Dean’s Notes 9-20-21

September 20, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: September 20, 2021

Hope you are all enjoying this crisp Monday! I love this weather, and am glad that we stocked up on fall clothes for Sahej, since he has grown a lot since the weather was last on the cooler side (He “turned” 2 ½ yesterday – he had a bowl of brownie pudding in the dining hall :)).

We are finally settled in for the term. My hope is that you have carefully reviewed your registration schedule and are enrolled properly in all of your courses. If you have concerns, it is essential that you reach out to our office as soon as possible.
I’m sending one of my regular wellness reminders, too! Don’t forget: Getting rest is very important and Vitamin C is your friend (orange juice is a great source!)! Stay well and get well soon if you already got sick. Also, if you were wondering, it’s not too early to get your flu shot – find more info here: Have a wonderful week!

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!
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”.


Important Notes on Course Enrollment

A schedule with a course in a professional school requires an additional form: Request to Enroll in a Professional School Course (Blue Form) (Due September 22nd)
Only four professional school credits can be offered toward the 36 credit requirement; however, students may enroll in more than four credits understanding that all courses will remain on the academic record and be included in the GPA even if not offered toward the 36 credit requirement.

Courses at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and at a professional school cannot elect the CR/D/Fail option.
Credit for these courses on your transcript: When you put a Professional School course on your schedule, zero (0) course credits are recorded for the course until you submit your completed Blue Form and the Registrar’s Office determines the course credits for that course after that. Some courses earn 1 course credit in Yale College and some earn 0.5 course credits (most commonly in SOM and EPH). Some do not earn credit.

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.


September 22 Deadline for students to submit a request to enroll in a professional school course (blue form) for a full-term or first-half term course. If a blue form is received after Wednesday, an initial late fee of $50, that increases $5 each weekday, will apply. If a blue form is not received for a full-term or first-half term course by October 6, the course will be removed from the student’s schedule and a $20 administrative fee will be applied. (Request to Enroll in a Professional School Course (Blue Form))

September 23 Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the term without the course appearing on your transcript.

Writing Center/Tutors/Partners:;
Sc/QR Tutoring:
Language Tutoring:
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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 for the semester by meeting with an Academic Strategies Mentor. Mentors will help you develop a weekly study routine, 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 schedule a meeting, please email us at

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.

ADHD Discussion Group
Academic Strategies hosts a discussion group for undergraduate students with ADHD. Share strategies and support with peers who understand your experience. To sign up, fill out this form: ADHD Discussion Group.

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.

For First Years: College Transition Videos
Did you know that diving into your syllabi can help you succeed in your classes? What to learn the keys to performing well on p-sets? Learn about these topics and more through our college transition videos:

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

Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Monday, Sept. 20, 4-5 pm
This workshop offers strategies for identifying the sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track.

Exam Study Strategies
Monday, Sept. 20, 7-8 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
Monday, Sept. 20, 9-10 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.

Reading Analytically for Social Science
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 4-5 pm
This interactive workshop provides an overview of deep reading to generate effective contributions to class discussion, develop essay topics, and identify strong evidence for essays.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7-8 pm
Feeling overwhelmed by piles of reading? Learn some essential strategies to make the most of your limited reading time. Have less stress and create more free time!

Academic and Professional Communication
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 9-10 pm
Learn strategies for writing for professional and formal academic audiences.

Get the Most Out of Your Reading
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4-5 pm
Learn general strategies for effectively reading texts for any Yale class. Learn how to preview a text, effectively interact with the text while reading, and review your reading for class, essays, and exams.

Time Management
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 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.

Pathways for First Years
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 9-10 pm
What do you really want to get out of your first year? This interactive workshop helps students identify goals and sources of satisfaction while avoiding common first year pitfalls.

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Thursday, Sept. 23, 4-5 pm
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.

Pathways for Seniors
Thursday, Sept. 23, 7-8 pm
Senior year is a unique juggling act as you wrap up your Yale College career and look forward to post-graduation plans. Learn how to set and accomplish senior year goals while still enjoying your final year as an undergraduate.

Pathways for Juniors
Thursday, Sept. 23, 9-10 pm
How do I orient myself and find mentors within the major? What timelines do I need to be aware of? We’ll explore these questions together in this interactive workshop.


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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STEM Networking Event – Office of Career Strategy – Yale University
Wednesday, September 22, 4-7pm

Pathways into Preschool – 12 Teaching - CGCC
Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST
Co-sponsored by Yale’s Education Studies and the Office of Career Strategy Common Good & Creative Careers

Working in Diplomacy: Careers with the U.S. State Department – CGCC
Thursday, September 23, 5:00 – 6:00 pm EST

University of Michigan School of Medicine Twitter Info Session
Monday, September 20

AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair
Monday, September 20

Pathways to Medicine 101 Webinar
Wednesday, September 22

Pharmacy Virtual Fair
Wednesday, September 22

Choose DO Medical School Virtual Expo
Friday, September 24

Planning to take the MCAT? – MCAT Preparation Info, AAMC MCAT 2022 Info

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Interviewing for Health Professions Resources for Current Applicants
• Practice interview multiple times with Big Interview
• Sign up for a virtual mock interview through Yale Career Link
• Watch this video and learn valuable tips from one of our Health Professions Mock Interviewers Interviewing for Medical School
• Review additional interviewing resources
• Read about Yale College Alums’ interview experiences. Log into Yale Career Link, go to Resources, then Career Library
• Interview at medical schools
• Share your interview experiences with peers and future applicants through a brief, anonymous survey


Info Session: How Does Study Abroad Work at Yale?
Tuesday, September 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Webinar Link


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.
• 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.



Cultivating Faculty Mentor/Recommendations
Thursday, September 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Register Here

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Info Session (General)
Thursday, September 23, 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Register here

September 29, 11:59pm ET - Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
September 30, 1pm ET - Richard U. Light Fellowship Early Fall Competition Deadline | Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students
October 1, 1pm ET - Churchill Scholarship Campus Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
October 5, 11:59pm PT - Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Spring 2022 National Deadline | Eligible First-Year students, Sophomores & Juniors receiving Pell Grants at time of application
October 6, 1pm PT - Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program National Deadline | Eligible: Seniors & Alumni
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 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


Search for fellowships by class year that support all sorts of experiences - language study, public service, internships, research or independent projects


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.


BA-BS/MPH Program Information Session on Wednesday, September 22, at 5pm
This session will cover the academic requirements, the concentrations of study and the admission process. The program director and current students will also be available to answer questions. Interested students may register at:

The Shops at Yale are excited to offer a Virtual Welcome Bag for all new and returning college students in the New Haven area! The virtual bag includes 70 exclusive shopping and dining offers (valid August 26 – September 26) that they can redeem at businesses throughout New Haven.
Below is the link where students can find more information and redeem their offers:

The Yale Center for Language Study is now accepting applications for spring semester study for its Fields Program and its Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) Program. The deadline for applying to either program for Spring semester study is October 1st at 1:00pm.
The Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) Program gives students the opportunity to study a language that is not currently taught in a Yale classroom.
The Fields Program gives students the opportunity to pursue advanced-level language study within the context of their academic area of focus (generally in areas other literature if the language is taught at Yale, since advanced coursework in literature would likely be available).
Both are non-credit programs, open to all enrolled Yale students (undergraduate, graduate and professional).
Details on each program and how to apply can be found at these links:
Directed Independent Language Study (DILS):
Fields Program:
Please note that all applications must be received by the application deadline (this includes applications for continued study from current DILS or Fields students)