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Writing Tutors 2020-21


Meet the Tutors

Honor Allen ’21

Honor Allen ’21

Honor is a philosophy major from Evanston, Illinois who is also completing pre-nursing requirements. On campus, she also works as an EMT, an Oral Communication Center consultant, an FYC mentor, and a co-editor of Book XI, a literary philosophy journal. Off campus, she is lost and drooling in the grocery section of Target. She thinks she could be Nancy Drew, if only the people on this campus were robbed of their old clocks and pearl necklaces more often.

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!

Cam Blair ’22

Cam Blair ’22

Cam is a junior history major from Conway, Mass. He likes basketball and podcasts. He also really loves his mom.

Emily Brewer ’21

Emily Brewer ’21

Emily is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in Music and womxn’s and gender studies. She loves singing with Special K, watching old movies, collecting vinyls, wearing oversized clothing, and pretending that the plants on her windowsill are still alive. Her favorite pastime is responding to the organized chaos that is her life by eating a cookie and taking a nap.

Ellen Chinchilli ’21

Ellen Chinchilli ’21

Ellen is a senior who hails from Rochester, N.Y., another Upstate city under near constant cover of clouds and rain. She is studying biology and French, which is the most liberal arts combination that she could come up with. She plans to attend medical school but in the meantime enjoys purchasing overpriced lattes, (re)watching the cinematic masterpiece that is the Twilight Saga, and making terrible puns.

Ruth Coolidge  ’21

Ruth Coolidge ’21

Ruth is a senior from St. Louis, Mo. She is majoring in creative writing and cinema studies, which could lead to great opportunities in the entertainment industry if she ever decides to stop being a camp counselor. When she’s not in the Writing Center, you can find Ruth screaming on the rugby pitch, paddling for hours with the marathon canoe team, or staring wistfully out the window imagining herself kayaking through Canada. Ruth likes to be outside. But she also loves writing (and incessant movie commentary).

Juliana DeSimone  ’21

Juliana DeSimone ’21

Juliana is a world politics and French double major from Mansfield, Mass. A true New Englander, she drinks iced coffee in the winter and loves Boston sports. When not in the Writing Center, she spends her time rewatching her favorite TV shows and talking to her friends.

Sam Dils ’22

Sam Dils ’22

Sam is a junior from Williamstown, Mass., who is a literature major and a computer science minor. When not in the Writing Center, you can find Sam on campus playing on the soccer pitch, giving a tour, or keeping stats for the basketball teams. He has unhealthy obsessions with all of the following: college basketball (both at the Division I and Division III levels), the New York Times crossword puzzle, and pub trivia.

Julia Dupuis ’21

Julia Dupuis ’21

Julia is a senior from Mission Viejo, Calif. majoring in creative writing and future unemployment. As a dog enthusiast, a cult fiend, and a part-time wage slave to the capitalist machine, she has an understandable lack of free time. When not on shift at the Writing Center, you can find Julia writing stories, getting angry about politics, or taking long runs deep into the woods, never to return again.

Elizabeth Gaillard ’23

Elizabeth Gaillard ’23

Elizabeth is a sophomore from Ridgewood, NJ., who intends to major in biology and minor in psychology and literature. She has a preternatural love of crossword puzzles, the Oxford comma, and Roald Dahl’s Matilda, which may just be the best book ever written. When not in the Writing Center, you can find Elizabeth singing in the choir or solving riddles while pretending she’s in an episode of Criminal Minds.

Max Gersch ’23

Max Gersch ’23

Max is a sophomore from Bethesda, MD. He plans to double major in world politics and Russian studies. He enjoys eating (usually peanut butter), reading (dense history tomes or Harry Potter), and working out (or at least pretending to). When not in the Writing Center, you can find him on the rugby pitch being yelled at because he forgot how to play. In his defense, the rules are complicated.

Miryam Gilfix ’22

Miryam Gilfix ’22

Miryam is a junior neuroscience major from Acton, Massachusetts. In addition to working as a writing tutor, she is an RA in North and loves hanging out with residents. In her free time, you can find her naming (and rescuing) bugs that get trapped indoors, scrolling aimlessly through the many animal accounts she follows on social media, and watching college gymnastics. Her dream is for her dog to be featured on the instagram account Boop My Nose. She is also a passionate advocate of the Oxford comma.

