Freshman Counselors


On July 1, 2017, Calhoun College was renamed Grace Hopper College. If you wish to view the Grace Hopper Website, please click here.

Freshman Counselors (FroCos) are seniors who guide freshmen as they settle into their new lives as Yale students. The Calhoun FroCos live along with the Calhoun freshmen in Bingham Hall and host study breaks, Blue Booking sessions, and other events to bring everyone together as a community of Hounies. They are also available to talk about choosing and managing classes, balancing extracurricular and academic life, homesickness, and anything else that might be on a freshman student’s mind.

The 2016-2017 Freshman Counselors are:

Isaiah Genece

Head freshman counselor

Isaiah Genece is a Mechanical Engineering major from Westbury, New York. He is primarily interested in robotics and similar mechatronic systems, especially as they pertain to better understanding human locomotion and behavior. When not in class, Isaiah is a member of Yale’s oldest sketch comedy group, The 5th Humour, Yale’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Yale Black Men’s Union, and the Black Church at Yale. He is also a former Peer Liaison with the Afro-American Cultural Center, and continues to be very active in the House community. He is extremely passionate about hip-hop, and has organized and participated in a number of performances with the hopes of increasing hip-hop culture’s prevalence on Yale’s campus. He is also passionate about brownies and Ocean Spray cranberry juice blends, and works to increase their prevalence on Yale’s campus as well.

Madeline Bauer

Freshman counselor

Maddie Bauer is a History and East Asian Studies major from Boston, MA. Maddie has studied Chinese since freshman year and became passionate about US-China relations after spending a summer in Beijing. Outside of the classroom, she served as Vice President of the Yale College Council, is a violinist in the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and is an editor of the student publication China Hands. A proud Hounie, she has been a member of Calhoun College Council since her freshman year. She is passionate about long distance running and all things chocolate (and likes to think that the two balance out!). 

Abigail Elder

Freshman counselor

Abigail “Abby” Paula Elder moved from Cleveland to Detroit to Boston and majors in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. At Yale, Abby enjoys serving as Yale Symphony Orchestra Principal Viola, playing chamber music, is a FOOT leader, Pi Beta Phi member, and works for the Hebrew Department and Slifka Center.  In her viola performance gap year at Juilliard, she created/coordinated a musical fashion show raising funds for music lesson for disadvantaged youth and continues viola study with her Juilliard teacher. Participating in The Perlman Music Program, directed by Itzhak Perlman and Toby Perlman for dedicated young string players, Abby performed in Itzhak Perlman’s Eternal Echoes Klezmer Concert Tour and in a PMP recital at the Neue Gallery in NYC. She received national recognition from Young Arts, American String Teachers Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, and 2nd Place twice in Yale’s William Waite Concerto Competition. Abby interns with Polyphony building bridges in Israel between Arab and Jewish youth through music and traveled to Israel this summer for Polyphony while enhancing Hebrew and learning Arabic. She performed with Polyphony at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative. Abby is a recipient of a federal FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship Award in Hebrew made possible by the Council on Middle East Studies of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, a Libby Rouse Fund for Peace Fellowship, Schusterman Grant, Ganzfried Family Fellowship, and Elisa Spungen Bildner ‘75 and Rober Bildner ‘72 Israel Travel Grant. Abby loves to read, run, write, and search for the best coffee in New Haven.

Lindsey Hogg

Freshman counselor

Lindsey Hogg is a Psychology major from Potterville, MI. At Yale, she sings in the gospel choir, tutors New Haven students through Urban Improvement Corps, works as a board member for Unite Against Sexual Assault at Yale, and is actively involved in the Native American Cultural Center. She enjoys playing and pursuing music, biking, seeking out the best foods of New Haven, and hearing life stories.

Jacqueline Ly

Freshman counselor

Jackie is a native of Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. She is currently majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, but a recent semester abroad has fueled her interest in public health. On campus, Jackie works in the Office of the Vice President and Secretary and is an active member of the Chinese American Student Association and the Vietnamese Student Association. Although during the week, you’ll likely find her typing furiously in Bass Cafe, in her downtime, Jackie loves chilling with friends, surfing the web for new music, and stuffing her face with Nutella. Obviously excited to meet you all, she is looking forward to an amazing year. Welcome to Yale, Houn Class of 2020!

Zoey Peterson

Freshman counselor

Zoey Peterson grew up in a small town in Northern New Jersey before attending Yale. Her major is Psychology, but she also enjoys studying East Asian languages, namely Japanese and Korean. She has traveled abroad to study several times thanks to Yale’s many resources. She is interested in both clinical and social psychology, and will be working in Yale’s Gender Lab during the coming year. She also works as an assistant at the Yale Medical School’s Alzheimer Disease Research Unit, and the Museum Shop at the Yale Center for British Art. Her primary extracurricular activities are the Yale Jashan Bhangra team, the Episcopal Church at Yale, and the Yale Anime Society. In her free time, she loves to read, write, and bake. Her favorite words are psychosomatic and phantasmagoria.