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First Days at Yale
First-years talk about their first impressions.
Josh Faber ’16
Do you have an extracurricular you’re thinking of
I’m all over the place. I love writing newspaper
opinion, because I have a lot of views that I’d like to articulate. Model
Congress. The Independent Party of the Yale Political Union. Yale Road Running.
Oh, and the Hispanic groups. My mom’s Dominican, so I’d like to learn more
about a culture I haven’t been exposed to as much as I wish I had. I wrote my
essay on being a Hispano-Jew. The Hillel is also awesome. They have great
bagels, I hear.
Are you the oldest in your family?
No, I’m the middle kid. My brother’s 16. He’s amazing;
he runs cross country. My sister’s turning 22 in about five days—she’s coming
over to Yale to celebrate. She’s a senior [at Middlebury College].
Are you worried about your parents?
I think they’ll be fine. I worry about my brother. My
parents are fun to be with, but we’re all so connected as siblings that without
one of us there, it gets kind of lonely.
Anusha Alles ’18PhD
Fort Worth, TX
African American Studies/English
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Do you see yourself as an academic, long-term?
Yes. If all goes well.
Do people try to discourage you?
A lot of people do. They say there are no jobs out
there, it’s impossible to find a job, it’s a waste of time.
What do you say to them?
This is what I want to do. I’m just going to take it
day by day and do my best.
What do you want to learn?
Everything. Everything about my subject. I’m doing
African American and South Asian–American literature. Twentieth century. And
Tell me some authors you would recommend.
I love Toni Cade Bambara’s Gorilla, My Love. It’s a great book of short stories. Funny Boy is a good one, by Shyam Selvadurai.
What do you think will be most challenging about
It’s just a very work-intensive, competitive
environment. So you kind of have to step up to that pace.
Jenna Kainic ’16
Jonathan Edwards College
What do you plan to study?
I’m thinking of majoring in physics or math. I have a
friend who introduced me to Gödel’s incompleteness theorem, and I fell in love
with it. Ever since then, I’ve been researching different math theorems and
Why did you fall in love with the incompleteness
I thought it was really fascinating and elegant and
unusual. It was different from any math I’d heard of before.
Are there any classes in particular that sound
interesting to you?
Major English poets. I really love English, too.