Cornell Writing Center Tutors

The Cornell Writing Center tutors are a diverse group of primarily undergraduate students from across the disciplines. They are highly trained in tutoring pedagogy, completing both a required half-semester course and ongoing bi-monthly professional development. In addition to their training, tutors share a love of writing and a commitment to collaborative learning. If you're interested in joining our community, learn more about applying to become a tutor here. 

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Paul Vinhage, CWC Assistant Director 

Paul is a recent PhD graduate of the Cornell Medieval Studies Program. He enjoys books of all kinds, old, new, and very, very old. In tutoring, he is excited to be exposed to new ideas, to work with writers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, and to get to know the writer as well as their writing. When he is not tutoring, Paul is either cooking a tasty meal or pouring over a dusty tome.

Anu Adetola

Anu is a senior in the College of Human Ecology studying Policy, Analysis, and Management. This is her second year as a writing tutor, and she is excited to help others on their writing journeys! Outside tutoring, she enjoys playing guitar, singing in Cornell’s Baraka Kwa Wimbo a cappella group, and trying beginner friendly cooking recipes.

Lauren Aubert

Lauren is a junior studying communication in CALS with minors in English and business from Saint Helena, California. She is a member of the Cornell Women's Varsity Equestrian team and serves as social media coordinator for the Communication Student Advisory Board. In her free time she loves reading British literature, exploring Ithaca's hiking and running trails, and riding horses for her trainer in Northern California. This is her first year as a writing center tutor, and she is excited to inspire students to enjoy the writing process as much as she does, from the brainstorming phase to polishing a final draft.

Stephanie-Louise Agyemang

Stephanie is a Biological Sciences sophomore from Ghana who is excited about her first year tutoring for the Writing Center. Very friendly, funny, and cheerful are words as a person I come across when being described and in my free time you will catch me reading books, watching series on Netflix, Hulu or Disney plus, and having a good laugh with friends.

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Elizabeth Bunker

Liz is a Junior in the College of Engineering, studying Environmental Engineering. This is her second year as a writing center tutor. She is involved in AguaClara Cornell, CU synchro, and Residential Sustainability Leaders on campus. In her free time, you can find her eating popcorn, going for a walk, or watching TV. She is so excited to work with new students this year and have great conversations about writing!

Fabio Cabrera

Fabio is a junior majoring in Philosophy and German Studies in Arts and Sciences. He comes from Bogotá, Colombia, and loves reading, writing poetry, and exploring the natural surroundings of Ithaca. On campus, he is involved in Logos (the Cornell Undergraduate Philosophy Journal) and Marginalia (an amazing poetry magazine). Fabio also enjoys spending time with other queer people at Cornell, specially through Haven: the LGBTQIA+ student union, for which he serves as secretary. He is very excited to get to know students in his first year of tutoring and to be part of their writing process, something he considers a privilege.

Gabriella Cawley

Gabriella is a senior studying Human Development in the College of Human Ecology. She is active in several community service organizations on campus, including Alpha Phi Omega and Cornell Circle K. She also puts her writing and editing skills to work outside of the writing center as Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Lunatic comedy magazine. You can often find Gabriella cooking, baking, listening to podcasts, and tending to her plants. As a tutor, she emphasizes establishing an open dialogue, reaffirming core skills, and building determination. This is her third year as a tutor, and she is hoping her last year will be the best one yet!

Zaid Cheema

Zaid is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who is studying Neurobiology and Behavior. This is his first year working as a tutor with the Knight Writing Center and he looks forward to being able to help students with their writing endeavors in-person. In addition to tutoring, he enjoys working with the Cornell Center for Health Equity and spending time with family.

Edith Chen

Edith Chen is a junior in the College of Engineering studying Biomedical Engineering and pursuing a Dyson Business minor. This is her second-year working with students at the Cornell Writing Center and she looks forward to meeting more individuals across various disciplines and working collaboratively with them. Besides tutoring, she enjoys conducting research in the Lammerding Lab and in her project team DEBUT as well as working as an editor for the Cornell Healthcare Review.

Abby Cohen

Abby is a junior majoring in English and French in Arts and Sciences. Abby loves to read, and she’s part of the Cornell Book Review as well as the volunteer organization Ballet and Books. Outside of class, Abby likes to walk around Ithaca and go to ballet classes in town. She is super excited to be starting her first semester working at the Writing Center, and she can’t wait to meet all of the new students!

Yawen Ding

Yawen is a junior studying Computer Science and English in the College of Arts and Sciences. Although this is her second year as a tutor, she is very excited to experience her first semester tutoring in-person! In addition to tutoring she can be found playing the baritone in the Big Red Marching Band or writing for the Cornell Lunatic.

