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

Tricia Cavanaugh '14
Hello there, I’m Tricia and I am finishing up my last year at Trinity before returning to the mystical, faraway Land of Lincoln. I am a Neuroscience and Anthropology double major. I am also one of the Coordinators at Cinestudio and so it goes without saying that I LOVE movies- watching them, making them, and talking about them. I am also involved in Open Airways for Schools and Active Minds.  I am passionate about healthcare justice and hope to go to graduate school for nurse-midwifery after graduation. I love reading your papers and learning about all the exciting things going on in different classes at Trinity. Writing is such a powerful way to share ideas and I hope I can help you to refine your writing skills while you are here.  I hope to see you at the Writing Center soon!

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 junior, whose major is currently undecided. I am very excited to be working as a writing associate this year 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 member of the Women’s Soccer Team, The Trinity College Dischords, and the Fred, so I’m sure I’ve seen a lot of you out and about on campus. I can’t wait to meet you all! 
​Madeleine Dickinson '14
My name is Madeleine Dickinson and I am currently a senior, majoring in American Studies. I have been a writing associate since the beginning of my sophomore year and it has been such a rewarding experience. Other activities I participate in on campus include, Habitat for Humanity, The Trinity College Trinitones, and the Freshman Football tutoring program. This past summer I interned in New York for Penguin Publishing USA and I hope to pursue a career in Marketing or Public Relations. I would love to be of service to Trinity students who need help on any sort of writing assignment! I look forward to seeing you in the Writing Center!

Rachel DiPietro, IP

Greetings! My name is Rachael DiPietro and I am honored to be working in the Writing Center. I am an Educational Studies major and a proud IDP student.  I'm an outline junkie and live for bullet points. It has been my experience that with a strong and thorough outline, a paper tends to write itself. Deep down within all of us are the right words. As a writing associate, I hope to help students win the battle against the blank screen and draw those words out.

Brian Dones '15

Brendan Dowling '15
Hello! My name is Brendan Dowling and I'm a sophomore. I hope to double major in economics and public policy and law with a minor in models and data. In addition to being a Writing Associate, I'm a member of the varsity football team, I've been a TA in the math department, and I'm a participant in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I intend to pursue a career in finance. I enjoy writing because my voice as a writer is constantly evolving with new experiences, and it's exciting to see that evolution. I hope that I get to meet and work with you soon!

T. Clifford Dunlop
Hello fellow students !  My name is T (short for Theresa) Clifford Dunlop and I am an IDP student majoring in Philosophy.  I am excited to be a writing associate in this my senior year .  I have called upon the writing center many times in my career at Trinity and have found that a different perspective can open a world of possibilities.  A second point of view is invaluable not just when we are struggling to shape an idea, but also when we need that critical fine tuning which can mean the difference between a good paper and a great paper.  I cannot wait to see you!

Kristen Elia '14
Hey guys! My name is Kristen Elia and I am currently a senior, with a double major in English and Hispanic Studies. In addition to being a writing associate at the Writing Center, I am also a member of the Trinity Women’s Soccer team. My time here at Trinity has been amazing, and if there is one thing I have learned it is that writing is so crucial to success at Trinity and beyond. I would like to encourage you all to do the same; don’t hesitate to stop by at any point in your writing process!

Serena Elavia '14
My name is Serena Elavia and I am a senior majoring in economics with a minor in writing, rhetoric and media arts. On campus, I am a freshman writing studio coach, editor on the Tripod, member of the Honor Council and a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club. As well, I am a Fox News Channel University reporting intern and hope to pursue a career in either investigative or financial journalism. Outside of the Writing Center, I enjoy doing yoga, trying new foods, and shopping. I hope that I can be a helpful resource to Trinity students looking for help on papers, lab reports or any other writing material!

Carolina Galdiz '14

Greetings, Bantams! My name is Carolina Galdiz, and I am a senior majoring in International Studies and English Literature.  In addition to being a Writing Associate, I'm an RA in Frobb and a coxswain on the Men's Rowing Team.  I love writing because it is always a work in progress.  You can always change your writing and every time you read something, you stand to be changed.  To borrow a quote from Joseph Conrad, "My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel — it is, before all, to make you see. That — and no more, and it is everything. If I succeed, you shall find there according to your deserts: encouragement, consolation, fear, charm — all you demand; and, perhaps, also that glimpse of truth for which you have forgotten to ask.”  I'm looking forward to working 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.

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!

​Sarah Iuli '14

Hi there! My name is Sarah, and I am a senior here at Trinity. I am an English major and Studio Arts minor. While I love to read just about anything, I am partial to British Victorian literature.  In addition to reading, I also adore animals (especially dogs), am an avid hiker, and have a passion for music. I have known that I want to be an English teacher ever since Sophomore year of high school, and have had lots of experience tutoring in many different settings. I love every part of the writing process, from brainstorming to editing, and can’t wait to begin working with you all!

Sha Li '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.  

Rachel Ng '14
Hello there! My name is Rachel and I am a senior Public Policy and Economics double major. When I'm not burning the midnight oil at the library, I enjoy tasting Hartford's diverse choice of restaurants and traveling around the world. I never leave home without an interesting magazine and Mad Libs, even though [noun] finds it [adjective] because it was "so middle school". This game exemplifies what I love about the English language though - there are so many ways to communicate one idea, yet a slight change in punctuation or word choice can also change the meaning entirely. Ever seen this joke?: "Let's eat Grandpa!" versus "Let's eat, Grandpa!" ...Commas save lives! So if you want to save your old man and prevent another mishap, please visit me at 115 Vernon! I am here to help no matter what stage of the writing process you are in.

Forrest Robinette '16
Hello, my name is Forrest Robinette and I’m from Knoxville, Tennessee. I’m a sophomore here at Trinity and I’m majoring in English with a concentration in literature. I am an editor for the opinions section 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!

Whitney Ronshagen '14
Hello! My name is Whitney, and I am a senior Philosophy major with a minor in English Lit. This is my third year as a Writing Associate, and I have learned so much from my experiences at the Writing Center. In addition to being a Writing Associate, I am the co-president of the Philosophy Club, have been involved with WGRAC, and I am a First-Year Mentor. I hope to attend graduate school to receive a PhD and pursue career as a philosophy professor. When I'm not in the Writing Center, you can find me in my second home at the Library either working at the main circulation desk or studying. I greatly enjoy working with students from all disciplines at any stage of the writing process, so I hope you take advantage of the Writing Center. As a philosophy student, tutor, and mentor, my writing has immensely developed since I began at Trinity, and I hope to help you develop as a writer as well!

​Jackie Sanders '14

I'm currently a senior at Trinity College and originally from Buffalo, NY. I'm double majoring in English and psychology, with my English focus in creative writing. I've enjoyed my time at Trinity so far and have definitely taken advantage of its resources. Aside from being a writing associate, I'm a tour guide for admissions, writer for "The Tripod," first-year mentor, on the sailing team, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. I'm also a design consultant for Emma Graham Designs, a clothing brand based out of New York City. At Trinity, I host trunk shows and promote the clothing line. After Trinity, I'm not sure exactly what I want to do but I'd love to go into publishing or editing.

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!

Brittany Viola '14

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!