Meet the Writing Consultants

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Biographies

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

Consultant Sarah P

Sarah P.

Program: Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

Likes to work with:

  • APA
  • Journalism/ AP style
  • Argumentative essays
  • Creative writing

Sarah P. is a second-year graduate student in the MA Applied Linguistics program. She is fueled by coffee (tea, when coffee is unavailable) and enjoys trying foods from around the world. Like a true word nerd, she enjoys talking about puns and wordplay. Ask her about her growing list of favorite podcasts or make some recommendations! This is her first year at the writing center and she is excited to help everyone become more confident in their writing as they hone their skills.

Siedman Business School Graduate Assistant

Graduate consultant Taylor S

Taylor S.

Major: Masters of Science in Accounting

Likes to work with:

  • APA
  • Research Papers
  • Lab Reports
  • Résumés 

Taylor is a first year graduate student at Grand Valley State University studying Accounting with a focus in Data Analytics, and she’s very happy to be back after finishing her undergrad at GV in April 2019!  She’s also a first year writing consultant and is looking forward to meeting all of the wonderful people who find themselves in the Writing Center.  During the school year, Taylor is generally sustained by tea (an entire kitchen cabinet’s worth of different varieties) and 90s media (music, TV, movies, the works), though that doesn’t really change during the summer either.  Mostly, Taylor’s excited to be at GV and even more excited to help out some awesome writers!


Undergraduate Writing Consultants

Consultant Abby

Abigail S.

Major/Minor: Biology/Pre-vet emphasis

Likes to work with:

  • APA
  • Research Papers
  • Narratives

Abigail is in her third year as a Writing Consultant and on her senior year at GVSU. In her free time she enjoys drawing, running in the ravines, and jamming out to Otis Redding. She loves taking her dog, Otis, to the dog park. If she's not studying, she's probably watching Planet Earth while sipping tea with Otis by her side. She is very excited for all of the adventures everyone will bring to the Writing Center this year!

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Alaina T.

Major: Advertising/Public Relations

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Literary Analysis/Explication
  • Persuasive Papers

Alaina is a senior Writing major and Public Relations minor, entering her third year at the writing center-- and her first year as a lead consultant. She is an Honors 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.  

Consultant Aleigha

Aleigha K. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: English Literature 

Minor: Creative Writing 

Likes to Work with:

  • MLA
  • Personal Essay
  • Poetry
  • Literature Analysis 

Aleigha is a Senior at GVSU and is looking forward to her first year as a writing consultant! Although she spends an unnatural amount of time reading, writing, and editing, she has other interests as well, including: baking desserts, chilling outside, playing the piano, and writing music. She is always down to talk about any creative projects you might have in the works and is eager to help you find your unique voice and writing style! 

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Ally S.

Major: Illustration

Likes to work with… 

  • MLA
  • Research Papers
  • Art Critique/Response Papers

Hello there, I'm Ally! I'm currently a Senior at GVSU pursuing a BFA in Studio Art, with an emphasis in Illustration. I hope to be a concept artist then (hopefully) produce my own cartoon show! Don’t let my passion for art fool you, I love to write in my spare time! When I'm not illustrating for my cartoon show, I'm writing and scripting the episodes that go with it. Some things that brighten my day are Legend of Zelda games, Mexican/Italian food, my 18 year old cat, and taking naps whenever I can! This is my third year at the Writing Center and I am excited to meet you and your paper(s)!

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Alyssa L.

Pronouns: She/They

Major: Sociology 

Minors: Political Science, Human Rights

Likes to work with:

  • APA
  • Social Science Papers
  • Creative Writing

Alyssa L. is a junior studying Sociology with minors in Political Science and Human Rights. When she's not working on school work, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, drinking good coffee, acting, and hanging out with her cat. This is Alyssa's first year consulting, and she is excited to get started!

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Amanda G.

Pronouns: She/her 

Majors: English, Secondary Education

Minor: Applied Linguistics- Teaching English as a Second Language

Likes to work with….

  • Personal Statements
  • Thesis Development 
  • Confidence in Writing
  • Ditching the 5-Paragraph Essay

Amanda G. Is a lead consultant and fifth-year student in the Honors College studying English Education with an emphasis in Secondary Education, Applied Linguistics, and Teaching English as a Second Language. 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. In her spare time, Amanda can be found oversharing about teaching English abroad in the Netherlands, growing an absurd amount of plants in her apartment, or making too many Spotify playlists. She is ready to start her third year at the writing center and is looking forwards to seeing new and familiar faces. 

