Kimberly Aguero '22Major: Economics
Hometown: Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
Kimberly (she/her/hers) is an international student and Economics major from Paraguay – the heart of South America. On campus, you can find her planning activities for the International Student Center and Bi-Co Team handball club and working for the International Student Support Office (ISSO). She enjoys being outside when the sun is bright, drinking mate (a traditional drink from Paraguay) and cooking Paraguayan food. She is very fond of her country and culture, and would be happy to talk to you about Paraguay or South America if you’re interested. She will talk a lot. You’ve been warned. Most importantly, she is looking forward to reading and discussing your work with you in English, Spanish, French or Portugese.
Lauren Arakelian '23Major: Economics
Hometown: Modesto, CA
Lauren (she/her/hers) loves playing golf, spending time with her friends and family, exploring Philadelphia, and drinking cappuccinos. In addition to her economics coursework, Lauren has pursued studies in a wide range of other disciplines, including religion, political science, history, sociology, and mathematics. She enjoys all aspects of the writing process, regardless of the field or topic. Lauren hopes to see more economics students at the Writing Center and looks forward to assisting them and other students with their papers and presentations.
Nameera Bajwa '22Major: English
Minor: Creative Writing and Visual Studies
Hometown: Des Plaines, IL
Nameera (she/her) is a senior English major and Creative Writing minor. While she currently resides at Haverford, she has called New York City, Chicago, Pakistan, and most recently, West Philadelphia, home at various points of her life. In addition to her undergraduate studies, Nameera is also a Mellon Mays Fellow and her research interests are invested in decolonial visuality, queer/trans theory, new materialism, and South Asian literature. Aside from critical and creative writing, Nameera loves binge watching past cycles of America's Next Top Model, retail therapy, going on long walks, and exploring Philly (her goal is to hit every wine bar in the city before she graduates and is open to recommendations). She is excited to work with you and your writing!
Natalia Barber '23Major: Political Science and Spanish
Minor: Health Studies
Hometown: Suffolk, VA
Natalia (she/her/hers) is a political science and Spanish double major with a minor in Health Studies. She’s lived in Texas and Spain, but her family currently calls Virginia home. Outside of the Writing Center, you can find Natalia giving tours with Admissions, exploring Philly, and staying up too late in the library. She loves reading book recs from friends, creating playlists for every mood, and starting crafts she never finishes. She is happy to help students with any type of work and looks forward to collaborating with you!
Nuria Benitez ‘22Major: Linguistics and Anthropology
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Nuria (she/her/hers) has grown up half in the United States and half in the Philippines, where she attended high school. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Filipino at home (although her reading and writing skills leave much to be desired) and loves to talk languages with people. On campus, she spends her time singing a cappella, planning activities for the International Student Center, and adding to her extensive list of things to read and watch when she is no longer bogged down by school work. She is very excited to read work from all sorts of disciplines!
Vic Brown ‘23Major: English
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Vic is majoring in English and minoring in Education. On campus, Vic works in Lutnick Library and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and he’s involved in the Black Student League as well as the theater group Greasepaint. Off campus, Vic does work with his scholars’ program, Thrive Scholars, as a counselor to high school seniors and incoming college freshmen. He’s excited to work with y’all!
Peter Buckley ‘23Major: Philosophy
Peter (he/him) is a philosophy major and astronomy minor. As his majors and minors might suggest, Peter loves studying philosophy and generally likes astronomy. Peter is also very curious about fields outside this focus and would love to learn about other people's academic interests! Outside of academics, Peter is a collector and practitioner of useless talents, the highlight of which is his above average whistling ability and his ability to lick his elbow. As for extracurriculars, Peter is an editor for the Clerk and runs for Haverford's XC and track teams.
Gigi Chen ‘24Major: Chemistry and Environmental Studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Gigi Chen (she/her/hers) is from Brooklyn, New York. She intends to double major in Chemistry and Environmental Studies (or major/minor who knows?). She is also interested in education and art. On campus, you may find her working in the library, Coop, and possibly in the lab. When she has time, you might also spot her dancing, doodling, reading a book, or talking to her plants. She is always excited to receive book recommendations, chat about any ideas and issues you might have, and read writing from all disciplines!
