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Tutor Biographies

Sharifah Abdallah

Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Biology, minor in Psychology
Other Languages: Arabic 
Personal Interests: Traveling, socializing, reading, community service
Availability:  Monday 11:30-1pm LSC

Abdullah Ansari

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology/Pre-Med

Specialties: Brainstorming, Structural organization, Thesis/topic development, UCWR papers

Personal Interests: Family, Travelling, Volunteering, Community Service, Sports

Availability: Monday 3-5pm, LSC

Mitchell Baum

Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Secondary Education and Math
Other Languages: None
Personal Interests: Running, Reading, Socializing, Traveling, Eating, Community Service
Availability: Wednesday 7pm-9pm, Norville Center

Taylor Bradshaw

Year: Sophomore
Business Management
Spanish & Communication Studies
Brainstorming, UCWR essays, sentence structure, and thesis development
Personal Interests:
Reading (especially Harry Potter), golfing, community service, yoga, watching Game of Thrones
Tuesday 3-4, WTC and Thursday 10-11, LSC


David Cho

Year: Senior
Major/Minor:  Biology/Philosophy
Specialties:  Critical Analysis of English Literature, Philosophy, Idea Formation, Organization
Other Languages: Korean,Spanish (not fluent)
Personal interests:  Christianity,basketball, violin, thinking, learning, eating,
Schedule:  Friday 12:00-1:30 pm, LSC

Julie Criswell

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Finance/Econ

Other language: None

Specialties: Organization, sentence structure, thesis development, brainstorming

Personal interests: Traveling, swimming, skiing, Netflix, chai, cooking, spending time with friends and family

Schedule: Sunday 7:00-9:00pm, LSC


Christine Dankha

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Biology, minor in Chemistry

Specialties: Organization, Outlining, Thesis Development, Outlining Brainstorming

Personal Interests: Museums, women's health, X-Ray science, Greek mythology, socializing, astronomy

Availability:  Wednesday 10:30-12:30 PM, LSC

Gwen Davis

Year: Sophomore
Major: French and Art, minor in Business
Specialties: Organization and outlining, Brainstorming, Thesis development, Lit analysis
Other languages: Some French
Personal interests:  Travelling and exploring, skiing, cooking, drawing, tennis, piano, and spending time with friends and family.
Schedule:  Wednesday 3-5pm, WTC

Ashley Fitzgibbons 

Year: Senior
Major/Minor: English and Political Science
Specialties: thesis development, organization, and textual analysis.  
Personal Interests: travel, service, literature, theatre, and films.
Schedule: Substitute Tutor

Kate Grogan
Year: Senior

Majors: English and Psychology

Specialties: N/A

Schedule: Sunday 11-1, LSC

Dominick Hall

Year: Sophomore
Major: Economics (BBA)
Minor: African Studies & African Diaspora
Specialties: Logical Sequencing of Ideas (Argumentation), Organization, Grammar & Thesis Statements.
Other Languages: None
Personal interests:  Sports, Debate, Politics, News, Foreign Relations, Language, Volunteering, People.
Schedule: Sundays 1-3PM, LSC


Anna Hullinger

Year: Senior
Major: Accounting
Specialties: Textual analysis and synthesis, structural organization, brainstorming
Personal Interests: Yoga, Excel, and Grey's Anatomy
Availability: Substitute Tutor


Nikki Jarvis

Year: Senior
Major/Minor: History/ African Studies and the African Diaspora, Sociology
Specialties: Brainstorming ideas, speeches, paper organization, personal statements, ESL writing  
Other Languages: Spanish, Amharic
Personal Interests: Running, lifting, teaching, working for change
Schedule: Tuesday 10am-11am, LSC

Jennifer Jun

Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Secondary Education, English, & ESL
Specialties: Brainstorming, outlining, and thesis development.
Personal Interests: Books, shoes, and smoothies. Oh, and destroying the patriarchy.
Availability: Friday 12:30-1:30, LSC

Samia Khan

Year: Junior

Major: Biochemistry

Other languages: Hindi, Urdu, Bengali 

Specialties: Organization, Analysis, Brainstorming 

Personal Interests: Traveling, Learning new things, Socializing, Trying new food, The Big Bang Theory, and Bollywood! 

Availability: Wednesday 10-12, LSC 

Jackie Martin

Year: Senior
Major: Elementary Education, Emphasis in English and Science
Minor: Reading Teacher
Specialties:  ESL Tutoring, Brainstorming, Thesis Development, Structural Organization, Sentence Structure
Personal interests: Teaching, Music, Movies, Theatre, Shopping on Michigan Avenue, watching various episodes of Modern Family :)
Schedule:  Thursday 5:30-6:30pm, LSC

Kavita Patel

Year: Junior

Major: Biology/ Biostatistics minor

Specialties: Literary Analysis, Abstracts, Organizations, Research papers

Personal Interest: Playing the Piano, Kathak Dancing, Singing

Availability: Tuesday 3-5, LSC

Angie Polland

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology, Marketing Research 

Interests: Health and wellness, baking, running and tennis.

