Barrett Writing Center Tutor Information

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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!


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!


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.


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!


Amanda Gordon (
Major: Oboe Performance
THE/HOI professor: Dr. Agruss
Amanda’s advice: Writing is a vulnerable and personal process. If you can give yourself the space to be vulnerable in your writing, you are giving yourself the opportunity to grow as a writer and a person! Don't be afraid to reach out for help and/or guidance from anyone at any point in the writing process.


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


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!


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!