Writing Associates

Who Are the Writing Associates?

The Writing Associates Program was created in 1989 as a peer tutoring program to supplement faculty efforts and encourage a positive writing culture at Trinity. This has been an extremely successful endeavor, generating competition among Trinity's best students for the honor of a place in the program. Over 40 students take part in the Writing Associates Program each year. 2014 will mark our 25th anniversary. Learn more about applying to be a writing associate.

Meet This Year's Writing Associates!

​Hamdi Abdi '16

​Natalie Behenna '15
Hi! My name is Natalie Behenna and I am a senior at Trinity – time flies! I am a Southern California native majoring in English Literature and Psychology. In addition to working at the Writing center I play varsity soccer and spent the past spring semester abroad in Denmark. Post-graduation I hope to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner so I will be busy filling out nursing school applications when I am not helping all of you become better writers!

Shannon Burke '16

Maddie Burns '16

Marie Christner '15
Hey guys! My name is Marie, and I am a current junior at Trinity. I am a German Studies and English Literature double major. In addition to being a writing tutor, I am also a member of the Trinity College Trinitones (Trinity’s oldest all-female a Cappella group) as well as the Trinity College Chapel Singers and the Trinity College Choir. Obviously I love to sing, but my other hobbies include reading and spending time with my friends. Being a writing tutor is very important to me, because writing is such an integral part of the college experience. Hopefully I will see you all in the writing center!

​Alex Deluse '15

Hey everyone! I’m Alex Deluse and I am a senior. I am an English Literature major and a Music minor. I enjoy working as a Writing Associate because I love to write.  Being able to write well is important no matter what classes you are in and can be used in every aspect of your life. I’m hoping I can help make the writing process a little bit easier for you. Along with working in the Writing Center, I am a Student Admissions Associate and blogger for Admissions, in the steel pan ensemble, and a member of the Fred Pfeil Community Project, so I’m sure I’ve seen a lot of you out and about on campus. I can’t wait to meet you all!

Brian Dones '15

Brendan Dowling '16
Hello! My name is Brendan Dowling and I'm a junior majoring in economics. In addition to being a Writing Associate, I'm on the football team, a member of the Federal Reserve Challenge team, and co-President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I intend to pursue a career in financial services. Clearly expressing one's thoughts is an essential skill across all disciplines, and I really enjoy working with students on all types of writing. I hope I have the opportunity to meet and work with you soon!

Peter Ganem '15
Major: English Lit
High School : 3 Years at Torrington High School 2 at Suffield Academy
Hometown: Torrington Connecticut
On Campus: Played one year of Football at Trinity, yet had to give up due to a serious back injury with added concussions. I am also a Resident Life Assistant, Trinity College Senator At Large, in addition to a Writing Associate.
Future: Hoping to possibly extend my education in to graduate school and working in either education, public safety, or law.

Domonique Griffin '17
Hi guys! My name is Domonique Griffin (but you can call me Dom) and I am from Buffalo, New York. I am double majoring in Psychology and Education. When I'm not in the classroom or the writing center, you might find me fulfilling  my various RA duties, singing in the Trinity College Gospel Choir, or working as a teaching assistant for Ed Studies. Despite my busy schedule, I still find time to free write because there aren't many things I love more than writing. I look forward to meeting you!

Claire Hogan '16

Emily Horn '15
Hi! My name is Emily Horn and I am a Junior from the suburbs of Philadelphia double majoring in American Studies and Religion. In addition to my newfound involvement with the writing center I’m involved in a few things on campus, most notably the Fred Pfeil Community Project. I am excited to get to work in the writing center, so please stop by!

Griffin Hunt '17
My name is Griffin Hunt and I hail from San Francisco, California. Though I have not yet declared, I intend to major in Public Policy and Law and minor in Philosophy. At Trinity, I am involved with Barnyard Entertainment and the Guided Studies Program. During the summer, I teach the Tourism & Development course at The Island School, in The Bahamas. Teaching has given me a sincere passion for working with students and for helping to scaffold confidence within writers. I also enjoy playing squash, singing in the shower, feasting on Chipotle, and getting caught in the rain.

Varun Konanki '15
Hi! My name is Varun and I am currently a senior at Trinity. I am from Newton, MA and am a neuroscience major. In addition to working at the writing center, I am a member of the wrestling team and treasurer of Alpha Chi Rho. My goal after college is to go to medical school. I am looking forward to working with you all at the writing center!

Alice Khabituyeva '17

Joy Kim '17
Hello! My name is Joy Kim and I’m a sophomore Economics and Urban Studies double-major. I hail from Brea, California (in the infamous Orange County) and have survived my first New England winter. On campus, I am a Residential Assistant in Funston Hall, Secretary of Chapel Council, member of the Trinity College Gospel Choir, and Social Chair of the Charleston House of Interfaith Cooperation. My hope as a Writing Associate is to instill confidence in writers and help them find their voice. Can’t wait to meet you!

Madeleine Kim '16
Hello! My name is Maddie Kim and I'm a junior from New Jersey majoring in English Lit. Besides working as a Writing Associate, I am also a member of the Trinity College Dance Company and a first year mentor.  In my free time I enjoy learning about fitness, inventing new recipes and playing with my two amazing jack russell terriers.  I can't wait to see you in the Writing Center this year!