Clara Harding ’23

Clara Harding ’23

Clara is a sophomore looking at a tentative double major in literature and government. She hails from Idaho, which, to the surprise of many, contains more than just potatoes. In her free time, she likes to read, write, and eat good food with friends.

Gus Huiskamp  ’21

Gus Huiskamp ’21

Gus is a history and French double major and senior from Mansfield, Mass. When he is not in the Writing Center or doing homework, he enjoys pursuing independent research and participating in Hamilton athletics, notably the curling and marathon canoe teams. Gus also loves playing music and writing for the Daily Bull—arguably Hamilton’s finest student newspaper.

Amanda Kim ’21

Amanda Kim ’21

Amanda is a senior who was born and raised in Hong Kong but now calls Dallas, Texas her home. In her free time, she likes to watch Vine compilations and go to Walmart. She is double-majoring in psychology and economics. Please wish her luck.

Hope Medina ’21

Hope Medina ’21

Hope is a sociology major and history minor from Roseville, Calif. If she’s not working at the Writing Center, she might be organizing art slides in Molly Root. She likes cute stickers, asking her roommate to make her coffee, and going to Tex-Mex with her pals.

Marley Napier-Smith ’21

Marley Napier-Smith ’21

Marley is a senior from Philadelphia double-majoring in mathematics and Chinese. When she’s not tutoring at the Writing Center, you can find her leading hikes in the Adirondacks for HOC, attending Trivia Night, or eating too much cereal. Her favorite book is Merry Men by Carolyn Chute, and she can tentatively ride a unicycle.

Erin Pimentel ’21

Erin Pimentel ’21

Erin is a senior majoring in geoscience with a double minor in Japanese and mathematics. In her free time, she likes traveling, watching ocean documentaries, reading about ancient societies, and listening to music.

Kyra Richardson ’21

Kyra Richardson ’21

Kyra is a senior literature and art history double major who hails from the greatest NYC borough: Queens. You might see her walking— with too many bags in tow— from the Writing Center to the library, where she is a Digital Media Intern. She enjoys eating eggs in any form and falling asleep by 11 p.m. She worries that Majestic worries too much.

Sana Salimi ’22

Sana Salimi ’22

Sana is a junior from Westchester, N.Y. majoring in economics and minoring in Spanish. When she's not tutoring at the Writing Center or QSR Center, you can find her watching reruns of Grey's Anatomy, attempting to work out, or taking a nap. Please do not wake her up.

Haruna Shimizu ’21

Haruna Shimizu ’21

Abroad 2019-20

Haruna is a senior from Tokyo, Japan majoring in French and creative writing. As well as being a writing tutor, she works on-campus as a French and Japanese TA. She is also preoccupied with trying to find a better tea flavor than English breakfast. If it exists, she hasn't found it yet. She welcomes any tea recommendations.

Emma Swan ’23

Emma Swan ’23

Emma is a sophomore literature major from Parsippany, New Jersey, a town with two libraries and an upcoming documentary. When left to her own devices, she is a games enthusiast, amateur baker, and avid music consumer. She hopes to one day grow a lemon tree, but for now she grows a jade plant in a mug.

Majestic Terhune ’21

Majestic Terhune ’21

Majestic is a senior literature and world politics major from Indianola, Iowa. She enjoys doing the crossword, adding kimchi to every meal, and taking long walks along the beaches of Minas Tirith. She worries that Kyra is attempting to copy everything she does. Majestic is very, very successful.

Emily Walker ’22

Emily Walker ’22

Emily is a junior archaeology and art history major from Tallahassee, Fla. When not working at the Writing Center or the Wellin Museum, she enjoys watching the X-Files, playing the saxophone, or reading Stephen King. You can often find her arguing with people about whether Vincent Van Gogh committed suicide, looking for cool rocks, and researching Mothman sightings.

Ava Witonsky ’21

Ava Witonsky ’21

Ava is a senior from a sleepy suburb in the heart of Long Island. She is majoring in film and rounding it out with a very employable religious studies minor. Passions include: bemoaning the general lack of food on campus, wandering in the glen with green tea, and defending The Prince of Egypt as the greatest artistic achievement of the 20th century.

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