Writing Advisers

Meet the 2020-2021 Writing Advisers

All times PDT

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

2:00-4:00

Amelia

Claire

Matt

Emma

Esme

Femke

Esme 

4:00-6:00

Ima

River

Amelia 

Radha

Grace

Jenna

River

Grace

6:00-8:00 Jack

Charlotte H.

Jack

Jenna

Dani

Gwen

Margot

Quinlan

Charlotte H.

Charlotte W.

Lilah

8:00-10:00

Femke

Gwen

Alika

Dani

Charlotte W.

Alika

Bethany

Matt

Radha

 

 

Wafa Abedin

 

Class of 2021

Major: Diplomacy and World Affairs

Minor: Economics

A place that feels like home: Walla Walla, Washington

Writing fellow

 

Wafa is a senior and this is her third year working in the Writing Center. Wafa believes writing is not only a skill but a powerful communication tool. She looks forward to helping her peers brainstorm ideas, strengthen arguments, and be proud of their writing. In her free time, Wafa enjoys hiking, exploring LA, and spending time with friends.

 

Lilah Abrams

 

Class of 2021

Major: Politics

A place that feels like home: Portland, Oregon

Writing fellow

 

Lilah is a senior from Portland, Oregon and starting her second year working in the Writing Center! She believes the task of writing can be an empowering enterprise — uncovering ideas and highlighting one’s creative capacity. As a writing adviser, she is excited to work with peers to navigate the styles of writing within varying disciplines, expanding her understanding in the process. Beyond of the Writing Center, you might find Lilah taking a run on one of the elusive trails in Los Angeles, searching for the greenest areas of the city, or enjoying a scoop of ice cream.

 

Radha Arora

Radha Arora

 

Class of 2023

Major: Economics

A place that feels like home: California!

 

Radha is a sophomore, and this is her first year as a writing advisor. She believes that writing is an important tool for communication, and hopes to help students develop practices that make the process of writing a less fearful prospect. Outside the Writing Center, you can find Radha reading or basking in the sun.

 

Jenna Beales

 

Class of 2022

Major: undeclared

A place that feels like home: Novato, CA

 

Gwen Berghof

Gwen Berghof

 

Class of 2022

Major: Critical Theory & Social Justice

Minor: Comparative Studies in Literature & Culture, Interdisciplinary Writing

A place that feels like home: Sonoma County, CA

 

Gwen is a sophomore and this is her first year working in the Writing Center. As a writing adviser, Gwen hopes to make the writing process feel approachable and manageable, and hopes students will find a safe and accepting space in the Writing Center to hone their skills. When she's not working, Gwen enjoys hiking, exploring new places, and dancing around in her kitchen, singing loudly.

Amelia Blankenau

 

Class of 2021

Major: Psychology

Minor: Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Critical Theory and Social Justice

A place that feels like home: Oxy

 

Amelia is a senior and this is her third year as a writing adviser. Amelia views writing as a process that goes more smoothly when you start early, set small deadlines, adopt a growth mindset, and visit the Writing Center, of course! This year, Amelia is looking forward to helping her peers advance their writing skills, learning across disciplines, and growing as a writer in the process. In her free time, Amelia enjoys beach days, Thai food, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Matt Chopp

Matt Chopp

 

Class of 2022

Major: History

Minor: Politics, Religious Studies

A place that feels like home: Oxy

 

Matt is a Junior History major from Thousand Oaks, CA and this is his first year as a writing advisor. He enjoys the writing process thoroughly and is looking forward to helping all types of students improve their skills as writers in a collaborative environment. When Matt isn’t working at the WC, you can find him reading about history or running for Oxy’s track and field team!

 

Dani Cooke

Dani Cooke

 

Class of 2023

Major: Critical Theory & Social Justice

Minor: Politics and Interdisciplinary Writing

A place that feels like home: Boulder, CO—or the lemon trees in front of Haines

 

Dani is a sophomore in her first year as a writing adviser. She is passionate about writing as a creative art, mode of self-expression, and argumentative tool, and is excited to work with students to find excitement and enjoyment in their writing assignments. Outside of her work in the Writing Center, Dani enjoys collaging, Rocky Horror Picture Show, going hiking with her friends, and drinking too much coffee.

