Peer Tutor Bios

Aaron Barlin

Hi, everyone! I’m Aaron Barlin, a second-year student majoring in English and Education. Although I’m passionate about reading, writing, and education, in my free time, I’m often playing video games or napping. As you could maybe guess by my majors, I am studying to become a high school English teacher. Being an English teacher would give me the chance to lead students toward more developed writing, allowing them to realize the deep potential that comes with effectively demonstrating their own, unique voice. But tapping into that potential—becoming a great writer—is an arduous and never-ending journey: nevertheless, I’m excited to do whatever I can to help you along!

Sam Chen

Hello, everyone! My name is Ziwen (Sam) Chen, a third year international student from Mainland China. I am double majoring in Business Administration and Quantitative Economics, hoping to add a minor in Statistics. When not occupied by work and school, I enjoy reading world history, especially Greek and Roman history. I also like to write fiction and fairy tales. Writing is an important skill of recording your ideas and an excellent way to express your creativity, so keeping improving as an effective writer is always helpful. Don’t be hesitant to come to Writing Center when you have any concerns in writing; feel free to ask us questions, and we are here for you. I am so excited to work as a peer tutor in this academic year that I cannot wait to meet you all! See you soon!

Michelle Chung

Hello! My name is Michelle Chung, and I am a second-year Political Science major. I aspire to work in the field of international development upon completion of my studies. One of my greatest passions is to help others and serve my community, which is precisely why I am so grateful for this opportunity to work with you in developing your writing. An avid reader and writer, I feel that writing is an extremely valuable skill that will aid you no matter what path you choose to pursue in life. That being said, I look forward to assisting you this year!

Ysabel Cubos

Hi everyone! My name is Ysabel Cubos and I’m a third year Business Economics and Political Science double major. As an international student from the Philippines, I understand that writing essays and research papers can sound intimidating, whether English is your first language or not. I’m here to guide you in communicating effectively, and I hope that you see that writing can be really fun!

When I’m not discussing ideas for essays and research papers, I also enjoy learning about Supreme Court cases, watching Broadway musicals, and traveling around the world.

Aside from being a peer tutor, I am also the Co-President of the Pre-Law Society. My dream of becoming a federal judge definitely stems from my love for reading and writing. I believe that every author has the ability to convey an important message, including you! I look forward to helping you organize your ideas, write eloquently, and eventually succeed in your papers this year.

Amber Sam Fong

Hello everyone! My name is Amber Sam Fong, and I’m a fourth-year Psychology – Social Behavior major with a minor in English. In addition to that I’m a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. For me, I like to read so much that I would probably live in a book store if I could! I think it’s important to write about things that you enjoy. For instance, I wouldn’t mind being a food critic! Sounds like fun!

Writing can be a challenging process, but we can be successful if we work together. I look forward to the next year ahead with you. Let’s enjoy the journey!

Max Gonzalez

Hi, everyone! I’m Max Gonzalez, and I’m a fourth year double major in English and Spanish. When I’m not occupied reading and writing essays in both languages, I write fiction, poetry for UCI’s spoken word club, and cryptic lyrics for my progressive metal band. I love reading strange stories, going to concerts, and learning new languages. Double majoring and being part of the Campuswide Honors Program have given me the chance to write about a huge variety of topics, and I hope to use these experiences to help address any trouble you may have with your writing. Have a fantastic and successful year!

Irene Kim

Hi! My name is Irene Kim and I am a fourth-year English major.  I am an avid reader and writer. I believe that the ability to clearly and effectively translate the chaos of the human thought process into a coherent voice is the cornerstone of all academic pursuits. I am also interested in stories—the stories we tell each other, the stories we tell ourselves, and the power and potency that the malleability of language gives to us. I am excited by all the potential language possesses, and I hope to explore some of that with you. Hope to see you soon!

Emily La

Hello, everyone! My name is Emily La, a fourth year majoring in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. I’ve been writing and editing for as long as I can remember, and I still do so on a daily basis, so you can count on me to give the best feedback on your work. I love discussing ideas and outlines, whether for essays, stories, or other media, and I believe writing is an excellent way to convey them. My dream is to one day become a published author, and I’ve currently been working on and off on a novel with someone very important to me. Due to unforeseeable circumstances, progress has been slow, but it hasn’t been stopped! I hope you’ll also adopt the same mindset towards your writing when we work together–keep marching forward on the path you wish to take, even if the obstacles daunt you!

Caylyn Lawson

Hello! My name is Caylyn Lawson. I am a fourth year Sociology major with a minor in English. I am also a member of the Black Student Union. I have been reading and writing since I was a child and my goal has always been to become a published author and essayist. I enjoy writing essays, poems, and prose. I am also interested in activism and incorporating that into my writing. I enjoy helping people who are struggling with writing have less difficulty with it and to see the importance it has. I am looking forward to working with you.

Melisa Lu

Hi, everyone! My name is Melisa Lu. I’m currently a fourth year, triple majoring in Psychology & Social Behavior, Education Sciences, and English. Ever since I was a little kid embarking on my first Pokémon journey, I’ve loved the art of storytelling. I believe we create stories everyday just by being alive, and that we listen to them all the time – in films, pictures, novels, music – across various cultures, from many different kinds of individuals. Writing is often seen as difficult, but if you just think of it as a means for communicating a message, then we do it all the time! Even something as simple as a text conveys something you want to (or don’t want to) say, right? There’re just different forms to it, and everyone has their own unique “voice” to show off. For me, writing is a wonderful way of opening up your world and exploring new ones!

