Name: Jamey Silveira
Hometown: Palatine, IL
Major: Cognitive Science
Last week an anonymous source wrote to us about Jamey: “He’s really cute, nice, and smart. And he knows how to have fun!” Obviously, we made him this week’s Campus Cutie on the spot. After meeting with him this past week in Blue State, I can attest to the fact that this source was exactly right.
Jamey is a Cognitive Science major, has spent the past two summers in China, is the current President of ADPhi, and was a Yale varsity athlete. When I caught up with Jamey, I was able to speak with him more about China, as well as what it’s like being President of a fraternity on campus.
As a member of the varsity men’s lacrosse team during his freshman year, it made sense for Jamey to pledge Alpha Delta Phi. After all, it is a standard feature of being on the team. After his freshman year when Jamey decided to quit in order to pursue other interests, ADPhi served as a way “to best keep in touch with his friends from the team.” During his sophomore year, he was the pledge master. Now Jamey is the President, which he considers to be both “a blessing and a curse.” He lives in the house off-campus, which he loves, but considers “weird when you [consider Yale has] the nicest housing in the country.”
When asked about his Chinese adventures, Jamey was very modest. Although, he took Spanish in high school, he decided to try Chinese at Yale because he wanted a challenge. After his freshman and sophomore years, he applied to the Light Fellowship Program and went to Beijing. He liked Beijing not only for the cultural experience, but also for its nightlife and bar/club district.
But Jamey’s love for Chinese did not stop there; he is currently taking a Chinese Literature class and is traveling to Hong Kong over Spring Break for two weeks as part of an exchange program between Hong Kong and Yale. This past weekend the kids from Hong Kong visited Yale and Jamey took them to Washington, D.C. to show them around.
In light of the fact that Jamey has traveled to China twice and clearly enjoys the culture, it is interesting to note that Jamey’s major has nothing to do with Chinese. He does it for fun!
When asked what his favorite spot on campus is, Jamey responded with many different places (aside from his house over on Lake Place, of course). Not only does he favor High Street and seeing all his old roommates in SAE, Sig Nu, and the Oxford, but he also still enjoys studying at JE library, and going out to dinner at restaurants like Kumo.
Jamey’s idea of a fun date is “something out of the ordinary, maybe a concert. But any athletic activity would be fun.”
My final question to Jamey was answered with no hesitation. Yale girls are the best because… “Because they’re smart enough to enjoy intelligent conversations, but fun enough to enjoy the shenanigans at ADPhi parties.”