Yale College PWC

Lakshmi Amin's picture Lakshmi Amin Branford '21

A junior in Branford, Lakshmi studies English and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (stay tuned to see if/when she declares a major and sticks with it!). Most of her time is spent playing piano, eating chocolate, and singing with her a cappella group, Pitches & Tones. This year, she’s super excited to learn from her fellow PWCs and to foster inclusive wellness spaces. Don’t hesitate to shoot her an email if you ever want to meet over ice cream/poké/dining hall Earl Grey tea to chat about anything from Netflix guilty pleasures to stress management!

Isobel Anthony's picture Isobel Anthony Saybrook '20

Isobel, otherwise known as “Iso” or “Poptart” is a sophomore in Saybrook College. She is a linguistics major trying to also fit in as much music, poetry, and literature as possible.  Besides being a Peer Wellness Champion, Isobel is a member of Yale’s Schola Cantorum (ISM) and the Opera Theatre of Yale College.  She is an enthusiastic baker and her plans for the future include opening her very own Bucci’s Gluten-Free Bakery and traveling the globe as an opera singer.  Isobel is all about living well and hopes to spread wellness practices throughout the Yale community.

Cami Arboles's picture Cami Arboles Davenport '20

Cami Arboles is a junior in Davenport College from Los Angeles, California. She is a Theatre Studies major. She is a huge advocate for wellness, particularly through healthy eating habits and movement practices, such as yoga. She is also a registered yoga teacher. She is so excited to be a Peer Wellness Champion this year!

Ayeza Bajwa's picture Ayeza Bajwa Jonathan Edwards '20

Ayeza Bajwa is a junior in JE from Portland, Oregon. She is majoring in Sociology and is particularly interested in how to use media to influence people’s health beliefs and behaviors. Ayeza is especially excited to work on improving the eating and nutrition culture on campus! In her free time she can be found synchronized swimming or cooking.

Evan Billups Morse '20
Catherine Chang's picture Catherine Chang Pierson '20

Catherine is  a sophomore in Pierson College from Johns Creek, GA. She is majoring in Economics and Statistics, and Ioves singing, teaching, and going on morning hikes. Catherine is interested in learning and sharing wellness practices with her community so that we can all live our best lives!

Miki Cornwell's picture Miki Cornwell Ezra Stiles '21

Miki is a junior in Ezra Stiles college (inarguably the best). She is currently a Humanities major but hopes to get approved to pursue a special divisional major in Storytelling and Narrative Studies. Either way, you can find her in one of the many undergraduate theater spaces, woodworking in the CEID, snapping photos around campus, or just generally being ridiculous. As a queer FGLI student with ADHD, she’s a go-to guy to connect you to one of the many support networks on campus. Ask her anything about mental health, Camp Kesem, rugby, Top Chef, dinosaurs, the Stiles Buttery, or Pokemon Go. Feel free to contact her at michaila.cornwell@yale.edu or 931-261-9816. If you’re reading this, drink some water!

Jacob Cramer's picture Jacob Cramer Benjamin Franklin '22

Jacob is a sophomore in Benjamin Franklin College. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, this is his first year as a Peer Wellness Champion. He is passionate about meditation and social wellness. He is excited to learn more about supporting wellness through this program and to give back to our community!

Lily Dodd's picture Lily Dodd Silliman '21

Lily is a sophomore in Silliman interested in incorporating more silliness into daily life. She’s also passionate about sleeping hard, spending time outside, managing anxiety, and having great conversations with friends.

Rebecca Drachman's picture Rebecca Drachman Pierson '21

I am an undeclared student in Pierson College, class of 2021. I am interested in wellness because keeping our minds and bodies well is so important and worth investing in—especially in college, when wellness is so easily and often neglected! Other interests include: dogs (and cats), naps, coffee, spending time with family and friends, baking, and good food. Contact me with any questions, concerns, or just to chat.

