Kyle Hietala is a Cognitive Science and History major from Bath, Maine. He spent the first 10 years of his life in rural Iowa, surrounded by endless cornfields and lots of cows, and he still considers himself a proud midwesterner at heart. His graduating class in high school was about the size of his class year in Branford, but he loves the hustle and bustle of Yale and being in the city, especially because of all the delicious food only blocks from campus (ask him which pizza restaurant is the best). He has competed with the Yale Debate Association throughout college and has coached high school debate in Connecticut. Additionally, Kyle has worked at the Buttery, taught financial literacy classes with Yale Moneythink, and worked part-time as an Ambassador with the Yale Admissions Office. He enjoys collecting squirrel-related items and is proud that his FOOT group correctly identified his spirit animal as a squirrel before he had even begun his official time at Yale. After college, Kyle hopes to travel often, pursue a lifelong career as a leader in secondary education, do advocacy work for LGBT-related causes, and further develop his passion for astrophotography. He’s a proud and loyal Branfordian and he’s so excited to be a Froco!