Peer Tutor Bios

Dachelle Alo

Hello everyone! My name is Dachelle Alo, a third year Informatics major. When I’m not coding, I love to read, especially science fiction novels. In the past, I’d spend hours writing my own fictional stories, and I even pride myself on winning 3 Young Author awards in elementary school. I believe writing is an essential skill for creativity. Expression. Discussion. As a writing tutor, I hope I can help others improve and feel proud of their work. I hope I can help students achieve milestones in their writing career, whether it be large or small. I look forward to working with you this year!

Ellie Andrews

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Andrews, but I go by Ellie. I am a fourth-year Bio major so most of the time my brain is focused on science, but I also love to write. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always written stories and loved reading them just as much as I did writing them. I believe writing is an extremely important skill to all areas of life and hope to convey this throughout the year. Can’t wait to get started!

Amanda Bishop

Greetings! My name is Amanda Bishop. I am currently a fourth year triple majoring in Psychological Sciences, Education Sciences, & English. Since I was a kid, I have always wanted to teach. I started at UCI as an Education major and quickly branched out to pursue other fields to incorporate my love for teaching with my personal passions of literature and psychology.

Outside of reading and writing, I am involved in a Working Memory and Brain Plasticity Research Lab on campus where I have completed multiple independent and group projects. I am also in the Campuswide Honors Program which has provided me a lot of opportunities to learn more about academia and research. If you don’t see me bunkered down in the library immersed in my studies, you might see me in Aldrich Park listening to music and enjoying nature, or at one of my favorite places (and workplace) Barnes & Noble.

I am extremely excited to serve the community and provide tutoring services so that I can share my own love for reading and writing, but also strengthen my skills as a future educator. I look forward to meeting you, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have!

Adrianna Burton

Hi potential tutees! I am Adrianna Burton, an academic fourth year majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing. My favorite hobbies include bingeing Netflix, reading, writing, and enjoying Aldrich Park. My passion for writing stemmed mostly from my nerdy childhood spent playing video games and reading any book I could get my hands on. As an English major, I love being able to realize my childhood dreams and use my writing skills to inspire and educate others. While writing is my passion, I understand how it is extremely difficult at the same time. Whether it is a 10 page (minimum :c ) paper or a daunting creative writing assignment, I am so excited to help you get through–and hopefully enjoy–anything you need help with. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Joseph Colarian

Hi there! I’m Joseph Colarian, a junior studying political science and philosophy here at UCI. I’m passionate about public discourse and the power of ideas in a democratic society, so writing has always been at the center of my educational and political experience. I believe everyone has an important perspective to bring to the table, and improving your writing is the best way to make that perspective identifiable and constructive in achieving your goals. Outside of the writing center, I am a member of UCI’s Mock Trial team, ASUCI, and the Campuswide Honors Collegium. I love to read (mostly nonfiction), paint, and travel. I look forward to meeting you and serving as a resource for your writing needs.

Sophia Donaire

Hi future tutees! My name is Sophia and I am a second year biology major. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, painting, and playing volleyball. For me, writing has been a tool I employ to reconcile my loud mind with my usual quiet self. I know writing can feel tedious or overwhelming, but I hope I can help you channel your frustrations with your writing assignment into a coherent and expressive piece you can feel proud of. I am eager to be a part of the tutoring team and look forward to working with you!

Rachel Dunkin

Hello! My name is Rachel Dunkin and I am a fourth year Business Administration major with a Psychology and Social Behavior minor. I have always found enjoyment in writing and creating work that I feel proud of and I am super excited to help others feel the same pride in their own writing. I love making new friends and helping others which has influenced me to get involved with the Red Cross Club at UCI, intern at the DREAM Center on campus this year, and co-lead the Hiking Club at UCI-maybe I will see some of you at meetings! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with other writers and meet anyone who stops by, I am looking forward to a great year with you all!

Farida Erikat

Hey everyone! My name is Farida Erikat and I’m a third-year currently majoring in Psychology and Social Behavior, or Psychological Science (recent name change I haven’t gotten on board with), and potentially Education Sciences. I’m from San Diego and in my free time I like to spend time with family (including my cat), over-quote old vines, and read books with steaming cups of tea beside me. I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember, but a turning point for me was when my fifth grade teacher forced me to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone so I could get into more complex novels. I prefer creative writing over professional writing but this year I look forward to helping you with both, and whatever else is on your mind; well, as long as it pertains to writing and research of course.

Lauren Fillet

Hello! My name is Lauren Fillet, and I’m a fifth year Psychology & Social Behavior major, Gender & Sexuality Studies minor. I love writing, as I have always found it to be the way to most eloquently and effectively express myself. My goal as a writing tutor is to encourage and inspire those I work with to develop strong writing process habits and find great satisfaction in the writing they produce. Don’t hesitate to come by the Writing Center when you feel stuck, overwhelmed, or frustrated by a writing assignment; helping you through these times is literally our specialty! I’m thrilled to be a part of the tutoring team, and I look forward to working with you this year.

Hafsah Ganatra

Hey, everyone! My name is Hafsah, and I’m currently a fourth year Biology major. While many of my interests lie within the science field, I have a fierce passion for reading and writing. Though the importance of writing is often overlooked in different majors, I believe that writing is a fundamental skill needed in all fields. The ability to express yourself and communicate through words cannot be overemphasized. Although writing has never been especially easy for me, I’ve always tried to challenge myself through practicing and learning. As a result, I’ve seen my writing improve and develop tremendously. I’m excited to use this opportunity to help others witness the same progress in their own writing. When I’m not reading a new book or writing fictional stories, you can find me binging tv shows on Netflix and hiking. I look forward to meeting and working with everyone this year!