Rebecca Chen ‘22Major: English
Hometown: Manhattan, NY
Rebecca (she/her/hers) is an English major who aspires to a career in psychiatry. Outside of the Writing Center, she can be found tutoring incarcerated students at SCI Chester through the Petey Greene Program, goofing off late at night in the library, or brainstorming green solutions for Haverford College with CER. Rebecca enjoys writing of all kinds, but her personal interests lie in analyzing how themes of race and gender appear in literature. She is looking forward to reading your papers, no matter what state they are in. Whether your assignment is a completed draft or a jumble of ideas in your head, Rebecca will be happy to work with you to decode symbols, find patterns, create arguments, and write an impactful paper.
Chris Conrad ‘22Major: Political Science
Concentration: Peace, Justice, and Human Rights
Hometown: Redwood City, CA
Chris (he/him/his) is a political science major with a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. On campus, Chris works in the Writing Center, has done research with professors, and is co-president of the Haverford Debate Society. Chris has two lovely cats at home and is an avid reader, always seeking new book recommendations. He enjoys spending (probably too much) time folding origami, and runs/hikes when he can.
Kara D’Ascenzo ‘22Major: Political Science
Minor: History, Environmental Studies, LAILS
Hometown: Portland, OR
Kara (she/her) is a political science major with minors in history and environmental studies and a concentration in Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx studies. If she’s not working in the Writing Center, she’s usually going on a HAVOC outing, working in Admissions, or going for a run. She also does political science research and likes cooking new recipes and acquiring an impractical number of plants. She loves helping with any kind of writing, b
Allison Dockman '23Major: Biology
Minor: Health Studies
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Allison (she/her/hers) is from the Baltimore suburbs. She is on the pre-med track, majoring in biology and minoring in Health Studies. When she’s not working at the Writing Center, Allison can often be found working in the biology labs. She loves running, playing piano, singing, and telling anyone who will listen all about her research. She is happy to read papers or lab reports on any subject.
George Doehne ‘22Major: Political Science and Growth and Structure of Cities
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
George (he/him) is a Cities and political science double major. When he’s not working for the Writing Center he loves rock climbing, riding SEPTA around Philly, cooking, and drinking cocoa by the DC fireplace to escape the East Coast winters. On campus, he also works with HavOC/Climbing Club, Haverford Votes, and as a TA. He’s taken a wide range of courses at Haverford, and is excited to read your work and help you further develop your writing processes and skills!
Ebony Graham ‘23Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: Africana Studies, Education
Ebony (she/her/hers) is an Environmental Studies major with minors in Africana Studies and Education. She is a proud Philadelphia native and enjoys going home on weekends to catch up with friends and family. Some of her favorite things include listening to music, reading books, drinking tea, practicing yoga, and being outdoors with friends. Outside of the Writing Center, she is a student consultant in the Teaching and Learning Institute, a library liaison in SciLi, an active member of BSL, a member of the Questbridge E-board, a Chesick Scholar, and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She is deeply committed to creating spaces for Black and Brown students to create community with one another. Ebony is super excited to help you craft your writing (no matter what kind) into what you want it to be!
Sophia Honigfeld ‘23Major: English
Hometown: Merchantville, New Jersey
Sophia (she/her/hers) is an English major and education minor, and she is working on getting her teaching certification. She is passionate about finding equitable and engaging ways of teaching and learning and is excited about any opportunity to work with and learn from new people. Outside of her classes, she loves baking, looking at Nature Trail frogs and birds, dancing badly, yoga, and watching Avatar: The Last Airbender with her lovely friends. Sophia is proficient in Italian. She's super excited to connect with you about anything you're writing about and to get to know you and your interests! :)
Zarin Hossain ‘22Major: Psychology
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
A middle-aged South Asian auntie at heart, Zarin (she/her/hers) enjoys gossiping over chai, cooking curry, and offering her friends unsolicited relationship advice. Her mother tongue is Bengali, and as someone who is familiar with the bilingual struggle, she would love to help you learn how to feel at home with English. While she will do her best to assist you in reaching your academic goals through your writing, she’d also be delighted to see you develop a love for the craft and harness it as a tool for self-exploration and expression. Her favourite authors include, but are not limited to: Virginia Woolf, Arundhati Roy, and Khalil Gibran. She’d love to hear who yours are!
