As a First-Year Transition Counselor, Yahellah Best empowers students to persist and thrive in their first year of college and throughout their undergraduate experience – building a solid foundation to succeed as independent adults. She helps them achieve this by guiding and challenging them through personal growth, connecting them with resources to remove barriers along their journey, and building trust with students through authentic conversations.
In addition to supporting Moxie students with one-on-one counseling, Yahellah is an Associate Director of the Success Coaching Program in Academic Advising at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Student Success. Her personal experience as a first-generation college student at Brown University, where she earned a bachelor’s in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, has provided her keen insight for empowering students to achieve their educational and career goals. She obtained her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration as a merit scholar at Boston University and is currently studying to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the Master of Counseling program at Johns Hopkins University.
Outside of work, Yahellah loves to dance (and has been involved with two professional Cuban dance teams), cook (and eat), and travel. Her interests also include health and nutrition, advocacy, and experiencing new cultures.