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Speaking Fellows

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Writing Fellows


Writing Consultants

Kelley Annesley has a background in philosophy, but one thing she enjoys about tutoring is being exposed to new topics and areas of research, so she welcomes the opportunity to work with students in any discipline! She particularly enjoys helping students work on argumentative papers at any point in the writing process, from brainstorming and constructing a thesis to the final stages of polishing.
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Zach Barber focuses his research on moral and political philosophy. He enjoys a lot of things about tutoring. He finds connecting with students over the value and beauty of language to be so fun! But he most enjoys discussing ideas and arguments with his tutees, usually at the earlier stages of the writing process. He specializes in argumentative writing.
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Claire Becker is a first year PhD student in the History Department. Her research focuses on the history of Early Modern Spain and the Iberian Atlantic but she also loves reading theory and has a background in Cultural Studies. Her strengths definitely lie in the humanities but she is excited to work with students from all different disciplinary backgrounds and learn about the exciting work being done outside of her own department!
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Tessa Brunnenmeyer is a first year PhD student in the Philosophy Program and is interested in the history of Early Modern Philosophy (specifically lesser-known women in the period). She thinks tutoring is exciting because she gets to learn about so many different disciplines and ideas from her tutees while they work on writing. She specializes in argumentative writing but is happy to help in any discipline, at any stage of the writing process.
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Maddy Cappelloni is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. Her graduate research is about human auditory and visual perception. Through this research and the myriad of creative hobbies she pursues in her personal life, she has come to appreciate how difficult and powerful communication can be. She is passionate about teaching and finds joy in helping others effectively communicate their ideas.
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Caitlin Davie studies Mental Health Counseling at the Warner School of Education. She graduated from the University of Rochester, where she tutored was a Writing Fellow, worked as a writing studies research assistant, and even conducted her own independent study in peer tutoring. In her sessions, Caitlin hopes to help students learn the communication skills that will help them in the long-term, in addition to having an improved short-term assignment. She feels happiest when writers walk away with the tools and knowledge to make informed future writing decisions with confidence.
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Erin Francisco has a background in Environmental Humanities and American Literature. She loves talking about persuasive writing and rhetoric. Working with writers brings her joy and helps her to reflect on my own thinking and writing practices.
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Lisa Jin is a computer science PhD student focusing on natural language processing. She enjoys working with students on all types of projects—especially argumentative, research, or STEM-related writing. 
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Emily Lowman is a PhD student in the English Department. Her background is in English and Psychology and she teaches rhetoric-based courses for the WSAP. She enjoys working with students from all disciplines, and specializes in argumentative papers and humanities-based writing.
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Alice Wynd is a history PhD student who studies the early modern Atlantic and public history. She is interested in how archaeology and museum exhibit design can tell the stories of people not recorded in the archive and bring history to a wider audience. As a tutor, she enjoys reading pieces from other disciplines and learning new things about writing from the students she works with.
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Writing Fellows

Katie BrounBiomedical Engineering; Minor in Optics
Writing in different styles is something that used to scare me, but viewing writing as a process and breaking it down into smaller parts makes it feel more manageable. I now enjoy this growth as a tutor and student alike; I find it rewarding to help students with all kinds of writing, no matter what stage of the process they are in and help them to see writing through a new lens. 
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Jenny BuckleyHealth, Behavior, & Society; Minor in Clinical Psychology
Writing Fellow Vice President

What I love about both writing and tutoring is the opportunity that they provide for us to constantly grow as learners and communicators. My main goal in tutoring is to help writers gain confidence in their writing skills and feel proud of the work they produce!
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Evan ColemanEnglish: Language, Media, & Communication and Business; Minor in Legal Studies
Writing, to me, has always been the easiest way to translate the thoughts I have into something tangible. What I enjoy the most about tutoring is diving into that gray area that exists within writing with my tutee. By doing this, we are able to evolve a piece and push it towards the best possible direction.
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Abby Delio - English, Psychology and Gender Studies
For me, writing is a cathartic experience where I get to express my thoughts and feelings freely. I love tutoring because everyone has a unique approach when conveying their ideas in their work, making the session a learning experience for everyone involved. It's nice to make writing (a stereotypically individualistic process) more collaborative.
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Megan Emery - History and Linguistics; Minor in French
Writing Fellow Site Coordinator

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

I relish tutoring because there is no greater feeling than accompanying a student through the learning process. As a peer tutor, I want to encourage students to feel confident taking control of their own educations, and interact with them to cultivate an environment of mutual growth.
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Madison EspositoCreative Writing and History; Minor in Psychology
Writing Fellow Advertising Coordinator