Sha Li '16
Hello! My name is Sha Li, and I’m a junior double-majoring in Economics and French. I was born and raised in Mainland China, but have been living and studying in the US for the past 6.5 years (I studied abroad in Paris, France last semester). Aside from being a Writing Associate, I’m a member of Student Government Association’s Budget Committee, a Chapel Singer, and a Teaching Assistant for Econometrics. This is my second year working in the Writing Center, and I have thoroughly enjoyed helping my fellow peers become more confident and effective in their writings. Please don’t hesitate to stop by; I look forward to meeting you soon!

Taylor Low '16

Ana Medina ‘16

Hello everyone! My name is Ana Medina and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a Writing, Rhetoric, and Media minor. Aside from being a writing associate, I am also the co-coordinator of Students Against Sexual Assault, social chair of La Voz Latina, program assistant of the Health Center, member of the Tripod, and a first year mentor for Professor Raskin’s seminar. I enjoy being involved in all types of activities and hope to pursue a career in student affairs. I want students to become confident writers and am thrilled to be a guide in that process.  

Erica Quinones '16
Hey guys! My name is Erica Quiñones and I am a junior here at Trin. I am majoring in Biology with the hopes of attending dental school once I graduate. In addition to working as a writing associate, I also play for the softball team and I helped co-found Trinity’s Pre-Dental Society. Whether it’s a lab report or an essay, feel free to stop by- I’d be more than happy to help!

Forrest Robinette '16
Hello, everyone! My name is Forrest Robinette and I’m from Knoxville, Tennessee. I’m a junior here at Trinity and I’m majoring in English with a concentration in literature. I am the editor-in-chief of the Trinity Tripod and a member of Trinity’s improv group, The Moveable Joints. Aside from literature, I’m interested in theatre, history, and film. It’s always a pleasure to work with students in the Writing Center and I hope you will drop by sometime!

Elaina Rollins ‘16

Hello! My name is Elaina Rollins and I am currently a sophomore at Trinity College. My hometown is Columbus, OH – an eleven hour drive from Hartford. Although I grew up in the Midwest, I am enjoying my time on the East Coast. I have not declared a major, but I know I am interested in educational studies and public policy. Aside from being a Writing Associate, I enjoy working on the Trinity Tripod as a News Editor.  My interest in writing stems from my love of reading, a hobby that occupies most of my free time. I hope to see you in the Writing Center this year!

Will Schreiber-Stainthorp '15
Alright, then. My name’s Will Schreiber-Stainthorp, hailing from Chicago. As far as I can tell, I’m available to help you with nearly everything – whether you want to write about 19th century female novelists in America or craft an email to your ex-girlfriend to tell her why everything’s her fault or just get advice on what hairstyle would suit you best. I’m a neuroscience major, but I still have to wrap my mangled fingers around a pen and bleed raw emotion onto the page every now and then, so I might be able to prod you in the right direction. Anyway, don’t hesitate to come over: it might look like I’m brooding, but usually that’s just an optical illusion brought on by my powerful eyebrows. So hey: I don’t know what the future holds in store for me and you, but given our fiery, pulsing hearts and scathing good looks, I can barely contain myself.

Sierra Slade '15
Hello! My name is Sierra Slade. I am from northern Illinois and a junior at Trinity College. I am majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Philosophy. Apart from being a writing associate,  I am a member of the Fred Pfeil Community Project and a community service volunteer through the Trinity organization JELLO. I am very excited to be a writing associate this year. Writing is an essential skill in college and beyond, so I encourage you all to stop by. I look forward to working with you!

​Sara Smith '15

Hi guys! My name is Sara Smith and I am a junior. I hope to major in Economics with a double minor in French and Formal Organizations. In addition to being a Writing Associate, I am a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) at Trinity. I am excited to see you all in the writing center this year; do not hesitate to stop by!

Nykia Tanniehill '15
Hi all! I'm Nykia Tanniehill and I am currently a junior here at Trinity. I'm an American Studies major and a Writing, Rhetoric, & Media minor. On campus, I'm a First-Year Mentor, a barista at the Underground Coffeehouse, and a member of the Trinity College Quirks. My interests include dance, reality TV, shoe shopping, people watching, and writing. I'm so excited to join this passionate team of Writing Associates and chat with you about whatever stage of the writing process you're in. I hope you'll drop by sometime!

Molly Thoms '17

Evan Turiano '16
Hi! My name's Evan Turiano, and I'm from New Canaan, CT.  I'm a junior, and I am majoring in American Studies with a minor in Legal Studies.  Aside from working as a Writing Associate, I'm a Quest Leader, I'm involved with the Outdoors Club and the TREEhouse, and I am a DJ at WRTC.  Hiking and dogs are some of my favorite things, so if you are writing a paper about them come see me.  Can't wait to meet you!

Abigail Whalen ‘15

Hello everyone! My name is Abigail Whalen and I am a junior here at Trinity College. I am majoring in Biology and am on a pre-medical track as well. Besides from being a writing associate I work at the college bookstore, do research with a member of the biology faculty, and am a first-year mentor. This fall will mark my first year as a writing associate and I am more than excited to start tutoring! Writing had always been that scary subject looming over my head until I realized how enjoyable it could be to write about a subject you are passionate about. Writing, especially in the scientific field, has become a joy and I am excited to start working with anyone who needs help!