Tomeka Frieson's picture Tomeka Frieson Berkeley '21

Tomeka Frieson is a junior in Berkeley College with a keen interest in health in all its forms, be it individual health and wellness, public health, global health, or simply living a healthy lifestyle. As an Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and History of Science, Medicine, & Public Health double-major, Tomeka hopes to encourage her peers to live well in all its manifestations. She is particularly interested in improving peers’ mental and physical wellness and can be found around campus singing a capella with Something Extra or dancing for pediatric wellness at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital! She can be contacted at tomeka.frieson@yale.edu.

Sarah Geach's picture Sarah Geach Pauli Murray '20

Sarah is a junior in Pauli Murray, and an expatriate of Ezra Stiles. She is majoring in English, although she wishes she could have had more time at Yale to major in History or Archaeology or Art. She is the Creative Director of the Logos, a Christian magazine at Yale, and likes to sing, paint, and throw random and joyful dance parties. Sarah hails all the way from Zimbabwe, and home is very dear to her. She wants to make sure that Yalies have a space to feel at home at Yale, and thinks that physical wellness, though often underplayed, is key to enhancing all other aspects of wellness. She hopes to host at least one pop-up dance party every week!

Claire Hu's picture Claire Hu Saybrook '20

Claire Hu (“who?”) is a sophomore in Saybrook (“say what?”) interested in studying cognitive science with a bent to linguistics and philosophy. In addition to being a PWC, she’s also the events coordinator for Mind Matters, a mental health advocacy group, and the president of Yogis At Yale, the student group that provides free yoga classes for all levels open to the entire Yale community. She loves yogurt, turtles, and making friends of strangers.

Karen Jiang's picture Karen Jiang Saybrook '21

Karen Jiang is a sophomore in Saybrook college studying cognitive science and economics. She is passionate about wellness and believes it’s an important part of building a better campus culture. She grew up in New York, which has fueled her interest in promoting wellness within fast-paced lifestyles. She’s excited to work with other PWCs to open the conversation around wellness and create a happier campus.

Rocky Lam's picture Rocky Lam Jonathan Edwards '20

Rocky is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College. He is from Brooklyn, NY. Rocky listens to a lot of reggaeton music, enjoys bike rides by the river, and walks really fast like a true New Yorker. Rocky can’t wait to share all the wellness practices that he finds helpful.

Anin Luo's picture Anin Luo Timothy Dwight '20

Anin is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. On campus, she hopes to promote a culture where sleep is valued, and where people do not feel pressured to never stop working. She loves waking up early to hit the gym, and also exploring all the different restaurants in New Haven to enjoy a treat every now and then! Feel free to contact her at with any questions or just to chat.

Hannah Manz's picture Hannah Manz Trumbull '21

Hannah is a sophomore in Trumbull College from Fargo, North Dakota. Ice cream, puppies, long walks, and stationery are a few of her favorite things. She is a huge advocate of easy, everyday wellness practices, and she’s a firm believer that a well-balanced life is the key to success. Hannah is a self-proclaimed foodie, proud Midwesterner, and excited to make Yale a happier place!

Laura Michael's picture Laura Michael Pierson '20

Laura is a sophomore in Pierson College. When she’s not doing psets, she can be found playing oboe in YSO and other orchestras on campus. She became interested in mental health after doing an extra credit project in an epidemiology class that taught her the challenges and rewards of actively practicing mental health self-care.

Louisa Nordstrom's picture Louisa Nordstrom Davenport '20

I’m Louisa, a junior from Florida in Davenport College. I’m currently studying cognitive science, and am also on the sailing team. With a jam-packed schedule and constant stress, I make sure to prioritize mental health and wellness by taking time for myself to do the things I love, whether it be practicing yoga, watching the sunset, or just hanging out with friends. I want to promote the wellness at Yale and make everyones lives a little bit happier and well-balanced.

