Meet Our Tutors

  • Alexa Williams ’16

    Major: English

    Academic Interests:

    Literature (Victorian lit.), drawing & mixed media, Spanish language & Hispanic culture

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Alpha Phi Omega, Presidential Scholarship, Dean’s List

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I became a tutor because I want to help people improve their writing skills and improve my own writing in the process. I hope that, after tutoring sessions, clients will become more excited to write (or at least have less of an aversion to it) because writing gives one a chance to practice newly acquired skills and showcase one’s thoughts.  

  • 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. 

  • Camille Lemieux ’17

    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.

  • Cass Balzer ’16

    LEAD TUTOR

    Majors: English, Sociology and Anthropology

    Academic Interests:
    20th Century Art, Modern and Post-modern Literature, Queer/Feminist Theory, Existentialist Philosophy, Social Movements

    Leadership and Involvement:
    Women’s choir, chamber choir, concert band, WMXM radio, clarinet, Honors Fellow, Richter Scholarship, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Lake Forest Symphony “25 Under 25”

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    Writing is a skill that every student must cultivate in order to succeed.  Though this development may seem formidable, practice and collaboration are incredibly helpful on the road to literary prowess. I tutor because I love to write, and I hope to exchange methods and ideas with my peers.

  • Erin Sully ’16

    TRAINING ASSISTANT

    Majors: Communication and Politics

    Academic Interests:
    Representation and representativeness in government and media, role of media in social movements

    Leadership and Involvement:
    Volleyball, Ally Program, Academic Honesty Judicial Board, 2013 Richter Scholar, Honors Fellow, Spring Volleyball Captain

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    I tutor because I want my clients to share their ideas in the most effective way possible. Every part of writing can help express important thoughts.

  • Jaime Harris ’18

    Majors: Computer Science/Studio Art

    Academic Interests:

    Zine publishing, the Imperial Tran-Antarctic Expedition, aesthetically pleasing Java programs, the science behind dreaming and lucid dreaming, production design

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Poets Igniting Change (Vice President), Garrick Players, PRIDE (Visual Media)

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I tutor because I want to share the guidance I received from amazing teachers in the past. I want to make people feel good about making discoveries and growing with their writing.

  • Katie Wright ’16

    Majors: Music/Philosphy

    Academic Interests:
    Middle Eastern politics, political theory, linguistics, music theory, and philosophy

    Leadership and Involvement:
    First-Year Writing Contest 2012-2013, Richter Scholarship 2012-2013, Patterson Academic Scholarship, choir and piano

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    Tutoring is, for me, an extremely rewarding experience. I love seeing a client’s face light up when he or she learns something new, and I feel that working as a tutor has allowed me to have many similar epiphanies. However, my favorite aspect of tutoring is probably being able to help clients realize things that they already know; there seems to be a misconception that tutors “fix” clients’ writing when, in reality, we simply expand upon strengths that are already there.

  • Kayla Whitney ’16

    Majors: Communication & Art History

    Academic Interests:

    Aesthetics, Deconstructionism, and art as the quality of communication

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Relay for Life Co-Chair, Presidential Scholarship, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Dean’s List

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    After a tutoring session, I hope the client feels his or her thoughts have value. I hope they become excited about the opportunities that come with writing. One of my professors told me that writing was like leading the reader through a museum—you are able to present your ideas as if they were art. Since then, I have loved writing and hope to share my enthusiasm with others.

  • KC Stralka ’16

    LEAD TUTOR

    Majors: Politics & Finance

    Academic Interests: American History (The American Revolution), Philosophy (Ethical theory and practice), Politics (American Foreign Relations)

    Leadership and Involvement: Basketball, Club Golf, Honors Fellows, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Dean’s List, Academic All-Midwest Conference

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    I hope to tutor in a way that makes writing more accessible to clients.  I want to make clients feel more confident in their ability to write.

    Tutoring Strengths:
    I struggled with my writing because I was not confident.  Once I took a step back and looked at the process, I realized that writing was not as intimidating as it seemed.  My past fears are my greatest strength because they allow me to empathize with the client.

  • Kristen Whitney ’17

    TRAINING ASSISTANT 

    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.

     

  • Michael Janeček ’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.

     

  • Nathaniel Pettengill ’17

    Majors: English Literature

    Academic Interests:

    Shakespeare, classic film, presidential politics, feminist theory, gibberish words

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Students for Women’s Awareness Network, TransFormers, National Merit Finalist

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I tutor because I know that feeling of not being able to see how the thoughts in your head are going to translate onto the page. Working through that process with another person makes it so much easier to take those annoying steps, and I hope I can be that person for clients who need to get outside of their head. I want to see clients come out of tutoring sessions confident that they have the ability to make it to the finish line and they always did, because that’s a feeling I try to chase when I’m buried in the writing process.

  • Pulkit Diwan ’16

    Majors: Economics & Communication

    Academic Interests:
    Analyzing macroeconomic patterns in the behavior industries. 

    Leadership and Involvement:
    Latinos Unidos, Relay for Life, International Student Organization, American Marketing Association, Forester Day of Service, Delta Chi, United Asia, Student Government, Conduct Board, Bollywood Dance Team Jalwa, Forester Guides, Career Advancement Center, Mohr Student Center Security, Alumni and Development Office, Media Services, Secular Student Alliance, E‐team/Spark, badminton, volleyball and soccer intramurals, Davis United World College Scholarship, Global Enrichment Scholarship, Jacob Wardwell Edwards Prize, Target Make A Difference Award, Community Builder Award, Scott Fossel ’75 Award, Davis Peace Project 2014, Jim Forester 2014, Homecoming King 2014, Charles F. Behling Award and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society

    Tutoring Philosophy:
    In my freshman year, I was a terrible writer and the Writing Center helped in becoming a better writer today. I want to help my clients to express their opinions as clearly as they possibly can. This will make the paper interesting, not just for the professor, but also for any other readers.  My greatest strength is that I am a very patient listener and this will help me cater to the clients’ needs more effectively. 

  • 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.

  • Sarah Chiren ’16

    Majors: Neuroscience and Religion

    Academic Interests:

    Cell signaling in cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, criminal law, Middle Eastern politics, counter-cultural religions, Russian literature (especially Dostoevsky and Tolstoy)

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Secular Student Alliance, Pride secretary, Synapse exec. board, Nu Rho Psi, Eukaryon, Richter Scholar, Dean’s List

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    When I began high school, writing essays was incredibly difficult for me. My English teacher guided me through the writing process until I understood how to express my thoughts cohesively. I gained confidence in my writing and learned the value and importance of expression in any discipline. I want my clients to find that same confidence in not only the essays they bring to the Center, but in their writing skills in general. 

  • Spencer Michaud ’16

    Majors: English & History

    Academic Interests:

    Modernist Fiction and Poetry, Imperialism, Leftism, 20th Century Art, Linguistics, Critical Theory, American History, Latin American Literature, Continental Philosophy

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Honors Fellow, Deerpath Academic Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    My goal is to help others express things with words.