Freshman Counselors

The Freshman Counselor Program was established in 1938 and has been ever since an intrinsic and essential component of Yale’s advising system for freshmen. The program has evolved in many ways over the years, but the general purpose of the program has remained the same: to help ease the transition of incoming freshmen to the academic, social, and cultural life of Yale College. Find out more about the Freshman Counselor Program here.

Trumbull is lucky to have a team of six great freshman counselors. Together they make Bingham an especially wonderful place for all Trumbull freshmen.

2016-17 Trumbull Freshman Counselor Team

Evy Behling

Evy grew up throughout the Midwest, but primarily in Rockford, Illinois, the home of the Sock Monkey. She's a Humanities major whose studies focus on Medieval and Early Modern European social thought, which means, practically speaking, that she has watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail an unhealthy number of times. She hopes to share some of her other favorite films with the TrumFrosh, such as Good Bye Lenin!, La Vita è Bella, and any truly disastrous picture featuring Nicholas Cage (there are many). By some metrics a devout student, she spends much of her time in Yale's Catholic community at St. Mary's on Hillhouse, St. Thomas More Chapel, and with the broader Christian community of Yale Faith & Action. Other ways she spends her time include debating with the Federalist Party of the Yale Political Union, working at the Office of General Counsel and the Yale Visitor Center, and listening to philosophy podcasts while jogging in Payne Whitney. She is proud to be in Yale's objectively best residential college (Moorah!) and hopes, along with her team, that the class of 2020 will feel the TrumLove and subsequently the right and good desire to "TrumEverything™."Email Evy

Tobias Holden

Tobias is a native of South Carolina majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with a concentration in Quantitative Biology. Although he's far from home, Tobias has come to love New Haven after spending the past 3 years and summers there, and is an especially big fan of the many nearby parks and local restaurants. He works on campus as a tour guide and recruitment coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and as a research assistant in Dr. Josh Johnson's laboratory where he studies reproductive biology. After graduation, Tobias plans on spending a year continuing his research before applying to joint MD/PhD programs to become a physician-scientist. He can't wait to meet the class of 2020!Email Tobias

Laurel Lehman

Laurel hails from the frigid forests of Victor, a suburb in Western New York. Ever employable, Laurel is majoring in history: ostensibly, with a focus on law and politics, but in reality, with a focus on any class in which she can geek out over copyright and third party doctrine. When not in the Trumbull buttery (which, granted, is rare), Laurel can be found singing bass lines with Whim 'n Rhythm or hanging around the Dramat Green Room. She thoroughly enjoys crafting truly terrible puns, decorating for Christmas, and wearing utterly ridiculous hats (and at best, a combination of all three). Welcome to the TrumFam, 2020! Moo-rah!Email Laurel

Aparna Nathan

Aparna hails from Chappaqua, New York, a suburb of New York City (although she was born in Chennai, India, a place that is still very close to her heart). She is double majoring in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Computer Science, with the goal of either: a.) going to graduate school to conduct psychiatric genomics research, or b.) working on a farm. Hopefully she can do both! After spending her first two years at Yale on the staff of the Yale Daily News, her sleep schedule has finally adjusted back to normal. Now, Aparna does research in an MB&B lab, volunteers as an income tax preparer for New Haven residents (it’s much more fun than it sounds!), and works at DataHaven, a New Haven nonprofit. You can often find her watching TV shows from the ’70s, napping in the nave of Sterling Library, or eating strawberry banana cake from Claire’s. Welcome to Yale, Class of 2020!

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Mila Rostain

Mila is an American Studies major from New Haven. An absolute snow lover, she loves winter in New England. When she is not in class or the snow, Mila does research on popular music culture and likes to quote Chandler Bing. On campus, Mila is involved with several reproductive rights and economic justice organizations. Mostly, though, she dreams of winning the Tyng cup with her first years next year, and as a Trumbull intramural secretary she can’t wait until winter to play inner-tube water polo, the greatest sport around. In her free time, Mila hones her board game skills and loves nothing more than a round of SET. She couldn’t be more excited for next year!Email Mila

John Volquez

John Volquez was born and raised in the South Bronx, but he eventually took his talents to Asheville, North Carolina for boarding school. After spending four great years at the Asheville School, he decided on Yale given that it was so much closer to home. As an Ethics, Politics, and Economics major, John is most interested in evaluating the effects of residential segregation and how it perpetuates different inequalities in America. At Yale, John has been heavily involved with the Black Men’s Union and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, serving as a board member for both groups. He is also a FOOT leader who enjoys the outdoors, great conversations, and delicious Tort combinations. In his free time, you can catch John watching NBA highlights, listening to dope music, or playing (and winning) games of FIFA. John recently spent his junior spring studying in Bologna, Italy, and so he has a ton of stories about his Europe travels. Obviously ecstatic to meet the Class of 2020, John is very much looking forward to a great year teaching the young’ns how to navigate life at Yale while also having a great time. Email John