Writing Center

Meet Our Tutors

  • Anna Harris ’17

    Majors: Sociology & Anthropology/History

    Academic Interests:

    Education Language Policy in multilingual societies, second language acquisition, ethnic enclaves, magical realist literature, medieval religious thought, technology and social networks

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Arts and Entertainment editor of the Stentor, Ally member, Social Justice Scholar, Richter Scholar, Honors Fellow, Dean’s list, co-authored an article with Professor Odugu

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    Instead of only focusing on the assignment at hand, I hope that my client leaves our sessions having developed the confidence and skills for all of his or her assignments, present and future. In doing so, I hope to aid both my client and myself in becoming more meaningful participants in the Lake Forest College community. 

  • Caitlin Brown ’18

    Major: English & Communication

    Academic Interests:

    Mysticism, Social activism in China, South American literature, Film composing, 19th Century French Poetry, Surrealist Art Movement, 20th Century American literature, Media Law

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Presidential Scholarship, Carnegie Writing Scholarship, Richter Scholar Program, Asian Club, Stentor staff writer, English department research assistant 

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I struggled with writing in my early high school years and had to adopt the “try and fail” method to become a successful writer. I now love writing and want to help others become comfortable with its process and perhaps even find their own passion for writing.

  • Camille Lemieux ’17

    LEAD TUTOR

    Majors:  Sociolinguistics & French

    Academic Interests:

    Language acquisition, cross-cultural relations, cognitive psychology

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Honors Fellow, Richter Scholar, Presidential Scholarship, Executive Board of Amnesty International, Secretary of French Club

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    Each session at the Writing Center helps a client gain skills for both present and future endeavors at the College. I hope my clients leave feeling confident and prepared to tackle the friendly beast of college writing.

  • Grace Baumann ’18

    TRAINING ASSISTANT

    Major: Philosophy

    Academic Interests:

    Environmental Psychology, Philosophical controversy, Cultural studies

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Richter Scholar 2015, Deans List, Active member of Alpha Phi Omega, Archivist and DJ for WMXM, Member of the club rugby team

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    Writing is part of what makes us human. Without the skills to effectively convey thought, meaning, and opinion to others, why write at all? I tutor to help clients feel as though they can cover a blank page with something they can be proud of. 

      

  • Isabel McKenzie ’19

    Major: Literature

    Academic Interests:

    Nineteenth-century Russian literature; the history of the Western Intellectual Tradition

    Leadership and Involvement:

    2016 Richter Scholar

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I tutor because I believe in the sanctity and significance of every individual’s voice and view writing as empowerment. My hope is for appointments to be experiences of meaningful collaboration that instill confidence in the client’s voice and their ability to express it.

  • Kristen Whitney ’17

    LEAD TUTOR  

    Majors: Business & Communication

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Cross Country and Club Track, Dean’s List 2013-2014, Honors Fellow, MWC All-Academic Team, Cross Country Captain

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I tutor because I love to write and I love thinking about writing. I also love reading others’ work and hearing their ideas and unique voice come out through the paper. I hope that I can help students become more confident in their writing abilities. I hope that this new confidence will allow students to see writing in a new light, one in which they no longer look upon essays and term papers with dread. At the very least, I hope to make the writing process seem a little less daunting and a little more enjoyable.

     

  • Kyle Sarabia ’18

    Major: Politics

    Academic Interests:

    American Law, Social Theory, Deviance, Forensic Psychology, Contemporary Philosophy

    Leadership and Involvement:

    LEAP, CHIC, CLC, Photography Club, Dean’s List, Presidential Scholarship, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Honors Fellow, Secretary of CHIC, College Life Committee Student Representative

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I feel like there is a certain power in commandeering words, inspiring emotions and strength with one’s writing. In the English language, everything is simply a combination of 26 letters, and developing the capability to harness the potentiality can bring about confidence, something I believe you need in everything you do, wherever you go. I tutor because I want to see my clients grow, succeed, and be confident in their words, and themselves.

  • Lily Starr ’18

    Majors: French & Religion

    Academic Interests:

    French culture, language and art, studying various religions and their philosophies, examining the human condition

    Leadership and Involvement:

    2015 Richter Scholar, Dean’s List, Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society, Gates Leadership Scholarship, Kappa Alpha Theta, intramural volleyball 

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I am a Writing Center tutor because I believe that writing is one the most important skills to have – no matter what major you are. It is one of the most powerful ways to express your ideas and arguments, and learning how to clearly state your thoughts onto paper is challenging. I struggled with persuasive writing for many years, yet I spent time with my high school professors learning how to clearly develop my essays. Because I went through the process of learning how to become a stronger writer, I want to help guide others through the same journey. 

