The Yale Student Travel Journal

Our Team


Xander Mitchell,  President & Business Director

Xander is a junior in Morse College studying History of Art. He has studied in Turkey, Spain, and England and loves long-term travel. He enjoys learning languages, cooking Turkish food, and reminiscing about his barista days.


Julia Kahn, Editorial Director & Website Designer

Julia is a junior in Silliman College majoring in Spanish and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. She has studied in Argentina, Chile, and Spain, and would go back (read: move) to any of these countries in a heartbeat. Julia loves photography, crossword puzzles, and rooting for the Chicago Cubs.


Emil Friedman, Editorial Director

Emil is a sophomore in Silliman College majoring in Political Science. While he comes to Yale from upstate New York, his heart lies in Denmark, where he was born. He is interested in non-fiction writing, public policy, and journalism.


Andy Ballard, Associate Editor

Andy is a Pierson sophomore majoring in Political Science. He grew up in New York, has studied in France, and spends summers in Maine. Mountains, trains, and music are among his favorite things.


Isabella Yang, Associate Editor

Isabella is a first-year in Saybrook college interested in studying Literature and History. She enjoys reading, writing, getting lost in the lights of New York City on a snowy night, and dancing on empty pavements in sizzling rains of a Kyoto summer.


Justin Cheong, Marketing Director

Justin is a first-year in Pierson College interested in studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He enjoys learning new songs on the piano, practicing his languages with others, and doing work at coffee shops for the study aesthetic.


Adam Lessing, Creative Director

Adam Lessing is a junior from Baltimore studying Biology. He loves exploring the living world and all its intricacies — from the remote corners of the arctic to the elegant organization of bustling cities.  He enjoys slab serif typefaces and being hospitalized abroad.

Standby is a biannual print publication that inspires students to thoughtfully explore the world away from home.

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All written content in Standby is contributed by current students of Yale University and in is no way reflective of the views of the school.

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