Peer Tutor Bios

Dachelle Alo

Hello everyone! My name is Dachelle Alo, a second 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 third-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!

Mathew Bayati

Hey everyone! My name is Mathew Bayati. You can call me Mathew or Matt, whichever you prefer. I am a fourth-year Psychology major with an insatiable drive towards understanding the human mind and the behaviors we perform. During my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, hanging out with friends, and napping. Let’s face it, writing plays a vital role in our lives, both as students and as individuals. Whether we are typing up a final essay for our English class or simply typing a text to our friends, writing will always be part of our daily routine. As an avid writer, I welcome you to seek assistance for whatever it may be, no matter how big or small. I look forward to working with you and having a great year!

Amanda Bishop

“Greetings! My name is Amanda Bishop. I am currently a third 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!”

Javier Burdette

Greetings, tutees! My name is Javier Burdette. Please feel free to call me Javi. I am a fourth-year double-majoring in English and Philosophy with a passion for the the philosophy of the Greeks, especially that of Plato. I plan on attending law school post-graduation. Because I spend so much of my time reading, writing, and editing, I try to get far, far away from any form of text in my free time. I am an avid weightlifter, runner, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, so you will probably be able to find me at the ARC most evenings. I look forward to meeting with you, engaging texts with you, and, ultimately, developing a relationship with you that allows me to grow as a tutor, and you to grow as a writer. Here’s to the year ahead!

Adrianna Burton

Hi potential tutees! I am Adrianna Burton, an academic third 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!

Phoebe Chan

Hello! I’m Phoebe Chan, a fifth year majoring in English with a specialization in teaching. I have been in Jumpstart at UCI, have worked in tutoring centers with young children, and am currently working towards my dream of becoming an early childhood educator. I am also the recipient of the 2017 Nora Folkenflik Memorial Award for best essay in English 28. As someone who has experience in multiple majors (I finally decided to major in what I love most – English!), I believe that no matter your field, language and writing play a very important role. As communicative creatures, I believe every person is capable of skillfully honing language! In my free time, I love to sing and perform, watch anime, and play video games. I can’t wait to work with you all!

Rachel Dunkin

Hello! My name is Rachel Dunkin and I am a third 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!

Lauren Fillet

Hello! My name is Lauren Fillet, and I’m a fourth 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 third 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 third 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!

Moses Hsieh

Hello my name is Moses! I am currently a senior majoring in Urban Planning and minoring in Management. I’ve always loved reading since I was young and that has helped me develop my passion in writing and critical thinking. Writing is a medium where you can challenge yourself not just as a writer, but also as a person; so don’t be afraid to experiment and explore your own beliefs and opinions through writing. I’ll do my best to help and support you all and look forward to meeting you!

Elise Hughes

Greetings and salutations, my fellow Anteaters! My name is Elise Hughes, I am a third year English major, and I am very excited to be one of the peer tutors here at the Writing Center. I try to stay involved in extracurriculars as a Humanities Peer Mentor and the President of Anteater’s Guide to the Galaxy, a Sci-Fi club on campus. In my free time, I like to listen to podcasts, watch Netflix, and share memes. I personally believe writing is an enriching process that anyone can cultivate and enjoy, so I would be honored to help you grow as a writer.

Eric Johnston

Hey all, my name is Eric and I’m a fourth year in Comparative Literature and African American Studies. I’m interested in philosophy and I’m also kind of into film. As far as writing is concerned, I think it’s a painful process that can often be just as intimidating as it is just as valuable and totally necessary. As daunting as it can be, it forces you to think something all the way through, so let’s prepare to struggle together!

Jenny Le

Hello! My name is Jenny Le and I’m currently a fourth-year English major who was born and raised in Southern California. I’ve been invested in reading and writing ever since I was young and even today I’m still amazed at the emotions and images that language can incite in others. I hope that as a writing tutor, I can also help others become more open to expressing themselves through writing, which I know isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish. Outside of what I do in school, I spend my free time going outdoors, drawing, watching horror movies, listening to various types of music, and drinking tea. I also love getting to know all sorts of people and their backgrounds, experiences, and stories. That said, here’s to a good upcoming year!

Lucy Liang

Hello everyone! My name is Lucy Liang, and I am a third year Computer Science major. When I am not immersed in a coding project, my favorite hobbies include rock climbing and hiking. Writing is an essential skill that allows you to express your opinion and influence the people around you. I hope that I can help you find your voice through writing and unlock your true potential as a writer. I look forward to working with you this year!

Lara Mirzakhanian

Hello! My name is Lara Mirzakhanian and I am a Cognitive Science major, hoping to add a minor in Statistics. While I’m not required to do a ton of writing for my major, I know that writing well is a skill that can help you in so many areas of your life. I love how we can use writing to tell elaborate stories, make critical arguments that make people think, and ultimately change the world. I hope I can help you feel passionate about whatever topic you’re writing about so you can enjoy the process from beginning to end. While writing can be an intimidating process, especially at the start, I know that we can collaborate to make your work both enjoyable and effective.

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!

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!

Chase Robinson

Hello, everyone! My name is Chase Robinson and I am a fourth 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!!

Esemel Valles

My name is Esemel Valles. I am a fourth-year Environmental Science student and I absolutely love reading and writing. I am a part of UCI’s spoken word poetry club, Uncultivated Rabbits, and UCI’s Harry Potter club, Dumbledore’s Anteaters. This is my first year working at the Writing Center, but I have been helping the people around me with their writing for years, and I look forward to helping the students who come into the Writing Center with whatever writing needs you guys have!

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!