Meet the Writing Consultants

The Writing Center employs consultants from all kinds of majors, minors, and areas of interest. We have both graduate and undergraduate consultants. Get to know our consultants by browsing through the different majors among our staff!


Graduate Consultants

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Graduate Assistant

AnnabelleM

Annabelle M. 

Pronouns: She/hers

Current: Masters of English Literature

Likes to work with...

  • Literary analyses
  • Writing 150 portfolios
  • History

Annabelle M. is a second-year graduate student pursuing an M.A. in English Literature. She enjoys reading, writing, outdoorsy things, and snuggling her dog. She's a Ravenclaw, if you find that information important. She craves company and loves talking with people about books, movies, emotions, etc., so come see her for some conversation (or writing). This is her fourth year at the writing center, and she's LOVING IT, but sad to see it ending this year. So, she's excited for a final, stimulating year of writing!

Special Project: Social Justice in Writing Graduate Assistant

BenS

Ben S.

Current: Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

Former: Bachelor of Arts in Classics, Minor in Theatre

Likes to work with...

  • L2 Writers
  • Narratives
  • Argumentative Papers

 

 

Word nerd. Grammar geek. Cinephile. Former performer. Oenophile. Dog lover. James Bond aficionado. Doesn’t care much for cars but finds washing them very Zen. Prefers autumn. History buff. Plays video games on the treadmill. Coffee snob. Sweater enthusiast. Is only happy when it rains. Aspiring sociolinguist and champion of linguistic justice.  Makes a mean grilled cheese. Thrilled to be working at the GVSU Writing Center and hopes to see you there.

Siedman Business School Graduate Assistant

TylerF

Tyler F.

Current: Masters in Accounting

Likes to work with...

  • APA
  • Argumentative papers
  • Thesis development

Tyler F.  is going into his final year at Grand Valley State University. He received his Bachelors in Secondary Education from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing his Masters in Accounting. He previously spent time teaching Biology at the high school level in West Michigan. An avid sports fan, Tyler particularly enjoys tennis, which he has coached locally for the past five years. When not working out or watching Netflix, Tyler also enjoys reading classic fiction novels such as Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, or the Inheritance Cycle. He also has a serious addiction to Catan.

AlyssaE

Alyssa E

Major: Masters of Arts in Literature

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Literature Analysis
  • Creative Writing Pieces

Alyssa E. is a graduate student in the English Master’s Program. She embraces all stereotypes of being a literature major by being introverted, enjoying coffee, loving cats, experimenting with writing and art, and, of course, accumulating and reading way too many books. She looks forward to reading your work at the writing center this year!


Undergraduate Writing Consultants

Advertising

ChiaraL

Chiara L.

Major: Advertising/Public Relations & Writing

Likes to work with... 

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Document production & design

Chiara L. is very excited/scared/happy to be a senior at GV; her majors are Writing & Advertising/Public Relations. She loves randomly and dramatically singing show tunes and looks forward to a cup of black coffee every morning. She’s a Gryffindor, a little OCD, and enjoys pasta entirely too much (but she questions if there can be such a thing). A die hard Harry Potter fan and true Sicilian, Chiara can often be found reading, eating, or laughing so hard she cries.

MeganM

Megan M.

Major: Advertising/Public Relations

Likes to work with...

  • Narratives
  • MLA

Megan M. is a sophomore studying Advertisement/Public Relations. She thoroughly enjoys drinking lots of coffee and tea, and anything chocolate. When she isn’t playing with small furry creatures such as cats and dogs, she spends a lot of time with Campus Ministry on the leadership team. Most nights, Megan will fall asleep watching The Office or Friends, and will most definitely laugh to any jokes pertaining to these (or any jokes at all, really). Megan is very excited to get to know everyone that comes to the writing center, and all of the wonderful writing that is brought in.

Allied Health Sciences

AnnaLeighR

Anna-Leigh R. 

Major: Allied Health Sciences

Likes to work with...

  • MLA

My name is Anna-Leigh R., and I’m a new student to GVSU this year. I am a junior and majoring in Allied Health Sciences. Previously a writing assistant at Hope College, I transferred to GVSU to pursue a new career path. I hope to one day utilize my love for communication (written and verbal) to become a geriatric speech pathologist, and help individuals regain speaking and swallowing abilities lost after a stroke. In my spare time (what is that?!) I enjoy running for recreation, having movie nights with my roommate, and taking ridiculously long naps. I enjoy reviewing essays on vastly different topics and look forward to learning more about the world through your papers.

HannahG

Hannah G.

Major: Allied Health Sciences, Emphasis in Speech and Language Pathology

Minor: French

Likes to work with...

  • Thesis Development
  • Narratives
  • Research Papers

Hannah G. is a Sophomore at GVSU, majoring in Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis on Speech and Language Pathology and minoring in French. She enjoys drawing, painting, interacting with people, and puppies. When not working or doing homework, Hannah can most likely be found sleeping or watching anything and everything on Netflix.

