While many people may assume that Writing Center tutors are primarily English majors, we have tutors from majors across the disciplines. At our last staff meeting of the semester, we recently welcomed in 20 newly trained tutors and celebrated our current seniors who are going on to do exciting things in various fields and careers. Looking at the work our seniors are planning on doing highlights the diversity of interests Writing Centers tutors have as well as the various fields and careers for which strong writing and communication skills are necessary!
Here’s a quick look at what some of our fifteen 2019 graduating seniors are planning on doing:
Faiza Ahmad is from Dallas, Texas. While at Cornell, she majored in Psychology with a minor in English. After graduating, she hopes to attend medical school and (eventually) make it out alive.
Annabel Campo is set to graduate Cornell University with a double major in Government and Philosophy and a minor in Law & Society. After graduation, she will be working as a research fellow with the American Voices Project at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. As part of their interdisciplinary research team, she will be at the forefront of the biggest study ever on everyday life in America, travelling around the nation to interview families affected by poverty and using their stories to better inform and shape public policy.
Vicky Chou is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Information Science (with a concentration in User Experience) and minoring in Psychology. She became a writing tutor for the Knight Institute almost two years ago and is currently also a research assistant for the Communication and Collaborative Technologies Lab and a content strategist for The Straight Edge's website. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, traveling with friends, and, of course, writing. From Queens, NY, Vicky is planning to return back to the Big Apple following graduation, where she aspires to start her Product Design/UX Writing career.
Matt(hew) Gamboa-Lutz is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences double majoring in English and Spanish. He generally studies novels and other forms of prose in both languages. Outside of academics, he is involved with the Cornell Public Service Center and the Big Red Ambassadors. After graduating this May, he plans to teach English in Spain for a year while applying to law schools; he also often wonders whether or not he should pursue a graduate degree in Urban Planning. Matt hopes to one day be happy with whatever life he has built for himself.
After graduation, Ariel Kaminsky will be returning to New York City. The non-profit sector is only now starting to recruit for jobs in the Fall, so she still has no idea what she'll be doing next year, but she is hoping to be working a job in New York City at a non-profit organization that provides social services to those in need.
Johan Kjorven is a Biological Sciences major in CALS who enjoys studying life and conducting research on plant bioengineering in the Gan lab. He is also a Music minor and plays piano for the Cornell Opera Society. Johan has enjoyed working for the Knight Institute as it has given him a chance to immerse himself in teaching and writing. Upon graduation, he will travel back to his home country of Norway where he hopes to continue learning through graduate studies or medical school.
A writing tutor for the past four semesters, Joanne Li majored in Biology & Society and minored in Psychology at Cornell. She will apply to medical school this June and spend her gap year working as a medical scribe in the emergency department of New York Presbyterian Hospital. Outside of work, you'll find her eating Ube ice cream, shopping at Trader Joe's, and complaining about exorbitant rent prices.
Alex Lugo is a senior double majoring in English and Classical Civilization and minoring in Medieval Studies. He will be pursuing a PhD in English literature, concentrating on the Medieval period, at Harvard University.
Patrick Kane is a graduating senior at Cornell, studying English literature. His interests include creative writing, critical theory, Spenser, early modern literary studies, 19th century British and Russian literature, fashion, coffee, and video games. When he isn't in school, he takes pleasure in spending time with his niece and nephew, Clara and Owen, and with his boyfriend, Mathew. He is considering several different career paths at the moment. If he’s lucky, he will eventually become a successful poet.
Elle Rothermich is a College Scholar, storyteller, and tea lover from Ridgewood, New Jersey. Her (tea-fueled) research centers on the role of narrative in politics, but she also enjoys studying medieval history and literature. She will be attending Penn Law next fall, where she hopes to continue her research and her work as a writing tutor.
Julia Shebek is an English and Performing and Media Arts double major planning to pursue careers in comedy writing and entertainment. Her honors thesis is an original stand-up comedy show within the Performing and Media Arts department.
Martha Torres is graduating with a degree in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. After graduation, she plans to work in an environmental law firm while applying to graduate school. Martha hopes to get a Masters in Climate Change Science and Policy before attending law school and pursuing a career in environmental law and policy.