 

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Amanda P.

Major: Writing

Minor: Digital Studies

Likes to work with:

  • Chicago 
  • Creative writing
  • Analysis papers
  • Resumes and cover letters

Amanda P. is a junior at Grand Valley, majoring in Writing with a minor in Digital Studies, and is a member of the Honors College. Outside of the classroom, she is involved in several student organizations, including In the Margins and the Student Reading Series, and she enjoys spending her free hours with the people she loves. An avid reader and an avid movie watcher, she spends as much time consuming art as she does creating it. This is her first year as a writing consultant, and she is eager to help anyone who comes into the writing center!

Consultant Andrew

Andrew C. 

Major: Nursing

Likes to Work With:

  • Research papers
  • APA
  • Creative Writing

Andrew is a senior in the Nursing program and a first year writing consultant. Outside of class, Andrew works at St. Mary's in the Emergency Department. He also also in the Michigan Army National Guard. When not working or studying, Andrew enjoys playing the guitar and riding his motorcycle. Andrew also loves to working with people and teaching, so he is thrilled for this opportunity to help students grow as writers.

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Annelise T.

Major: Information Technology

Minor: Information Security Systems

Likes to work with...

  • Chicago Style
  • Research Synthesis Papers
  • Narratives

This is Annelise’s first year as a lead in the writing center and her second year as a consultant. As an IT major, she enjoys coding and rambling on about fiber optic cables ad nauseam. She grew up stealing her parents’ CDs and enjoys watching horror movies (when she’s not terrified of watching horror movies). She’s excited for this upcoming year and hopes to meet many more people!

Consultant Annie

Annie B. 

Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management 

Minor: General Business

Likes to work with: 

  • MLA 
  • Narratives 
  • Argumentative Papers 

Annie B. is a sophomore at GVSU studying Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in meeting and event management while pursuing a General Business minor. She hopes to one day be in the wedding planning industry with her own business. She enjoys spending time with her adorable little cousins, drinking way too much coffee, watching youtube videos late into the night, and participating in her sorority on campus. You will often find her wearing a scrunchie in her hair or on her wrist, along with one of her four pairs of crocs. This is her first year at the writing center, and she can't wait to help students feel more confident in their writing skills, while also improving her own. 

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Brittani K.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: English

Minors: Writing and Spanish

Likes to work with…

  • MLA
  • Literary Analysis
  • Argumentative Essays
  • Creative Writing
  • Narratives

Brittani is a third-year student in the Honors College with a major in English and minors in Writing and Spanish. She can usually be found ready for whatever the day throws at her with scissors, staplers, needles, thread, paper clips, bandages, and more in her backpack- you can never be too prepared! In her free time, she likes to draw, embroider, write fantasy, play video games, and get way too into cartoons. This is her first year as a consultant in the Writing Center, and she can’t wait to work on your paper with you!

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Camilla R.

Major: Political Science

Minor: Non-Profit Administration 

Likes to work with: 

  • Chicago 
  • Argumentative Essays 
  • Research Papers

 

 

Camilla R. is a second year student and this is her first year as a writing consultant. She is in the Honors college and majoring in Political Science with a minor in Non-Profit Administration. On campus she is in Student Senate, the Residence Housing Association (RHA), the Cook Leadership Academy, and Model UN. She likes to keep busy, but when she finds free time Camilla enjoys reading, listening to audiobooks, and watching Netflix while drinking a cup of tea. She is excited to meet new people and learn from the incredible ideas that you will be bringing into the writing center. 

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Chavala Y.

Major/Minor: Integrative Studies: Storytelling and Social Justice, Theatre

Likes to work with: 

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Research essays

Chavala Y. is a third year student at Grand Valley and is currently pursuing a major in Integrative Studies with a focus on Storytelling and Social Justice with a minor in Theatre. In her free time, she enjoys reading about obscure topics, marvelling at nature, writing for her blog, playing her five musical instruments, and having deep conversations. She is passionate about helping fellow students tell their stories and find their voices and is looking forward to working with each of you!

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Chelsey K. 

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

Minor: French 

Enjoys working with...

