Writing Center Staff

  • Eric Vrooman (Writing Center Director)
  • Carly Overfelt (Multilingual and Intercultural Program Coordinator)
  • Noah Nguyen (Team Leader: Community Liaison)
  • Jenna Hagglund (Team Leader: Research & Social Media)
  • Evelyn Magner (Team Leader: Web Content & Outreach)
  • Miki Mir
  • Chi Pham
  • Kari Felland
  • Sofie Wicklund
  • Katie Tahtinen
  • Lydia Hayes
  • Orissa Nitibhon
  • Tess Olinger
  • Ha Huynh
  • Kristi Manning
  • Camryn Heckel
  • Adam Bakken
  • Alec Donnelly
  • Hannah Mahr
  • Elizabeth Neuenfeldt
  • Emily Carlson
  • Priscilla Otero
  • Alli Orta
  • Kimmie Hoang
  • Ella Napton
  • Sarah Knutson


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Eric Vrooman

Education: M.F.A., Fiction Writing, UNC-Wilmington; B.A., English, Carleton College

Interests: Film, fiction writing, screenwriting, tennis, Scrabble, Wiffleball, pastry

Favorite Writers: George Saunders, Lorrie Moore, Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Lydia Davis, and Haruki Murakami

Courses I Teach: Reading in the World: Crime & Punishment, Introduction to Creative Writing, Writing Fiction, Writing Creative Nonfiction, The American Novel, IEX travel courses


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Noah Nguyen (Team Leader: Community Liaison)

Class of 2018; International Management major

What's one of your favorite words?

Dynamic

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The period

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Proofreading

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Organizing & structuring

 

Evelyn Magner (Team Leader: Web Content & Outreach)

Class of 2018; Environmental Studies and Geography double major

What's one of your favorite words?

Committee, because all the double letters are so much fun!

Your favorite punctuation mark?

I enjoy commas, though I tend to overuse them.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Outlining and planning.

What is the hardest part of the writing process (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Getting started and keeping my writing succinct.


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Jenna Hagglund (Team Leader: Research & Social Media)

Class of 2018; English and Communications double major, with a Film and Media studies minor

What's one of your favorite words?

I love words, and it's entirely difficult to choose favorites... but I really like the word butter. It sounds pleasing to me, it's a great tasting food, and the frogs in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 say it funny. I constantly find myself repeating "buuuutter" in a really deep voice for no reason.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

When it comes to punctuation, I suppose I really enjoy apostrophes. They can signify so many different things! They're usually associated with possession or ownership... and I like to own things.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite parts of the writing proces are the begining and end. I love creating outlines for papers, and brainstorming general ideas of what to write about. A good begining al ways makes it easier to write. At the end, I love, love, love to edit and find small things to fix, plus the accomplishment that comes from feeling finished!

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Sometimes, I find the initial reasearch for papers is difficult for me. That comes especially early in the writing process, and once I have solid evidence I am usually pretty good and finding connections and putting it all together.

Miki Mir

Class of 2018; Biology major, Computer Science minor

What's one of your favorite words?

Sonder

Your favorite punctuation mark?

xD

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Proofreading

What is the hardest part of the writing process (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?

Writing the first sentence.


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Orissa Nitibhon

Class of 2019. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major (Music Minor)

What is one of your favorite words?

DOOOOOOOOOOOODE

Favorite Punctuation Mark?
 
What are punctuation marks
 
Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?
 
 Signing the honor code at the end--the honor code saves grades
 
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
 
Remembering to sign the honor code and adding punctuation marks 

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Kari Felland

Class of 2019; Elementary Education or English Major

What's one of your favorite words?

Beloved. It's such a sweet but meaningful word. (But the word "shenanigans" is definitely a close second)

Your favorite punctuation mark?

"Quotation marks" because they give each character their own unique voice. 

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Coming up with a good intro sentence or idea when I'm not actually sitting down to write; it's super exciting to come up with a great thought when I'm walking or doing other homework. 

What's the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Starting! Once I've got ideas flowing, though, everything is good.


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Sofie Wicklund

Class of 2019, Environmental Studies Major.
 