Anthropology

ShelbyS

Shelby S. 

Major: Anthropology

Minor: Writing & Spanish

Likes to work with...

  • MLA

Shelby S. is in her Junior year at GVSU and is majoring in Anthropology with minors in both Writing and Spanish. Her goals are to travel, write books and speak at least three other languages than English. If you see her on campus, you might find her writing outlines for stories, eating too many french fries, or debating with her friends about fictional universes. She deeply misses her beautiful dog Sage back home. Her ideal career would be to write and travel on a dime, but a more realistic idea would be to work with small communities or small countries. She's always looking to meet new people and dreams of experiencing a thousand lives in one through Anthropology. 

Behavioral Neuroscience

CallyG

Cally G.

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

Minor: Applied Statistics

Likes to work with...

  • APA
  • Research papers
  • Fiction pieces
  • Resumes

Cally is currently a junior here at GVSU. She is majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Applied Statistics. When she isn’t studying why people do the things they do, you can find her at the movies or cooking up new recipes at home. Her role model is a toss-up between Bob Ross for his happy trees and Ron Swanson for his love of breakfast. She is always down to get some Tropical Smoothie and talk about upcoming concerts. Most of all, she is beyond excited to meet new people through the Writing Center to share her puniest jokes with!

Biology

AbigailS

Abigail S.

Major: Biology, Emphasis in Pre-Vet.

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Research papers
  • Argumentative papers

 

Abigail is a sophomore, on her way to becoming a large animal veterinarian. She absolutely loves dogs, cats, lizards and especially giraffes! She’s a Hufflepuff and a Doctor Who fan (but she’s not very far yet, so no spoilers!) When she relaxes, you’ll probably catch her playing her ukulele or drawing anything from giraffes to Spiderman. She hopes to see you at the Writing Center!

AmyT

Amy T.

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Biology

Minor: English

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • APA
  • Narratives
  • Research papers

 

Amy T is a graduate of Grand Valley who missed it so much she came back!  She graduated in April of 2016 with a B.S. in Biomedical Science with the intent of going to medical school.  However, while working as a nurse aide at Metro Health Hospital, she discovered that being a doctor wasn't her calling and made the difficult decision to come back to school for teaching.  She is now a Biology major and English minor on her way to the Graduate Teaching Certificate program.  She hopes to one day teach literature to high school students.  Along with books, she loves Pokemon, Doctor Who, My Little Pony, Marvel, and movies from Studio Ghibli.

FaithU

Faith U. 

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Likes to work with...

  • APA
  • Lab Reports
  • Short stories

Faith U. is a third-year student at Grand Valley, studying Biology with a minor in Chemistry.  She is right at home in a laboratory, and is currently conducting a fascinating research project on bats.  Naturally curious, Faith loves learning and consulting with people in a variety of majors!  In her spare time, she can often be found reading books from all sorts of genres (her favorite, of course, being science writing) or baking for her friends to enjoy. Additionally, Faith is always up a for a game of cards, a warm cup of tea, or a walk in the woods.  She looks forward to discussing your writing with you!

MelinaF

Melina F. 

Major: Biology, Cellular & Molecular

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with...

My name is Melina and I would love to talk to you about your papers! I am in my second year at Grand Valley. I am majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and minoring in Writing; in addition to that I am performing research in the Biology department. I’m involved in ANCHOR for the honors college; I am public relations for the MD. Ph.D. club, and I play intermural ultimate Frisbee. I am obsessed with coffee, creative writing, adventuring of any kind, cooking/baking, binge watching Netflix, alternative music, drawing, and singing (I like a bunch of stuff really). I am not the best at playing instruments, not spilling things, and climbing up stairs. My favorite seasons are fall and winter, because I love the cold and sweaters. I am also Greek, which is why my last name is so long!  I look forward to meeting you and seeing all the fabulous writing you are working on for your classes.

Biomedical Engineering

AllieG

Allie G. 

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minor(s): Writing and Mathematics

Likes to work with...

  • APA
  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Research papers
  • Math and Engineering reports

Allie G. is a senior and is majoring in Biomedical Engineering with minors in Writing and Mathematics. She is the secretary for a volunteering club, GVSU Circle K International. In her free time, she enjoys running, discovering new music, and writing poetry. Along with this, she spends most of her weekends volunteering and seeing local bands. She loves most lemon flavored foods, learning about nature, being with her friends. She appreciates all forms of writing and is looking forward to meeting you in the writing center!

Biomedical Science

AbbieM

Abbie M.

Major: Biomedical Science

Likes to work with...

  • Narratives 
  • Personal Statements 
  • MLA

Abbie M., a junior, is pursuing a Biomedical Science degree. In the future, she would like to become a pediatrician. When her nose is not in a textbook, Abbie enjoys kayaking, photography, traveling, gymnastics, shopping and snuggling with her beloved kitten, Lulubelle. She houses a fondness for fall, Friends, feta cheese and green tea. Abbie is looking forward to meeting all of you fabulous writers this school year!  

