Writing Tutors 2023-24
Meet the Tutors
Cassandra Adler ’24
Cass is a senior and a Hispanic Studies and Creative Writing double major from Bushwood, Maryland (a place that exists outside of maps and also time and space). On campus, she works as an ALEX intern and is a founding member of the Alexander Hamilton Press club (check it out!). She loves crocheting, fancy pens, and any media that centers on pulling off heists. She hopes to one day live the pastoral poet’s dream of sleeping and reading in quiet meadows without having to work for a living or deal with mosquitos.
Sofia Bagdade ’24
Sofia is a senior from New York City who is majoring in Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Government. When not working at the Writing Center, she enjoys obsessively solving the New York Times mini crossword, spending time with her French Bulldogs, and writing poetry.
Bailey Black ’24
Bailey is a senior from Tacoma, Washington, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Hispanic Studies. On campus, she is captain of Tropical Sol and works as an EMT. In her questionably small amount of free time, you might find her reading (or gushing about how good a book was with anyone who will listen), eating ice cream, or having passionate discussions with friends about the color of school subjects (hint: science is GREEN). She is also known to cross stitch and watch telenovelas like a grandmother.
Gabrielle Brihn ’26
Gabrielle is a sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio planning to major in Creative Writing with minors in Math and Philosophy. She is also part of the Red Weather poetry editorial board and club soccer. Outside of writing, she enjoys reading, learning to play guitar, and, most recently, crocheting. She is an avid La Croix fan and brought three cases with her to school this year.
Fiona Bristol ’25
Fiona is a junior from South Orange, New Jersey majoring in History. Outside of the Writing Center, you can find her working behind the greeter desk at the Wellin, spending too much time browsing a good bookstore, or watching Gilmore Girls for the third time. If you have any podcast recommendations, send them her way.
Kate Broeksmit ’26
Kate is a sophomore from Chevy Chase, Maryland. She intends to double major in History and Art History. When she’s not tutoring at the Writing Center, you can find her on a walk in the Glen, redecorating her room (it just never seems to be done), or on the water with the Rowing team. Off campus she loves skiing, hiking, visiting museums, and frequenting farmers markets.
Grace Brophy ’24
Grace is a senior from Trumbull, Connecticut with a double major in Math and Computer Science. She plays frisbee for the Hamilton Hot Saucers and coordinates acoustic concerts on the CAB e-board. She enjoys a round of Diner mozzarella sticks like any other overwhelmed college student, and her caffeine dependence has only been exacerbated by the recent purchase of her very own espresso machine. Her claim to fame is an ever-useful proficiency in being able to name every Food Network host and judge.
Rachel Budd ’25
Rachel is a junior from Bow, New Hampshire who is majoring in Literature. When not in the Writing Center, she works as an Adirondack Adventure Orientation Leader, a Digital Media Tutor, and a Red Weather Poetry Board editor. She loves to eat her lunches in the McEwan booths and to play Spikeball on Minor field with her friends.
Mia Chervenkova ’25
Mia is a junior from Bulgaria (yes, like the split squats) majoring in Computer Science and World Politics. You can usually find her on the hunt for a spare classroom in List or speedwalking between KJ and the Science Center. She enjoys talking about her cat and home country with friends, reading webtoons, geolocating, and singing and playing the guitar.
Gabriela de Mendonça Gomes ’24
Gabi is a senior hailing from São Paulo, Brazil and currently living in Hoboken, New Jersey. When she's not unraveling the mysteries of existence in her literature and philosophy classes, you’ll find her roaming KJ between her jobs as an Ancient Philosophy TA, tutoring at the Writing Center and OCC, and publishing a new issue of Book XI, a journal of literary philosophy. Off campus, you can catch her carving turns on snowy slopes, hiking in search of the meaning of uphill battles, and reading, writing, and writing about reading.
Bayley Dickinson ’25
Bayley is a junior from Los Angeles, California majoring in Sociology and minoring in Art. When not in the Writing Center, she is making fried rice at the cooking station in Commons, working on her oil paintings in KTSA, or taking a nap. She is a dedicated KU basketball fan and obsessive Spotify playlist maker.
Maja Domagala ’24
Maja is a senior born in Nysa, Poland and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are double majoring in Creative Writing and Women’s and Gender Studies. In their free time, they enjoy drinking coffee and tea, reading and writing, and playing far too much D&D. Please let them know if you like (or better yet, love) the Locked Tomb, the Serpent Gates, or any other lesbian fantasy series! You will immediately gain a new friend.
Deanna Durben ’25
Deanna is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Sociology; she wants to do autism research in the future. She’s from Taiwan and desperately misses her four cats, Pumpkin, Bentley, Meower, and Callie. When not swamped with coursework, she loves books, jigsaw puzzles, and felting (with Netflix on in the background).
