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Meet the Peer Consultants

 
Emily Ambs

 

Emily Ambs is a sophomore this year at Aquinas. She is double-majoring in Communication and Community Leadership. In her free time she loves dancing, participating in theater, shopping, and hanging out with friends. Emily has always enjoyed writing and reading, and so she is ecstatic to be working in the Writing Center this year to help others become more confident writers. Her favorite aspect of consulting is collaborating.

 

 
Amanda Avella

 

Amanda Avella is a biology and Spanish double major. She enjoys reading and writing in her free time and is also an avid and loyal watcher of the award winning television drama "The Vampire Diaries." She also enjoys spending time with her dogs. Amanda loves helping people with their writing, no matter what they are working on or how far along they are in the process of writing their paper.

 
Miranda Burel

Miranda Burel is a junior majoring in community leadership and English and minoring in writing and French. She did her internship for the Writing Center while studying abroad in Ireland in an attempt to bring a Satellite Center to fellow student studying in Tullycross. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, playing the piano, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends. She hopes to one day combine her desire to help people with her enthusiasm for literacy in a way that will help people all across the globe. Miranda is passionate about the collaborative conversations that go on in the Writing Center and she hopes to encourage students and faculty to visit frequently and never write alone.

 
Katy Cabelleros Katie Caballeros is an English major and writing minor. Her favorite authors include David Sedaris, Marilynne Robinson, and Tina Fey (the biggest compliment you could give her is that she writes like Tina Fey). When she isn’t consulting at the Writing Center, Katy can be found at cheerleading practice, watching 30 Rock, or massaging her rat terrier, TJ. If you visit Katy during her consulting hours, she will probably compliment you on your outfit, makeup, and intelligence. Katy especially loves brainstorming research topics, undergraduate experiments in humor writing, and restructuring papers. Like a sculptor staring at a stone, Katy likes to think about writing as a visionary process. Above all, Katy wants to see writers embrace their quirks and creativity. So get out your chisels and challenge yourselves!
 
Mary Campbell

 

Mary Campbell: ​Hi! My name is Mary Campbell and I am a sophomore here at Aquinas! I am an English major with Secondary Education and a minor in ESL. I love listening to music, meeting new people, reading and writing (of course), and eating sweets. I am eager to consult with you all about your papers! Have an awesome semester, everyone!

 
Emily Clements

 

Emily Clements is an English major/Japanese minor planning to graduate in 2015. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, napping, and watching a lot of Netflix. When it comes to writing, she enjoys fiction, creative nonfiction, and is dabbling in script writing. Emily is excited to assist AQ students with all sorts of writing concerns and willing to help anyone who asks.

 
Anna Fischer

 

 

Anna Fischer

 
Dani Flint

 

 

Dani Flint is studying Social Studies and History for Secondary Education. She plans on graduating in the fall of 2016. Dani spends most of her weekends leading confirmation retreats as a leader of AQ LIGHT. She is very excited to work in the Writing Center and to help others with their writing.

 
Hannah Fowler

 

Hannah Fowler is a sophomore at Aquinas College, studying English with a Writing minor. She is an avid fiction writer, musician, and artist, and can be found with the AQ Jazz Band on many occasions as a bassist, which is her chosen instrument out of a handful she plays. She is an avid outdoorsman and fanatically follows worldwide motorcycle racing circuits, and also likes to enroll in interesting classes such as Fencing and Observational Astronomy for the heck of it. She nurses a love for all things Tolkien and the occasional graphic novel, and completed her first NaNoWriMo in the fall of 2013. She hopes to become an editor in the near future and write novels in her spare time.

 
   
 
Kaitlyn Henninger

 

 

Kaitlyn Henninger: I am currently a junior and I'm double-majoring in Business Administration and Communication. I've been working as a Peer Consultant for a little over a year now, and it's been awesome! I very much enjoy conversing with students and helping them reach the goals that they've set for themselves. While I enjoy reading and writing, in my free time I like to run, listen to music, and watch sports.