Haleigh H.

Haleigh H. 

Major: Biomedical Science

Minor: Chemistry

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Lab reports
  • Argumentative essays

Haleigh H. is a senior at Grand Valley. She is majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Chemistry and hopes to attend medical school next year. Haleigh is a member of the Honors College, the Pre-Med Club, and the Cook Leadership Academy. When she is not doing all things science, Haleigh likes to read, exercise, quote The Office, and watch old movies, especially those from the 60’s and 80’s. She also loves to go to concerts because music is just so much better when it’s live.

HannahL

Name: Hannah L

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Minor: Pre-professional studies

Likes to work with... 

  • APA
  • MLA
  • Research Papers

Hannah L is a sophomore at Grand Valley and she is excited to work with you on your writing! She is a part of the honors college, the running club, and the pre-pharmacy club. After completing her bachelor’s degree here, she hopes to go to pharmacy school. Being a science major in the writing center allows her to meet some really cool humanities and arts majors she might never see in class, and to work on and discuss writing of all types with her coworkers and her consultees.

MeganD

Megan D. 

Major: Biomedical Sciences, Emphasis in Microbiology 

Minor: Spanish

Likes to work with...

  • MLA/ APA
  • Research Papers 
  • Narratives  

Megan D. is a senior studying biomedical sciences and microbiology. Next fall she will be getting her PhD in Microbiology and Environmental Science, and focusing on her research of the honeybee gut microbiota and honeybee pathogens. If she is not at the writing center then she will be at the Sustainable Agriculture Project admiring plants, eating vegetables, or tending to her beloved honeybees.

Business

EricJ

Eric J. 

Major: General Business

Minor: Undecided

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • Fiction pieces
  • Thesis development

Eric J. is a sophomore in the GVSU Honors College and is a 1st year consultant at the Writing Center. Currently, he is a General Business major but will emphasize on Marketing or Finance. When not working on homework and school, Eric directs his focus on Netflix shows, reading (especially fantasy fiction), his pillow, and his minor in Game of Thrones studies. He cannot wait to meet all of you, and wants to emphasize you to “take a shot” at coming to the Writing Center. In the wise words of Michael Scott, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretsky” (Michael Scott).

Communication Studies

BiancaL

Bianca L.

Major: Communications

Minor: Psychology

 

Likes to work with...

  • Argumentative essays
  • Narratives
  • MLA

Bianca L. is a sophomore studying Communications with a minor in Psychology. She loves anything artsy, organized, and Taco Bell. Although fall is her favorite season, she loves the snow because it makes the perfect movie-watching atmosphere. She is an involved member of her sorority, a major dog person, has watched the entirety of Breaking Bad twice, and often sets off the smoke detector when baking. Bianca is so excited to help others in their writing and grow as a writer through consulting.

GwenP

Gwen P.

Major: Communication Studies

Likes to work with...

  • MLA

Gwen P. is a junior majoring in Communications Studies. She is in the Honors College and is involved with Intervarsity on campus. Gwen enjoys outdoor sports, like hiking and kayaking, and you'll often find her listening to her favorite band, Relient K. When not working at the Writing Center or in class, you'll find her playing Pokemon Fire Red on her Gameboy, or sleeping. 

NoPictureFace

Haley W. 

Major: Communication Studies & Writing

Likes to work with...

  • MLA

Creative Writing

KathrynD

Kathryn D. 

Major: Creative Writing

Likes to work with...

  • MLA

Kathryn D. is currently a junior with a major in Creative Writing and a maybe-minor in English. She’s part of GVSU’s honors college and works as an RA and desk assistant in Niemeyer. She also works as the Fiction Genre Editor of fishladder, GVSU’s Student Journal of Art and Writing. She enjoys photography and nature adventures, both separately and in conjunction. She hopes to write Young Adult realistic fiction novels and to help you better your work and your writing craft.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

EmilyG

Emily G.

Major: Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Minor: Biology

Likes to work with...

  • APA
  • Narratives
  • Personal Statements
  • Research papers 

Emily G. is a senior studying Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a minor in Biology. She is a part of some awesome organizations at GVSU like the Frederick Meijer Honor’s College and University Christian Outreach when she is not helping lovely students with their writing. When she does have free time, she enjoys hunting down new coffee shops, spending quality time with friends, and basically anything that has to do with Harry Potter. Come see her at the Writing Center!

Education

HannahD

Hannah D.

Major: CSAT Special Ed

Minor: Spanish

Likes to work with...

  • APA
  • MLA

Hannah is a junior majoring in CSAT-special education and minoring in Spanish at Grand Valley. She enjoys being outdoors and fishing. She also loves riding her horse, and helping with 4-H in her community. She likes playing sports with her friends and family, and trying new things. Her favorite place to be is at the beach either swimming, playing volleyball, or boating.

KayciM

Kayci M.