Specialties: Research papers, reports, resumes

Availability: Monday 3-4 & Wednesday 10-11, WTC

Alexandra Porcaro

Year: Freshman

Major/Minor: Communications

Other Languages: None

Personal Interests: Reading, creative writing, piano, and movies

Availability: Tuesday & Thursday 10-11am, LSC

Sean Powers

Web Content Manager

Year: Junior
Major: Biology/Pre-Med
Minor: Bioethics
Specialties: Brainstorming, Outlining, Summary/Analysis, Research Papers, and Satire.
Personal Interests: Skiing, Hiking, the Bulls, and DAAA BEARS
Schedule: Monday 9-10, 12-1 and Tuesday 9-11, LSC


Zeeshan Qazi

Year: Junior

Major: Biology

Languages: Urdu and Hindi

Interests: Soccer, Cars, Food, Science, and Medicine 

Specialties: Thesis building

Schedule: Tuesday 8pm-10pm

Emily Renn

Year: Senior
Major/Minor:  Psychology Major; English and Sociology Minor
Specialties:  idea and content development, paper organization, grammar
Personal interests:  Running, lifting, Derek Jeter, watching baseball, and spending time with my friends and family
Tutoring schedule:  Sunday 3-6, Monday 7-9 and Thursday 7-9, Norville     and     Thursday 11-1 and Friday 2-4, LSC

Mike Rizzo

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology/ Pre-Dental

Other Languages: Italian

Personal Interests: Sports, traveling, music

Specialties: Thesis development, research papers, outline development

Schedule: Tuesday 3:30-5:30, LSC

Donny Schiek

Year: Junior

Majors: Secondary Education and History

Minors: ESL Education and Political Science

Specialties: Thesis Development, Diction, Sentence Structure, Organization and Flow, and Historical Analysis

Personal Interests: Singing, The West Wing, Cooking, Scrabble, Biking, and the Cubs

Schedule: Monday 5:30-7:30pm, LSC


Jenna Severson

Year: Sophomore
Majors/Minors: English, Women’s Studies and Gender Studies/ Peace and Conflict Studies, International Studies
Specialties: Organization, outlining, thesis development, sentence structure, citations, German.
Personal interests:  Pugs, feminism, Northern Michigan, and ice cream.
Schedule:  Wednesday 12:30-1:30 and Friday 12:30-1:30, LSC

Lizzie Sextro

Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Theology, minor in Catholic Studies
Specialties: Theological Papers, Literary Analyses, reflections, paper organization
Personal Interests: I love to sing, dance (specifically tap), meet new people, hang out with friends, play volleyball, and play frisbee! :)
Availability: Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm, LSC


Max Timm

Year: Senior

Major/Minors: Biology, with Catholic Studies and Italian

Specialties: structural organization, paper planning, thesis construction

Personal Interests: the Green Bay Packers, cultural exchange, SP Kebab, and the entrepreneurial spirit

Schedule: Monday 3:00pm to 5:00pm, LSC

Kenan Tufo

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology, Pre-Dental

Specialties: Brainstorming, Thesis development, UCWR papers

Personal Interests: Family, Basketball, Soccer, Dentistry, Medicine

Availability: Monday 9-11am, LSC

Jasmine Vayalil

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Biology (major), Psychology (minor)

Other languages: Malayalam, basic Spanish

Personal Interests: Family and friends, my golden retriever, community service, biking, volleyball, reading, journaling, learning, simple things!

Schedule: Friday 4-6PM, LSC

Thy (Tiffany) Vuong
Year: Sophomore
  ESL/ELL Writing, Thesis Development, Organization, and Sentence Structure/Flow.
Personal Interests:
 Spending time with family, cooking/baking, volunteering, traveling and trying new things.
 Tuesdays, 9:30AM-11:30AM, LSC

Renee Zagozdon

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Double major in English and Communication Studies, minor in Psychology

Specialties: Developing a thesis, structure and format, developing introductions and conclusions, brainstorming, grammar

Other Languages: None

Personal Interests: Reading, Writing, Exploring Chicago, Shopping, Blogging, Volunteering, Journalism, Badminton, Sorority

Availability: Tuesday 2:30-3:30 and Thursday 2:30-3:30pm, LSC


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