 
Becca Galarneau

 

Becca Galarneau is a Psychology and German double major planning to graduate in Spring 2017. She has always enjoyed writing and feels that everyone has the opportunity to improve their writing skills. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about different cultures, volunteering with the organization "Big Brothers Big Sisters", and watching "Parks and Recreation" and old "SNL" episodes. She is excited for this new experience and can't wait to work in the AQ Writing Center! 

 

 

Grant Kammer is a sophomore with a sustainable business major and a writing minor. Passionate about helping others express themselves and the written word, he hopes to find his niche as a writing center consultant.  He hopes to serve the Aquinas community by encouraging others to write and empowering writers with confidence in their own abilities. When writing, Grant draws much of his inspiration from the natural world, and loves spending time outside camping, fishing, and hiking.

 
Anna Kenny

 

 

Anna Kenny is a Communication and History major with a Writing minor. In my free time I enjoy reading, watching movies and spending time with family and friends. I love helping people with their writing, along with watching students get excited about their writing projects.

 
Katie Kozel

 

 

Katie Kozal: I am an English major with a minor in Business Administration. I have always loved to read and write. I aspire to obtain a job in publishing someday. In my free time, I enjoy photographing nature, painting, and playing tennis for fun. I’m excited to help students improve and expand on their pieces of writing.

 
Mackenzie Kult

 

MacKenzie Kult is a member of the class of 2017 at Aquinas, and is majoring in Communications with a minor in writing. She has always enjoyed writing, and frequently experiments with various genres, although most of her talents lie in creative writing and fantasy. She enjoys reading, listening to music, nature photography, Netflix and writing in her free time. With writing being such a big part of her life, she is delighted to be working in the Writing Center this year and hopes to help other students become more confident in their writing and is more than willing to do her best to answer any writing concerns that might come her way. 

 
Regan Levitte

 

 

Regan Levitte is a junior English and French major with a minor in writing. When not spending her time writing goofy poetry or love letters to no one, she enjoys watching "Friends" and "The IT Crowd," and firmly believes that Harry Potter is the gateway series to fine literature. A huge believer in collaborative writing, one of her favorite expressions on the human face is one of realization and connection. In the future, she hopes to work in writing centers permanently, or work in social media!

 
Holly Matthews

 

Holly Mathews is a junior this year at Aquinas. She is an English major and writing minor. When she’s not reading she’s catching up on her favorite Netflix shows, crocheting or hanging out with friends. While she is currently studying abroad in Ireland, she looks forward to working in the Writing Center next year and getting to know more students. Her most favorite thing about working in the Writing Center is the people she gets to meet and helping students find their own writing style.

 
Levi Nguyen

 

 

Levi Nguyen is a Biology major. She has been working at the Writing Center since 2013. She loves to consult on personal statements. The collaborating work involved in the writing process is what she loves most about the Writing Center. In addition, she wants to prove writing is for everyone, including science majors! In her spare time, she loves to read and spend time with her family.


 
Claire O'Brien

 

Claire O'Brien: My name is Claire O'Brien, and I am a junior at Aquinas College. I'm originally from the Northern Michigan area of Higgins Lake. But, I have come to love everything about the city of Grand Rapids. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, reading, playing with my dog, and just having some rocking good laughs with my friends and family. I am so honored to be working in the AQ Writing Center. I love helping others become stronger in their writing and more comfortable with the writing process.

 
  Jasmin Perez
 
Justin Reamer

Justin Reamer is a member of the class of 2016, hoping to graduate in 2017. He is majoring in Learning Disabilities and minoring in Bilingual Education and Writing. He is a writer, experimenting in many genres, including short fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, expository nonfiction, poetry, plays, screenwriting, and the novel, the latter on which he is currently working. He loves reading, writing, painting, music, playing his trombone, God, his family, hanging out with his friends, enjoying long walks in nature, and Lake Michigan. In addition to his hobbies, he is enthusiastic about his consulting experience. Justin loves to interact with other people and give them advice on their writing. He hopes his consulting experience will give him experience for his dream. In the long run, Justin plans to become a bilingual special education teacher and a published author on the side. He is excited to help students with their writing.