Major: Elementary Education

Minor: English

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Literary analysis
  • Narrative
  • Argumentative

Kayci M. is a senior majoring in Elementary Education and English. In high school she was a journalism editor, acted in musicals, and played softball amongst other clubs.  She loves reading, playing with kids, laughing until she cries, and helping others to succeed! In her free time, she likes to work out and attend InterVarsity events of which she is a small group leader. Her current reading list includes Team of Rivals (a biography on Abraham Lincoln), Sailor Moon, and Football for Dummies.

English

AlainaT

Alaina T.

Major: English, Emphasis in Secondary Education

Minor: Psychology

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Literary Analysis/Explication
  • Persuasive Papers

Alaina is an English and Secondary Education major with a minor in Psychology. She is an Honor College student and mentor, Kendrick Lamar and Jane Austen enthusiast, and has dedicated approximately 47% of her waking hours to re-watching The Office. Her hobbies include writing unnecessarily dramatic poems, reading, and feigning expertise when discussing movies. She's also a Gemini. If that means anything to anyone.  

AmandaG

Amanda G.

Major: English Language and Literature

Minor(s): Applied Linguistics & French.

Likes to work with….

  • Literary analyses
  • MLA

Amanda G. is a junior in the Honors College studying English, Linguistics, and French. She is a Slytherin, but prefers to use all of her ambition for good rather than evil. She is a lover of all animals, especially black cats and Shiba Inus. In her spare time, Amanda can be found making too many Spotify playlists or reading Harry Potter for the billionth time. She is excited to begin her first year at the writing center, and is looking forward to meeting new people.

AshlynR

Ashlyn R.

Major(s): English, Secondary Education

Minor(s): Writing, Teachable Biology

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Creative Writing, especially fiction and poetry
  • Literature Analysis Papers
  • Lab Reports
  • Persuasive/argumentative pieces

Ashlyn R. is a future high school English teacher who spends too much time cuddling her dog and not enough time writing. Her favorite thing ever is to be excited with people about their writing, which has lead her to starting the creative writing and poetry club In the Margins, as well as co-directing GV’s Student Reading Series. When she’s not geeking out with people about topic sentences and character development, you can find her mucking around in the ravines or eating spaghetti in the LGBT Center. Ashlyn is a Taurus, a Gryffindor (and part-time Slytherin), sweater enthusiast, and will have a different hair color every time you see her. Come say hi!

BrookeF

Brooke F.

Major: English

Minor: Environmental Studies

Likes to work with... 

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Persuasive/Argumentative Papers

Brooke F is a proud INFJ, Hufflepuff, and Scorpio. She loves animals, and dreams about owning an animal sanctuary one day. Her favorite book is The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. She spends a lot of time in Grand Valley's Cage Free club and Mindfulness and Meditation club. When she isn't at work or studying, you can find her obsessing about animal videos on Facebook, hula hooping, authors, or vegan cooking. She can't wait to meet you and gain a greater understanding of people through her work at the Writing Center!

DanielT

Daniel T.

Major: English

Minor: History

Likes to work with...

  • Literature analysis
  • Narrative papers
  • MLA

Daniel T. is a Senior, studying English with a minor in History. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, reading, drinking coffee and pursuing truth. Some of his favorite authors include John Steinbeck, Ray Bradbury, and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is unsure of what the future holds after graduation, but is excited for his final year at GVSU.

DanielleZ

Danielle Z.
Pronouns: They/ She

Major: English Language and Literature
Minor(s): Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Linguistics 

I like to work with...

  • APA citations
  • Students affected by dyslexia or dysgraphia
  • Culturally/ Linguistically diverse speakers/ writers 
  • Students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing

Danielle Z., a fourth year, studies communication disorders, theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, psycholinguistics, and teaching English as a foreign language to continually evolve an encompassing understanding of language. Their values of activism, mindfulness, community, and self-love root in sustainability.

EmilyF

Emily F.

Major: English,  emphasis in Secondary Education

Minor: Psychology

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Narratives

Emily is a junior studying English and Secondary Education with a minor in Psychology. She is a lover of small dogs and all things coffee. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside and sewing. Come and see her at the Writing Center!

KateL

Kate L.

Major: English

Minor(s): Photography & Writing

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Literature analysis papers
  • Creative writing

Kate L. is a junior studying English Language and Literature with minors in Photography and Writing. She enjoys photographing (especially portraits), reading, watching movies, hiking, and traveling. Her dream job would be to work as a photojournalist for National Geographic, but more realistically she’d love to be a book editor. Her goal for after graduation is to work at a publishing house in England and see where life takes her after that! This is her first year at the writing center and she couldn’t be more thrilled to work with students and other consultants. 

JessicaH

Jessica H.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: English, emphasis in Language and Literature

Minor(s): Writing, Spanish

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Literature Analysis Essays
  • Cover Letters

Jessica H. is going into her junior year at Grand Valley State University. She is majoring in English, and minoring in writing and Spanish. She loves pasta, dogs, Harry Potter, and Pirates of the Caribbean. She is usually surrounded by books and spends much of her time reading. Her other hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, writing, watching movies, knitting, and crocheting. This is her second year at the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors, and Jessica looks forward to consulting with you.