Astouline Nutakor's picture Astouline Nutakor Morse '20

Astouline Nutakor is a sophomore in Morse and comes from Ghana. She is interested in wellness centering around Faith, religion, and community service. Astouline is a member of the Baha’i Faith, a world religion which seeks to unite mankind and believes in the oneness of God and of all religions. She is married to a wonderful young man who is also from Ghana. They both love music, guitar and singing - she can imagine having regular guitar jamming sessions for wellness! Musical devotionals are also heavenly.  Astouline would love to talk to students of any Faith (or none) about their beliefs, questions, or hopes! She also hopes to start a regular devotional for Yale undergraduates. She’d love to meet you and talk to you - about anything at all!

Ananya Parthasarathy's picture Ananya Parthasarathy Saybrook '20

Ananya is a junior in Saybrook college, majoring in Computer Science and Psychology. She’s from Seattle, Washington, and is a PNW native through and through (lives in birkenstocks, survives on starbucks and entirely too used to the rain). Outside of being a PWC, she is a member of the Yale a cappella group Mixed Company. She is excited to learn more about wellness through the PWC program and to help spread that knowledge throughout campus!

Matthew Pettus's picture Matthew Pettus Saybrook '20

Matthew is a junior in Saybrook College from Richmond, Virginia, majoring in Neuroscience. When not learning about the brain, he enjoys working with the Public Health Coalition, researching, volunteering at the hospital, and singing with his a cappella group. Within wellness, he’s specifically interested in sleeping well and managing stress well.

Isabel Rooper's picture Isabel Rooper Ezra Stiles '20

Isabel is a rising senior in Ezra Stiles College majoring in Political Science. She transferred to Yale as a junior from the University of Notre Dame. Originally from Portland, OR, Isabel loves the outdoors and prioritizes her wellness by spending time outside every day. Feel free to reach out if you need a cup of tea or want to chat!

Vienna Scott's picture Vienna Scott Benjamin Franklin '21

Vienna is a Junior in Benjamin Franklin College studying Political Science and Religious Studies. Besides classes, she loves watching Netflix with her suitemates, debate, journalism, wandering through the art galleries, and spending excessive amounts of time in the BF dining hall. She loves creating a sense of home within her suite- hello constant redecorating!- and within her extracurricular communities through movie nights, baking, game nights, and themed parties. She can’t wait to create a happier campus!

Lauren Singer's picture Lauren Singer Davenport '21

Lauren is a sophomore Psychology major in Davenport from Scarsdale, New York. She is most interested in the Work Well, Rest Well, and Mind Well areas of wellness. In addition to being a PWC, Lauren loves teaching health workshops in New Haven public schools with Community Health Educators.  Some of her favorite ways to take a break are going on walks with friends, coloring, and reading for pleasure!

Sarah Sotomayor's picture Sarah Sotomayor Branford '21

Sarah is a (hopeful) Neuroscience and Music double major, hailing from Brooklyn, New York. When she isn’t composing, singing, doing PSETs, or getting lit, Sarah spends her time working to improve her overall wellness and mental health. You can often find her meditating- if her eyes are closed, feel free to sit down and chill until her five minute meditation is done!- or doing work and playing music outside to enjoy some fresh air. Sarah is also a first-generation, low-income student, and is always happy to chat about the unique ways wellness can be compromised within certain circumstances.

Safia Speer Berkeley '20
Sterling Strother's picture Sterling Strother Hopper College '20

Sterling is a sophomore in Hopper College from the San Francisco Bay Area and a Psychology major. He is also a member of the football team and Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Some of his favorite things to do in his free time are listen to music, play the trombone, play poker, and watch movies.

Kira Sze's picture Kira Sze Branford '21

Kira is a sophomore from the Bay Area. She’s in Branford College and (probably) majoring in Cognitive Science. Besides being a PWC, she loves singing with Mixed Company (an undergrad a cappella group), practicing kundalini yoga at Payne Whitney, snuggling with friends, and spending time (doing pretty much anything) outside. She is excited to learn and share wellness practices with other members of the Yale community.

