Willy Aguilar Montenegro ‘25Major: Political Science
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Willy (he/him) is a political science major raised in Los Angeles, California. According to his parents, his interest in political science has coursed through him since he was young; anecdotes of him belting campaign songs on public buses in his birth country of El Salvador fill the familial canon. If he is not watching YouTube videos analyzing the British vlogger invasion of the early 2010’s, he is either working at the President’s Office, interning at the Admissions Office, serving as a teaching assistant in the political science department, or whining to his friends about the East Coast’s lack of In-N-Out. Willy is talkative to a fault, both in English and in Spanish, the latter his native tongue, so be prepared to converse vigorously both inside and outside of appointments.
Nada Aly ‘24Major: Neuroscience
Hometown: Paterson, NJ/ Giza, Egypt
Nada (they/them) is a Neuroscience major and Anthropology minor who originally hails from Giza, Egypt (so they're fluent in Arabic). They developed a recent interest in photography, and otherwise enjoy reading various genres, especially Sci-Fi and High fantasy. Outside of the Writing Center, Nada can be found in the OAR, the Chesick office, or spending time at their dorm with their cat and planning out stuff for the Questbridge chapter. If they have free time, they enjoy unwinding with friends, having a nice, cool boba drink, and chatting away about all kinds of random topics. They're excited to meet with students and learn how their minds work (not just because they're a neuroscience major) and be a helping hand during the writing process!
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.
Natalia Barber '23Major: Political Science and Spanish
Minor: Health Studies
Hometown: Suffolk, VA
Natalia (she/her) is double majoring in political science and Spanish with a concentration in Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies. Outside of the Writing Center, you can find Natalia giving tours with Admissions, helping out with the Asylee Outreach team at HIAS-PA, and exploring Philly’s many cafes. She loves reading book recs from friends, curating hyper-specific Spotify playlists, and starting crafts that never get finished. Natalia is excited to help students tackle any type of work (in English or Spanish) and looks forward to collaborating with you!
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!
Isabelle Buchanan '25Major: Psychology
Hometown: Holyoke, MA
Isabelle (she/her) is a prospective psychology major and religion minor. She loves watching old movies, taking photographs, practicing yoga, and trying new kinds of art. On campus, you can find her on the Nature Trail, working on films in the edit lab, and climbing with the Haverford Climbing Club. She’s looking forward to cooking this year, now that she has a kitchen. Isabelle especially loves the humanities and social sciences, but she’s excited to work on your writing with you, no matter the subject!
Gigi Chen ‘24Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Gigi Chen (she/her) is from Brooklyn, New York. She is a chemistry major with a biochemistry concentration and environmental studies minor. She is also interested in education and art. When she is not in the Writing Center, she can be found working in the library, lab, and CQC. You might also spot her dancing, doodling, reading a book, making new cat friends 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!
Allison Dockman '23Major: Biology
Minor: Health Studies
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Allison (she/her) is a senior - a concept she’s still trying to wrap her mind around - from the Baltimore suburbs. She is on the pre-med track, majoring in biology and minoring in Health Studies. When she’s not at the Writing Center, Allison is often working in the biology labs. When she has free time (and even sometimes when she doesn’t) she enjoys running, playing piano, and singing. You can also find her asking taller people for help with hanging up holiday streamers in her dorm. She’s happy to read any type of writing, including lab reports and lab notebooks.
John Donovan '24Major: Political Science
Hometown: Natick, MA
John (he/him) is a political science major and religion minor from Natick, MA. He enjoys longboarding, jazz-rap albums, iced chais (perhaps too much), and A24 films (Moonlight and Good Time especially). On campus, he is a member of the Library Student Advisory Committee, an attorney coach for Haverford Mock Trial, and a TA. While his focus is on political science, John is super excited to read your work in any discipline or stage of the writing process!