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Zack Fogarty

Zack is a junior studying philosophy and psychology in Arts and Sciences. He enjoys staying up until ridiculous hours of the night pondering answerless questions and rereading Lord of the Rings. He’s looking forward to working with all kinds of students this year and is hoping to finally get some new book recommendations.

Mohona Ganguly

Mohona Ganguly is a Sophomore studying at the ILR school. Originally from Pasadena, California, Mohona enjoys reading, writing, baking, dancing, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. Outside of tutoring, she is also involved in Cornell Asha, Cornell HEART, the Cornell  International Affairs Society, Cornell Red Cross, and Indian Classical Dance. In her first year as a Writing tutor, she is incredibly excited to start tutoring and to work with such talented students!

Ashton Haq

Ashton is a junior studying English and American Studies. This is her first semester as a tutor, and she’s excited to support students with their writing in person! Outside of classes, she is involved with Art Beyond Cornell and WVBR 93.5. She loves spending time outdoors, a good coffee, and a good poem.

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Duke Jarvis

Duke is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying English and working on a minor in Law and Society. This is his first year working as a tutor with the Writing Center, and he’s excited to help students become more confident and expressive in their writing. Duke is from Texas, and when he isn’t reading or writing he likes hiking, skateboarding, and playing the drum set.

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Jordan Klein

Jordan is a Junior in CALS studying Biology & Society and microbiology. In addition to being a tutor, Jordan is a member of the Birding Club, Science Olympiad, and the Undergraduate Research Board. They love birdwatching, building models, and heavy metal. Jordan’s favorite author is Stephen King.

Carley Kukk

Carley is a junior studying Linguistics and Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Outside of classes, she waitresses at Moosewood restaurant and works in the Phonetics lab. She also enjoys gardening, playing the guitar, and baking. This is her first semester working as a tutor and Carley is excited to help writers find their voice!

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Brandon Lee

Brandon is a senior studying in the ILR school, with minors in Law & Society and Inequality Studies. On campus, Brandon’s main commitment involves the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. Outside academics, he enjoys playing piano, cooking new recipes, watering his basil plant, and thrifting. You can find Brandon hibernating in the stacks of Catherwood, hustling to Noyes for a quick workout, or practicing Korean at Sopoong with his less-than-average ability to order. This is his first year as a tutor, and he’s excited to work with everyone!

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Emma Leynse

Emma is a senior studying English and Psychology in Arts & Sciences. In her second year as a writing tutor, she is excited to continue meeting new students and helping them to develop confidence in their writing. Outside of tutoring, Emma is the Associate editor of The Cornell Daily Sun and is involved in various clubs related to writing and reading, from the Rainy Day literary magazine to The Quill Guild.

A profile picture of Cornell Writing Centers tutor Kevin Lu.

Kevin Lu

Kevin is a Sophomore studying Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Hailing from the little town of Woodbridge, Connecticut, he loves reading, playing piano, hiking, and talking about all things cow-related. Kevin is both very excited and admittedly a little nervous to start his first year of tutoring at the Writing Center. Outside of tutoring, you might find him chilling in a library or eating apples in Okenshields; he’d be happy to say hello!

Charlee Mandy

Charlee is a senior studying Archaeology and Classics. When not geeking out over material culture or science fiction, Charlee reads, paints outdoors, writes (or procrastinates writing) novels, and goes for long walks. Apart from being a tutor, she is also involved in The Cornell Daily Sun Arts and Culture section, The Quill Guild, and the Humanities Scholars Program. She enjoys getting to know and working with her peers to uplift their voices as writers and develop tools to help themselves succeed.

A profile picture of Cornell Writing Centers tutor Pierce McPherson.

Pierce McPherson

Pierce is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying History with a minor in English. This is his first year as a tutor at the Writing Center, and he looks forward to helping writers grow and clarify their thoughts. When he is not at the Writing Center, he is probably in the stacks—reading, writing, and wondering when he’ll get his next cup of coffee. Hopefully soon. He is from Western New York.

Julia Nagel

Julia is a junior studying English in the College of Arts & Sciences. She’s also minoring in Environment & Sustainability and is part of the Humanities Scholars Program. Beyond the classroom, Julia is the photography editor for the Cornell Daily Sun and a Cornell Botanic Gardens Ambassador. She has a pet hamster named Nova, and she loves hiking, dog-walking, and weekly trips to the Ithaca Farmers Market. This is her second year as a writing tutor. Her goal is for every writer to leave a tutoring session with more confidence in their writing abilities.

A profile picture of Cornell Writing Centers tutor Fionn O'Connor.