  • Creative writing 
  • Argumentative essays
  • Literature analysis/research papers
  • Linguistically/culturally diverse writers

Chelsey K. is a fourth year student studying Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in French. After graduation, she plans on relocating to France to further broaden her worldview, then will be pursuing Veterinary School in hopes of becoming a Veterinary Neurologist. She is the President of the Student Environmental Club on campus and is a very active member of the Yoga Club and GV Cage-Free, an animal activism group, as well. She adores exploring different cultures, psychedelic rock, philosophically charged novels, playing guitar, and absolutely anything and everything related to the natural world. Her goal as a consultant is to inspire confidence and enthusiasm about writing in students across a variety of fields. She is eager to help and is immensely grateful for the opportunity to be alongside you during your writing process this year!

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Christine C.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Writing

Minor: English

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • Creative Writing
  • Research Papers

This is Christine! She's a writing major who loves to write (obviously) and read on her free time. She does a lot, maybe even too much, on-campus and very involved in activities and clubs. She is an SRS director, OMA Ambassador, Club treasurer, a recurring BEO leader, and maybe some others that she's forgetting. She is super excited to get started and work with all of you on all types of works you have in store!

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Dawson H.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Major: Writing

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • Fiction pieces
  • Argumentative Essays
  • Problem/Solution Papers

Dawson H. is a junior at GVSU with a major in writing and minors in political science and digital studies.  He enjoys college sports, recreational exercise and athletics, loves dogs, and also has an affinity for Rick and Morty as well as Archer. This is his second year at the writing center, and he is excited to become a better writer and consultant by helping others with their own writing!

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Elyssa L.

Major: International Relations

Minor: Spanish

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Creative pieces
  • Research papers

Elyssa is a third year student at Grand Valley pursuing a major in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. This is her second year as a consultant at the Writing Center. When Elyssa is not studying, you can find her reading, spending time with family and friends, or watching foreign dramas on Netflix (her favorite being Memories of the Alhambra). She also enjoys dark chocolate and has perfected the art that is the banana cookie (though bananas are her least favorite fruit). Elyssa looks forward to meeting many students as they continue forward on their writing journey.

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Eric J.

Major: Finance, Marketing (Sales emphasis)

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • Fiction pieces
  • Thesis development

Eric J. is a Senior in the GVSU Honors College and is a 3rd year consultant at the Writing Center. 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).

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Gigi B.

Major: Writing

Minor: French

Likes to work with: 

  • Narratives
  • Personal Statements
  • MLA

Gigi B. is a second-year student studying Writing while pursuing a minor in French. She is very excited to not only be working in the Writing Center, but also to be the newly elected Vice-President of the French Club, Les Francophiles. If her time is not consumed by discussing the latest of her delicious French food discoveries, she enjoys brunch with friends on the weekends or discovering all of Target's latest treasures. This is her first year in the Writing Center and she is more than happy to discuss what she loves most, writing!

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Hailey C.

Major: Illustration

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with…

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Personal creative works

Hailey C. is a certified art geek with a major in illustrations and a minor in writing. She is going into her fourth year at Grand Valley, her third year as a writing consultant, and her first year as a lead consultant! When Hailey completes her degree, she hopes to illustrate book covers for a living. When she’s not in the art building or the writing center, Hailey loves to paint, hike, and sing “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood very loudly and (in her poor opinion) very well. Other things that she loves includes books (lots of them), sushi, and listening to records. Hailey is so excited to get to know you and your writing and looks forward to seeing you at the writing center!

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Hannah D.

Major: CSAT Special Ed

Minor: Spanish

Likes to work with...

  • APA
  • MLA

Hannah is a fifth year senior majoring in CSAT-special education and minoring in Spanish at Grand Valley. She will be student teaching this year, and is very excited. This is her third year working at the writing center! She enjoys being outdoors and fishing, as well as helping with 4-H in her community. Her favorite place to be is at the beach either swimming, playing volleyball, or boating. She can't wait to meet you!

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Hannah G.

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

Minor: French

Likes to work with...

  • Research Papers
  • APA
  • Thesis Development

Hannah G. is a Senior majoring in Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology and minoring in French. She enjoys drawing, painting, interacting with people, and basically any furry animal in existence. When she isn’t studying her brains out, Hannah can be found eating candy, taking pictures of her cat (Echo), or watching anything and everything on Netflix. She looks forward to seeing all the new faces at the writing center!

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Hannah K.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Writing

Minors: Spanish & Advertising and Public Relations

Likes to work with... 