LaurenP

Lauren P.

Major: English, Language and Literature

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with...

  • Literature Analysis
  • MLA
  • Narratives

Lauren P. is a senior at GV, studying English Language and Literature and writing. She often finds herself daydreaming about working at a publishing house as an editor or in public relations – she isn’t quite sure yet. When she isn’t talking about fictional characters as if they’re real, or getting overly excited about seeing a dog on campus, she works as the treasurer for the on-campus organization Colleges Against Cancer. Lauren loves to talk through writing with others and she can’t wait to meet everyone that walks through the Writing Center doors; more people to share her awesome dad-jokes with.   

LizV

Liz V.

Major: English

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Argumentative Essays
  • Creative Writing Pieces

Liz V. is a senior studying English with a minor in Writing. When she isn’t writing her own stories, she enjoys reading, watching Marvel movies, and playing video games, especially Pokémon and Overwatch. She loves helping others with their writing and looks forward to working with everyone this year!

MeganB

Megan B. 

Major: English, secondary Education

Minor: Teaching English as a Second Language

Likes to work with... 

  • MLA
  • Creative works
  • Persuasive/argumentative pieces 

Megan B. is in her senior year, but definitely not her last year at Grand Valley. Going on four years at our beautiful university and her second as a writing consultant, she prides herself most in her impressive collection of sorority T-shirts and her recent return from a study abroad in the Netherlands. None of that adds up to the pride she feels when reciting MLA citation rules from memory though. Only when you catch her on a good day. 

MeredithS

Meredith S.

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: English, Secondary Education

Minor: Biology

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Literature Analysis Papers
  • Narratives

Meredith S. is a senior in the Honors College studying English and Secondary Education while pursuing a minor in Biology. She enjoys anything chocolate and always has coffee on hand. Along with her passion of traveling and Netflix, she loves coloring books and reading anything and everything. This is her third year at the writing center, and she is very excited to meet everyone and their talented writing!

Exercise Science

SabrinaR

Sabrina R.

Major: Exercise Science

Minor: Hospitality & Tourism Management

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • APA
  • Narratives
  • Resumes

Hey there, I’m Sabrina: weight-lifting enthusiast, hardcore foodie, aspiring globe-trotter, and amateur blogger! This is my last full year at GV (senior status, woo!), second year as a Resident Assistant, and first year as a Writing Consultant! I study Exercise Science with a minor in Hospitality. My goal after graduation is to move to Europe for a while and go to grad-school for Physical Therapy. I’m a curious George and love to talk about…really, anything (especially my love for traveling and peanut butter!). So please do drop by and say hi!

Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures, and gaining a unique perspective on the world through your work!

Film/Video

MattN

Matt N.

Major: Film & Video

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Creative/Narrative writing
  • Argumentative Essays

Matt is a Film & Video major who loves to write, play video games, and, mainly, watch great TV shows like The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Game of Thrones. Although he is happy to work with expository writing, he especially loves creative works (like your WRT 150 personal narrative that you’re putting off).  With his experience as a film student and a screenwriter, Matt has a solid understanding of story structure and could provide exceptional assistance with creative or narrative pieces, no matter how pretentious that sounds. 

History

MariaM

Maria M. 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: History & Creative Writing

Likes to work with...

  • Chicago style citations
  • Historical analysis papers
  • Poetry

Maria M. is a junior at Grand Valley and is majoring in writing and history. She loves dark chocolate, finds comfort in poetry, and adores every dog she’s ever met. In her free time, Maria enjoys kayaking, writing, and driving around in her purple Nissan Cube.

Illustration

AllyN

Ally N.

Major: Illustration

Likes to work with… 

  • MLA
  • Research Papers
  • Art Critique/Response Papers

Hey there, I’m Ally! I’m a second year student at GVSU majoring in Illustration (possibly minoring in writing). Don’t let my passion for art fool you, I also adore writing in my spare time! When I’m not working on homework, eating my weight in fruits and pasta, or playing Legend of Zelda, you can find me writing/sketching my cartoon show! Some things I am passionate about are my plants (mainly my orchids), Mexican food, and squeezing in naps between my classes.  After I graduate GVSU, I hope to become a story board artist for a popular cartoon channel and then hopefully produce my own show! Enough about me, tell me about you! Feel free to see me at the writing center! I look forward to meeting you and your paper(s)!

HaileyC

Hailey C.

Major: Illustrations

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with…

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Personal creative works

Hi friends, my name is Hailey C and I am a certified art nerd/writing geek/devoted Ravenclaw. I am studying illustrations with a minor in writing and hope to someday design unique book covers and stationary. My other passions include painting, dancing, reading, photography, music and hoarding succulents. When I’m not in class, doing homework or at the writing lab (that’s a thing?) I’m probably doing freelance art work, listening to my records, or attempting to make decent college food. You are always welcome to find me at the writing center’s multiple locations and I can be swayed to work off hours if bribed with plants or food (only good food though, I have standards). I am very excited to boost your confidence in writing and hopefully make you laugh in the process.

