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Downtown Tutors (Zoom and Barrett Suite of Mercado, Rm 111) 

Grace Fraser (
Major: Nursing
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Fedock
Grace’s advice: Instead of trying to make this essay perfect, simply try to make it better than the last. 


Tempe Tutors (Zoom and Honors Hall 240)

Avery Becker (
Major(s): Sustainability
Minor: Future of Innovation in Society
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Scott Lynch
Avery’s advice: Try to write about something that you're interested in, even if it seems like it may be a more difficult prompt or idea. It will make the writing process so much more enjoyable and rewarding!

Marie Buettner (
Major(s): Painting
Minor(s): Spanish
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Barca
Marie's advice: A first draft will not be perfect. Start by putting down whatever ideas you have, no matter how rough. You can refine and organize your ideas once you have them all in one place. If you're uncertain of where to start, having a thesis already in mind isn't necessary; instead, try starting with the evidence itself and see what ideas and patterns you can pull from your analysis of a particular passage.

Chelsea Colliat (
Major(s): English (Literature)
Minor: Music Performance and History
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Fette and Dr. Mack
Chelsea’s advice: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!” Try to find something that genuinely interests you about writing your essay. Maybe you sincerely want to know the answer to your prompt question or are intrigued by a certain idea. I’ve found that any kind of work becomes much easier and more enjoyable when I realize there is something that I genuinely want to learn from it. Be curious and creative!

Arni Dizon (
Major(s): Psychology and Justice Studies
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Barca
Arni’s advice: Never be afraid of first drafts. First drafts mean the messy and the disorganized and the gritty—all of these things are part of the process. If you are facing an assignment that seems daunting, set a 20 minute timer for yourself and just write. Ideas, even the smallest ones, come when you let yourself be reckless. Then from the small bits, build an argument.

Shreya Dubey (
Major(s): Chemistry
Minor: Math
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Loebenberg and Dr. Soares
Shreya’s advice: Don't be afraid to jump around in the writing process and personalize it. Also, give yourself enough time to reflect on your ideas, reconstruct your plan, and enjoy the development of your work.

Rachel Eder (
Major(s): Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, & Psychology
Minor(s): Mathematics & Anthropology
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Ingram-Waters
Rachel’s advice: Take time to brainstorm ideas and create outlines! Planning out the order of your paper can help make your ideas flow better between paragraphs, and you’ll have a better idea of what evidence to look for before you start writing your paper. Figuring out topic sentences and finding potential evidence from the text before starting to write my papers always helped me stay more organized.

Alyssa Gerkin (
Major: Justice Studies
THE/HOI professor: Dr. Soares
Alyssa’s advice: Recognize that writing is both a personal and collaborative process. While The Human Event provides you with resources to hone your writing skills alongside your peers, there is no one right way to write. Don't shy away from using your lived experience to shape your reading and analysis of the text. Make your writing matter to you!

Julia Guido (
Major(s): Biochemistry and Spanish Linguistics
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Lynch and Dr. Popova
Julia's advice: If you don't know where to start, write anything that comes to mind. First drafts are meant to be edited, and it's much easier to work with a messy draft than with a blank page. Get your ideas out there!

Isabel Lineberry (
Major(s): Business Entrepreneurship and English Literature
Minor: Certificate in International Business
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Schmidt
Isabel’s advice: Copy and paste your thesis statement to the top of every page, and constantly check and make sure that all your analysis is proving that thesis. It’ll keep your writing concise and the argument on track.

Julia O'Connell (
Major(s): Global Health
Minor: Justice Studies, Media Analysis
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Soares
Julia’s advice: Writing helps you learn who you are and what you value. Be authentic and if you feel stuck, ask for help. Don't be too hard on yourself!

Emma Petersen (
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
THE/HOI Professor(s): Dr. Bruhn and Dr. Fontinha de Alcantara
Emma’s advice: If you’re struggling to think of a topic for your paper, choose the texts you’ve been most interested in and pretend you’re explaining them to a friend who’s never read them. You might be surprised how many ideas you can come up with this way!

Matthew Shaffer (
Major: Chemical Engineering
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Rebecca Soares
Matthew’s advice: I have found that the best way to get myself motivated to write an essay for Human Event is by firstly coming up with an creative and interesting thesis that compels me to actually want to write the essay. Second, I spend the week or so leading up to the due date compiling and sorting all of my evidence by the paragraph they would go in; this provides a skeleton for the essay and lets me see how the essay needs to flow. Then I try to finish a few days before the due date and spend that time revising, checking that the logic of the arguments make sense both within the paragraph and for the thesis overall.

Sara Scheller (
Major(s): Secondary Education (English)
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Bruhn
Sara’s advice: Take a deep breath! Let your ideas flow and make a visual outline before worrying about the final product. And don't forget that writing is a process.

Elizabeth Whiteman (
Major(s): Sustainability
Minor: Business, Socially Engaged Practice in Art and Design
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. De Lusé and Dr. Van Engen
Beth’s advice: When you write, keep it simple. At the end of the day, what matters is that your ideas are clear and understandable. If a sentence doesn't sound like something you'd say out loud, cut it!