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 2020-2021 First-Year Counselors!

Zach Miller

(Head First-Year Counselor)

Hi y’all! I’m Zach Miller (he/him/his), and I’m SO excited to be one of your MoCoFroCos this year! I’m from Hemet, California, a sunny farm town in Southern California — you’ll hear me talk about it often. I am a global affairs major and hope to work in education-based or environmental policy after I graduate.

On campus, I spend most of my time and energy representing Morse. I have served as a College Aide since my first year, putting on fun events while working in the office to help Morsels with any special requests or reservations. I helped run Morse Intramurals and spend most nights playing (benchwarming, tbh) various casual sports: volleyball, innertube water polo, and broomball are amongst my favorites! During my four years at Yale, I’ve also taught swim lessons to special needs children through SNUGS, advocated for broader voter rights with Every Vote Counts, researched for a counterterrorism-based thinktank, and visited (almost) every coffee shop in New Haven.

This year presents so many unique opportunities (and challenges) for every Yalie, but especially first-years. Us frocos are ready to help you meet those in any way we can, and cannot wait to see you all!

M.E. Cunningham

Heelllllllooooo FreshMorsels! Welcome to Morse and to Yale! My name is Maria Elena Cunningham (she/her/hers), or just M.E. for short, and I am so looking forward to getting to know you and being one of your MoCoFroCos! I am originally from Los Angeles, CA and am a premed psychology major, neuroscience track. Here at Yale, I play trumpet in the Davenport Pops Orchestra (we play music from movie and TV scores like Star Wars and Game of Thrones), play on the women’s club basketball team (a great way to catch some air), dance in Danceworks (a dance group that includes people with absolutely no experience – me), attend meetings at La Casa with CAUSA (the Cuban American group), teach science at local elementary schools with Demos (which is awesome and sometimes sticky), and play lots of intramurals (Morse Always Wins!). For fun, I like any and all kinds of games, singing Disney songs, and binge-watching Parks and Recreation for the millionth time. Morse has truly become my home and I can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to our family.

Stephanie Malta

Hi everyone, my name is Stephanie (she/her/hers) and I am so excited to welcome the Morse Class of 2024 to Yale as a MoCoFroCo! I was born and raised in Miami, Florida so there’s nothing I love more than a sunny spot to study. I am double majoring in Neuroscience and History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. I love singing, so outside of class you can usually find me at an a cappella rehearsal/concert. As a senior, I’ll be performing (virtually) in Whim n’ Rhythm, one of Yale’s senior-only a cappella groups. Aside from a cappella, I am a research assistant at the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab where I contribute to research on addiction. I also serve as a Spanish Interpreter at the HAVEN Free Clinic which provides free healthcare to uninsured patients in New Haven. When I’m not doing these things, you can probably find me ordering food on Snackpass. I am sending so much Morse Love your way, and can’t wait to get to know you!

Courtney Nunley

My name is Courtney (she/her/hers) and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I’m super excited to be one of your MoCoFroCos! Even without the West Coast weather, Yale has become a home away from home for me and I’m excited to welcome you into campus. I’m majoring in African American Studies and I’m in the Education Studies certificate program. Some of the fun stuff I’ve done on campus was being a Cultural Connections counselor, working at the Afro American Cultural Center for my first three years here, and being Co-Coordinator for the Public School Intern program where I get to work in a public school in West Rock. I’ve also gotten to get out of my comfort zone a bit by writing for The Yale Politic and singing in a jazz a cappella group here called Redhot & Blue. In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends, binge watch bad reality tv (Love is Blind anyone?), and finding cool spots in New Haven. I can’t wait for a great year with all of you in Morse!

Zach Stanik

Hello Morse class of 2024! My name is Zach (he/him/his, and yes I know, there’s two of us and it’ll be confusing), and I’m so excited to be one of your MoCoFroCo’s this coming school year! I’m a computer science major and pseudo-graphic design student at the art school. Once you get to know me, it may come as a surprise that I live on a corn farm in Ohio. The rural life didn’t stop me, however, from falling in love with NYC, where I plan on living after school. I’ve been a member of Danceworks, as both a choreographer and board member, since my first-year spring and plan to continue in earnest this year. I’ve also been involved with the Yale Photography Society, Yale Club Running, and Code4Good. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about any of these groups! If you see me around campus furiously drawing on a sketchpad or focused on my computer, I’m probably redesigning something on my portfolio as I prepare to apply for postgrad design programs and fellowships. When I’m not designing or coding, you can find me going for a run around New Haven, choreographing in Morse’s amazing dance studio, or reading a book in a quiet corner of a café. If you do find me in a café it’ll probably be Book Traders or Koffee? if I’m up for the walk. And my favorite place to get food in New Haven is Mamoun’s; their falafel sandwich is literally the key to my heart. I’m so excited to help welcome all of you into the Morse family this fall! And as always, blubber and tusks!

Zhengdong Wang

Hi everyone! My name is Zhengdong Wang (he/him/his) and I’m from Chandler, Arizona, though I’ve also lived in Iowa, Virginia, Oregon, and Beijing. On campus, I’m a history major, and you can find me competing on weekends with the Yale Debate Association, coaching New Haven high schoolers with the Urban Debate League, and giving shows and stargazing at Yale’s observatory and planetarium. Over summers I’ve had the chance to work on high-altitude internet balloons, quantum computing simulations, and ground control for manned spacecraft. Please come find me to talk about food videos, cycling, podcasts (I love This American Life), board games (especially Twilight Struggle), and anything else–I can’t wait to meet you all!