Esme Epstein

Esmé Epstein

 

Class of 2021

Major: History

Minor: Economics

A place that feels like home: Rome, Italy

 

Esmé is a Senior from New York City. This is her first year as a Writing Adviser, and she is super excited to help Oxy students with any part of their writing processes. Esmé believes that writing is like riding a bike — it only gets better with practice. She looks forward to meeting new people, collaborating with writers to outline and brainstorm ideas, and fostering a positive space for writers to learn and grow. In her free time, Esmé likes to go on hikes, visit museums, and try new coffee shops.

 

Quinlan Genrich

 

Class of 2022

Major: Diplomacy and World Affairs

Minor: Religious Studies

A place that feels like home: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Writing fellow

 

Quinlan is a sophomore from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and this is her first year as a writing advisor. As a writer advisor she hopes to encourage her peers to be confident in and excited about their writing. Outside of the Writing Center Quinlan enjoys playing the violin, going to Twins games and taking bike rides with her friends and family.

 

Charlotte Harrington

Charlotte Harrington

 

Class of 2023

Major: Psychology

A place that feels like home: Nashville, TN

 

Charlotte is a sophomore Psych major from Nashville, TN. She's excited to start her first year as a Writing Advisor! She hopes to help her peers craft well-organized papers and come to love the writing process. Outside of the WC, Charlotte loves going anywhere near the ocean, reading nonfiction books, and finding the best vegan ice cream.

 

Margot Hoffman

 

Class of 2022

Major: English

A place that feels like home: Los Angeles, CA

Writing fellow

 

Margot is a sophomore from Los Angeles. This is her first year as a writing adviser. She grew up with a love for creative writing that continues to shine through. While working at the writing center, Margot hopes to make the process of writing, brainstorming, and editing one that is collaborative and positive. When she isn’t writing, you can find her at the beach, playing with her three perfect dogs, or taking a long nap.

 

She works Wednesday from 7-9 and Thursday 9-11.

 

Zoobia Jilani

 

Class of 2021

Major: diplomacy and world affairs

Minor: history

A place that feels like home: southern CA

No Hours Fall 2020

 

Zoobia is a junior from Manhattan Beach, CA and this is her first year as a writing adviser. Zoobia believes that writing is a vital life skill, not just an academic necessity. She encourages people to not try and rush through the process, as each step of writing builds off of the previous one. She hopes that everyone comes to the Writing Center, not just for edits, but to continue progressing and improving your individual writing style. When the opportunity arises, Zoobia loves going off campus or just sitting in the quad with some friends and a good GB drink.

 

Jack Leonard

 

Class of 2022

Major: Chemistry 

Minor: Urban and Environmental Policy

A place that feels like home:

Denver, CO and Houston, TX

Writing fellow

 

Jack is a junior and is excited to be working again in the Writing Center! Young Jack would be surprised to find himself with this job because he used to hate writing for many reasons—he now loves it for the same reasons! He enjoys being able to craft original ideas and improve upon them throughout the writing process, realizing that a text is never truly finished. Apart from the Writing Center, you can find Jack doing chemistry research with the Hill Lab at Oxy, drinking an iced coffee, or tweeting.

 

River Lisius

River Lisius

 

Class of 2022

Major: Politics and English

Minor: Art History

A place that feels like home: Farmington Falls, Maine

 

River is a junior from a small ski town in rural Maine. She has a natural love for reading and writing, but it took her many visits to the Writing Center during her first year to learn the conventions of collegiate writing. Her favorite writing fun fact is that the root of the word "essay" comes from the french verb "essayer" meaning "to try," and she likes to think of all essays as constantly improving attempts. When she's not studying, River enjoys baking, reading poetry, talking during movies and going to art museums.

 

Claire Luethe

Claire Luethe

 

Class of 2022

Major: Chemistry

Minor: potentially Food Studies!

