First-Year Counselors

What is a FroCo?

First-Year Counselors (aka “FroCos”) are Morse Seniors chosen by the Dean’s Office who live with Morse First-Years to ease the transition to the academic, social, and cultural life of Yale College. FroCos work as a team with the Dean’s Office to be an additional resource to first-years for any problem or question they may have.

 

The 2017-18 First-Year Counselors!


Justin Abbasi

My name is Justin Abbasi, and I’m one of the 2018 Morse College First-Year Counselors (a.k.a. MoCoFroCo). MoJo JoJo has nothing on us.

I grew up in Myrtle Beach, SC where, unbeknownst to me, Yale seniors flock every year after graduation. I spent my weekends on the beach pretending that I didn’t need sunscreen and summers on a campground where I called bingo numbers for slightly-above-minimum wage. I have since pursued other endeavors in public service that – I hope – will have an impact on society equivalent or similar to that of my “Bingo Boy” days. 

I’m an advocate for child welfare issues, particularly for the health needs of youth in foster care, and hope to continue my advocacy efforts into and through my work as a pediatrician. At Yale, I compete with the Yale Mock Trial Association, work at the Morse buttery (called the Morsel – come check us out!), lead hiking trips as a FOOT leader and, as of this year, will be a MoCoFroCo. My three years at Yale thus far have been the best of my life, and I truly cannot wait to get to know all of you as you begin this part of your journey.

Welcome to Morse, and welcome to Yale. We can’t wait to meet you!

Laurence Bashford

Hello and welcome! My name is Laurence, and I’m beyond thrilled to be serving as a FroCo for the spectacular Morse Class of 2021! I’m an international student from the United Kingdom, where my parents and two younger sisters still live today. At Yale, I study literature and world history, with a focus on postcolonial, gender and performance studies, and political social theory. I love to travel, and have been lucky enough to study abroad in China, in addition to spending breaks touring the world from Seoul to San Francisco with my a cappella group, the Yale Alley Cats. On campus, I split most of my time between the arts and student advocacy. I’m a keen performer and writer, and have worked in one way or another on over a dozen theatrical productions and readings – so the Off-Broadway Theatre is like a second home to me at this point. I’ve worked on staff at the Office of LGBTQ Resources, where I have also served as a Spectrum Fellows peer mentor, in addition to sitting on the board of the LGBTQ+ Co-operative. None of which, of course, compares to spending my senior year back in Durfee as a MoCoFroCo with this amazing team and first-year class! See you around, and stop by anytime to hang out and chat!

Kevin Cheung

Hey! I’m Kevin, and I’m from Queens, New York. I’m an anthropology major with a focus in medical anthropology, and I’m pre-med on the side as well. On campus I perform with the Yale step team (Steppin’ Out), and I interview patients at Yale-Haven Hospital about their life stories and help write their life narratives through the Living History Project. I also teach sex ed to middle schoolers in New Haven public schools and have been involved with the Yale Women’s Center. I just got back from a semester abroad studying public health in Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentina, and also studied abroad in Italy a few summers ago! I’m finally back and settled in New Haven, and I’m thrilled to welcome you and your fellow freshmorsels to your next home for the next few years! 

Caitlin Dermody

Hi! My name is Caitlin and I am so excited to be a Morse Froco this year! At Yale, I study Sociology and Education, and am a member of the Education Studies Scholars program and an intern at the Center for Emotional Intelligence. Outside of academics, I lead Campus Tours, volunteer as the St. Thomas More Chapel Student Outreach coordinator, and teach a class called “Positivity: The Power of Optimism” for an education initiative on campus! Originally from Scranton, PA, I love spending time with friends at my favorite coffee shops in New Haven! 

Mya King

Hey everyone! My name is Mya King and I am extremely excited to be a MocoFroco this year! I grew up in South Florida as the youngest of three, but my family is from Jamaica. I’m majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and plan to attend Medical School next year. Outside the classroom, I do research at a metabolic diseases lab, volunteer at a Health Clinic, shadow physicians and work as a Science Tour Guide. I’d say I spend most of my free time dancing with two wonderful groups here. I am the outgoing co-president of Rhythmic Blue and also a member of Yaledancers. It’s going to be an amazing year and I can’t wait to welcome the Class of 2021 into the Morse and Yale family. 

Michael Tappel

Hey there! My name is Michael, and I hail from far-flung and frigid Anchorage, Alaska! I was homeschooled for most of my life, and now I’m a cognitive science major studying the decision-making processes of both humans and rhesus macaques. I was originally part of the Class of 2017, but I just took a gap year to sing and travel with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, Yale’s male all-senior a cappella group. Catch me around campus giving tours for the Admissions Office or lounging on a bench in front of Durfee (the best!). I am so excited to meet the Morse Class of 2021!

(Morse Always Wins!)

Sarah Williams

My name is Sarah Williams, and I dabble in chemistry, soccer, and tech support. Depending on the day, I enjoy morning runs to East Rock or playing video games on the couch, and sushi can always persuade me to get out of bed on a lazy weekend. I ski in the wintertime, and I wholeheartedly embrace the phrase “Morse always wins.”

Summer Wu

Hey! I’m Summer and I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, although my family is currently living in Hong Kong. During a gap year before coming to Yale, I decided to become a computer science major, and for the past two years, much of my time on campus has been spent TAing for CS50, Yale and Harvard’s joint intro computer science class. When I’m not coding, designing, or hacking on side projects, you can find me on the intramural lanes and fields, bowling and playing soccer or frisbee for Morse. I couldn’t be more excited to be spending my last year at Yale back in Durfee with the amazing class of 2021!