Dean’s Notes 10-18-2021

October 18, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: October 18, 2021

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! It was so nice seeing many of you at Yale Dining’s amazing Fall Festival on Saturday. What a gorgeous day – Sahej had lots of fun and brought home pumpkins and apples! We were also delighted to welcome back my mother-in-law this weekend. She was here for quite a few months when Sahej was a baby (helping us immensely!) and abruptly returned to Calgary in April 2020 when the pandemic worsened. Although we were fortunate to see her over winter break last year in Calgary, we are so happy to have her back. You’ll start seeing her in the dining hall soon – she’ll be here for a few months. :)

Not having October recess last year was very challenging. Many of you will use some of the time to catch up on work (I will, too). Resting and relaxing is just as important – if not more!! Many of you have been fighting colds and other illnesses – take care of your health and well-being (Get your flu shot!!). Catch up on sleep and enjoy the beautiful fall colors!

On that note, I will be out of the office Wednesday – Friday. I will be checking e-mail periodically, so you know. Leah will be in the office, so if you have a time-sensitive request, you can reach out to her (Thanks, Leah!). Have a wonderful break, everyone!! :)

Meeting with me
To make an appointment, please use the Calendly scheduling tool,, or reach out to Leah with any scheduling issues. I will have a mix of Zoom and in-person meetings each week. Zoom meetings (including open office hours) will be through my Zoom page: For in-person meetings, come to the office – masked, of course.

My OPEN (Zoom) office hours for each week are also listed on my Calendly page. I regularly have Friday morning open Zoom hours from 10am-noon. When you click on the Zoom link, you will be placed into a waiting room. I speak to students in the order they “arrive”. Please note that I will not be holding OPEN hours this Friday.

If you are interested in petitioning to earn double credit in a single-credit course, please read the relevant section in the YCPS, and then consult with me. The deadline to submit this petition is Midterm, but I recommend that you do so well before that date.

Yale Degree Audit: Yale Degree Audit (YDA) is a tool that tracks your progress toward the bachelor’s degree. YDA is located on the Academics tab of Student Information System (SIS). YDA displays the Yale College degree requirements that you have already completed and those that are still pending. A “Look Ahead” feature shows you how future course enrollment might apply toward your degree. If you believe that academic information in your degree audit is incorrect, contact our office.


October 18 Fall second-half term courses begin

October 19 Fall recess begins after last class

October 25 Classes resume, 8:20am

October 29 Midterm.
Last day to withdraw from a fall full-term class without the course appearing on your transcript.

Writing Center/Tutors/Partners:;
Sc/QR Tutoring:
Language Tutoring:
Advising Resources;

Trumbull Writing Tutor: Adam Sexton is the Trumbull College Writing Tutor. Adam teaches three courses in the English department (Reading Fiction for Craft, Reading and Writing the Modern Essay, and Writing About Music) and is a Critic in the graduate School of Art. During summer 2022 he will be teaching Writing About Music for Yale in London. Adam is also a writer; his next book, Difficult Listening, is due to be published in 2022.

To meet with Adam, please reserve a half-hour by logging on to, and be sure to email him the document you want help with by 7:00 a.m. on the day of your appointment. Include the instructor’s prompt, your focus for our meeting, and when the paper is due. Adam looks forward to working with you!


Time Management
Monday, Oct. 18, 4-5 pm
Time management is key for lowering stress at Yale. Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.

Fresh Start: Midterm Edition
Monday, Oct. 18, 7-8 pm
Want to refresh your approaches to your academic work? Our mentors will lead you through a series of activities to help you identify your current strengths and develop new strategies for meeting the new challenges presented by your current semester’s courses.



Sponsored travel for Yale College students will be governed by the Yale College Travel Policy, but should public health concerns require, further restrictions may be imposed at any time.


Yale students have a free subscription to the Daily Chatter, a great resource for keeping up with global news presented from a non-partisan perspective.
Follow CIPE on Instagram and Twitter to keep informed


World Class Study in London - Graduate Studies Info Session
Thursday, October 21, 12pm - 1pm
Register Here

Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Info Session
Monday, October 25, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Webinar Link

Imagining Your Summer Information Session #2
Monday, October 25, 4pm - 5pm
Register here

Interviewing for National Fellowships Workshop
Monday, October 25, 4pm - 5pm
Webinar Link

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, October 25, 9pm - 10pm
Register here

Light Fellowship Information Session 4 of 6
Tuesday, October 26, 4pm - 5pm
Zoom Links available here

October 18, 1pm ET - Michel David-Weill Scholarship at Sciences Po Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
October 28, 2pm ET - The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & Graduate Students
October 29 - The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
November 1 - Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
November 1, 11:59pm ET - USAID Donald Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
November 8, 1:00pm ET - Saint Andrew’s Society Graduate Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
November 11, 1pm ET - Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores & Juniors
November 11, 1pm ET - Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
November 15, 1pm ET - James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
November 16, 8pm ET - The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program National Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
December 1 - Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship/Fellowships Awards National Deadline | Eligible graduate and undergraduate students
December 3, Noon Beijing Time - The Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholarship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Recent Graduates
NOTE: Yenching Academy will host a series of virtual info sessions for prospective students.
December 15 - Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships; District 7980 Foundation Scholarships; Contact District 7980 Administrators with application questions | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni


Make contacts!
• Explore options with trusted advisers and mentors.
• Reach out to recent winners.

• Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair, October 20
• Considering a Creative Master’s Degree Panel, October 20
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Career Fair, October 20
• Graduate School Virtual Fair, October 21
• Navigating the Health Professions as an Underrepresented & Disadvantaged Student, October 21
• UChicago MSTP & Building the Next Generation of Physician Scientists, October 23
• Info Session for Yale Scholars Program with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University, October 26 (registration required)


Firsthand (previously Vault)

Health Professions, Grad School & STEM
• Looking for short term opportunities before entering a health professions program? There are many options such as this one with Kuchnir Dermatology in the Boston Area.
• The GradCafe has several blogs related to graduate school.
• Learn more about Healthcare, Biotech & Global Public Health.


• Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser to explore goals, programs, credit transfer, and more.
• View recordings of our online info sessions at a time that works for you!
• Passport processing has been significantly delayed, up to 18 weeks. If you need to apply for or renew a passport, get started now! Review U.S. Passport Services for more information and find a Passport Office near you.


Summer’s over. Start thinking about summer! In Yale Summer Session, focus on difficult classes, try out a new subject, or ease your course load in future semesters. With over 200 courses in New Haven, Online, and Abroad from a range of disciplinary fields, every Yale College student can find a course that meets their needs and helps them succeed.
Summer 2022 course offerings will be posted in early 2022. Check out our website and social media for updates. Reach out to with any questions.


Interested in becoming a CCE? The Communication and Consent Educators are a diverse, creative group of undergraduates drawn from across campus to foster a more positive social and sexual climate. Through workshops, programs, and conversations, they collaborate within their own communities to build a culture of respect and support. They also serve as a resource for students who have experienced or heard about sexual misconduct, providing a peer avenue to SHARE, the UWC, and Title IX. The CCEs are paid employees of the YCDO, working 5-10 hours per week, with longer hours during training periods in August and January. There’s no need for prior experience in sexual violence prevention. If you want to apply please visit and check out the form on the first page, or follow this link directly: Once you submit your interest, you’ll be sent the full application in the form of a Word document. The applications are due October 25th.

Interested in becoming an East Asian Languages and Literatures or East Asian Studies Major? Come for an informal get-together with the Chairs and DUSs for EALL and EAST!
Sophomore information session: Wednesday, November 3rd, from 2:30-3:30pm via Zoom. Please RSVP to For more information, please contact

The Silver Scholars Program at the Yale School of Management allows students to earn a Yale MBA degree within three years, directly after graduation, spring-boarding them toward their career goals and leadership positions. The program is designed for exceptional students with strong leadership potential. These students enroll in our full-time MBA program where they make up about 5% of the student body. Rather than the traditional summer MBA internship, Silver Scholars complete a year-long internship, extending their experience to three years. All Yale College students receive a 50% tuition discount and an application fee waiver. The admissions committee seeks applicants with a combination of intelligence, maturity, and curiosity who aim to be future leaders in their field of interest. Candidates from all majors are welcome to apply; we enjoy the diversity of interests and backgrounds that Silver Scholars bring to the broader MBA class at Yale SOM. If you would like to speak with an admissions representative, please email to schedule an appointment.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is looking for more volunteers! VITA is a low-commitment opportunity to get more involved in New Haven by providing low-income residents with free tax services. Plus, you’ll learn how to prepare taxes which is a valuable life skill. In past years, we have helped anywhere upwards of 1000 families file their tax returns.

VITA is especially in need of intake coordinators and tax preparers (no previous tax knowledge necessary). These commitments are only 2 hours per week. We have weekly training lessons to get you up to speed on tax knowledge if you’d like to be a preparer!

If you are interested in getting involved with VITA this semester, please fill out THIS form as soon as possible to receive more information about certifying as a volunteer!

The French Department is hosting this semester’s tables françaises on Zoom!
Les Tables françaises are a great place to practice your conversational French in an informal setting. French-speakers at all levels from the Yale Community are welcome.

Note: If you simply click “reply” to e-mails from our office that utilize the Yale Messaging system, Leah and I do not receive the e-mail (the address is and the e-mails are lost somewhere in cyberspace!). The “message” address also often defaults if you start typing our names into your e-mail app, so be careful! Please e-mail us directly! Thanks! Sorry that we keep including this in the weekly DNs, but it keeps happening – be careful and thanks!