, GH ‘21
Tim is a senior History major who hails from New Haven itself. His other academic interests include public health and global affairs. Outside the classroom, he is a member of the club water polo team and volunteers preparing taxes for low-income people in New Haven.
Hannah Cevasco, GH ‘23
Hannah is a sophomore from California (although she recently moved to New York) majoring in MCDB and Political Science. When she’s not in class, she enjoys baking/eating desserts of any kind and watching rom-coms with friends. She serves as a board member for Yale Women in Computer Science and loves attending musical performances on campus.
Lauren Chan, GH ‘21
Lauren is a senior English major from the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside of classes and her Hopper fam, Lauren is involved in religious life on campus with Yale Students for Christ, interfaith study groups, and her role as a Chaplaincy Fellow. Lauren is a certified yoga instructor who also loves running on streets and trails all around New Haven. Since she can’t decide whether she’s a morning or night person, you can find her enjoying hours-long breakfasts in the Hopper Dining Hall or working late nights in the buttery.
Austin Cheung, GH ‘23
Austin is a mechanical engineering major from Rockville, Maryland. On campus, he’s involved with the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association, Danceworks, and Sigma Nu fraternity. In his free time, Austin loves chilling in one of the Hopper hammocks and ordering takeout from Main Garden with fellow Hopper friends.
Luke Couch GH ’23:
Luke is a Sophomore 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!
Shirshak Gautam, GH ‘23
Shirshak is a sophomore 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.
Yvonne Ho, GH ‘21
Yvonne is a senior from California studying Economics and Statistics and Data Science. Yvonne is current president of the Hopper College Council. When she’s not at the Hopper buttery, library, computer cluster, or courtyard, you can find Yvonne at the events hosted by the Yale Taiwanese American Society. Her random interests include Disney Movies, online shopping, and coconut water.
Danny Li, GH ‘22
Danny is a junior from Petal, Mississippi majoring in political science and economics. On campus, he is involved in the Yale College Council, Net Impact, and the UP Fund. In his free time, he loves playing the marimba and playing pool in the buttery. Fun fact: he also has a student pilots license!
Alex Liang, GH ‘21
Alex is a senior from Houston, TX. Aside from being a College Aide, he is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Alex is also an Eagle Scout, and in high school, played in a bagpipe band that competed around the world.(If you hear bagpipes on campus, it might be Alex!) Fun fact: Alex performed with The Piano Guys at one of their concerts. If you see Alex around Hopper, ask him about airplanes and airlines, and he’ll tell you more than you’d ever want to know about them.
Zachary Ledesma, GH ‘23
Zachary is a sophomore 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.
Jessica Romero, GH ‘23
Jessica is a sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona. She is majoring in Literature & Comparative Cultures and she studies Spanish and French. Some of her interests include going for long walks, participating in intramural soccer, and studying at the CEID. 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 sophomore from Toronto, Ontario planning on majoring in either Astrophysics or Film Studies. David is also a member of the Society of Physics Students and the YUAA. 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.
Connie Tian, GH ‘23
Connie is a sophomore 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.