  • Creative Writing
  • Narratives
  • Persuasive/argumentative pieces
  • Literary Analysis

Hannah K. is a third-year Writing Major also studying minors in Spanish and Digital Studies. She's currently enjoying her second year at the writing center, and her first as a lead consultant! As it stands, Hannah has fully embraced the fact that she is a Writing nerd. She loves it all-- short story fiction, poetry, multimodal composing, and professional writing! When she's not writing, you can often find her listening to podcasts, playing video games, or biking around campus. Come geek out about writing with Hannah today! 

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Hannah L.

Major: Biomedical science

Minor: Biology

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • APA
  • Research papers
  • Personal Statements

Hannah is excited for her third year of consulting! She is a senior in the honors college and majoring in biomedical science with a minor in biology. She is applying to optometry schools this fall, and when she's not working on applications she's binge watching shows on Netflix and exploring new coffee shops downtown. Make an appointment or stop by the writing center to say hi, she can't wait to work with you and your writing! 

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Hannah T.

Major: Writing

Minor: Digital Studies

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Persuasive Papers

Hannah T. is a Junior at GVSU, and this is her first year as a Writing Consultant. She hopes to be an editor at a Grand Rapids publishing house. When Hannah is not studying, she enjoys writing blog posts, serving in her community, and munching on veggie straws. You can find Hannah spending time outdoors at the beach or on a trail, but she also loves curling up with a good book in the library. Hannah is excited to help peers with their ability to express their thoughts and gain confidence in their own writing.

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Jake L.

Major/Minor: Finance and Business Economics

Likes to Work With:

  • MLA
  • Creative Writing Papers
  • Resumes

Jake L. is a junior at the Seidman College of Business studying Finance and Business Economics. He enjoys anything science fiction and has watched the entirety of The Office ten times through. Jake also likes to travel, play basketball, and take naps throughout the day. In the future, Jake hopes to work as a Personal Financial Advisor for a major bank. This is his first year as a writing consultant and is very excited to read interesting papers and help people explore the insides of their writing.

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Jesse H.

Major: CSAT Special Ed

Minor: Elementary Education

Likes to work with...

  • Book reports
  • Analysis essays
  • Research papers
  • MLA citations

Jesse H. is a sophomore this year and is double majoring in Elementary and Special Education. This is her first year as a writing consultant and she can’t wait to get started! In her free time, Jesse enjoys curling up on her couch with a cup of tea for some quality Netflix or reading time. Aside from her love of jazz and classic movies, Jesse enjoys working with people on book reports, analysis essays, research papers, and MLA citations. She hopes you stop by the writing center to work on your papers, especially if you also want to exchange movie, music, or book recommendations!

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Jessica S.

Pronouns: She/Her

Majors: Writing and Legal Studies 

Likes to work with: 

  • Anything!
  • Bring me whatever you've got 

I'm Jessica! I became a writing consultant because I love reading YOUR writing as much as I love writing on my own. A secret about me is that I procrastinate everything, so I know quite a few tips and tricks when it comes to getting stuff done. My free-time includes sleeping, eating, and playing the clarinet. I'm an old-soul at heart, and my most prized possession is my 1920's Royal typewriter. I love cloud watching, stargazing, and any other excuse to lay in the grass and look wistfully towards the sky. I have an incredible collection of fun socks, but it isn't as incredible as the way I feel about getting to help with your papers. Let's write! 

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Julia J.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: History

Minor: German Language, French Language, and African Studies

Likes to work with...

  • Chicago
  • Research papers
  • Personal statements

Julia J. is a senior in the History department and a second-year writing consultant. She loves to travel, write, draw, and study foreign languages. Julia loves to meet new people and learn their stories but also enjoys talking about writing, especially concerning history and graduate applications    

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Kayla B.

Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Resumes
  • Personal Statements
  • Research Papers

Hello! My name is Kayla and I am a third year student at Grand Valley State University studying Advertising & Public Relations! My biggest passions in life are animals, music, traveling, and my family. In my free time, I can be found going to concerts, playing guitar and singing, watching true crime shows on Netflix with my boyfriend, traveling to new places, volunteering with animals, blogging, exercising, and spending time with my family (as well as cuddling my dachshund pup, Maverick). I am also apart of PRSSA, as well as the on-campus PR firm, GrandPR. My professional goals in the future include working in the music PR industry and helping others every day. I look forward to working with you at the Writing Center!   