Information Systems

BlaineB

Blaine B.

Major: Information Systems

Minor: Business

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Research papers

Blaine B. is a sophomore here at GVSU. He is an Information Systems major with a minor in Business. Although he is in the STEM field, Blaine has always had a passion for writing. When not studying or working, he enjoys rock climbing, weightlifting, and hanging out with his friends. He is an avid alternative rock fan, and has too many favorite bands to count. Blaine is unfortunately not associated with David Blaine, and as such is not able to float, but he would if he was able to. Blaine looks forward to seeing everyone in the writing center! 

Liberal Studies

AlexisW

Alexis W.

Major: Liberal  Studies

Likes to work with...

  • APA
  • Social Justice Papers
  • Resumes

Alexis W. is a senior majoring in Liberal Studies with an area of focus in Business, Public, and Nonprofit Administration. This is her fourth year at the Writing Center. She enjoys working with students on who need help brainstorming ideas, organizing their thoughts on paper, and communicating their ideas clearly. Alexis loves to read books, watch Scandal, play with her son, and catch up on sleep. This semester, she is interning as a Grant Writer at a nonprofit. She looks forward to working with students to create exceptional writing!

SamB

Sam B.

Major: Liberal Studies

Minor: LGBT Studies & Philosophy

Likes to work with...

  • MLA

Sam B. is a fourth-year student looking to wrap-up his college experience next year, though if he could afford it, he’d probably stay forever. His area of focus in Liberal Studies is the psychology of narrative, with his particular interest being the study of conspiracy theory and its underlying intellectual forces. Some of his pass-times include biking, reading, and taking something enjoyable and making it unrecognizably esoteric. He is a lover of dogs, and if you show him a picture of your dog, he’ll probably like you more for it. In the summer of 2015, he studied abroad in Ghana, and hopes to go back to intern with an anti human trafficking NGO before applying to graduate programs.

Management

HaleyJ

Haley J. 

Major: General Management, Entrepreneurship

Likes to work with...

  • Narratives
  • Personal statements
  • Research papers

Haley J, sometimes called Hals, is majoring in Weirdness with a minor in Sarcasm. As a double major in Entrepreneurship and General Management with a background in the arts, she often finds herself pulled between many different interests. Haley is a self-proclaimed Enneagram Type Three, “The Achiever,” and a queen of dabbling. She’ll frequently acts spontaneously to gain a new experience or make someone laugh. This has led to: an adopted dog, spontaneous trips to distant cities, a second major, an 80s conversion van (named Vandalf), the disappearance of her hair, songwriting about owls, and many sleepless nights. She’s seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy over twelve times. Her Pinterest is populated by pictures of puppies, standup comedy jokes and Marvel fan art.

Mathematics

BrettC

Brett C.

Pronouns: He/Him

Major(s): Mathematics & Physics

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Research papers
  • Scientific manuscripts

Hello, I’m Brett. I’m a third year student at GVSU double majoring in physics and mathematics and minoring in computer science. Many people’s first question after hearing this is “What are you doing at the writing center?” I like to write, I think I can be pretty good at it, and I want to get better at it. Plus communication is essential to the sciences. My interests include hammocking, The West Wing (TV show), cats, nerdy board games, Magic: the Gathering, photography, reading, and hanging out with friends. I love to read comics too. On campus, I’m involved with Comic Book Club, Physics Club, and I’m also a physics tutor. I coach an event called Experimental Design (all about scientific communication) for Science Olympiad at Jenison Junior High.

SaraS

Sara S.

Major: Mathematics,

Minor: Elementary Education

Likes to work with... 

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Research Papers

Sara S is a sophomore at Grand Valley and super excited to start her first year at the Writing Center. She is a firm believer that “Sara” should be spelled without an “h” at the end and loves inspirational quotes.  When she is not helping students with their papers, you could find her playing club volleyball at the rec, obsessively color-coding her planner at the lib, or watching Netflix with friends.  She can’t wait to meet tons of amazing people in the Writing Center this year.

Multimedia Journalism

HannahS

Hannah S.

Major: Multimedia Journalism

Minor: Writing & Sociology

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Creative Works 
  • Argumentative Essays

Hello! My name is Hannah S. I’m a sophomore here at Grand Valley but a rookie first year to this Writing Consultant thing. I’m more than excited to meet with every “type” of student out there and help them achieve what they dream of within their writing. My dream as a writer is to be a travel journalist (hopefully for National Geographic). Outside of working a super cool job, I like to spend time eating pickles, watching Rick and Morty, reading any kind of book, telling dad jokes, journaling, adventuring, and possibly all at the same time. If you can’t find me in the Writing Center, I’m more than likely at a music festival, in the woods hammocking, doing my Vice President of the Grand Valley State University Humane Society duties, or napping. I believe in standing up for what I believe is right and accepting anyone and everyone for who they are. I can’t wait to work with you!

