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If you're interested in applying for a tutoring position at the Barrett Writing Center, please look for the official job listing in the Honors-L listserv and the Student Employment website in January of each year. Tutors will be hired for the following academic year, and with the Director’s approval, have the option to continue working as tutors in subsequent years. Once they are hired, new tutors are trained in a Session B, one credit, HON seminar in the spring, usually held on Friday mornings.
Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year closed February 2019. Links to apply for the 2020-2021 academic year will become active in January 2020.
Julianna Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Major(s): Public Relations (Journalism)
Minor(s): Technological Entrepreneurship and Management
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Young and Dr. O’Flaherty
Julianna’s advice: Never underestimate the power of a short sentence!
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 - 11:00AM and 2:00 - 5:00PM in 127-CA
Kiera Riley (email@example.com)
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Young
Kiera’s advice: Writing is rewriting. Embrace the word vomit!
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00 - 5:00PM in 127-CA
Avery Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Major(s): Future of Innovation in Society and Sustainability
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Scott-Lynch
Avery's advice: When deciding what to write about, choose the prompts and books that interest you the most, not just what may seem like the easiest! It makes for a more unique and engaging paper.
Krystina Boyd-Frenkel (email@example.com)
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. deLusé
Krystina's advice: Good writing is all about revision. The more you work with something the better it will get- be patient. Don't be afraid to completely start over with an idea or rework an idea in a different direction. In order to get over the scariness of a blank page, it can be helpful to get all of your ideas down onto paper and then organize them in a rough outline to get you started.
Marie Buettner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
Major: English Literature
Minor: Music Performance
THE professors: 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Paige Elder (email@example.com)
Major(s): English Linguistics
Minor(s): Spanish, Speech and Hearing Science
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Schmidt
Paige's advice: Don't let the idea of writing an essay intimidate you. The hardest part is starting. Write down any ideas that come to you and don't be afraid to pursue them. You can always go back and revise your writing, but if you haven't written anything, then there's nothing to build up on.
Julia Guido (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Major(s): Biochemistry and Spanish Linguistics
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. John Lynch (171) and Dr. Popova (272)
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!
Madi Margolis (email@example.com)
Major(s): English Literature
Minor(s): French and Film Production
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Dove
Madi’s advice: If you get stuck, try writing by hand to get your ideas flowing—most of the time, I end up handwriting entire essays.
Julia O'Connell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Major(s): Global Health
Minor(s): Justice Studies
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Soares
Julia's advice: Start your writing process by writing down your stream of consciousness. Then review it and refine your ideas by adding evidence, improving word choice, and correcting grammar errors. Keep reviewing and making these changes. Writing a strong paper involves a lot of trial and error.
Emma Petersen (email@example.com)
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
THE/HOI Professor(s): Dr. Bruhn (171), Dr. Fontinha de Alcantara (272)
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!
Angela Saitta (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Major(s): Supply Chain Management and Sports Business
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Graff
Angela's advice: Anybody can be a great writer! It's okay to be uncomfortable with writing--most of us are. It's all about learning how to relax and understand that there is no "right" way to write. Be confident in your voice and what you want to say!
Sara Scheller (email@example.com)
Major(s): Secondary Education (English)
THE/HOI professor(s): Karen Bruhn
Your writing 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THE/HOI professors: Dr. deLusé, Dr. Van Engen
Beth’s writing advice: When you write, there's no need for extravagant vocabulary or over complicated sentences. Ideally, it sounds like something you might say out loud. At the end of the day, your writing ends up in front of a real human and what matters is that it's clear and understandable.