Emily Forslof ’26
Emily is a sophomore born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada (pronounced Nuh-va-duh) who currently resides somewhere north of the middle of nowhere in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She plans to major in Creative Writing with a minor in History. When she isn't geeking out about either of those, though, you can find her fueling her coffee (not just caffeine) addiction, giggling incessantly, cooking and being a foodie, listening to jazz, broadcasting music for WHCL, knitting another scarf, walking in the glen, or rewatching and fully quoting movies and TV shows. You'll wish you never said something to remind her of a line in a movie or a lyric in a song.
John Frank ’24
John is a senior Chemistry major (Philosophy minor) from Dallas, Texas. Some things that bring him joy are blackberries, ducks, the subjunctive, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Outside of the Writing Center, you can find him mixing stuff up in the lab, deliberately getting lost in the Glen, or silently meditating on the whole "whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent" thing in Commons, second cup of coffee in hand.
Elizabeth Gale ’24
Betsy is a senior from Clinton, New York (believe it or not) majoring in Anthropology with minors in Environmental Studies and History. To answer all questions, she agrees that there is not much to do around here. She is an enigma to the local library, where she sources the books that detract from her academic work. If you have cracked the code to a perfect grilled cheese, please let her know your secrets.
Elizabeth Cree Gee ’24
Elizabeth is a senior from Norfolk, Massachusetts, a little town with one stoplight and no grocery store. She is a History major and a Creative Writing minor. When she is not hiding in the Writing Center, you can find her answering questions as a research intern in the library, singing in the choir, or procrastinating in the KJ atrium. She enjoys reading, baking, and puzzling.
Grace Goldberg ’24
Grace is a senior from Kinnelon, New Jersey majoring in Anthropology and French. She has an insatiable sweet tooth, which she happily indulged while studying abroad in Paris during her junior year. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and generally spending time outdoors.
Ivy Hammer-Gumbrell ’26
Ivy is a sophomore from Kennebunkport, Maine. She intends to double major in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies. On campus, she is also a Community Advisor. In her free time, she loves to play the violin, go for runs in the glen, and paint watercolors. She also enjoys R&B music, The Office, hikes, and good espresso.
Nick Hollander ’26
Nick is a sophomore from Marietta, Georgia. He intends to double major in Philosophy and Government. Outside of the Writing Center, you can find him on Frisbee Field playing for the Hot Saucers or in the WHCL studio co-hosting his radio show. He is obsessed with Aaron Sorkin’s screenwriting and can proudly recite many scenes from The West Wing by heart. He also likes all things outside and appreciates quiet walks in the Glen.
Alex Kropaneva ’25
Alex is a junior from Brooklyn, New York who is concentrating in Creative Writing with an intended minor in Religious Studies. She has an intense fascination with Hogwarts-themed Pomodoro sessions and refuses to do any work without one playing in the background. When not in the Writing Center, you can find her leading roundtable book discussions at Know Thy Shelf, exploring the Adirondack mountains with HOC, or writing poetry in the nearest glen (yes, even in the snowy winter—try it!).
Claire Lazar ’26
Claire is a sophomore from New York City who plans to double major in Psychology and Art History (How do those two things relate? She hopes to find out!). She also works as an Intro Psych TA. When she’s not in the Writing Center, Claire can usually be found haunting the Commons coffee station, listening to the latest episode of This American Life, or searching the Glen for new hidden curiosities.
Miriam Lerner ’24
Miriam is a senior from Lancaster, Pennsylvania majoring in Art History with a French minor. On campus, she also works at the Wellin Museum, tutors at Clinton Elementary, and sings in Special K. In her free time, she loves to hike, read poetry, and take walks in the Glen with friends.
Owen Lewis ’24
Owen is a senior from Buffalo, New York (which, impressively, is further away from New York City than his former home in Maryland). He is a Creative Writing major and hopes to one day find a place to work in the dying media industry. Tennis is his main love, but he also enjoys reading longform articles — mostly on Grantland, a deceased website he mourns daily — and endlessly rewatching TV shows. He spent last semester in Melbourne, Australia and intends to return as soon as possible.
Kelly McElroy ’24
Kelly is a senior from Princeton Junction, New Jersey majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Theatre. On campus, she can be found performing with the Dance Team, practicing her tap dancing, or setting type in the letterpress studio. In her free time, she is usually rewatching movies she's already seen multiple times and defending them to no end.
Lucy Meola ’26
Lucy is a sophomore from Queens who is interested in Environmental Studies, Anthropology, and Literature, although her major is undecided. She enjoys crosswords, reading late into the night, and anything involving chocolate. Outside of the Writing Center, there is a high probability you will find her doing puzzles in the library or wandering the Rogers Glen.