Ellie Esterowitz '25Major: Philosophy
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Ellie Esterowitz (she/her) is a sophomore who has a complicated relationship with her hometown of Rockville, Maryland. She is most likely a philosophy major (she promises she is not a totally pretentious jerk) and plays on the varsity tennis team at Haverford. She does a lot of freelance photography work around campus, especially for the tennis teams and FUCS, while also leaving enough time to wallow on the Ikea carpet in her dorm. She is a bit of a film and music dork who adores all things Elliott Smith and Paul Thomas Anderson (the movies, not the person). When not otherwise occupied by Wikipedia deep-dives about random genres of indie music and Kanye West samples, she loves to read, particularly Simone de Beauvoir and John Krakauer.
Jacob Seiji Foster ‘24Major: Sociology and International Studies
Minor: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Jacob (he/him) harbors an undying passion for sarcasm and all sorts of card, board, and video games. As such, he resides in Nerd House on campus (and encourages all to feel free to stop by). In his free time, he enjoys reading (fantasy novels), calligraphy, woodcarving, playing PC games, going to the gym, and eating plentiful quantities of bagels. 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!
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!
Valerie Heredia-Piñeiro '25Major: Psychology/Neuroscience
Hometown: Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
Valerie (she/her) is a prospective psychology and/or neuroscience major from Puerto Rico. She loves language learning and literature, and she hopes to explore the cognitive processes involved in language acquisition. Outside the Writing Center, you can find her working at the Nest, singing a capella, and going to ALAS activities. She is also a proud Padín Scholar and Chesick Scholar. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and painting, reading books, and picnicking with her friends. Valerie welcomes papers in Spanish and is proficient in French as well. She is super excited to get to know and work with you!
Katherine Hong '24Major: History
Minor: Fine Arts
Hometown: Maple Glen, PA
Katherine (she/her) is majoring in history and minoring in Fine Arts. At Haverford, she works in the Quaker and Special Collections, plays viola in the Bi-Co Orchestra, and writes for The Clerk. In her free time, you can find her playing video games, worldbuilding, drawing, binge watching, and hanging out with friends. She looks forward to reading papers in the humanities and is excited to discuss your work!
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! :)
Sophia Kaplan '23Major: Political Science and Religion
Hometown: Pasadema, California
Sophia (she/her) is double majoring in political science and religion. When she’s not at the Writing Center, you can find her engaging in poli sci research and TA work, serving on the GRASE Advisory Board, caring for her quickly growing collection of house plants, or baking cinnamon chocolate chip banana bread without a recipe. Sophia’s greatest loves are her cat, kombucha, 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.
Bela Khanna ‘24Major: English and Philosophy
Concentration: Creative Writing
Hometown: Edison, NJ
Bela (she/her) likes writing, playing the classical guitar, and singing with the Oxford Blues. She’s been writing stories non-stop since elementary school, and is looking forward to working with you on humanities papers in English, French, or (very) elementary Spanish. She has experience with intense theoretical texts, especially in English, political science, and philosophy, so don't be shy about coming in with broad topics to discuss. In addition to working at the Writing Center, she is a teacher at a nonprofit and a volunteer submissions reader for a local publisher. After college, Bela hopes to either teach or edit full-time and then, once she’s on her feet, make her living writing novels, so bring her your creative works!
Adena Kibel ‘23Major: Philosophy and Spanish
Hometown:Rye Brook, NY
Adena (she/her) is majoring in philosophy and Spanish. She enjoys philosophical discussions, board games, tennis, and popcorn (which she is almost always making in her dorm). Adena is a proficient Spanish heritage speaker and a TA for the Spanish department. She is 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!
Naomi Komatsu '24Major: Anthropology
Hometown: Jericho, NY
Naomi (she/her) is an anthropology major and Health Studies minor on the pre-health track. Outside of the Writing Center, she works with the Office of Access and Disability Services as their Student Liaison and is an editor for Jolt and a member of CER. Some of her favorite things to do are drinking tea, spending time in the sun, and exploring Philly. She is so excited to work with you on any kinds of writing assignments you have! She’ll be abroad Fall 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Nick Lasinsky '23Major: History and English
Hometown: Ebensburg, PA
Nick Lasinsky (he/him) is a history and English double major. He enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, playing bridge and D&D, and generally supporting unabashed nerdiness. After spending a semester off working in a delightfully dusty Michigan archive, he can be found working for Haverford’s library and Arboretum, and is extremely excited to help you at the Writing Center with any and all sorts of papers you’d be inclined to bring to him!
