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Developing the ability to communicate in a clear, organized, and effective way is a central goal of the liberal arts education at Hamilton. To help all students strengthen their writing abilities, the College established the Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center in 1987. The central focus of the Center’s services for students is peer review provided through writing conferences.

The Writing Center is named in honor of George L. Nesbitt (1903-1985), Professor of English from 1930 to 1973, and Thomas McNaughton Johnston (1904-1986), Professor of English from 1934 to 1972. Demanding and inspiring teachers, they helped two generations of Hamilton students to write thoughtful, coherent, clear, and sometimes elegant prose. Professor Nesbitt, who chaired the Department of English from 1952 to 1968, was instrumental in establishing the English composition sequence; Professor Johnston, the principal author of Hamilton’s Essentials of English Usage style guide, was known for his own graceful style, which his best students aspired to emulate. Together they constructed the foundation for Hamilton’s present reputation as an institution that teaches and values effective writing.

Meet our tutors


Student Assistants

Kaja Bielecka ’21

Kaja Bielecka ’21

Kaja is a senior sociology major born and raised in Poland (Poland, Europe, not Poland, N.Y. — a distinction they never thought they’d have to stress). They enjoy random photoshoots with friends, the metric system, and pineapple on pizza. They hope to publish a poetry collection one day, so look out for that!

Sam Foley ’21

Sam Foley ’21

Sam is a World Politics major from Needham, MA. He recently spent his entire junior year off campus as a member of the Hamilton NYC Program in the fall and then abroad in Prague for the (shortened) spring semester. He enjoys traveling with his friends and family and rooting for all the Boston sports teams. On campus, Sam is a former football player and one of the heads of the Finance Club.

Ian Nduhiu ’22

Ian Nduhiu ’22

Ian is a junior from Kenya. He is currently a computer science major and prospective statistics minor. When not buried under computer science projects, he likes to write poetry and play FIFA.

Aliana Potter  ’24

Aliana Potter ’24

Aliana is a first year prospective Public Health interdisciplinary major and History minor from Concord, Massachusetts. On campus she is involved with the Humans of Hamilton photography group, Figure Skating club, and Hamilton Democrats. She enjoys all kinds of music, baking (especially lava cakes), and reading obscure articles from the Atlantic!

Tenzin Sherpa  ’23

Tenzin Sherpa ’23

Tenzin is a sophomore from Queens, NY majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Education. In her free time, Tenzin enjoys crocheting, listening to music, and watching movies and TV shows. Tenzin’s favorite show is Avatar: The Last Airbender; she highly encourages everyone to watch the show at least once!

Megan Taruc ’21

Megan Taruc ’21

Megan is a biology major who is interested in epigenetics and microbes! She likes collecting stickers, and her favorite play is Richard II.

Lingli Zou  ’22

Lingli Zou ’22

Lingli is a junior from Brooklyn, NY. She is majoring in Economics and minoring in Biology. Currently, she is in the process of applying to dental school! In her free time, she likes watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with her friends.

Contact Information

Writing Center

Kirner-Johnson 152
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