For me, I have always found that the best way to get through writer's block is to talk everything out! I love that being a tutor gives me the chance to talk about writing with a lot of different people, and that we all are able to learn from each other!
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Lucy FarnhamPolitical Science
I have experience writing in the humanities (journalism, in particular) and the social sciences. My favorite kind of writing is argumentative writing, so I love to help people formulate arguments that start debate and liven discourse.
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Elizabeth Garijo-GardeMusic and Public Health
I've always loved writing and expressing myself through writing, so getting to collaborate with peers on their pieces and watching their ideas come to life is incredibly rewarding!
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Abby JohnsonCreative Writing and Psychology
I love working on brainstorming and organization! Figuring out the best way to get your point across is so satisfying. I value a conversational tutoring style, and I find that getting away from the page and the pressure of writing can make it easier to come up with ideas.
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Kharissa KingComputer Science; Minor in French
It can sometimes be difficult to transform thoughts into a coherent voice when writing. As a tutor, I enjoy helping writers to effectively organize their thoughts so their voice can flow freely and be appreciated by the reader.
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Emma MarderPsychology; Minors in Brain & Cognitive Science and French
My favorite part of sessions, and of writing in general, is watching a whole piece grow and evolve from an idea, so being able to collaborate with tutees on this process is such a joy. I also adore diction, as finding the perfect word or phrase to convey exactly what you're trying to say is one of the most satisfying feelings language can give us.
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Hayley McGowan - English Literature and Classics; Minor in Writing Studies
Writing Fellow Mentor & TA for WRTG 245

My favorite thing about being a Writing Fellow is having the opportunity to help my peers become more confident in their skills as a writer and feel proud of what they have accomplished. My goal is just to be there to listen to whatever you may want to discuss with your writing, no matter what stage you are at in the process, and help you achieve your goals!
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Kendall MillerEcology & Evolutionary Biology; Minor in Anthropology
Writing has always been a way for me to fully express myself and I love the opportunity to help others do the same through tutoring. Academic writing can be intimidating but I love the feeling of the final piece coming together and seeing your voice and ideas come through!
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Emily O’Brien - Brain & Cognitive Science and Psychology; Minor in English Literature
Writing Fellow President
My favorite part about writing is that there is no right answer! It’s always rewarding to start writing and discover something that your mind hadn’t originally thought of.
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Tommy OddoPolitical Science; Minors in Philosophy and GSW Studies
Understanding how to manipulate writing styles and media to convey a message feels amazing! In doing so, I've learned so much about myself through writing, and I want other writers to experience that same growth.
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Hannah OttPolitical Science and Philosophy
I've always found that writing is the best way for me to express myself and get my voice out, and I want to be able to help other people utilize that. I think that peer tutoring is a great way to take some of the pressure off of writing, and just be able to have a conversation with someone from an outside perspective!
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Emily PetersComputer Science
My favorite part of tutoring is acting as an audience for the writer. It can often be hard to imagine someone responding to your work when writing alone, and I enjoy being able to help writers see their pieces as a conversation within a larger community. 
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Kaelyn Schloss - Biomedical Engineering; Minor in Biology
Writing Fellow Programming Coordinator

I used to view writing as a task: something I had to do in specific classes to get the grade I wanted. Now, I appreciate writing as a process and, as a tutor, hope to help other students begin to see writing in a new light as well.
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James SheinbaumPsychology; Minors in Brain & Cognitive Science and Creative Writing
Writing is, for me, both a fantastic way to be introspective and communicative. I can learn about myself as I write, and I can also express a point. I think that there is a lot of personal power in being able to express yourself and develop your arguments.
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Michelle ShuaiPhilosophy and Health Policy
As someone who enjoys writing, I hope to make writing more accessible and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of what they study. Although writing can be hard, it is an ultimately rewarding experience!
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Irina Ter-OvanesyanBiochemistry and Spanish
I am originally from Moscow, Russia, so I am fluent in Russian and proficient in Spanish. This is my third year of working as a writing fellow. I love helping students with essay organization and also finding out the experiences of students that I work with.
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Nghi Vo Business: Finance & Business Analytics
Hi everyone! I'm Nghi, a Junior majoring in Business: Finance and Business Analytics tracks. I enjoy tutoring as a way to be there for my fellow students who might be needing any additional support, and I gain an immense sense of joy in learning about my learners' perspectives through their writing. I cannot wait to see everyone, and really look forward to a productive semester ahead!
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Evan VolkinEconomics and Business Analytics
An individual journey, the writing process is different for everyone. I love helping students with all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to honing final drafts, in a collaborative and welcoming environment.
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Stella WilkinsEnglish: Language, Media, & Communications and Film & Media Studies
The best feeling as a Writing Fellow is helping a peer feel confident in their writing and ideas! Writing is hard, no matter your skill level, and I love being able to help fellow students understand this and know that there is no such thing as "bad writing".
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Speaking Fellows

Natasha Abrol - Business Analytics and Economics; Minor in International Relations
I began participating in public speaking events when I was 15 years old. It was terrifying but ultimately, it changed my life. Tutoring allows me to share what I have learnt over the years and help other people enjoy public speaking as much as I do.
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Musab AldosariChemical Engineering; Minor in Business
What I enjoy about being a speaking fellow is seeing how people increase their confidence by improving their public speaking skills. I also enjoy meeting new people and hearing about their different experiences!
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Lea ThomePolitical Science and International Relations
I first got my introduction to public speaking by participating in debate competitions and conferenes like Model United Nations and Model European Parliament. Since then, I have had the opportunity to do public speaking in classroom settings, but also at other conferences, competitions and simulations. When tutoring, I love tackling speech anxiety and exuding more confidence.
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Jacob Walters - Political Scienceand Psychology
I absolutely love being a speaking fellow. I've always found practice to be the key to public speaking. Everyone can benefit from practicing in front of a low-pressure audience and I love being that audience for others.
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Karla ZendejasEconomics
I love being a speaking fellow because I have also struggled with public speaking in the past. As a speaking fellow, I get to help others overcome a lot of the same challenges I did in my public speaking journey.
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