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Writing Center

Meet Our Tutors

  • Amanda Forshey ’21Amanda Forshey ’21

    Major:

    Biology

    Academic interests: 

    The human body, the immune response, Spanish and Mexican culture, chemical spectroscopy, modern fiction, 19th century English and American literature, epidemiology, astronomy and the study of stars, and film studies.

    Leadership and Involvement: 

    Presidential Scholarship, Richter Scholar Program, Scholarship Director and member of Kappa Alpha Theta. 

    Tutoring Philosophy: 

    In my opinion, everyone has the ability to be a great writer. Every time I tutor, my goal is to show writers where their skills are strong and build their confidence so they can do well on their own. It takes a lot of hard work and many learning experiences, but with time and guidance, everyone can reach their full potential. I always try to bring optimism and encouragement to each session I tutor. 

  • Ani Karagianis ’20Ani Karagianis ’20

    Majors:

    History and Sociology and Anthropology

    Academic interests: 

    Cultural history (films, music, and “celebrities” of yesteryear), Tudor-era English history, forensics, childhood development, medical anthropology, language/linguistics, and archaeology.

    Leadership and Involvement: 

    Varsity Swim and Dive Team, Richter Scholar (2017), Presidential Scholarship, Chicago Fellows Research, Dean’s List, Forester All-Sportsmanship Team (2016-2017), Forester Athletic Team (2017-2018), and Academic All-Conference.

    Tutoring Philosophy: 

    I struggled with having confidence concerning my writing until I arrived on campus. Now, I hope to instill confidence in the clients that I see. I hope to do that through positive reinforcement and open lines of communication. It is the clients that are in control, and I merely help them along the way.

  • Camryn Hirsch ’20Camryn Hirsch '20

    Major:

    Sociology and Anthropology 

    Minor: 

    Chemistry 

    Academic interests: 

    Organic chemistry, molecular biology, sociology of terrorism, and archaeology.

    Leadership and Involvement: 

    Presidential scholarship, Dean’s list, future health professionals member, and prose media freelance writer.

    Tutoring Philosophy: 

    Writing while knowing readers will inevitably critique your work is terrifying. My goal is to help students overcome their fears about writing and leave with a sense of confidence and accomplishment. 

  • Claire Grebner ’20Claire Grabner '20

    TRAINING ASSISTANT

    Majors: 

    Sociology and Anthropology and Politics

    Academic Interests: Spanish language and culture, film and cinema studies, contemporary social issues, and linguistic studies.

    Leadership and Involvement: Alpha Phi Omega, Zumba and fitness classes, and Secretary of Alpha Phi Omega.

    Tutoring Philosophy: I tutor because I know the difficulties associated with writing. If I can assist at all in taking away some of the stress of writing, I will do my best to do so. Writing is applicable to almost any academic discipline, so knowing how to write is an essential skill that tutors can help develop and bring out in other writers. I want my clients to leave with a heightened sense of confidence after working with me. I want them to see me as a writing buddy who is on their side. I always try to incorporate a little bit of fun into my sessions to make writing seem less like a scary hurdle but more like a task they can conquer and excel in.

  • Emily Staufer ’19Emily Staufer

    Majors:

    Biology and Environmental Studies

    Academic interests: 

    Ecology, conservation and restoration, herpetology, creative writing, and anything that involves being in the great outdoors.

    Leadership and Involvement: 

    Presidential scholarship, Eukaryon review board chair, Dean’s list, cross country/distance track, and a research associate in the Biology department.

    Tutoring Philosophy: 

    I tutor because I’ve always loved writing, and I enjoy assisting others in finding their academic voice. Writing a paper successfully and knowing you’ve made an intelligent, thought-provoking argument is such a great feeling that I want my clients to feel. I think some people are intimidated by the ‘rules’ of writing, so I want to help take that pressure away and encourage self-expression in a scholarly setting.

  • Jacob Badagliacco ’19
    Jacob '19

    Majors:

    Communication and Environmental Studies

    Academic interests: Climate change, earth sciences, film production, media analysis, and museum studies.

    Leadership and Involvement: Student Ambassador, Percussionist in Concert Band, President of LFC Gaming Club, Vice President of the League of Legends Club, Treasurer of League for Environmental Awareness and Protection, Honors Fellow, and Presidential Scholarship Recipient.

    Tutoring Philosophy: I feel that everyone has the ability to become successful writers, and I enjoy assisting clients with developing their writing into something that they can be proud of creating.

