Caroline is from Sarasota, Florida. She is a sophomore philosophy and literature major who applied to CMC with an essay deconstructing her mixed feelings about the Oxford Comma (But she promises not to spend your entire consultation session discussing the comma’s merits and flaws with you.) She thinks balance is important, so when she’s not helping students at the Center for Writing, she is working as the news editor of The Student Life or copy editing for the Los Angeles Review of Books. She closely identifies with Liz Lemon from “30 Rock” and is still trying to decide if that’s a good or bad thing.
Rae Brookshire is a sophomore from Los Angeles, dedicated fully to not finding a major. She can be found yearning for Motley coffee, printing in Poppa lab, and (most often) ruminating over second sentences. Rae also runs with her beloved Stagthenas and edits international content for the Claremont Port Side. As a copy editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books, she believes, like Collete, that “all writing leads to more writing.”
Christie Capper is from near San Francisco, CA. She enjoys drinking chocolate milk, playing ping pong, and jumping--into fresh water lakes, newly raked piles of leaves, and piles of snow. She is currently a Management-Engineering student, but likes discussing other topics such as current events and politics. She would love to help you with your essay, regardless of the subject! Please come visit!
Kenny Cunanan hails from the always interesting travel destination of Los Angeles California, and is planning to major in something that interests him. (Un)fortunately, most of the majors at the school interest him, so he's going through an intense vetting process, which will be completed by next semester (hopefully). He loves hearing himself talk, but what he enjoys more than talking is listening to other people share their stories. This tendency manifests itself primarily in late night conversations with his precocious roommate Nadeem. When not working as a consultant for the Center for Writing, Kenny works as a consultant for SOURCE and as a graphic designer that makes weird little posters for various organizations. Elsewhere, he can be heard laughing at his own jokes, and belting lyrics from various musicals.
Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, Jess is a Government major who spends her free time reading, hiking, and referencing the Founding Fathers. Jess is passionate about American constitutionalism, but she is excited to work with you on papers of all subjects. On campus, Jess also works as a Lead Consultant for SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting and as a Staff Writer for the Port Side.
Elizabeth (who is far more likely to respond to Ducky) is from a northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois. After a year of studying off-campus, she is thrilled to be back at CMC! When she is not helping peers craft concise, powerful essays she enjoys encouraging future students to commit to CMC while interviewing applicants for the admissions office, cleaning her apartment, writing thesis, and enjoying the SoCal weather. When not in a consulting session, she would be more than happy to discuss the inherent supremacy of dogs over cats, almost any show on television, or the plight of lemurs in Madagascar. She is looking forward to seeing the reader of this bio in the Center for Writing and Public Discourse!
Nadeem is from the distant land of Rancho Cucamonga, California. Currently a Government and Economics major, he enjoys engaging in philosophical and political discussions late at night with his roommate, Bruno Mars (known informally as Kenny Cunanan). When not giving tours and travelling for competitive club tournaments, Nadeem spends his time debating, watching movies, researching international and domestic politics, dancing, singing, hanging out with friends, and telling many (very, very, very, VERY many) cheesy puns and jokes. With extensive experience in argumentation and discussion characterizing his academic career, Nadeem is excited to serve as a consultant for the Writing Center.
Carly is from Bellevue, Washington. She divides her time between art, Pedal Spin, AquaFit and dance (at some point, you may even see her in a Reverb hip hop performance). Carly loves Claremont, but she left her heart in Madrid where she lived and studied this past summer. Having taught as a tutor and a choreographer throughout high school, Carly is enjoying the opportunity to continue working with other students as a writing consultant.
Lauren Gonzalez is from Sacramento, California and is a Biology & Literature dual major. When not at the Center, she is most likely to be found on the second floor of the Keck Science Department, either working in lab or recruiting for the Keck folk band (currently still in the planning stages). She is always happy to talk about papers, presentations, cover letters, Edinburgh, the molecular responses of plants to heat stress, folk music, and/or Harry Potter, among other things.
Laila Heid is a senior majoring in Government at Claremont McKenna College. Although she is originally from Seattle, Laila likes to consider herself a resident of both Washingtons, as she hopes to reside in Washington D.C. after graduation. On campus, Laila is an active member of CMC's theater troupe, Under the Lights, and is also one of the RAs of Stark Hall. She is excited to be a part of such a great team, and hopes to help her peers in any way she can!
Currently in her senior year at CMC, McKenzie is originally from a little town called Kalispell in northwest Montana. She knows her way around a grizzly bear and has taken on a mountain or two in her day, but don't let that scare you. Wilderness-loving aside, McKenzie studies Psychology and Literature, and aims to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology after graduating from CMC. She has also studied French for about six years, spending the fall of 2012 abroad in the picturesque city of Aix-en-Provence, France. When not working at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, she can be found raising money for the school as a student manager at Phonenite or assisting professors with psychology research. During her free time, McKenzie enjoys doing ballet and modern dance, playing her guitar and singing, or simply being outdoors.
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Hyo Sung Joo hails from South Korea. Yes, it's okay to call him Hyo, and yes, that's a "yo" with an H-sound. Hyo Sung majors in International Relations, with a thematic focus on national security, which will prepare him (for sure!) for army service later. We will have to see. Also, with a long-distance love for football - the English one - Hyo trusts that Tottenham Hotspurs will win the League someday. He has taken on average 2.2 government classes each semester, which makes him an approachable consultant for those scary 25+ page research papers.