 
Molly Robertston

 

Molly Robertson: Writing has always been a passion and hobby of mine so working as a peer consultant has been one of the most incredible opportunities I have been given. Since I am in both the world of English and the world of Science I love helping with both styles of writing. The Writing Center has become my passion here at AQ and I would love to be able to introduce writing centers to high schools so that students have the opportunity to become great writers before they get to college! If, and when, I achieve that goal I also dream of becoming a journalist, researcher, and photographer for National Geographic.

 
John Sainz

 

 

John Sainz is a sophomore at Aquinas studying English and Communication. He enjoys traveling, reading, writing, playing the piano, video editing, sports, and camping! He loves the writing center and is extremely passionate about the work therein.

 

 
Trent Schmeling

Trent Schmeling is a fourth-year student at Aquinas College who plans to graduate in 2015. He is working toward his bachelor’s degree of science in biology and plans on meeting all the requirements for the Spanish minor by graduation. He wishes to pursue a career in the medical field after graduation. He is currently in the process of applying to medical school and has a lot of experience with the writing that goes into the AMCAS application and the secondary applications. In addition to the general assistance that he is able to provide during consultations, he also has experience reading, reviewing, and writing biologically-oriented papers.

 

 

Natalie Smith is majoring in Studio Art and Business Communication with plans to graduate in 2017. She really enjoys consulting on any sort of art analysis papers because when you start using words to describe and explain visual elements, strange and wonderful things start to happen. When she’s not spending all of her life doing homework, she does a lot of reading and loves creating things, whether it’s a painting or a new hair bow. She hopes to help others in all their written pursuits and help them find the joy in writing.

 
Emily Sweet

 

 

Emily Sweet is a double major in English and Math, and she is also in the school of education. She'll graduate in spring of 2017 and hopes to become a high school English or Math teacher. She is very excited to be consulting at the Writing Center this semester because she loves seeing students reach their full potential as writers.

 
Ellyse Vanderkamp

 

Ellyse Vanderkamp is a Business and Communication major with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Women's Studies. She plans on pursuing a career in public relations, hopefully working within a company to help women. She enjoys writing as a way to relax and explore her creative side. Her favorite TV shows are Friends and Criminal Minds, and she enjoys reading memoirs. She is looking forward to working with the AQ writing community!

 
Darcy Vines

 

Darcy Vines is a junior at Aquinas, majoring in English with minors in journalism and writing. As a poet herself, she loves to consult with other creative writers about the pieces they’ve poured their hearts and souls into. To her, nothing is better than seeing the “a-ha!” moment happen for another writer when they thought it never would. In her free time, she enjoys getting her clothes covered in fur from her rescued pup Huckleberry Finn, binging on Aaron Sorkin television shows, caring far too much about Oxford commas, and brooding in your local coffee shop.

 
Mary Webster

 

Mary Webster is a sophomore at Aquinas College working on a double major in Business/Communications and English with a Writing emphasis. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, blogging, writing, creating photoshoots and watching Netflix. Mary has always enjoyed writing and is excited to have the opportunity to work with her peers in the Writing Center this semester.

 
Kailie West

 

Kailie West: Hello! My name is Kailie, I am a third-year commuter student. I am studying Elementary Education with a dual major in English Language Arts and Community Leadership. I love working in the Writing Center for many reasons. It is a great way to meet many students of Aquinas and help them with their writing and with understanding the importance of continuously growing as writers. Being a consultant also helps me become a better writer.
I am a person who is passionate about helping others. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, volunteering, reading and writing, and teaching. I am looking forward to your next visit to the Writing Center!