      

  • Michael Janecek ’18

    Majors: Neuroscience & History

    Academic Interests:

    “Les Poétes Maudits” (Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud), Feminist photography and the “male gaze,” Psychology of sexual abuse, Multi-culturalism and assimilation of values, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and its impossibility of interpretation, Neurotheology, Modern European and Asian history

    Leadership and Involvement:

    International Student Organization, Secular Student Alliance, League for Environmental Protection, Muslim Student Association, Photography Club, Richter Scholar, First-Year Writing Contest 2015, Davis UWC Scholar, First Connection Mentor, Publicity Chair for International Student Organization, Vice President for Student Secular Alliance

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I value tutoring for the exchange of ideas that takes place within it. The client and the tutor grow through writing, forming a bond–a partnership. Ultimately, I tutor to cultivate a love for learning.

     

  • Rachel Jones ’17

    Major: English Literature & Music

    Academic Interests:

    Modernist Poetry, Postmodernist Literature, Shakespeare (primarily Much Ado About Nothing), Feminist Theory, American Dialects, Fandom Culture, The Multiverse Theory

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Presidential Scholarship, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Dean’s List, Writing and Thinking Workshop mentor, Concert Band, Bass Clarinet, Poetry Club, Writing Club

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    When I write, I thrive on the satisfaction that I feel as I see my ideas coming together on the page in front of me. I tutor because I want to help my clients become more comfortable with each individual step of the writing process so that ultimately, they can experience the same satisfaction about their own writing.

  • Samantha Miller ’17

    Majors: Chemistry & Biology

    Academic Interests:

    Infrared Spectroscopy and applications to Biomedicine and Art Conservation, Moral Relativity, Dystopian and Post-Colonial Literature, T.S. Elliot Poetry

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Relay for Life, Circle K, Student Ambassador, PRIDE, Social Justice Scholar, Alumnae City Scholar, Richter Scholar, Honors Fellow, Chemistry tutor, Founder and Manager of Busk ‘Til Dusk, volunteer coordinator of Circle K, Relay for Life Committee

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    Communication is a skill crucial to success in any field, whether you are an English major or plan to live the rest of your life in a science lab. Developing strong writing skills is important because knowledge must be shared in a clear, accessible manner. I tutor because I believe everyone has something to share with the world, and I hope clients walk away feeling as if they have accomplished their short term goals while still growing as a writer and as a person.

  • Sophie Mucciaccio ’19

    Major: English Literature

    Academic Interests:

    English literature (especially Jane Austen), Period films, Progressive movements, the American political system

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Women’s Choir, Richter Scholar, Honors Fellow, Presidential Scholarship

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I believe that everyone can be intelligent and thoughtful and therefore capable of formulating his or her own unique ideas. It is a shame, then, that some people struggle to communicate those ideas to others through writing. I tutor to help others express themselves effectively on paper and become confident in their own intellectual abilities. You can accomplish whatever you set your mind to if you have the right resources at hand!

  • Tom Steen ’18

    Major: Psychology & Neuroscience

    Academic Interests:

    Anything that has to do with how the brain works, cognitive psychology, sensations and perceptions

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Team recognition manager for Relay for Life, Football, Rugby, Athletic Council

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I tutor because I want others to be able to pick out their ideas and connect them to make a very clear, logical argument. I want my clients to be able to write papers that have arguments that are clear enough for anyone to read and understand what they are trying to say.

      

  • Tracy Koenn ’18

    Major: English Lit & Politics

    Academic Interests:

    Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, classical music, the American political system, modern art, philosophy, especially political theory, the Harlem renaissance, and all spans and periods of literature

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Presidential scholarship, Patterson scholarship, Kappa Alpha Theta, UMOJA, staff writer for the Stentor, Media services student supervisor, swim coach, swim instructor 

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I tutor because I love to see when ideas click into place in someone’s head, and all of the sudden, they understand the key piece of the writing process that they were missing before. Tutoring also helps me to grow as a person and learn from each client on how I can communicate with others. Overall, tutoring is a learning process each time that yields great rewards for both me and the clients.