Sadly, this is Aliza's last semester at CMC, and sadder still, this means her last semester at the CWPD has commenced. As a Religious Studies major, Aliza has taken a generous sip of the humanities kool-aid. In particular, she loves pouring over philosophy papers. Hit her with your most obscure Levinas; she's up to the challenge! She is currently working on her senior thesis, which will explore the connection between Ashkenazi Jews and comics. When she's not writing her thesis, she can be spotted at the West End Shelter for Animals in Ontario, coveting the puppies she cannot bring back to Auen. Additionally, she loves yogurt and even skyr, which is technically a type of soft cheese. After graduation she will return to New York, where she interned with Random House and Writers House LLC, to establish a career in commercial fiction editorial. She hopes that her starry-eyed ambitions will not be (utterly) dismissed within a week.
Simon is majoring in Biology and Economics. His interests include dancing, writing, and rooting for his favorite sports teams. As an avid Broncos fan, Simon wholeheartedly believes that Tim Tebow will develop into the best quarterback to ever play the game of football. Simon spends his weekends studying Organic Chemistry and volunteering at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. In addition to assisting students at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, Simon works as a Lab TA for General Chemistry. He has taken numerous science courses, and is very familiar with the structure of lab reports.
Gracie is originally from the High Plains of Texas, the bustling city of Lubbock to be more precise, where the cotton grows as thick as the Texan accents. She majors in International Relations, with a focus on Security Studies, and she loves her job at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse. When she isn’t working with wicked writing in the Center, you can find Gracie sparring in the boxing ring above Ducey, craving Mexican food, or walking around campus singing loudly to herself (her roommates like to joke that it allows for them to keep track of her everywhere she goes). Gracie adores spending time in the California sunshine, she loves to read and write, and that pretty much sums her up!
A Literature and International Relations dual major from Menlo Park, California, Regina enjoys hiking, Mexican food, Latin American literature, and cats. Apart from working at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, Regina plays for the CMS volleyball team, works in the equipment room, and hopes to study abroad in Prague. Some more of her favorite things include spending time with her brothers, and eating breakfast for dinner. She’s also never met a Harrison Ford movie she didn’t like. Regina is happy to help students of every discipline with papers at any stage of the writing process, and is available to help with beginning level Spanish papers as well.
Shree is a Government-Economics dual major. In addition to consulting at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, she works for the Keck Center of International and Strategic Studies and is a research assistant for the Government department. Her academic interests include (but definitely aren't limited to): sustainable development, History, Government/International Relations, Literature, and Gender Studies. In her free time, she can be found strumming her guitar idly or reading decidedly nonacademic science fiction and fantasy novels. That, or watching reruns of Castle or Firefly.
Claudia is a proud native of Hollywood, California. Ironically, she witnessed her first snowfall while studying abroad in “sunny” Southern Spain. During her time at CMC, she has managed to combine her passion for politics and tapas by dual majoring in Government and Spanish with a sequence in Leadership Studies. When she is not reviewing papers in two languages at the CWPD, you can find Claudia working as a Research Assistant and Editor for KLI, cheering loudly at a Stags Soccer game, or co-authoring a blog which recounts the days in the life of a sassy Maltese named “Ladybug.”
For Veronica Salas, home is where the heat is. Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, she will graduate this year with a degree in International Relations. Having just returned from a year-long study abroad hiatus in Chile and Argentina, Veronica is beyond excited to be back at the Center. When she is not on shift, you might find her hibernating under some blankets with thesis material in hand or basking in the sunlight at Scripps pool – but again, always toting a few readings.
Nora is from far-away Charlottesville, Virginia. She is a double major in Economics and Anthropology with her sights set on someday working in and with developing nations. While Nora dreams of someday running her own business, one of her most fond ambitions is to get old and sit on her porch in a rocking chair, spending each day writing in the sunshine. For now, she is delighted with teaching yoga, writing articles and editing for “The Forum," and adoring CMC and life in general. Bring her a paper of ANY topic, and she will be genuinely excited and you will have made her day!
Clancy Tripp is from Indiana where she is surrounded by cornfields and the state beverage is water. She is currently a Literature and Media Studies major who takes, in the registrar’s opinion, entirely too many Creative Writing classes. She also works for The Forum and recently began her own CMC-centric satire site called The Golden Antlers. She is a staunch defendant of the Oxford comma but will still be friends with you if you forget to use it. She looks forward to tutoring you!
Caroline Ward is a sophomore from Edina, Minnesota interested in Economics/Accounting and Literature. When not at the CWPD, she can likely be found practicing at the tennis courts with her fellow CMS Athenas. In her free time, Caroline enjoys perusing farmers markets, watching Netflix documentaries, and spending time near large bodies of water. She is extremely excited to be a new member of the amazing consultant team!
Chloe is from Seoul, Korea. She is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Chloe plans to go on to graduate school right after college but later hopes to be "that lucky girl" who takes over the most coveted seat behind the news desk at KBS, a major TV station in South Korea. While not working at the Center for Writing, she can be found walking around campus with her pink "sunbrella,” taking impulsive road trips to the beach, or exploring different cafes around Claremont. She looks forward to working with her peer writers on a variety of writing assignments.
Andy Willis is a Government major and a senior. Aside from consulting at the CWPD, Andy is an Athenaeum fellow for this academic year and he is passionate about politics, popular culture, and CMC’s Model United Nations team. Andy’s identity as the son a Polish girl from Massachusetts who found a Canadian boy from California in Germany and then subsequently gave birth to his sister and him in a suburb of Kuala Lumpur is not exactly straightforward. Therefore, he appreciates complexity and he realizes that there is always more behind a paper than the product itself. On the topic of subjects of expertise, he is a bit of a generalist and looks forward to being surprised, intrigued, and pleasantly befuddled by the varied papers brought to the Center.