Dean’s Notes 11-29-2021

November 29, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: November 29, 2021

Hope you had a nice November Recess! I hope you took some time to rest and rejuvenate. It took me a little while to truly unwind, but once I did, it was restorative. I did a lot of the cooking on Thanksgiving Day at my parents’ house and it was fun – Sahej was happily occupied with all of his grandparents doting on him. :)

And now for the final stretch of the term! I know the next ~four weeks are going to be very busy. However, right after that, we’ll have another, more restorative break! Hang in there.

You all have taken exams before, and you all have succeeded before. While it is true that Yale can be challenging at times, you’ve made it this far and the end of the term is in sight. You can do it!! For those of you who feel nervous, try this strategy: Repeat to yourself often, "I can do it!! I am a good test taker/I can write this paper/I can complete this project/I can give this presentation…" I know it’s silly, but it works!
Keep an eye out for end-of-term messages from me in the coming days (first one coming later this afternoon). Also, please know that I’m available to talk between now and the end of finals – see below for appts and open hours.

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 (at the top of the main page). No appointment is required. When you click on the Zoom link, you will be placed into a waiting room. I speak (1-on-1) to students in the order they “arrive”. This week, my open hours are: today 3:30-4:30; Tues, 11/30 from 2-3pm; & Thurs, 12/2 from 9-10:30am.

Please note I will be in an all-day meeting on Friday, Dec 3rd so I will not have my usual morning Zoom open hours.


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.


November 29 Classes resume; 8:20am

December 10 Classes end; reading period begins.
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course and/or a course offered in the second half of the fall term.
Last day to convert from a letter grade to the Credit/D/Fail option.


Advising: All students are expected to meet with their college adviser or DUS before the close of early registration (December 15th), and I recommend that you do so before the November recess, if possible. I’ve made this suggestion to Trumbull College Advisers (for TC’25 and some of TC’24). In looking randomly at the availability of some DUSes, it looks like many will have additional availability during Reading Period (above their normal availability) and many have availability over the next two weeks. I have been concerned that many students submitted course schedules this term without meeting with an adviser! These conversations are important and help shape your Yale experience in formative ways. Know that I am also here for consultation (see above).

December 1, 5:00 p.m. Deadline to request instructor permission in YCS. Information about how to do so may be found here. Yale College has asked instructors to make this process simple and to base admission decisions, as much as possible, on the student’s major, class year, and relevant previous experience.

December 15, 5:00 p.m. Early Registration period ends, and the registration worksheets in YCS are closed until the Add/Drop period begins on January 12.

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!



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Health Professions, Grad School & STEM
• Health Professions Application Process Q&A Session, 11/30
• Global Wellness Summit happening in Boston, 11/30-12/2
o Students can register for the Summit for free at this link
• Colorado State University Veterinary Medicine Info Session, 12/2
• Health Professions Application Process Q&A Session, 12/3

Upcoming Common Good & Creative Careers Events

• CGCC Coffee Chat with Anne McPherson YC’06 (Group Sign-Ups), 11/29
• CGCC Coffee Chat with Anne McPherson YC’06 (Individual Sign-Ups), 11/30
• Sotheby’s 2022 Summer Internship Info Session, 12/2
• Behind the Scenes with Glen Powell: Making a Scripted Podcast, 12/6
• YANA Networking & Fundraising Evening, 12/7
• Research Associate, Yale Program on Financial Stability (YPFS)
• Internship, Fellowship and Full-Time Job Opportunities with the D. E. Shaw group
• Paul Block Journalism Funded Internship Upcoming Deadline
• Top 50 U.S. Startups on the Rise
• Create a Target Employer List (Job Search Road Map)
• Interactive Outcomes Visualization tool: Search outcomes by class year and major. At the top of the Page, under the Outcomes heading, toggle between data about first destinations, four years after graduation, and Statistics & Reports for the detailed reports.
Health Professions, Grad School & STEM
• If you are currently applying to health professions programs, mock Interviews will be offered through December 17, 2021. When requesting an appointment in Yale Career Link, it will take the interviewers (who are graduate students) at least 24 hours to confirm. For more interview resources, visit the August-February section of the timeline. After you have interviews, share your interview experiences with peers and future applicants through a brief, anonymous survey.
• Case Western Reserve University Cancer-Focused Summer Undergraduate Research
• Carnegie Mellon Summer Robotics Research for Undergraduate Students
• Health Professions Summer Opportunities (on the NAAHP website)
• Blog: Connecting with Faculty & Requesting Letters of Recommendation for Graduate School
• Keck School of Medicine of USC Bridging the Gap Summer Research 2022
• USC Summer 2022 Program in Diabetes and Obesity Research


Virtual London School of Economics (LSE) Info Session
Wednesday, December 1, 9am - 10am ET (2pm London Time)
Register for this event here

• Visit the Study Abroad COVID Updates page for the latest information and resources relating to Yale Study Abroad.
• Learn more about a Year or Term or Summer Abroad by viewing recent recordings of our online info sessions.
• Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser to explore goals, programs, credit transfer, and more.
• 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 local Passport Office.


Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Info Session
Thursday, December 2, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Webinar Link

Imagining Your Summer Information Session #7
Thursday, December 2, 4pm - 5pm
Register here

Summer STEM Fellowship Opportunities Info Session
Thursday, December 2, 5pm - 6pm
Webinar Link

Funding Your 2022 Summer Experience:
A 1stGenYale and Yale Fellowships and Funding co-sponsored panel
Wednesday, December 8, 7pm - 8pm
Register here
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
January 5, 1:00pm ET - Richard U. Light Fellowship (Summer, Fall, and Academic Year Study) Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
NOTE: Attending a Light Fellowship info session is an application requirement. The final Light Info Session takes place on December 17.
January 5, 1:00pm ET - Davis Projects for Peace Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Year Students, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
January 14, 1:00pm ET - Beinecke Scholarship Program Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors
January 14, 1:00pm ET - Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: First-Years, Sophomores & Juniors
February 3, 1:00pm ET - Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships Campus Deadline | Eligible: Juniors & Seniors
February 3, 1:00pm ET - Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
February 4, 1:00pm ET - Henry/Mellon/Kings Fellowships Common Application Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors
February 4, 1:00pm ET - Udall Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors

Explore the Student Grants Database for Yale funding and for awards requiring Yale’s support
Review fellowship application resources on our website:
• Writing a fellowship proposal
• Creating a budget
• Crafting a resume
• Requesting letters of recommendation
• Writing for External fellowships


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.


Want to talk? We're here to listen. Walden is Yale's only undergraduate-run, completely anonymous, non-judgmental, and non-directive peer counseling service. Our office, in the basement of Welch B, is open from 8pm-1am Sunday through Thursday for walk-ins, and you can call us at 203-432-TALK (or 203-432-8255) from 8pm-8am any day of the week while classes are in session. No issue is too big or too small.

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!