Dean’s Notes 9-27-2021

September 28, 2021

TRUMBULL COLLEGE: September 27, 2021

I know that your academic work is really starting to pick up and believe it or not, midterm season has begun. I strongly encourage you to carve out some time for the upcoming Academic Strategies workshops, which are tailored to what you might need right now: Exam Study Strategies, Managing a Heavy Reading Load, Time Management (!), etc – check them out below. You also may find it helpful to meet with an Academic Strategies Mentor. Also, see the blurb under “Tutoring” about our amazing TC Writing Tutor, Adam Sexton!

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! We got ours on Friday afternoon (drop-in hours on the lower level of YH)! Sahej left Yale Health with some tears, but also with four Elmo stickers, which helped! ;) 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

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.

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

Exam Study Strategies
Monday, Sept. 27, 4-5 pm
Thursday, Sept. 30, 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. 27, 7-8 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 Effectively for STEM
Monday, Sept. 27, 9-10 pm
Learn strategies for reading purposefully and efficiently for STEM courses. Effectively read textbook chapters and scientific articles; navigate jargon, data, and figures; use readings to prep for problem sets and exams.

Get the Most Out of Your Seminars & Lectures
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 4-5 pm
Learn preparation, participation, note-taking, and review strategies to help you succeed in these two very different learning environments.
Procrastination: How to Work Through It
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 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, Sept. 28, 9-10 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.

Pathways for Sophomores
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 4-5 pm
Sophomore year offers new challenges: increased course loads, upper-level classes, and identifying a major. This interactive workshop helps students set goals and make long-term plans for the year.

Strategies for Reading Literature
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7-8 pm
How do we read deeply and completely without running out of time? This workshop introduces techniques to help you effectively read and respond to literary works.

Reading Analytically for Social Science
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 9-10 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.

Time Management
Thursday, Sept. 30, 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.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Thursday, Sept. 30, 9-10 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!



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STEM Fellowship Opportunities
Wednesday, September 29, 5pm - 6pm
Zoom Link

Truman Scholarship Information Session
Thursday, October 1, 3pm - 4pm
Register here


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

Explore the Student Grants Database (SGD) for Yale funding and for awards requiring Yale’s support.
Check out our tips for Starting a Fellowship Application.



• Bloomberg Terminal Demo and Alumni Panel, September 28
• LAUNCH Virtual Interviewing Event – Office of Career Strategy – Yale University
Application deadline: September 29. Interview date: October 15.
• Grad School 101: What You Need to Know (MA/MS/PhD), September 29
• An Exploration of Opportunities within Nursing, September 29
• 2021 Virtual Social Impact Grad School Fair, September 30
• ORISE Virtual Career Fair: Featuring Internships & Fellowships at the EPA, September 30
• 2021 Virtual Non-Profit Networking Event – Office of Career Strategy – Yale University
October 1, 1:00pm-3:00pm

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
• Curious about Yale Alumni Health Professional School Enrollment? See where recent Yale College graduates have enrolled in health professions programs in the US and applicant statistics.
• STEM Connect supports Yale students and postdocs who are interested in a wide range of careers related to science research, technology, engineering, and data science/statistics.



Info Session: DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia
Tuesday, September 28, 2pm - 3pm
Register Here

Info Session: Planning for Spring 2022 Abroad
Tuesday, September 28, 3pm - 4pm
Webinar Link

Info Session: The Swedish Program
Thursday, September 30, 12pm - 1pm
Webinar Link

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


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.


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 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 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)