Profiles: Yalies on Leave

This semester, as the pandemic has prompted changes to campus life, 23 percent of Yale College students are taking a leave of absence — far more than the 1.4 percent of students who took a leave in fall 2019. Of students on leaves this year, some are spending their semesters continents away, while others are passing their days at home. And regardless of where they’re located, these students are researching, campaigning and creating. Here are a few of their stories.

An improvised semester: Steve Blanco ’23 creates skin care startup while on leave

Ask Steve Blanco ’23 what his favorite course at Yale is, and he’ll start talking about spending an entire class lying on the floor, learning how to feel the ground and his own body. Professor Irene Hultman Monti’s “Dance Theater,” offered in spring 2019, was a post-modern contemporary dancing class that Blanco said taught him […]

Ben Beckman embarks on a voyage

During his leave of absence, composer Ben Beckman ’24 is co-producing an album that he hopes will break the boundaries of typical jazz music. The project began in June, when Beckman’s high school friend Roshan Nayar contacted him about producing an instrumental jazz fusion album together. Beckman, who had already opted to take a leave […]

Logan Roberts ’23: FGLI education advocate and ‘engaged, thoughtful community member’

From his small Washington, D.C. basement apartment, Logan Roberts ’23 has perfected the art of cooking his chicken breast dinner in the microwave by night. By day, he has developed a routine of going downtown for in-person work at his internship for the Council for Opportunity in Education — a nonprofit dedicated to expanding college […]