Dean’s Notes 10-4-2021

October 4, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: October 4, 2021

Although today is clearly different, it sure was a beautiful weekend! Congrats to TCC on a successful Trumball! Sahej did some quality control and tested the dance floor on Friday afternoon – he wanted to make sure it was ready for everyone. ;)
I know it’s a busy time. I wish you all the best with your exams, psets, essays/papers and projects (and everything else) this week! Please know that I’m here for support, so don’t hesitate to set up a meeting, or visit my Friday morning open Zoom office hours (more info below).

Get your flu shot if you haven’t already! Flu shot info here:, which includes the Find Your Flu Shot Tool.

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!

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”.


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 15 Last Day of courses offered in the first half of the term.
Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the term.
Last day to convert from a letter grade to the Credit/D/Fail option in a course offered in the first half of the term.
Applications to study abroad during Spring 2022 are due.

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!


Our mission is to help all Yale undergraduate be active, empowered learners at Yale. Though peer academic mentoring, interactive workshops, and connections to resources, we hope to provide you with the tools that can propel you towards your goals.

Individual Mentoring
Get organized by meeting with an Academic Strategies Mentor. Mentors will help you develop a study schedule, offer strategies for approaching complicated readings and p-sets, and help you develop a plan for prepping for those first exams. If you’d like to arrange a meeting, please email us at or sign up on our online scheduler.

Meet with our Learning Specialist
Have a learning difference or other condition that affects how you accomplish your academic work? We can talk with you about new approaches for meeting Yale's academic challenges. Contact Academic Strategies Learning Specialist Sarah Cussler ( for an appointment.

Disability Peer Mentorship Program
A collaboration between Academic Strategies and Disability Empowerment at Yale, this program matches students with disabilities with peer mentors who have similar experiences navigating academic life at Yale for individual mentoring. Students can request a mentor via this form: First-year students can also request mentorship and guidance about Student Accessibility Resources through the SAS Peer Liaison Program.

Senior Thesis Peer Groups:
Students will meet regularly to share strategies, support, solidarity, and accountability in the development and writing of the senior thesis. Sign up here: ASP Senior Thesis Groups.

Our famous workshop sessions will all be online again this academic year. Register via YaleConnect to access Zoom links:

Strategies for Intro Math: Problem Sets & Exams
Monday, Oct. 4, 4-5 pm
Learn strategies for efficiently working on intro math problem sets and key approaches for studying for exams

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Monday, Oct.4, 7-8 pm
This workshop offers strategies for identifying the sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track.

So You Don’t Feel Like Doing Your Work…
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 4-5 pm
Have trouble staying focused and on task? Learn how to get motivated and keep engaged with your work while giving yourself the time you need to be healthy and grounded.

Time Management
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7-8 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
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 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.

Exam Study Strategies
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 9-10 pm
Reduce exam stress by learning new strategies for preparing and studying for midterms and finals. This workshop offers suggestions for preparing for and taking problem-based, short answer, and essay exams

Strategic Planning for Your Senior Project
Thursday, Oct. 7, 4-5 pm
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior thesis. For full-year and 1-semester senior thesis writers.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, Oct. 7, 7-8 pm
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.



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.


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Info Session: SEA Semester
Monday, October 4, 4pm - 5pm
Register Here

Info Session: DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia
Tuesday, October 5, 4pm - 5pm
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Credit for Spring 2022 Abroad Application Deadline - OCTOBER 15, 2021

• Learn more about the possibility of spring 2022 study abroad on our COVID-19 Updates page.
• Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser to explore goals, programs, credit transfer, and more.
• Check the Study Abroad Calendar for additional events and deadlines throughout the academic year.



FAO Schwarz Fellowship Info Session
Wednesday, October 6, 12pm - 12:45pm
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Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, October 7, 7pm - 8pm
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Light Fellowship Information Session 3 of 6
Monday, October 11, 1pm - 2pm
Zoom Links available here

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Monday, October 11, 4pm - 5pm
Register here

Imagining Your Summer Information Session #1
Tuesday, October 12, 4pm – 5pm
Register here

October 6, 1pm PT - Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 8, 11:59pm ET – Deadline to receive entries for The Fall Research Symposium. This event is organized by Yale Undergraduate Research Association (YURA) | Eligible: Undergraduate students
October 12, 5pm ET - Fulbright US Student Grants National Deadline| Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 13 - Gates Cambridge Round 1 National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 18-22 (depending on field), 5pm local time - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors, Alumni & First-year Graduate Students
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 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
December 1 - Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship/Fellowships Awards National Deadline | Eligible graduate and undergraduate students
December 15 - Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships; District 7980 Foundation Scholarships; Contact District 7980 Administrators with application questions | Eligible: Seniors/Alumni

Read about Yalies who have previously won fellowships. Be inspired to apply for funding to support your own summer or postgraduation plans.


• Thinking About Grad School in STEM, October 4
• The Path to Physician Assistant: Pre-PA to PA-C, October 5
• Personal Statement Writing Workshop for MA/MS/PhD Applications, October 6
• Discover Nursing Virtual Fair, October 7
• Computer Science & Technology Grad School Virtual Fair, October 7
• Dental Admissions & Student Panel presented by ASDA District 1, October 9
• FlexMed Info Session with Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, October 15 (registration required)
• Info Session for Yale Scholars Program with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University, October 26 (registration required)
Upcoming Events for First Years & Sophomores
• Thinking About Grad School in STEM, October 4
• FlexMed Info Session with Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, October 15 (registration required)
• Info Session for Yale Scholars Program with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University, October 26 (registration required)


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Health Professions, Grad School & STEM
• Are you interested in a health professions program other than medical school? Visit our website to learn about dental medicine, veterinary medicine, public health or other health professions.
• If you have a Computer Science Technical Interview, check out our Interview Preparation Guide.
• Meet with a graduate school advisor if you are considering an application to a graduate program.


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.


The Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office is hiring new RCs (Recruitment Coordinators) in the month of October. See Student Employment website for more information.
The application is due on Thursday, October 14th. Any questions about the position can be directed to and

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!
Please join a conversation between Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Dr. Elizabeth Alexander and Professor Stephen Pitti ’91, Founding Director of Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, on the topic of “Evolving Careers, Evolving Institutions. How can we cultivate ongoing positive social change from within institutions – including college campuses and beyond – as well as in our own lives? In this moderated conversation, Dr. Alexander will discuss how her work as a poet, scholar, cultural advocate, and field-builder in African American Studies has continued to evolve, and how her leadership of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has shaped its ongoing strategic evolution as a social justice philanthropy.
A limited amount of in-person seating is available for this event in accordance with public health measures and current Yale campus COVID restrictions. How to register:
• The first 75 students may register using Yale Connect.
• Faculty and staff authorized to be on campus may register via email RSVP.
o A waiting list will be maintained for this event.
All are welcome to register for a simulcast of the event.

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.