  • Jonathan Call ’20Jonathan Call ’20

    Majors:

    English and Education

    Academic interests: 

    Film, creative writing, playwriting, journalism, secondary education, and American literature.

    Leadership and Involvement: 

    WMXM, Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) Secretary, Stentor Editing staff, Tusitala contributor, and the Dean’s List.

    Tutoring Philosophy: 

    The worst thing about writing is looking at a blank document and watching the cursor blink on and off. I want to help clients ease through that stage and feel satisfied with what they put on the page. 

  • Margo La Clair ’19
    Margo LaClair '19

    Majors:

    International Relations and Economics

    Academic Interests: International politics, studio art (painting and figure drawing), Spanish language, and art history (High Renaissance to early Cubism).

    Leadership and Involvement: Honors Fellow, Presidential Scholarship, Durand Scholarship, and 2016 Richter Scholar.

    Tutoring Philosophy: I struggled with writing for quite some time, as I lacked any confidence in my own writing ability. I was eventually able to gain confidence, and I hope to make my clients more confident and comfortable with the writing process.

  • Natalie Dixon ’20Natalie Dixon ’20

    Majors:

    Studio Art and English

    Minor: 

    Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

    Academic interests: 

    Contemporary social issues, Shakespeare, art, art history, women’s healthcare reform, and Chaucer.

    Leadership and Involvement: 

    Women’s Soccer.

    Tutoring Philosophy: 

    As my academic career has progressed, I have benefited from developing visual strategies during the planning process of writing. My hope is to help clients develop and personalize their own unique writing process.

  • Nina Codell ’20Nina Codell ’20

    Majors:

    English and Education

    Minor: 

    Theater

    Academic interests: 

    Rubik’s cubes, child development, romantic literature, Shakespeare, and literature in general.

    Leadership and Involvement: 

    The Theater department, student advisory board for the Theater and English departments, Richter Scholar, and Professor Arnell’s research assistant.

    Tutoring Philosophy: 

    Writing a paper can be not only simple and manageable but also fun so long as we understand the necessary steps. I hope to help clients find the skills to break down their papers into parts and work on them so they can produce work they are really proud of. 

  • Rebecca Reitemeier ’20

    Major:

    EnglishRebecca '19

    Academic Interests: English creative writing, editing and publishing, studio art (figure drawing), and digital media entertainment.

    Leadership and Involvement: Women’s Choir, SWAN, WMXM DJ, Painted Turtle Cinema Society, and Presidential Scholarship.

    Tutoring Philosophy: As the chef says in Disney’s Ratatouille, “Anyone can cook.” I think this also applies to writing; anyone can write. Being able to communicate ideas clearly and efficiently is a vital part of life in a digital age, so I hope to help my peers hone their writing skills so that they can leave LFC feeling like they have all the tools and confidence they need to share their ideas and experiences with the wider world.

  • Sangjun Hornewer ’20 Sangjun Hornewer ’20

    Major:

    Communication 

    Minors: 

    Journalism and Spanish

    Academic interests: 

    Journalism, mass media, news media, intersectionality in media studies, and the Spanish language.

    Leadership and Involvement: 

    Editor-in-chief of The Stentor, Women’s Varsity Soccer, Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honors Society, Presidential Scholarship, and the Dean’s List.

    Tutoring Philosophy: 

    I am a firm believer that people learn the most and perform at their best when they enjoy what they are doing. Working with professors and other tutors one-on-one helps personalize the experience, and because of these interactions, I have learned to embrace and enjoy the writing process. I strive to tutor in a way that is both productive and fun while conveying the complexities of writing in an unintimidating way.

  • Tubanji Walubita ’19
    Tubanji '19

    TRAINING ASSISTANT

    Majors: 

    Biology and Gender & Sexuality Studies

    Academic interests: Disparities in health care among racial and ethnic minorities, the underrepresentation of women in health science research, and queer theory.

    Leadership and Involvement: SWAN, UBA, Umoja, Ally Member, Presidential Scholarship, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Professor K. Roth Annual Scholarship, Honors Fellow, Richter Scholar, Dean’s List, and a BIO 120 Peer Mentor.

    Tutoring Philosophy: I appreciate the power of writing and its ability to convey information in a way that transcends time and place. As a tutor, I want to enable my clients with the skills necessary to create clear and professional written works that they can be proud of years after their time at Lake Forest College.