Nursing

CarlyD

Carly D.

Major: Nursing

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Personal Narratives
  • Argumentative Essays

Carly D. is a Junior here at Grand Valley and is pursuing a degree in nursing. She hopes to work in an emergency room after getting her degree and start saving some lives. When she isn’t searching for people to use her first aid kit on, she enjoys spending time with her Pomeranian, Bella, and her family. She has a twin sister who she snowboards with in the winter, and tans with in the summer. If you need a Band-Aid, or want someone to talk to about your writing, I’m your girl!

Philosophy

ChristineK

Christine K.

Major: Philosophy & Writing

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Expository essays 
  • Analysis papers 

Christine K. is a senior, double majoring in Writing and Philosophy. This is her third year working at the happiest place on earth (aka the Writing Center) and she is so excited to meet even more amazing people and help them any way she can. During her free time, Christine loves to binge watch anything and everything, eat sushi and think about her cat and dog who she misses very much. 

ConnorM

Connor M.

Major(s): Philosophy & Writing

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Literature
  • Ancient Greek Mythology
  • Philosophy
  • Resumes

 

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Political Science

MichelleS

Michelle S. 

Major: Political Science

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with…

  • Narratives
  • MLA
  • Argumentative Essays

Michelle S. is starting her sophomore year at Grand Valley and is a member of the Honors College. She is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Writing. This is her second year working for the Writing Center and she couldn’t be more excited to be back. With her Political Science major, Michelle intends to go to Law School to pursue a career in Sports Law. She would love to work in the NHL or MLB for her favorite teams. Although not from Chicago, the Blackhawks have her heart and Michelle is always ready to talk hockey with anyone. Michelle is also a huge animal lover, so feel free to drop by with a picture of your dog. 

Psychology

BrookeB

Brooke B.

Major: Psychology

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with…

  • APA
  • Narratives
  • Research papers

Brooke B. is a junior here at Grand Valley State University, and she is very excited to be working at the Writing Center for another year! She is planning on applying to graduate school next year to study Occupational Therapy. She has spent much time at a children’s therapy clinic this past summer, growing very passionate about the pediatric field of Occupational Therapy. She loves birthdays, reading, and watching movies, especially the Fast and Furious movies. One of her favorite places in the world is the United Center, where the Chicago Blackhawks play. Being in that atmosphere makes fans feel like they are apart of something, so standing up to cheer with a sea of red makes Brooke feel an unexplainable happiness.

HannahH

Hannah H.

Major: Psychology

Minor: Applied Statistics

Likes to work with...

  • APA
  • Narratives
  • Research Papers

Hannah H. is a senior in the Honors College studying psychology and statistics. Since she plans on pursuing a career working with children, Hannah currently spends three days a week babysitting arguably the greatest kids to ever exist. At GV, Hannah is a member of the Cook Leadership Academy, and aids in research on toddlers’ emotion socialization across cultures. She loves to talk about space, read Deadpool comics, and watch The Food Network; however, she mostly does anything to avoid thinking about her future after graduation. This is Hannah’s second year at the Writing Center, and she is very excited for another great year!

JessicaL

Jessica L. 

Major: Psychology

Minor: French & Writing

Likes to work with...

  • APA

Hi, my name is Jessica. I’m sure you’re dying to know the question that everyone asks at college—what are you studying? Well, I have a major in psychology and minors in French and writing. I love reading and creating works of pure literature perfection but I probably love cats and Daniel Radcliff more. You can find me swing dancing each week as I am the VP of Grand Valley’s Swing Dance Club—I know, super cool. I communicate with a dry sense of humor but love anything that can make me laugh. Please visit at the writing center!

RachelL

Rachel L.

Major: Psychology

Minor: English 

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Personal Narratives
  • Research Papers

Rachel L. is a junior this year majoring in Psychology with a minor in English. She is also pre-med and planning to apply to medical schools after graduation, so she has gotten a feel for many different areas of study here at GVSU. Between work and school she loves reading poetry and fiction especially. She also loves searching for the best art museums and creating art of her own in her spare time. You can likely find her at the beach, yoga class, or with her dog, Henry.

Public & Non-profit Administration

KimmyB

Kimmy B.

Major: Public & Non-profit Administration

Minor: Advertising/Public Relations & Marketing

Likes to work with...

  • APA

Kimmy B. is a sophomore this year at the Grand Valley State Frederik Meijer Honors College. She is majoring in Nonprofit Administration and minoring in both Marketing and Advertising & Public Relations. In her time outside of the Writing Center, Kimmy is a part of the Campus Ministry Productions Team, as well as the GVSU National Residence Hall Honorary where she serves as the Recognition and Recruitment Chair. Among her many interests are Star Wars, runs in the woods, the color coral, and cream cheese.