Sophia Kaplan '23Major: Religion and Political Science
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Sophia (she/her/hers) is double majoring in religion and political science. When she’s not at the Writing Center, you can find Sophia obsessing over the New York Times crossword, caring for her quickly growing collection of house plants, or walking/running on the Nature Trail. Sophia’s greatest loves are her two cats, peppermint tea, and anything written by Joan Didion. She is super excited to work with you on your writing – whatever state it is in – and hopes she can make the process more comprehensive and less intimidating for all.
Erica Kaunang ‘22Major: Anthropology
Minors: Film Studies and English
Hometown: Queens, NY
Erica (she/hers) is an Indonesian born and raised in Queens, NY. After taking different courses about social movements, feminist filmmaking, and visual storytelling, she’s found her (academic) place as an Anthropology major with a double minor in Film Studies and English. Over her time at Haverford, she’s found the most joy in spaces that build community with other FGLI students, women of color, and queer students. Here at the Writing Center, Erica is most excited to hear your ideas, read your writing, and get to know you! Outside the Writing Center, you can find her working at the OAR or the Cafe, trying new recipes with her roommates, and curating her endless Spotify playlists.
Bela Khanna ‘24Major: English (Creative Writing Concentration)
Hometown: Edison, NJ
Bela (she/her/hers) likes writing, playing the classical guitar, and going on adventures with her friends. She’s been writing stories non-stop since elementary school, and likes learning and teaching English, French, and very, very elementary Spanish. In addition to the Writing Center, she works for a non-profit mentoring high school students in SAT and college application material. After college, Bela hopes to either teach or edit full-time and then, once she’s on her feet, make her living writing novels. She’s always excited to go to new places and learn new things, and hopes to both teach and learn from her peers at the Writing Center.
Adena Kibel ‘23Major: Philosophy and Spanish
Hometown:Rye Brook, NY
Adena (she/her/hers) is majoring in philosophy and Spanish. She enjoys philosophical discussions, board games, playing tennis and popcorn (which she is almost always making in her dorm). Adena is a proficient Spanish heritage speaker. She is also a TA for the Spanish department and happy to help with your Spanish papers. Adena has taken courses in the sciences and humanities so she is familiar with the challenges that arise from writing a biology lab notebook and expressing thoughts on dense philosophical texts. She is looking forward to working with you on developing your writing!
Hannah Kolzer ‘22Majors:Linguistics and Classical Languages
Hometown: Charlestown, SC
Hannah (she/her/hers) is working toward a double major in linguistics and classical languages. On campus, she works in Quaker and Special Collections, does improv with the Throng, and is a co-head for Honor Council. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and tending her plants. She welcomes papers in the humanities or social sciences, including things written in French.
Nick Lasinsky '23Major: History and English
Hometown: Ebensburg, PA
Nick Lasinsky (he/him) is a history and English double major. He enjoys hiking, reading, playing bridge and D&D, and generally supporting unabashed Haverford nerdiness. He can be found working in the library and the Arboretum, as well as serving as a Students’ Council Elections Coordinator, and is extremely excited to be working at the Writing Center with any and all sorts of papers you’d be inclined to bring to him!
Nicole Li ‘24Major: Undecided
Hometown: Beijing, China
Nicole (she/her/hers) is a prospective psychology major. Sociology and neuroscience are also on her radar. She grew up in Beijing, speaking Chinese, and has been in Philly since high school, speaking English. She loves to meet other multilingual writers! On campus, Nicole is a Resource Person for international students and a board member of Active Minds. She enjoys running, (re)watching sitcoms, playing board games with friends, and learning Kpop choreos (with no audience around). Haverford helped Nicole accept her rather convoluted writing process. If you want to discuss why writing doesn’t feel as streamlined as you’d hoped, she is here. Nicole is excited to read your academic thoughts in any stage of completion, including pieces in Chinese.