Rachel Garlick

Hello! My name is Rachel Garlick! I am from Oakland, California and in my fourth year here at UCI. I am double majoring in Education Sciences and English. In my spare time I love to hike, go to the beach and work on my photography. English and writing have always been my favorite subjects in school, and I am super excited to share that with you guys this year!

Caitlyn Johnson

Hello! My name is Caitlyn Johnson and I’m a second year Film and Media Studies and English major. Aside from writing, I usually spend my time reading (naturally), listening to/making music, bingeing my favorite shows, and playing card games. As a tutor, I aim to help others explore their ideas, put them on paper, and build their confidence as writers. I have experience with Humanities Core and humanities-geared writing, but I’m happy to help with any kind of project or question! I look forward to meeting and working with you!

Tommy Li

WHAT’S UP UCI! My name is Tommy, and I’m absolutely STOKED to help out! I was a terrible writer when I was younger, and I’m happy to say that I’m slightly better than terrible now. On a more serious note, I have always loved helping others- whether it be volunteering at the food bank or tutoring high school students. I’m excited for the opportunity to help my peers grow and improve as writers, and I look forward to growing with everyone I meet!

Sarah Mayo

Hello! I’m Sarah, a third year English Major getting an Emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in Art History. Reading and writing are my passions, and I have been lucky to pursue many avenues involving them, including as a private tutor and administrative assistant. I am also helping foster creative voices at UCI as the current Editor-in-Chief of New Forum. In my rare moments of spare time, I love reading poetry, watching television, singing along to musicals, and attempting to lift weights. I look forward to helping you create the best version of your writing!

Xuan Nguyen

Hello everyone! My name is Xuan Nguyen, and I am an English and History major here at UCI and a member of the Campuswide Honors Program. When I am not busy with school, you’ll more than likely find me reading mysteries, thrillers, or fantasy novels, crafting/ watercoloring, watching my favorite shows, or nursing my Korean Drama addiction. The ability to articulately communicate what we think, feel, and believe with the world around us is a vital skill I believe everyone needs. Therefore, I really look forward to meeting and working with you!

K Persinger

Hi all! My name is K Persinger, and I’m a transfer student from Saddleback College going into my third and final year here at UCI. I’m double majoring in Comparative Literature and Anthropology, and double minoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Archaeology. I’m also a member of the Campuswide Honors Collegium and the Anthropology Club. In my spare time, I like to binge shows on Netflix, write poetry, go on walks, and spend time with my dogs.

My goal as a Peer Tutor is to help you find your voice and feel empowered in your writing. Writing has always been an important part of my life, and I’m eager to share that with you; while I know the writing process can feel overwhelming at times, I’m here to help you through it! I look forward to working with you this year.

Misha Ponnuraju

Hello! I am Misha Ponnuraju. I am an English major with an Emphasis in Creative Writing and Art History minor. My love for poetry has led me throughout my time here at UCI, leading me to the New Forum where I am an Editor-in-Chief. I am also captain of Soulstice League, a comedy-sketch group which performs at UCI’s largest talent show (Go to Soulstice!) As a senior in the Humanities Honors Program, I will be producing a thesis which combines both research and creative writing. I am so grateful to be a peer tutor, and I can’t wait to help you. Zot zot zot!

Diane Ren

Hi everyone! My name is Diane Ren. I’m a third-year student majoring in Film and Media Studies, with an English minor. I love art, photography, traveling, literature, philosophy, and, of course, films and TV shows. I’m interested in a lot of different areas, and I’m always excited to learn new things. And I really enjoy writing. I hope when students come to the writing center, they can feel that writing is no longer so intimidating and find it a powerful tool to express oneself. I hope in the end you will be proud of what you create.

Joanne Tran

Hello, everyone! My name is Joanne Tran, and I am one of the new peer tutors for the Writing Center here at UCI! Just some quick things to know about me: I love to paint, watch Friends and NCIS, and —perhaps one of my most favorite things to do— sleep! Sunny Southern California has always been my home, and this fall, I am starting my second year of college as a Biological Sciences major. Because I am so rooted in S.T.E.M., English and writing certainly proved to be a challenge for me. Although I have wrestled with these subjects for nearly as long as I have existed, I grew to learn that writing is truly an art—it provides insight on how one formulates ideas and perceptions, acting as a ticket to a person’s train of thought. This is something I hope to help everyone see, and for any of you guys who need a little nudge in these topics, I am here to provide my utmost support: whether you need help with an assignment, or simply want to vent about the stress-inducing subject of English, stop by the Writing Center! As a tutor, I look forward to connecting with you and providing all the support (emotional and educational!) that is needed. See you around, Anteaters!

Tiffany Woo

Hello everyone! My name is Tiffany Woo, and I am a Business Administration major. I am from Los Angeles and have always loved writing. I believe writing is a great skill to have because it is the perfect way to articulate your thoughts. It is an essential tool in both our professional and everyday lives. I look forward to helping your writing in any way possible. Let’s have a great year!

Lucy Yang

Hi everyone! I’m Lucy Yang, a second-year whose polarizing academic interests caused me to pursue a very unusual combination of a major in Chemistry with a minor in English. To put it differently, I’m interested and passionate about learning how molecular interactions dictate the physical world we live in, and how words interact to create the fictional worlds we long to escape to. In the little free time I have, I enjoy making music, making handmade flower crowns, and being too emotionally involved in figure skating.

Reading and writing (fiction, poetry, scientific papers, you name it) has always been a passion of mine, and I’m excited to work with you this year. I believe we all have the perfect words buried somewhere in our heads to convey our thoughts. No matter how crazy ideas may seem, or how daunting prompts may be, I hope that I can help sort them out into a work of pride, and maybe spark a little love for composition in the process.