A place that feels like home: Seattle, WA

Writing fellow

 

This is Claire's second year as a writing advisor. As a writer, she enjoys drafting and seeing how ideas shift and emerge throughout the writing process. She is excited to learn and can’t wait to talk out big concepts with her peers. Outside of the Writing Center, Claire enjoys cooking and sewing (or watching other people cook and sew on YouTube!), taking care of her plants, and playing with her dog, Olive.  

 

Kia Mackey

 

Class of 2021

Major: biology

Minor: Public Health

A place that feels like home: Seattle, Washington

No Hours Fall 2020

 

Kia is a Junior from Seattle, Washington and this is her second year as a writing advisor. She believes that writing is an important skill to have no matter what discipline you are in. She hopes to create an inviting environment where individuals feel comfortable to seek guidance in how to effectively communicate their ideas through writing. Kia is also a member of the women’s soccer team at Oxy and enjoys sunsets, coffee, and going to the beach.

 

Grace Meschery McCormack

Grace Meschery-McCormack

 

Class of 2022

Major: Comparative studies in literature and culture

A place that feels like home: Sierraville, CA

 

As a first year, the WC was like a second home for me. Writing has always been something I did alone, but the Writing Center has allowed me to improve and refine my writing in collaboration and I am very excited to be working there and continue to collaborate with new people! When I am not at the WC, I like to explore small LA museums, historical houses and play solitaire.

 

Ima Odong

 

Class of 2021

Major:

(IPS) Critical Liberation Studies and Praxis

A place that feels like home:

Under the covers in my bed!

Writing fellow

 

Ima is a senior Critical Liberation Studies major. This is her third year as a writing advisor and second year as a fellow. Her goal is for incoming students to feel confident and in control of their academic lives by getting a grasp on college-level writing. She sees herself not just as a writing resource but a student resource in general. In her free time, she likes listening to her friends' playlists, getting lost in museums, and sitting in the sun. She hopes to see you (virtually) in the Writing Center soon!

Emma Pottenger

Class of 2021
Major: Sociology
Minor: English, Politics
A place that feels like home: Branford, Connecticut

Writing fellow

 

Emma is a junior Sociology major from Branford, Connecticut, and this is her second year as a writing adviser. She hopes to destigmatize the writing process and encourage students to think of writing essays as a liberating practice rather than a limiting one. Outside the WC, Emma listens to true crime podcasts and forgets to water her plants.

 

Aanya Rampuria

Aanya Rampuria

 

Class of 2023

Major: English

A place that feels like home: Singapore

 

Aanya is a sophomore and this is her first year working as a writing advisor. She hopes to help peers gain confidence in their writing and make it a more enjoyable process for everyone!

 

Charlotte Whorton

Charlotte Whorton

 

Class of 2023

Major: Undeclared, but probably Biology or Chemistry

A place that feels like home: Seattle, WA

 

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys running, exploring new places, and spending time with her loved ones. She is excited to work with the Oxy community as Writing Advisor this year. She can't wait to assist her peers in building such an important skill.

 

Bethany Widen

 

Class of 2021

Major: History

A place that feels like home: Mission Viejo, California

Writing fellow

 

Bethany is a senior from Orange County, California, and this is her third year as a Writing Advisor. She believes writing is a fundamental skill and loves working with peers to improve their writing though brainstorming ideas and developing organizational structures which reflect their ideas. Outside of the Writing Center, you can find Bethany visiting local museums, enjoying musical theater, reading anything history related, checking out new restaurants, or falling in love with the many dogs on campus.

 

Alika Williams

Alika Williams

 

Class of 2023

Major: Psychology

Minor: Music & Linguistics

A place that feels like home: Los Angeles

 

Alika is a sophomore psychology major from Las Vegas, Nevada, and this is his first year as a writing adviser. He believes that writing has the power to elicit change and is looking forward to encouraging writers to find and utilize their own unique perspectives. Outside of the Writing Center, Alika loves to skateboard and is part of Glee Club and Oxy's football and rugby teams.