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Kellen V.

Major: Multimedia Journalism

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • News pieces
  • Argumentative essays
  • Narratives

Kellen V. is a junior who majors in Multimedia Journalism pursuing a career in sports journalism post-graduation. When he is not watching the Detroit Lions lose, playing pickup basketball, or eating Cheez-Its, Kellen is writing as the Sports Editor of the Grand Valley Lanthorn and an Editorial Contributor for clutchpoints.com and sidelionreport.com. This is Kellen's first year working at the writing center, and he is excited to help students and read some quality writing 

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Kennedy S.

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: English Education, Secondary Ed.

Minor: Teaching History

Likes to work with...

  • Literary Analysis
  • MLA 
  • Personal Narrative

Kennedy S is a Senior in the College of Education who is completing her teacher's assisting and student teaching this year. Being a part of Grand Valley's Dance Marathon Committee and watching tons of crime shows bring her joy. Talking to people about ideas is one of her favorite activities, and you can usually find her drinking coffee, like, lots and lots of coffee. This is Kennedy's second year at the writing center and she always values the chance to work with someone on reaching their writing goals. 

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Kylie T. 

Major/Minor: International Relations, Pre-Law

Likes to work with: 

  • Chicago Style
  • Narratives
  • Argumentative Essays

Kylie T. is a sophomore in the Honors College and is studying international relations! While she has not been out of the country yet, she hopes to become an international lawyer and travel as much as possible! She loves her standard poodle named Oliver, coffee with too much cream and sugar, and spending time with friends. When she isn’t studying, she’s most likely listening to Taylor Swift or reading. This her first year as a writing consultant, and she is eager to help other writers and learn about a variety of topics through reading their papers!

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LaTonia H.

Major/Minor: Writing Major, Philosophy Minor

Like to work with:

  • MLA
  • Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Brain Storming & Expanding on ideas

LaTonia is a senior writing major and Philosophy minor, from Detroit. With a lot of interest in creative writing. She is passionate about a variety of topics including, but not limited to studies on race, sexuality and religion. She loves a good dense book with a lot of depth and conscious thought. She also, stans anyone who loves coffee to the dangerous levels she does. This is her first year at the writing Center and already it feels like a second home.

“Good that you ask -- you should always ask, always have doubts.” Hermann Hesse, Demian 

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Lidia V. 

Pronouns: She/her

Majors: Writing and English Literature

Likes to work with:

  • Creative Writing
  • Argumentative Essays
  • Literary Analysis

Lidia V. is a junior at Grand Valley double majoring in writing and english literature. This is her first year as a writing consultant, and she is excited to meet and help many Lakers with their writing! She adores all kinds of animals, especially her dog and five cats at home in Frankenmuth, Michigan. She also enjoys traveling around the mitten and photographing sunsets with her girlfriend. She hopes you will come in to the writing center and ask her where she's all been! 

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Macara D.

Major/Minor(s): Writing B.S., Digital Studies, Advertising & Public Relations

Likes to work with

  • MLA
  • Narratives
  • Creative Nonfiction

Macara D. is a junior working toward a degree in writing, while also pursuing minors in digital studies, and advertising & public relations. She loves taking photos, being outdoors, and laying in her hammock. Macara is an avid concert goer, and loves exploring new genres and artists. Aside from her love of music and hiking, Macara also enjoys drawing, reading and playing with her corgi, Uno. This is her first year at the writing center, and she is excited for all of the new experiences this year holds! 

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Macy B. 

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Radiation Therapy 

Likes to work with:

  • Research Papers
  • Argumentative/Persuasive Essays 
  • Creative Writing 

Macy B is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University and is joining the writing center for her first year. She is majoring in Radiation Therapy with hopes of one day becoming a Radiation Therapist and pursuing a career at a pediatric hospital. She is an avid lover of sports, binge watching shows on Netflix and Hulu, iced coffee, spinach and artichoke dip, and anything jalapeno flavored. She is super excited to start working with everyone and can't wait to learn from all the amazing different writing styles and backgrounds. 