What's one of your favorite words?
Ethereal
 
Your favorite punctuation mark?
Question mark
 
Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?
I enjoy the final editing stages (like sentence restructuring and editing sentence flow) the most in my writing process.
 
What is the hardest part of the writing proces (or the hardest kind of writing) for you?
The hardest part of the writing process for me is probably brainstorming and putting together the big ideas of my paper in an outline.
 

Chi Pham

Class of 2019; Biology Major

What's one of your favorite words?

Filicinophyta

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation marks

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I enjoy jotting down lots of ideas and free-writing because they allow me to explore what I know already and what I need to work on/do research on.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The hardest part of the writing process for me is probably the initiation of a paper.

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Katie Tahtinen

Class of 2018; Biology major

What is one of your favorite words?

One of my favorite words is chartreuse, which is a yellow green color, who knew!

Your favorite punctuation mark? 
My favorite punctuation mark is an exclamation point!

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most? 
The part of the writing process which I enjoy the most is when I have all my ideas put together and I can work on organizing them into a compelling piece.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you? 
The hardest part of writing for me is knowing when to stop! My first drafts are often double the length of the final paper so a big part of my editing process consists of cutting out portions to create a much more concise final draft!

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Lydia Hayes

Class of 2019; Elementary Ed major

What's one of your favorite words?

Groovy, because it's groovy (ha ha!)

Your favorite punctuation mark?

 A comma, because it's like a breath without an ending. 

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I enjoy brainstorming the most!

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Wrapping all my crazy ideas together in one piece. 

Sarah Knutson

Class of 2019; Political Science major

What's one of your favorite words?

Defenestration: the act of throwing something or someone out a window

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The Asterisk because it's Greek for "little star" and footnotes are helpful.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I love the part of writing when you've finished your first draft and you begin to go through and cut down and revise your paper.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

I find the hardest part to be cutting my writing down to a certain page limit.


Camryn Heckel

Class of 2019; English major

What's one of your favorite words?

Flabbergasted

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Question mark... Good things come from questions.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Brainstorming and creating an outline

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Writing conclusions

Hannah Mahr

Class of 2020; English & Theater double major

What's one of your favorite words?

Stunning

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation mark!!!!!!!!!!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I love the drafting portion of the writing process. After all of the brainstorming, outlining, and planning that have to come first, it's nice to actually write. It's so rewarding to hit your stride and to feel as though the paper is just flowing out of your fingertips.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Drafting is also the most difficult part of the writing process for me. In general, I'm a very slow writer. It usually takes me multiple days to finish a first draft. I have a hard time simply putting my thoughts down on paper because I focus too intently on diction. I obsess about finding the perfect words for my ideas, and this preoccupation occasionally prevents me from moving forward with my work.

Alli Orta

Class of 2019; Economic Analysis major

What's one of your favorite words?

Serendipity. I think it’s just a delightful combination of letters, and I really enjoy long words (most of the time, a little too much!). I also find there’s too many coincidences and just-by-chances that have majorly impacted me for the better, and I like to pause and appreciate serendipity’s role in my life when I can.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

I feel like I have to say the apostrophe, not because of the emotional attachment I have to it, but because it’s, like, the only punctuation mark that has a story attached to it! My freshman year, my English teacher (who I remain in touch with to this day) told us about a student who refused to call it anything other than an “upper comma”. Five years later, I seriously could not remember the actual name for an apostrophe because “upper comma” was stuck in my head.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Absolutely writing the body paragraphs. Whether it’s a literary analysis or a literature review for my major (Econ), I adore watching a thesis flesh out into a comprehensive argument and exploring the nuances of a topic (usually ones I had no idea I’d be addressing when I began the paper!).

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

If you can’t tell from the length of my responses here….definitely cutting down. I love words, ideas, and sharing as many of both as possible, so page limits are always a nightmare for me!

Ella Napton

Class of 2020; Secondary Education major (Communication Arts/Literature), Coaching minor

What's one of your favorite words?

Umbrella

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation point!!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Brainstorming and figuring out what I'm passionate about for each particular assignment

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Figuring out what I need to cut to meet page lengths/word counts

Adam Bakken

Class of 2019; Philosophy & Economics double major, Political Science minor

What's one of your favorite words?