Social Studies

BrienneF

Brienne F. 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Group Social Studies, Secondary Education

Minor: English & Applied Linguistics

Likes to work with...

  • Invention/Brainstorming
  • Research Papers
  • Group Projects
  • Chicago citation style

Brienne is a Senior completing her final year at GVSU. She looks forward to an exhilarating final two semesters where she finally begins to teach students of her very own. Brienne is happiest when reading about history, current social/political issues, and how to integrate those topics into her classroom, but is most fulfilled when searching for new recipes and cooking dinner for friends and family. She looks forward to meeting amazing people and having awesome conversations with them in her third year at the Writing Center!

Social Work

BrittanyM

Brittany M.

Major: Social Work

Minor: Psychology

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Research papers

Brittany M. is a Sophomore, studying Social Work with a minor in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys binge watching Grey’s Anatomy and eating frozen strawberries. She is a tea person who is offended by coffee and also strongly believes in taking naps. She is very excited to start her first year at the writing center and can’t wait to get started.

Spanish

StephanieN

Stephanie N.

Major: Spanish & Social Work

Minor: Latin American Studies

Likes to work with...

  • APA

Stephanie N. is a junior double majoring in Social Work and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. She is part of the Frederick Meijer Honors College, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Latino Fellowship (LaFe), and International Justice Mission at Grand Valley. She is passionate about people, empowerment, street art, social justice, creativity, Latin America, adventuring, and her dearly beloved cats. She is tragically in love with the piano but musically illiterate. She could talk way too long about the Meyer Briggs personality test. She is eager to hear what students have to say and to help them communicate their ideas to the world

Writing

AdrienneC

Adrienne C.

Major: Writing

Minor: Advertising and Public Relations

Likes to work with... 

  • MLA
  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Analysis Essays

Adrienne is a senior at Grand Valley pursuing a B.A. in Writing with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. Besides being a writing consultant, she is an intern at Rogo Marketing, Firm Editor for GrandPR, and a member of PRSSA. When she isn't busy with school, you can find her reading in coffee shops, walking around downtown Grand Rapids with her camera, attending concerts, and cuddling with one of her ball pythons. 

CarmenS

Carmen S.

Major: Writing

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Narrative
  • Fiction Writing
  • Poetry

 

Hi! My name is Carmen Smith, and I’m excited to be going into my second year at Grand Valley and my first year at the Writing Center. I am currently a Writing major, though these things are subject to change! I am a lover of all things miniature and anything involving coffee, and would never turn down a blue raspberry slushy. You will probably find me doodling little fruits, drinking a hazelnut iced latte, writing stories about food while simultaneously watching The Office, or dancing around to any and all of my favorite bands. Post GVSU, I hope to own my own business out west and live a quaint life with Pugsly, my wiener-dog/chihuahua mix.

EmilyF

Emily F.

Major:  Writing

Minor: Photography

Likes to work with... 

  • MLA Format
  • Professional writing
  • Narratives/Poetry
  • Research Papers

Emily F. is a junior in the Honors College studying writing and photography. She crafts harder than anyone you'll ever meet, and will listen to any music at least once. She loves to read and write in all genres and hopes to consult on projects of all types. When she's not at the Writing Center, Emily spends her time watching reruns of The Office, trying new recipes, and wishing her dog could go to college too. 

EmilyZ

Emily Z.

Pronouns: She/her or they/them

Major: Writing

Minor: LGBT Studies

Likes to work with…

  • MLA
  • Fiction pieces
  • Narratives

Emily Z. is a third-year honors student at Grand Valley. She is a Writing major with an LGBT Studies minor, and is one of those few people who has never changed her major. She is a part of the fishladder staff, co-director of the Student Reading Series, an e-board member of In the Margins poetry club, and a number of other things around campus. She never leaves the house in the morning without coffee and is a lover of documentaries. Her favorite bands are Bastille and twenty one pilots. She cannot wait to work with all of you at the Writing Center!

JoslynM

Joslyn M.

Major: Writing

Minor: Advertising & Public Relations

Likes to work with...

  • Chicago/APA
  • Nonfiction/Fiction
  • Brainstorming
  • Resumes

Joslyn Mara is a senior wading through the final year of being a writing major. She makes it through the year with an endless supply of coffee, pastries, and YouTube videos. When she’s not busy polishing up manuscripts as an editor, she’s filling sketch books with pastel dragons and boys in flower crowns. She can’t wait to come along side you and help to make all your hard work shine.

ZachT

Zach T.

Major: Writing

Minor: Business

Likes to work with...

  • Chicago citations
  • Philosophy papers
  • Fiction pieces

Zach T is a sophomore in Grand Valley’s Frederik Meijer Honors College. He is a writing major with a business minor, but is also passionate about music and philosophy. He is an avid reader as well, and likes to play golf or watch movies and shows in his free time. This is his first year at the writing center, and he could not be more excited to begin working with writers and their writing!

 

 

 

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