Nicole Li ‘24Major: Psychology
Hometown: Beijing, China
Nicole (she/her) is a psychology major and philosophy minor. She grew up in Beijing, China, and came to Philadelphia during high school. She is a board member of Active Minds and an International Student Resource Person. In her free time, Nicole enjoys running, giggling at comedy shows, vexing over board games, and dancing to Kpop songs. Nicole is excited to work with you on any stage of the writing process—brainstorming, outlining, revising.—you name it. Feel free to bring assignments in any discipline—especially social sciences and psychology—and share your wonderful ideas with Nicole!
Tasneem Mabrouk ‘24Major: Growth and Structure of Cities
Concentration: Peace, Justice, and Human Rightsy
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tasneem (she/her) is a Growth and Structure of Cities major and a Peace, Justice, and Human Rights concentrator. 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 she loves exploring the city and its art scene. 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! She will be abroad Fall 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ayanna Madison '23Major: Linguistics
Minor: Visual Studies
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) is an English major and Visual Studies minor with a concentration in Creative Writing. He’s a board member of shoegazing and SLOP, a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, and a writer for the Communications office. Outside of school, he enjoys playing video games, taking dangerously long naps, and keeping up with the MLB and NBA. He looks forward to helping you plan, write, and edit your essays and short story drafts!
Petra Mengistu '24Major: Physics
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Petra (she/her) spent most of her childhood in different Middle Eastern countries until settling in her native country, Ethiopia. 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. While she cherishes her experiences with astrophysics, chemistry, psychology, and sociology, she never ceases to be amazed at how her writing process subtly shifts across different disciplines. Much like the sometimes annoyingly 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. If you find yourself doubting whether your scattered thoughts can develop into anything worthwhile, she hopes to help you ground your amazing ideas into a tangible piece of writing. Petra is excited to work with you on your writing in English or Amharic and learn more about your wonderfully unique writing style!
Olivia Mentz '25Major: English
Hometown: Branford, CT
Olivia (she/her) is an English major following the pre-med track. She loves reading, playing with her two corgis, and watching movies with friends. She is from Branford, Connecticut, a town very close to the ocean, where she has lived all of her life. Olivia loves creative writing, and has written many short stories, along with pieces on disability advocacy. She is a proud member of the disabled community and hopes to improve the medical system from within as a doctor. On campus, she’s involved equally in the sciences and humanities, and so is happy to read writing of any kind.
Umika Pathak '25Major: Undecided
Hometown: Falls Church, VA
Umika (she/her) is either a prospective biology major or English major depending on the day because she is incapable of existing outside of duality. Other than writing, she loves limited series like Fleabag, Pilot V7 rolling ball pens in black ink, memoirs by Annie Dillard and personal essays by Joan Didion, the game Code Names, and Virgil's root beer. You can easily win her over by discussing your favorite media and books with her in extensive detail. She can most often be found working on something arts-related for the Hurford Center in VCAM or baking up a storm for her roommates in their apartment. Literary analysis is her favorite kind of writing to work on, but she is well-versed in many kinds of writing, academic or otherwise. She’s looking forward to meeting you where you are in the difficult but rewarding process that is writing.
Michaela Richter '25Major: Linguistics and Political Science
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Michaela (she/her) plans to double major in linguistics and political science, but who knows? She calls San Francisco, California home and will never lose her fondness for the fog and the ocean. She loves art and enjoys Haverford afternoons spent painting in the grass. In her free time, she also likes to read and watch movies. She is excited to work with you at any stage of the writing process, and she can’t wait to read a wide array of writing in the social sciences and humanities!
Emmeline Riendeau ‘24Major: Physics
Hometown: Barre, Massachusetts
Emmeline (she/her) is majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics. When she’s not studying in the disco, you can find her enjoying some time outdoors. She’s a big fan of reading in the sun, hiking, and swimming. You can also find her stress baking after midterms. Her more artistic hobbies include attempting to draw perfect chalk circles and crocheting. She’s looking forward to helping you with any and every step of your writing process. Emmeline is very excited to be studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in Fall 2022.