Fionn O'Connor

Fionn is a junior studying Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. This is his first year working at the Writing Center, and he is excited to start tutoring! Outside of class, Fionn enjoys hiking, backpacking, and playing cello.

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Paige Phillips

Paige is a junior Communication major and Business minor. As a tutor, she is excited to facilitate collaborative sessions with writers across diverse disciplines. Paige interned at NBCUniversal for 11 months. In addition, she founded an online retail business. Paige spent her summer in NYC at Bank of America Private Bank. In her free time, Paige enjoys music and pilates.

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Parker Piccolo Hill

Parker is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences who plans to double major in English and Italian with a minor in Urban Planning. When not tutoring, she is involved in numerous publications around campus as both a writer and editor and can pretty much always be found typing away in the Olin Stacks. In her free time, Parker loves reading, writing, cooking, frolicking in nature, watering her hordes of plants, and doing massive paint by numbers. She’s looking forward to reading and learning so much about everyone’s work this year!

Lucy Qian

Lucy is a junior majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations minoring in Business and Information Science. This is her second year tutoring with the Cornell Writing Center. She is excited to meet new students and collaborate with them on their writing journey. She is also the treasurer of the Cornell Book Review, and in her free time, she enjoys hiking, writing, and trying to bake without recipes.

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Maya Rader

Maya Rader is an NYC-native pursuing a Government major with a minor in Crime, Prisons, Education and Justice (CPEJ). In her free time she enjoys drawing, reading, and playing poker with friends. Aside from tutoring, she is involved in Cornell University Parole Initiative and does local volunteer outreach work with Ithaca’s vulnerable population. Through tutoring, she hopes to read exciting pieces of writing and help writers develop their skills!

Xel Schnorbus

Xel is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Neurobiology and Behavior. This is their first year working as a tutor with the writing center, and they are excited to assist students across all disciplines with strengthening their writing. Outside of academics, they sing in the Chordials a cappella group and work with Cornell's Society for Natural Resources Conservation (SNRC) and Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN).

A profile picture of Cornell Writing Centers tutor Marina Starikovsky.

Marina Starikovsky

Marina is a sophomore in the ILR School, minoring in economics, law and society, and history. This is her first semester tutoring, and she is looking forward to working with all kinds of writers, tackling all kinds of ideas. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction, running in the Botanical Gardens, and talking to her dog on facetime. 

Nadin Suliman

Nadin is a junior in AAP majoring in Urban and Regional Studies with minors in English Literature and Information Science. She joined the Knight Center tutors to share her love of writing and to help writers feel more confident in their voices. Aside from tutoring, she is involved with Consult Your Community, Impact Investing at Cornell, the Humanities and Kessler Scholar Programs, Cornell Boxing Club, and spiritual life on campus. She loves meeting new people and wants every student to walk out of the center feeling a bit more excited to write and explore!

Simran Surtani

Simran is a junior in the College of Human Ecology majoring in Global and Public Health and pursuing minors in Inequality Studies and Crime, Prisons, Education and Justice. Outside of tutoring, she is a part of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, EARS, and The Cornell Daily Sun. She enjoys creating playlists, hiking, and journaling. This is her first year working as a tutor with the Writing Center, and she hopes to create a comfortable and supportive environment for student writers.

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Myra Taylor 

Myra is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Astrophysics and minoring in Creative Writing. She is fascinated by exoplanets and relativity and enjoys reading and writing fiction across all genres. Originally from Maryland, she is very excited about working as a tutor for the first time and wants to help students across all disciplines perceive writing as an enjoyable task and pastime.

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Amy Wang

Amy Wang is a sophomore studying English in the College of Arts and Sciences. Currently from Maryland, though sadly not a coastal area, she spent her formative years across a number of states in the northeast and mid-Atlantic. She enjoys swimming, knitting, watercolors, creative writing, reading both genre and literary fiction, and—though not very good at them—video games. Some of her extracurriculars include the literary magazine Rainy Day, stage swordplay with Ring of Steel - Ithaca, and writing for the Cornell Daily Sun. As a tutor, she looks forward to helping writers develop their own styles and techniques.

A profile picture of Cornell Writing Centers tutor Callista Wessells.

Callista Wessells

Callista is a senior majoring in American Studies and English with a minor in Crime, Prisons, Education, and Justice. This is her third year tutoring and she is looking forward to working with writers from all backgrounds and disciplines. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, spending time with friends, and being outdoors.

A profile picture of Cornell Writing Centers tutor Finley Williams.

Finley Williams 

Finley is a sophomore planning to major in American Studies and minor in French. In addition to tutoring at the writing center, she enjoys reading, hiking (especially rock scramblies!), writing essays and songs, and taking pictures on her early-2000s Canon.

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