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Marcus C.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Major/Minor: Statistics, Writing

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • Fiction/Creative Writing
  • Argumentative Essays
  • Lab Reports

Marcus C. is a junior in the Honors College studying Statistics with a minor in Writing. In his spare time he writes stories/skits, plays video games, and occasionally enjoys doing stand-up comedy, mostly when he's funny. While he isn't on the e-board for the Stand-up Comedy Club, he finds himself doing a lot of the work. He hasn't necessarily formulated a plan for life after graduation, but hopes the job market is nice to him. This is his first year in the Writing Center and he's excited to help fellow students with their writing, hoping to grow himself as a writer as well.

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Maggie J.

Major: Advertising/Public Relations

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with…

  • Creative Writing
  • MLA
  • Personal Narratives

Maggie J. is beginning her third year majoring in Advertising and Public Relations and minoring in Writing.  After she graduates, Maggie hopes to work for a non-profit, helping to communicate the goals of the business to the community for support.  When not consigning and thrifting items, she could be found exploring local parks or researching Van Gogh’s vast number of oil paintings. Maggie is looking forward to helping you with any of your writing undertakings!

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Megan M.

Major: Writing

Minor: Nonprofit Administration

Likes to work with...

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • MLA

 

Megan M. is in her junior year with a major in Writing and a minor in Nonprofit Administration. In her free time, she thoroughly enjoys exploring the Grand Rapids area while drinking LOTS of coffee and going thrifting as much as possible. When she isn’t doing these things, she spends a lot of time with Campus Ministry on the leadership team and will fall asleep most nights re-watching episodes of The Office. She recently studied abroad and is a strong advocate for others to take the opportunity to do the same. Megan is really looking forward to getting to know everyone that she works and consults with this year!

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Melissa L.

Major: English

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with: 

  • MLA
  • Short stories
  • Research and argumentative essays

Melissa L. is a senior studying English and Writing. She is involved with FishLadder, InWriting, Bellydance Club, and is a study abroad alumni. Any of these clubs catch your eye? Come talk to her about them! Melissa loves the outdoors, art, and of course, writing. She's ready to help you ditch EasyBib, and start writing citations on your own. She is looking forward to her first year as a writing consultant and helping you become a more confident writer. 

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Michelle S. 

Major: Political Science

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with…

  • Narratives
  • APA
  • Argumentative Essays

Michelle S. is a senior 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 fourth year working at the Writing Center and she is extremely excited to be back for her final semester before graduation in December. Michelle intends to go to law school to pursue a career involving sports and the intertwined legal aspects. She would love to work for the NHL, MLB, or NASCAR in their respective legal departments. Michelle also loves dogs and spends as much time with her two as she can during the semester!

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Nathan R.

Majors: Classics and Writing

Likes to work with:

  • All kinds of essays
  • Research papers
  • Group papers
  • Topic selection

Nathan is a senior who is studying Attic Greek, Latin, and professional writing. He is passionate about reading and writing essays and the art of persuasion. Few things get him more excited than opportunities to discuss the writing process, persuasive techniques, revision, and semantics. During his free time, he likes to exercise, take pictures of wildlife, write, and read nonfiction. This is his first year as a writing consultant, and he is enthusiastic about working with students and their writing projects. His personal aphorism for writing is: "Make yourself care about your topic. Then make the paper YOURS, and do your best to write in a way that makes readers also care about the subject."

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Nicole H.

Major/Minor: Writing and English respectively

Likes to work with:

  • MLA

  • Narratives

  • Creative Writing

Nicole H. is a sophomore at GVSU majoring in Writing with a minor in English. Besides writing, she also has a passion for music and plays alto saxophone in the Laker Marching Band. This is her first year at the Writing Center and she can’t wait to meet everyone!

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Paige S.

Pronouns: she/her

Major: Writing

Minor: Studio Art

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • Research papers
  • Creative writing

Paige is a sophomore at GV, pursuing a B.S in Writing with a minor in Studio Art. When she is not drowning in homework, she can be found painting, working out at the rec center, watching Netflix, or reading a book (her new favorite is Pride and Prejudice). She also enjoys cooking/baking and is always open to sharing recipes from Pinterest (ask her for her shrimp taco recipe because they taste like heaven). After she graduates, her plan is to move to San Diego to work as an editor, while also continuing to work on her on book. This is her first year as a writing consultant, but she looks forward to helping anyone and everyone find their passion for writing.

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Rachel A.