Elise Mizerak ’25
Elise is a junior from Holden, Massachusetts concentrating in Environmental Studies and minoring in Public Policy. On campus, she also works as a Community Advisor in Root. In her free time, you can find Elise performing with the Dance Team at football and basketball games. Some of her favorite things include Glen walks, Dunkin iced coffee, Wes Anderson’s filmography, and Taylor Swift music.
Nicole Moncada ’26
Nicole is a sophomore planning to major in Psychology and Sociology. Hailing from Rahway, New Jersey, not a day goes by when she doesn't crave a crispy breakfast bagel sandwich. Outside of the Writing Center, you can find her holed up in her dorm playing Dungeons & Dragons or GeoGuessr with a cup of oolong. If you follow any eccentric earring shops on Etsy, please send her the links!
Sumiko Newman ’24
Miko is a senior from New York City who is majoring in History and minoring in Religious Studies. When she’s not tutoring at the Writing Center, you can find her being a bit too loud in the KJ atrium, taking walks on Griffin Road with friends, or obsessing over a new podcast.
Kelvin Nunez ’24
Kelvin is a Dominican American from West Philadelphia. He is an Interdisciplinary Storytelling major and a Hispanic Studies minor. Kelvin enjoys writing or editing creative works that facilitate personal or societal exploration. He is interested in all things sports and hip-hop being that he is a Phillie phanatic and a Boom Bap lover.
Benjamin Sherman ’24
Benjamin is a senior from Potomac, Maryland majoring in both Literature and Chinese and minoring in History. You can almost definitely find him in or around the Writing Center at all hours of the day. But if not there, he’s likely beating his friends in tennis, creating his own NYT Connections puzzles, or desperately trying to improve at chess. He’s currently struggling to decrease his em dash usage—even though he’s not sure doing so will actually benefit his writing.
Alejandro Sosa Hernández ’26
Alejandro is a sophomore raised in De Pere, Wisconsin by Yucatec immigrant parents. He intends to double-major in Creative Writing and Japanese. He is passionate about empowering the voices of his fellow members of the Hispanic and LGBTQ+ communities. Outside of the Writing Center, he enjoys relistening to Lady Gaga's ARTPOP, working on the second draft of his future debut novel, eating fried chicken, reading queer romance stories, auditioning for Theatre Department productions, and wearing as much purple as he can.
Ryan Swanson ’24
Ryan is a senior from the Jersey Shore who is majoring in Economics with a minor in Music. When he’s not at the Writing (or Oral Communication) Center, you can usually find him singing with Duelly Noted, improvising with Yodapez, playing guitar in campus bands, or dining at the New Hartford Applebee’s. He loves The Grateful Dead, The Good Place, and gruyere cheese.
Mika Tortusa ’25
Mika is a junior from New York City, majoring in History and minoring in Asian Studies and Jurisprudence, Law & Justice Studies. On campus, she’s also the intern for Pre-Health Advising and is the Features Editor for the Spectator. In her free time, she watches UFC, plays TTRPGs, and consumes any and all vampire media. She mostly works at the Writing Center for the free candy.
Nate Wild ’24
Nate is a senior from Liverpool, New York double majoring in Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies. Outside of the Writing Center, Nate works as an Audiovisual Student Technician and is on the E-Board for Culture Magazine. When not doing classwork, Nate enjoys playing video games, spending time with his cat, Molly, and listening to a concerning amount of pop and R&B.
Ainsley Wilson ’24
Ainsley is a senior from Rose Valley, Pennsylvania, though she currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She is majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Art History. She can be found tossing a frisbee with the Ultimate team, glazing pottery at the Kirkland Arts Center, or outside the math offices of CJ (where she is undoubtedly the only student doing English homework). She dreams of owning a paddleboard and one day writing her own novel.
Maximilian (Max) Wohlfeld ’25
Max is a junior from Weston, Massachusetts, although he will tell you he's "from Boston." A History major and Econ minor, you can usually find him in the KJ Atrium or, if he has really procrastinated on his work, locked away in the History Resource Room. A heritage German speaker, he is happy to help any German students seeking help with their writing. In his free time, Max enjoys cooking, outdoor physical activity, grand-strategy video games, and making a racket on his guitar (he needs to practice a little more often).
Yuxuan Xu ’26
Yuxuan is a sophomore who is considering his major interests in Neuroscience and French. On campus, he plays for the club soccer team and is an active member of the ROOTS Society for students of color in STEM. In his free time, he can be found reading, playing chess, and going on walks in the glen.
Anna Yankee ’25
Off-campus. Anna is a junior from Freeport, Maine majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Government. On campus, she also tutors French at the Language Center and helps direct the Harvest. Some of Anna’s favorite things are falafel, farmers’ markets, and colorful pens. In her free time, she can be found making crêpes in her dorm kitchen, drinking McEwen spa water, and trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to learn tennis.
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Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center
Writing Center Director