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 2019-2020 First-Year Counselors!

Nicholas Pham

(Head First-Year Counselor)

Hey everyone, I’m excited to welcome you to the Morse Class of 2023, and look forward to getting to know you! A lil about me: I’m a Senior in Morse College studying Economics and, and I’m from the beautiful Sunshine State. I love playing board games, so you can typically catch me playing Catan, Codenames, ERS, etc… in and around Durfee, and would love to learn and play any new games you bring! I’m also a member of the Yale Men’s Rugby team, and I love to casually play squash and soccer for fun with my friends. I LOVE eating good food, and would be honored to show you all the amazing restaurants around New Haven. Can’t wait to meet you all! Cheers, Nick.

Siduri Beckman

Hi Morse First-Years—welcome to Yale! My name is Siduri Beckman (she/her/hers) and I am originally from Philadelphia, PA. I am beyond excited to be one of your MoCoFroCos this year. I love writing poetry, going on runs, and discovering extremely old things in archives! As a Global Affairs major and a Human Rights Scholar, I focus mostly on post-conflict state building and comparative justice & prison reform. On campus, I spend most of my time tutoring with the Urban Improvement Corps, which focuses on closing the education achievement gap in New Haven, and working with the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project Advocacy Group, which organizes and educates around CT prison reform. However, almost all of my closest friends are science and theater nerds, so I’m delighted to talk about pretty much anything all of the time! We’re in for an incredible year at Durfee with late night pancakes and so many other wonderful snacks—we’re so excited to meet you!

Stephanie Blas-Lizarazo

Hello, hello, Morse 2023! My name is Stephanie Blas-Lizarazo (she/her/hers), and I’m super excited to be one of your MoCoFroCos! I was born and raised in Miami, FL as the second of three children, with my parents being originally from Nicaragua and Venezuela. Despite the culture shock (i.e., being both first-generation and Latina), Morse has truly become my home away from home: I was a College Aide and served on the Housing Committee for three years, in addition to co-coordinating Morse Sibs my sophomore year. When I’m not hanging out in the Head of College Office or having a Jim Stanley at the Morsel, our buttery, I’m playing the violin with the Yale Precision Marching Band (… or arranging Jonas Brothers music, for that matter) or running around doing things as the New Member Chairman of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Academically speaking, I’m majoring in Mechanical Engineering, with an interest in working in either the aerospace or medical industry. In fact, this summer, I will be interning at an aerospace company back home, in addition to making all my wanderlust dreams come true by studying abroad in Paris for five weeks! All in all, I can’t wait to welcome all of you to this incredible family!

Sofia Campoamor

Hello and welcome to Yale! My name is Sofía (she/her/hers) and I’m really looking forward to being one of your MoCoFroCos. I grew up in Washington, DC and I study Music, with a focus on composition and songwriting. I spent my first three years singing a cappella with Mixed Company, singing sacred music with Battell Chapel Choir, and working on various theater and film projects.

I took a gap year after my junior year to sing and tour with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, one of Yale’s senior a cappella groups, and I am so excited to be returning to Durfee for my final year at Yale. Outside of a cappella, I work at the Writing Center and I help manage the Crescent Underground Recording Studio (my favorite part of the Morse basement!) In my free time, I love listening to Harry Potter podcasts, trying to stay on my push scooter, and exploring the New Haven pizza and ice cream scene. 

Calvin Jahnke

Hi! I’m Calvin (he/him/his), and I am a double major in Mathematics and Economics and Statistics and Data Science. I am the Director of FOCUS on New Haven (application due July 1st) and co-president of the Yale Undergraduate Mindfulness Education Initiative. I am also musically inclined, having recently acted as Head Student Arranger for the Yale Precision Marching Band and Principal Tubist in the Davenport Pops Orchestra. I’m excited to stay in New Haven again this summer to do economic research on teacher compensation in my home state of Wisconsin. When I’m not doing these things, you can find me playing Mario Kart and doing nothing else. I’m so excited to return to Durfee to be a First Year Counselor in the Fall!

Spencer Parrish

Hey folks! I’m Spencer (he/him/his) and I’m so excited to be one of the MoCoFroCos! I moved around a lot as a kid (nine times!), living mostly in Utah, Maryland, Texas, Germany, and most recently Kansas. I have seven siblings (I’m the third oldest), so there was never a dull moment growing up! I’m an MCDB and English double major at Yale. When I’m not studying or writing, you can find me playing bass in the YSO, rock climbing with YCT, or debating with the Independent Party of the YPU. I also adore the Van Wolfswinkel Lab, where I do my biology research on immortal worms. I can’t wait to get to know all of you and experience the adventure of this year!

Maxwell Richardson

Hello everyone, my name is Maxwell (he/him/his) and I hail from the amazing city of Chicago (the actual city haha). I changed my major 30 times (I truly went into Yale SIS and physically changed it 30 times) but I am so happy to have decided that I’m double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and am a premed student who is planning to take some time off post-graduation. On campus, some of the things I’ve been involved in have been the Black Student Alliance at Yale where I served as a First-Year Liaison and the Community Action Chair. I served with the organization BlackOUT, a Black queer affinity group at Yale. I do research at the School of Public Health on psychosocial interventions for queer people and have served as an HIV Prevention Intern at APNH (formerly known as AIDS Project New Haven). In my free time, you can catch me hanging out in the buttery, doing work or otherwise chilling in Erika’s Room, singing along (badly) to ANYTHING Charli XCX, biking around New Haven, and catching up on my favorite TV shows. Additionally, I am a Scorpio sun, Pisces moon, Libra rising, and an astrology fanatic so please come to me with your astrology knowledge. I am so excited to meet you all in Durfee and know that we will all have a fantastic year!

Shoshana Zhang

Welcome to Yale University! My name is Shoshana (She/Her/Hers), and I am so grateful and excited to be one of the first-year counselors for Morse College.  I was born and raised near Dallas, TX and love all things art, music, dance, and yoga related. At Yale, I have been fortunate enough to pursue all of these things while also working towards my major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and conducting cell biology research in the Pollard Lab.  One of my favorite activities outside of classes has been being a camp counselor and co-coordinator for Camp Kesem at Yale University, a student-run nonprofit providing yearlong support for children impacted by a parent’s cancer.  I look forward to seeing you all on campus and welcoming you to our Morse family!