Major: English and Writing

Likes to work with:

  • Brainstorming
  • Argumentative Papers
  • Creative Writing
  • MLA and Chicago

Hi, my name is Rachel, and I am a senior in the honors college! I am majoring in both English and Writing and hope to go into editing and publishing after graduation. My favorite parts about being a writing consultant are brainstorming with students and learning more about subjects outside of my major! In addition to being a writing consultant, I am also involved on campus as a member of a sorority and Grand Valley Dance Troupe. I’m super excited for my last year at GVSU and my second year at the writing center!

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Rachel B.

Major: Writing

Likes to work with…

  • MLA
  • Research papers
  • Argumentative essays

Rachel B. is a sophomore studying writing and pursuing law school in the future. She is originally from the east side of the state and misses her dog and cat dearly. She plans to learn how to cook more than just grilled cheese this year and is always looking for new recipes! She enjoys traveling, reading, and watching everything on Netflix. When she is not studying, you can find her online shopping for more things she does not need. This is her first year at the writing center and is excited to be apart of it and help students with their writing!

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Rachel R.

Majors: Psychology, English

Minor: Spanish

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • Literary analyses
  • Research papers

Rachel is a sophomore in the Honors College pursuing degrees in Psychology and English. She is on the GVSU Women’s Club Volleyball team, and loves reading, playing guitar, traveling, and her cats. This is Rachel’s first year as a consultant at the Writing Center and she can’t wait to get started!

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Rebecca C.

Major: Statistics

Minors: Writing & Business

Likes to work with:

  • Narratives
  • Beginning stages of a paper
  • Thesis development
  • Research papers 

 

Rebecca C is a sophomore at GVSU and is majoring in Statistics with two minors in Writing and Business! She is a member of the Laker Marching Band and plays the baritone saxophone! When she is not doing homework or playing her instrument, Rebecca spends her time watching Friends or sleeping (a lot)! Her top guilty pleasures include people watching all over campus or going to Dairy Queen for the double fudge cookie dough blizzard, with chocolate ice cream of course. She believes that going to the Writing Center during her WRT 150 class really helped improve her grade and was the best decision she could’ve made during the class. 

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Richard V.

Pronouns: He/Him/His or They/Them/Theirs

Major: English Language and Literature & Philosophy

Minor: Applied Linguistics

Likes to work with...

  • MLA, APA, Chicago
  • Argumentative papers
  • Literary analysis/explication
  • Personal statements/cover letters
  • Résumés 
  • Literally anything
  • Just come in

Hello, it's Richard V, and I think this could be it. You might have jumped to the end of the consultant list and started there, or gotten all the way through, scrolling past my fabulous co-workers, but right here, right now, I think we both know it's time. You've got a writing project, and I don't care what it is--I need to see it. Can you call the Writing Center now to set up an appointment? Maybe set one up online? Ugh, and if I'm not on available the day you're looking for--maybe there's another day I'm on drop-ins? Because look, if you're here, we probably need to work together. Graduate thesis? Personal statement? Creative project? Listen, I need this as much as you do. Let's get an appointment on the books or just get in to see me during drop-ins, okay? Oh my gosh that was intense. Okay. See you soon, then. 

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Ryan B.

Majors: Finance and Economics 

Likes to work with: 

  • MLA
  • Argumentative essays 
  • Analysis essays

Ryan B. is a sophomore studying Finance and Business Economics. He enjoys anything outdoors including hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping. He also has a passion for traveling with his friends and family, especially to Europe. His roommates love him because he is a passionate cook and enjoys grilling. This is his first year as a writing consultant at the writing center. 

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Sam M.

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: Mathematics and Writing

Likes to work with...

  • Technical and professional writing 
  • APA
  • Narratives
  • Argumentative Essays

Sam M is a Junior and a first year Lead here at GVSU studying mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. He is very excited to begin his first year working as a Writing Consultant. During free time Sam is usually found elbow deep in a bucket of popcorn watching movies or riding his bike around campus. He is super pumped to work with everyone who comes to the Writing Center this year!

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Sarah K.

Major: Film and Video

Minor: Writing

Likes to work with:

  • Persuasive essays
  • Film analyses
  • Sentence structure and syntax
  • Creative writing

Sarah K. is a sophomore in the Honors College studying Film and Video with a minor in Writing. She watches a whole lot of cartoons, and her goal is to someday write for animated television. She’s having a ton of fun at GVSU while she’s getting the ball rolling on that particular adventure! In her downtime, Sarah enjoys playing Nintendo games, watching YouTube, and latch hooking. She’s super excited to get to know and help everyone at the Writing Center!