Tasneem Mabrouk ‘24Major: Economics
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tasneem (she/her/hers) plans to major in economics and minor in psychology. In her free time, she can be found painting, embroidering, cooking, or trying not to kill the multitude of house plants she’s bought over the years (though she doesn’t always succeed). Having grown up in Kuala Lumpur, Tasneem is a city girl at heart, and her weekends rarely go by without a trip to a cafe or art gallery. She is all too familiar with the emotional rollercoaster that is essay writing, and she looks forward to working with you on your writing projects in English and Arabic!
Ayanna Madison '23Major: Psychology
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Ayanna (she/her/they/them) is a psychology major with an interest in psycholinguistics. They have more fun writing literature and film analyses than they probably should. Ayanna spends most of their time learning how to skateboard (well more procrastinating learning), watching David Fincher movies, and over analyzing cryptic messages for their friends. The quickest way to their heart are the three T's: Twizzlers, tea, and trombone solos. Take this time to remember to donate to mutual aid and bail funds!
Jalen Martin ‘23Major: English
Minor: Visual Studies
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Jalen (he/him/his) is an English major and Visual Studies minor from The Bronx, NY. He’s a board member of shoegazing, Haverford's arts and culture magazine, a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, and he does some stuff at VCAM. He also has an interest in history, and he’d be happy to work with those in creative writing classes. Outside of school, he enjoys creative writing, playing video games, taking dangerously long naps, yelling at the Yankees, applauding the Knicks and Giants, memorizing movie casts, procrastinating on work, binging podcasts, and scavenging for new music.
Kate Matthews ‘22Major: Physics
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Kate (she/her/hers) is a physics major from San Diego who doesn't like hot weather but harbors a fondness for succulents and barefoot beach runs. When she's not in class or at the Writing Center, Kate can be found working sound and lighting for BLAST, wandering the nature trail, having a study party with her friends, or excitedly pointing out every dog she sees. She loves writing of all types, and she can't wait to work with you!
Petra Mengistu '24Major: Undecided
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Born in Jordan, Petra (she/her/hers) spent most of her childhood in different Middle Eastern countries until settling in her native country, Ethiopia. As a result of her frequent moves, she loves exploring cities and has come to absolutely adore Philly - a truly beautiful city with incredibly rich history and great food. In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching sitcoms, hopping on long train rides, baking, and wearing away her friend's guitar strings in futile attempts to teach herself how to play. She is interested in a ton of areas of study and never ceases to be amazed at how her writing process subtly shifts across different disciplines. Much like the wide variety of her academic interests, her thoughts can tend to be scattered and she sympathizes with the internal turmoil of composing coherent pieces of writing from what can feel like an inconsolable mess. If you find yourself doubting whether your thoughts are too scattered to develop into anything worthwhile, she hopes to help you ground your amazing ideas into a tangible argument/piece. She is very excited to work with you on your writing in English or Amharic and learn more about your wonderfully unique writing style!
Elliot Montaño ‘24Major: Anthropology
Minor: Psychology, Spanish
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Hello! Elliot (he/him) is a prospective anthropology major and psychology/Spanish double minor. He’s a huge horror buff and outside of classes you can find him reading and writing scary stories or painting portraits of monsters!
Emmeline Riendeau ‘24Major: Physics
Minor: Growth and Structure of Cities
Hometown: Barre, Massachusetts
Emmeline (she/her) has always loved math and science, and this year she really found her place in physics. She loves the intersectionality of her Growth and Structure of Cities classes. When she’s not studying in the math lounge with friends, you can find Emmeline enjoying some time outside. She’s a big fan of reading in the sun, hiking, and swimming. You can also find her running with the women’s track team (Go Bees!). Her more artistic hobbies include attempting to draw perfect chalk circles and crocheting. She’s excited to help you with any and every step of your writing process!