During my chill time, I enjoy playing video games, analyzing anime/manga, reading and writing fanfiction, editing music videos, and otherwise indulging in existentialist musings. My goal is to become an amazing high school teacher, one that can inspire others to love stories and writing just as much. “Sunlight” is my favorite word, because it’s warm and bright~

I hope to see you soon! :’D

Leanne Ozaki

Hi everyone!

My name is Leanne Ozaki, and I’m a fourth year English major with a sociology minor. When I’m not laboring over critical essays or pouring over scholarly articles, I love experimenting in the kitchen and binging on Netflix. College level writing can be intimidating, but there’s no need to stress! After countless hours composing and editing essays, I’m happy to share tips and strategies that will make writing a much easier (and dare I say enjoyable?) experience. Writing, even academic writing, is always an expression of the author, and I look forward to helping you express yourself through the written word. Good luck, and I hope I’ll see you soon!

Chase Robinson

Hello, everyone! My name is Chase Robinson and I am a second year History major with an Emphasis in Future Teaching. When I am not analyzing fallen civilizations or bloody battles, you can find me perusing a good read or frolicking through my “happy place,” Disneyland.

My writing experiences include everything from scribbling cursive letters in elementary school to writing for Cappies (a theater critic program), through which I was published in the Orange County Register ten times over the course of three years.

I ultimately believe that writing is a vehicle for creative expression, and my goal this year is to help you articulate yourself on paper so you better interact with the world around you. With that said, I look forward to working with you and helping you craft your own personal narratives (no matter if they are essays, lab reports, or research papers) over this academic year! Best of luck and zot on!!

Daniela Sider

Hey Peers! My name is Daniela Sider and I’m a double major in Dance and International Studies. I grew up in Argentina, Morocco and Southern Spain, and have danced in every one of those countries, admiring and embodying cultural diversity and movement all along. As an internationally minded activist, I enjoy challenging and influencing others, as an athletic artist, I enjoy dynamic performance (on stage and on paper!), and as a student of university and of life, I enjoy constantly learning and multitasking. But don’t get me wrong, I love relaxing, especially on the beach with my guitar, as my laid-back, Andalusian culture has taught me!

This year, I am confident that together we can take the writing process to the next level, making it less terrifying or simply easier and more fluid, and maybe even begin to see writing though an artistic lens, embracing ‘writing tasks’ as opportunities for self-expression and intellectual discovery.

I look forward to getting to know you and, of course, working with you!

Chelsea Smith

Hello out there! My name is Chelsea, and I am in my final year at UCI. On my days off from school and tutoring, you can find me hunkered down in a coffee shop sipping lattes and drafting essays. I nerd out on grammar and well-crafted sentences, and I love writing poetry and short stories, working on my novel, and helping my peers with essays. Seeing a student have an ‘Aha!’ moment always makes my day, and I hope to experience as many of those moments as I can this year. See you soon!

Harrison Su

Hi peers, my name is Harrison Su and I am a Business Economics major. I grew up in Taiwan and moved to San Francisco for school. For the past few years, I have had the opportunity to be involved in many cool projects and jobs that take me around the world. In my spare time, I like to write in my journal to keep track of my personal goals and to help me think about my next steps in life. Some of the writing classes that I have taken at the college level were life changing, and I hope the same for you as well.

Therasa Topete

Hello! My name is Therasa Topete and I am a fifth year student majoring in both History and Religious Studies. I am a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society and will begin the Humanities Honors Program this academic year. I have a great passion for writing and learning in general, and hope to become an accomplished and inspiring educator. I look forward to working with you and assisting you in your academic success. Have a great year!

Katie Wegmann

Hi! I’m Katie Wegmann, and I’m a fourth year drama major and political science minor. For a lot of people, writing an essay is a hugely stressful experience – but it doesn’t have to be that way at all. As a reformed procrastinator, I can also tell you that time management might have a little something to do with it. When I’m not tutoring, I’m probably either playing Quidditch, rewatching Parks and Recreation, or reading. Good luck this year!

Samantha Wilson

Hello everyone! My name is Samantha Wilson, and I am a third year majoring in both English and Education, and hoping to add a minor in Comparative Literature. When not immersed in school or work, you can probably find me curled up in a corner reading a good book or catching up on my favorite TV shows with some caffeine at my side. Writing is an excellent way to express your knowledge, creativity and individuality, even within a school setting, so never give up on improving as a writer! I am so excited to be working as a writing tutor this year and to be helping you improve upon your writing skills. Don’t be scared to ask about any concerns you have when it comes to writing; we are here to help you. I look forward to meeting you!

Caytlin Yoshioka

Hiya! My name is Caytlin Yoshioka. I’m a third-year majoring in History and Political Science, but before joining such writing-intensive majors I was actually a Studio Art major! I spent at least 15 years of my life aspiring to be a cartoonist, like the other cartoonists in my family, before I realized that writing was a more effective creative outlet for me–to the disappointment of my cartoonist relatives. That’s not to say I’ve abandoned the other forms of art. I spend my free time building furniture, drawing comics, and trying out new recipes. I’m excited to work with you through the writing process!