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Shannon F.

Major: Therapeutic Recreation

Minor: Psychology

Likes to Work With:

  • Chicago
  • Argumentative Essays
  • Organization and Brainstorming

Shannon F. is a Sophomore in the Fredrick Meijer Honors College and heading into her first year consulting. You can catch her all over campus teaching Group Exercise classes, fundraising for Make-A-Wish, playing IM sports, and, of course, consulting in the Writing Center! When she's not on campus, you can probably find her cooking, watching hockey (Let's Go Red Wings!), or hanging out with her two dogs. She is so excited to collaborate with all the students coming into the Writing Center this year!

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Sidra E.

Major: English Language and Literature

Minor: Applied Linguistics

Likes to work with:

  • MLA
  • Literary analysis
  • Creative writing

Sidra is a sophomore in the Honors College, majoring in English and minoring in Applied Linguistics. She loves reading, playing board games, and wandering through the arboretum. She is always down for a movie night, and enjoys pretending she’s a film critic. This is Sidra’s first year as a writing consultant, and she can’t wait to meet everyone!

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Sophie S.

Major: Biomedical Science, Pre-Med

Likes to work with…

  • Argumentative Essays
  • Research Essays
  • MLA

Sophie is a Sophomore at Grand Valley State University and a first year consultant at the Writing Center. Sophie is majoring in Biomedical Science on a Pre-Med track. Once Sophie graduates, she hopefully plans to get into Medical School (fingers crossed) and eventually become a specialist in Dermatology. Outside of the classroom, Sophie is involved in her sorority as well as the diet and nutrition club. Sophie is very eager to work with writers and their varying pieces at the Writing Center.

 

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Stella A.

Pronouns:
She/Her/Hers

Major: Biochemistry

Likes to work with...

  • MLA or APA

  • Narratives/Creative Writing

  • Lab reports

  • Analysis papers

Stella A. is a GVSU junior studying biochemistry with the intent of becoming a forensic analyst. She has lived in Wyoming, MI throughout her whole life and is an alumna of Wyoming High School. Although she is a STEM major, she still enjoys reading classic novels and writing creative pieces on her typewriter. This is her first year at the writing center and can be easily spotted most of the time wearing shirts with literature references on them. She is very delighted for the opportunity to help shine light on one’s inner writer/scholar!

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Stephanie N.

Major: Spanish & Social Work

Minor: Latin American Studies

Likes to work with...

  • APA

Hello to you, human who found your way to this very specific page of GV’s website! Welcome. My name is Stephanie N. and I am a senior about to graduate with my majors in Social Work and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies.  On campus, I am a part of the Honors College, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Latino Fellowship (LaFe), Latino Student Union, and the Cook Leadership Academy. I also had the privilege to study abroad last year in Valparaiso, Chile! I am passionate about people, empowerment, street art, social justice, and my dear cat, Clementine. If you bring it up, I will talk way too long about the Meyer Briggs or Enneagram (INFP and 4w5 for those who care). I am eager to hear what YOU have to say and to help communicate your ideas to the world (or at least help you feel a little less anxious about college writing). As a lead consultant this year, I am also excited to equip and empower the next generation of writing consultants! I'd love to work with you and celebrate even the small writing victories with you! 

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Tasman M.

Pronouns: She/They

Major: Writing

Minor: Chinese Language

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Creative Writing
  • Argumentative Essays
  • Literary Analysis Essays

Tasman is a second-year Honors student with a Writing Major and Chinese Language Minor. She can work with a variety of genres and especially enjoys helping writers with literary analysis and creative writing. She is a Hufflepuff with a Slytherin streak and her favorite show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Tasman is excited to help students with any concerns they have.

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Toria K.

Major: Writing

Likes to work with...

  • MLA
  • Research Papers
  • Personal Essays

Toria K. is a Junior at GVSU and is pursuing a Writing major. She hopes to one day become an Editor, Screenwriter, or Author. She was born a city girl but doesn’t shy away from nature. She is very adventurous and loves to travel and/ or learn about new places. Aside from her adventurous personality, she enjoys snuggling in her bed with a book and a cup of coffee, and in her free time, she entertains herself with other leisure activities such as music, painting, or watching the sunset. She also appreciates diversity and meeting new people. This is her second year at the writing center, and she is very excited to work with her lovely peers!

 

 

 

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