Kate Robbins '25Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Health Studies
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Kate (she/her) is a neuroscience major and Health Studies minor from Chicago. Outside of the writing center, Kate gives tours with Admissions and is a member of Best Buddies and DASH. She also loves poetry, creating (and eating!) baked goods, and going to concerts in Philly. Having worked in her high school’s writing center as both a mentee and a mentor, Kate knows what it’s like to struggle with writing. She’s excited to help her peers feel more confident in expressing their ideas, no matter where they happen to be in the writing process.
Naren Roy ‘23Major: Sociocultural Anthropology
Minor: Visual Studies
Concentration: Latin American, Iberian, & Latinx Studies
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Naren (he/him or they/them) is a senior who 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 them volunteering at Haverfarm, working at the DC, or putting on an event for Quaker House, the community house in which they reside. In addition to the Writing Center, he works as a member of the Quaker Bouncer Board and volunteers as an operations team member for 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 to 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 or other written work, particularly writing in English or Spanish.
Sarina Smith ‘23Major: Biology
Minor: Health Studies
Hometown: Plymouth Meeting, PA
Sarina (she/her) is a senior biology major and Health Studies minor. She discovered her interest in tutoring and supporting fellow students in high school, where she was a Writing Fellow.. At Haverford, Sarina is a co-head of Active Minds and the Haverford Outdoors Club (HavOC). She is also a member of Quaker House and a student worker for the Arboretum. 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! While 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!
Wendy Wang '25Major: Comparative Literatures
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Wendy (she/her) is a prospective Comparative Literatures major. She was born in China and moved to Bethesda, MD during elementary school. At home she speaks Mandarin with her family, and she is also learning Japanese at Haverford. Wendy loves reading during her free time and is always looking for book recommendations to add to her reading list! She also enjoys watching Criminal Minds (probably way too much), getting an assortment of snacks from Maido, and creating lists with her friends (whether it’s movies to watch, places to go, or crazy things she’ll probably never attempt). Wendy is looking forward to reading all kinds of writing from different disciplines. She cannot wait to hear all your amazing and creative ideas, work with you during different stages of the writing process, and get to know and learn from you!
Callia Weisiger-Vallas ‘24Major: History
Hometown: San Anselmo, CA
Callia (she/her) is a history major from the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside of the Writing Center, she enjoys walking on the Nature Trail and working with the Committee for Environmental Responsibility (CER). Callia also loves listening to music, cooking (pancakes and Dutch babies especially), outdoor adventures, and art. She speaks fluent-ish Spanish. She welcomes papers from all disciplines, especially humanities, but she also loves learning about subjects she hasn’t yet explored.
Yuriko Zhang ‘25Major: Anthropology and Asian American Studies
Hometown: Queens, NY
Yuriko (she/her) is interested in an Anthro/Asian American Studies double major with a minor in Japanese. Her experiences growing up in the beautiful Chinatown of Queens, NY shape her deep passion for the AAPI community, which shows up in her work with the Pan Asian Resource Center and other Asian-American student groups. Outside of the Writing Center, she enjoys creating space for other BIPOC FGLI students as a Chesick Leader, planning first year activities through Customs Committee, and working with student affinity groups as Stu-Co Officer of Multiculturalism. She also loves drawing, going to the gym, doing tarot readings, and making omurice in the DC. Yuriko is happy to connect with you and collaborate on papers from all disciplines, including pieces in French.
Mary Zhou ‘25Major: Biology
Minor: Health Studies
Hometown: Vorhees, NJ
Mary Zhou is a sophomore from Voorhees, NJ and an aspiring biology major and Health Studies minor on the pre-med track. She speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, but she is still improving upon her reading and writing skills. In her free time, she loves immersing herself in high fantasy, historical fiction, thrillers, or a leather-bound classic. She also enjoys listening to music; currently on her Spotify most-played are Kings of Leon, Twice, Roosevelt, Dua Lipa, and Doja Cat. Having had experience across a wide variety of writing styles and assignments, she is eager to help her fellow students perfect any writing pieces they have, ranging from cover letters to lab reports.