Annie Tarte's picture Annie Tarte Jonathan Edwards '20

Annie is a Junior in Jonathan Edwards college from Tampa, Florida.  She’s majoring in History of Science, Medicine and Public Health, is on the Varsity Softball team, and is a group head for Community Health Educators.  Annie spreads wellness on campus by instructing group fitness classes, in which she teaches students how to “move well” and the benefits of regular exercise!

Natalia Taylor's picture Natalia Taylor Branford '21

Hello! My name is Natalia and I am a junior in Branford College majoring in MCDB. I am involved in QuestBridge, Kappa Kappa Gamma, the Yale Precision Marching Band, and the American Red Cross at Yale. This is my first year as a Peer Wellness Champion, but I have learned first-hand the value of having PWCs in different student communities here on campus. Due to many building circumstances, I had a pretty rough first semester, but I found great comfort in my wellness practices! Over the past two years, my PWC friends have been able to help guide me along a journey of developing my personal wellness; now I am looking forward to being that support for my peers! Please feel free to reach out to me anytime through text or call at 719-494-6545, or through email at natalia.taylor@yale.edu.

Anna Thorndike's picture Anna Thorndike Pierson '20

Anna is a junior in Pierson College majoring in Cognitive Science. She is interested in all aspects of health and wellness, specifically physical wellness and eating habits. She thinks that it is especially important to promote healthy behaviors on a college campus, where people are often more focused on their next test than their next meal or physical activity. Her favorite self-care practices include hiking, going to the farmers market, and making homemade guacamole!

Faith Tomlin's picture Faith Tomlin Ezra Stiles '21

Faith Tomlin is a junior in Ezra Stiles College from San Diego, California. She is majoring in Psychology with an Advanced Language Certificate in Spanish and is so excited to join the Peer Wellness Champion family this year. As a lifelong dancer, Faith is a huge believer in the power exercise and nutrition have to transform both physical and mental health.

Antalique Tran's picture Antalique Tran Timothy Dwight '21

Antalique is from the Orange County area in Southern California, from where she misses her consistently warm weather. Her interest in wellness started with trying to take control of her own psychiatric disorder (sleep paralysis) through changing her sleep schedule and managing her stress levels. Though still unsure, she is thinking of majoring in MCDB, following the Neurobiology track, and pursuing an MD-PhD. Outside of academics, she loves drawing, playing IM soccer, and exchanging memes—feel free to send her as many as you want, especially ones about dogs!

Camila Vardar's picture Camila Vardar Benjamin Franklin '20

Camila is a junior in Franklin College majoring in Biomedical Engineering, hailing from Puerto Rico. She values sleep, spending time in nature, and finding an overall happy balance of work, time for family/ friends and relaxing. When not working on psets, Camila can be found watching Korean dramas and drawing/ writing stories for online comics. She is also a huge fan of baking vegan goodies and large fluffy dogs!

Sarah Wie's picture Sarah Wie Trumbull '20

Sarah Wie is a junior in Trumbull College. She is a Psychology-Neuroscience Track major, and she’s so excited for the year ahead as PWC. She values self-care, rainy days, and music recommendations. She’s looking forward to being part of the movement towards changing the mental health climate at Yale, and she is co-founding an organization Crisis Text Line at Yale, which offers free, anonymous, one-on-one counseling via text messaging during moments of crisis. Have a wonderful year!

Angela Yoo's picture Angela Yoo Davenport '21

Angela is a junior in Davenport College majoring in Cognitive Science. She hails from warm and sunny Los Angeles, California. She’s passionate about creating a campus culture that makes wellness a priority, instead of something to do after the work is done. By focusing on not just the symptom-level solutions but also the root causes, she strives to redefine the way wellness and mental health are perceived on campus. In addition to being a Peer Wellness Champion, she is an intern at the Good Life Center and involved with Design for America at Yale.