Naren Roy ‘23Major: Sociocultural Anthropology
Minor: Visual Studies
Concentration: Latin American, Iberian, Latinx Studies
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Naren (he/him/his) hails from the East Coast. He loves dogs, film, and being outdoors--be it in a cityscape or the countryside. Outside of classes you might see him volunteering at Haverfarm, working at the DC, or putting on an action with the Haverford chapter of Sunrise Movement. Other campus activities in which he participates include club badminton and Quaker House (the community house where he resides). Additionally, he is proud to be a team member of Bi-Co Mutual Aid. From psychology to religion, political science to visual anthropology, Naren has had experience in a range of humanities and social science courses. Writing at any stage can be a journey with many ups and downs; he firmly believes that sometimes there is nothing more valuable than getting a fresh pair of eyes on a page or having another pair of ears listen to a budding idea. Of course, there are sometimes impediments to our writing that pop up, like our old friend procrastination! Naren looks forward to jumping over those road-blocks with you while discussing your papers written in English or Spanish.
Jacob Seiji-Foster ‘24Major: Political Science
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Jacob (he/him/his) harbors an undying passion for sarcasm and all sorts of card, board, and video games. On campus, he runs track & field, works with BLAST, and is part of the International Student Association. In his free time, he enjoys reading fantasy & sci-fi, photoshopping stupid pictures of his friends, and doing calligraphy. In writing, Jacob is particularly fond of analysis and argument in the social sciences, but more generally hopes to collaborate on all sorts of pieces to help you write something fantastic!
Alison Smith ‘24Major: History
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Alison (she/her) is a history major with an interest in pursuing journalism. When not writing or editing papers, she can be found drinking black tea and reading books by authors like Joan Didion and Maggie Nelson. She has an ongoing obsession with coming-of-age movies (Submarine and Eighth Grade are two she highly recommends) and really wants all her friends to sign up for Kanopy (it’s free with a library card!) Her favorite spot in the entire world is the cozy reading nook at Left Bank Books, Seattle’s collectively-owned bookstore with the coolest open mics. Alison is excited to work with you on your writing this year!
Sarina Smith ‘23Major: Biology
Minor: Health Studies
Hometown: Plymouth Meeting, PA
Sarina (she/her/hers) is majoring in biology and minoring in Health Studies (and possibly Education). She was a Writing Fellow in high school, which was when she found her interest in teaching and supporting fellow students. At Haverford, she is co-head of Active Minds, a tutor for Free for the Frontline Tutors, and a member of the Haverford Outdoors Club (HavOC) and Quaker House. She is also a student worker for the Arboretum, and she loves exploring nature and learning about different plants. If you need trail recommendations or cool places to visit in PA, she's got you covered! When she is writing, dark chocolate and tea are almost always by her side. She is looking forward to reading a diverse array of writing and learning from peers with various majors, minors, and concentrations!
Lizy Szanton '22Major: Psychology
Hometown: Newton, MA
Lizy Szanton (she/her/hers) is a junior psychology major and sociology minor who enjoys poetry-writing, breakfast, and outdoor showers. She thinks the best part of writing is the feeling of turning a tangle of ideas into something clear and real. She thinks the worst part is the stress and fear attached, especially when it’s 10 pm on a Sunday night and things are looking grim. She hopes to do anything she can to make college writing feel less intimidating. She is super excited to read your awesome, messy drafts—in any discipline, especially social sciences—and hear your brilliant ideas.
Diana Varenik '22Major: English
Minor: Growth and Structure of Cities
Hometown: New York, NY
Diana (she/they) is from New York City (and she talks about it incessantly). Outside of the Writing Center, Diana can be found singing, cooking, taking naps in unconventional places, or working at the DC. Her favorite spot on campus is the Haverfarm, although she has yet to nap there. She enjoys leaving campus to spend time in Philly and is passionate about getting to know the surrounding community. Most importantly, she is excited to get to know you and your writing style!
Callia Weisiger-Vallas ‘24Major: History
Hometown: San Anselmo, CA
Callia (she/her) is a likely history major and French minor from the San Francisco Bay Area. She also speaks fluent-ish Spanish. Outside of the Writing Center, she enjoys walking on the Nature Trail and working with CER. Callia also loves listening to music, cooking (pancakes and Dutch babies especially), outside adventures, and art. She welcomes papers from all disciplines, especially humanities, but she also loves learning about subjects she hasn’t yet explored.