Pedantic because I often use it pedantically.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

:

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I love brainstorming and bouncing my ideas of others verbally to try

to better understand what I'm trying to say.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Trying to organize my ideas at the beginning tends to be where I have

to put the most work in. Once I have a solid outline the writing comes

pretty easily.

Kristi Manning

Class of 2019; Communication Studies major, Music minor

What's one of your favorite words?

One of my favorite words is kitten. I love the word not only because I love cats which are one of my favorite animals, but it's also just a really cute word. Every time I hear it my face lights up and my heart is filled with joy.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

My favorite punctuation mark is an exclamation point! When I talk to my friends I always picture exclamation points at the end of my sentences. I also overuse them in texts because I just get so excited about the things I'm saying!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

I enjoy taking the time to make sure the organization of a paper is clear for the reader. Along with this, I love making sure each sentence sounds just the way I want. I love when a paper flows and both my language and my ideas, go hand and hand.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The hardest part of the writing process for me is getting all of my ideas out first without caring about how the paper sounds.

Alec Donnelly

Class of 2019; Biology major

What's one of your favorite words?

Adventure. Just hearing that word makes me want to go out and find one.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation Points!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Right after I've started, when the ideas are flowing faster than I can get them onto my paper.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Making myself sit down and get started.

Emily Carlson

Class of 2020; Environmental Studies & History double Major

What's one of your favorite words?

Effervescence.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Commas. I think they best emulate the audible phrasing of a sentence, and this makes it a bit musical.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Quote compiling! I like to have a well-stocked document of possible evidence, and I usually build my paper around an outline of quotes.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Making sure that every word I use is chosen carefully and with intention.

Ha Huynh

Class of 2019; Political Science & Environmental Studies double major

What's one of your favorite words?

Meow :3

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Three questions marks followed by an exclamation marks (they make my internal screaming come to life in texts).

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Brainstorming and coming up with a satisfying outline.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Writing a conclusion that is as equally good and interesting as the introduction.

Elizabeth Neuenfeldt

Class of 2019; Music & English double major

What's one of your favorite words?

My favorite word right now is mellifluous. It is an adjective describing a word, or voice, that sounds melodious and pleasant to hear.

Your favorite punctuation mark?

The em dash—an underrated punctuation mark—has become my favorite because it can be used to emphasize or separate a phrase within a sentence.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Once I finally picked a topic and finished my research, I love going through the material to create an outline. At this point of the writing process, I typically find some of my best ideas to incorporate into my paper.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The most difficult part is writing the introduction paragraph.

Priscilla Otero

Class of 2018; Political Science and Government with Honors and Philosophy double major

 What’s one of your favorite words?

My favorite word to say is heresy. It just flows so well and I don’t get to say it or hear it often but when I do it tends to be on a show like Game of Thrones and it just is so fun! I always imagine someone standing up ecstatically, pointing, and yelling with great fever “heresy”!

Your favorite punctuation mark?

!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

For creative writing, I thoroughly enjoy the consumption of ideas through inspiration and unleashing it on a piece of paper with ink part.

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Well, for academic papers the hardest part is the introduction. The beginning points of your paper are the signs leading to a road map. At times, I tend to have a difficult time condensing these points in order to not exceed the common page number limitations. But once I get started, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s too hard.

Tess Olinger

Class of 2019; Political Science major, Spanish minor

What’s one of your favorite words?

One of my favorite words is coffee…I’m overly thrilled every time it’s mentioned 

Your favorite punctuation mark?

My favorite punctuation mark is a semicolon!

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

My favorite part of the writing process is idea dumping all my thoughts onto the page and not worrying about the organization until later on!

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The hardest part of the writing process for me is almost always writing the introduction of a paper and making sure my thesis is refined enough.

Kimmie Hoang

Class of 2018; Psychological Science major; Neuroscience, Statistics, and Economics minors

What's one of your favorite words?

Be!

Your favorite punctuation mark?

Exclamation mark (!). It subtly adds a sentimental layer.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy most?

Brainstorming!!!!!

What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

Not being a procrastinator.