Meet Our Writing Tutors

Writing Tutors are Bates students just like you who specialize in assisting students with any and all writing assignments. They are trained and willing to help you with papers, essays, speeches, presentations, and group projects in any discipline. You can seek help from a writing tutor at any time during your writing process, from brainstorming to reading through drafts, incorporating instructor feedback and polishing it all up. The writing tutors’ goals are to support your growth as a writer and your improvement on skills like organization, thesis statement construction, incorporation of outside sources, argumentation, and more. Drop by and see a writing tutor anytime the WLC is open–or search Penji to find and book an appointment with the best tutor for your needs–and let them know what you would like to work on. They provide an empathetic and non-judgmental, collaborative environment that is centered around your questions and goals.

In the WLC, we seek to foster and promote the use of diverse languages at Bates while also providing support in English to improve academic writing and speaking skills.  Our Writing Tutors are trained in foundational approaches to support English Language Learners and multilingual speakers. If possible, we can arrange a one-time appointment–or regular weekly appointments–with a writing tutor who is also fluent in your first language. Please email writing@bates.edu to get set up with a specific tutor for your English language learning needs!

If you are interested in becoming a Writing Tutor and working for the WLC, please visit this page for information about employment with the WLC.

Read below to find out more about our Writing Tutors.

Tife Agunloye’25 (He/him)

Hi! I am currently a sophomore on the Men’s Soccer Team and I plan to study Economics and Philosophy at Bates. I am originally from Nigeria but currently reside in Monroe, Connecticut, so the east coast is not a new scene for me. I am excited to meet you all and feel free to reach out with any questions.

I can tutor you in Economics, and Philosophy.

Major(s): Economics; Philosophy

Minor(s): Digital & Computational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in:

Esme Alfaro’24 (She/her)

Hello! My name is Esme and I’m majoring in Classical Medieval Studies, minoring in History, and as a native Spanish speaker, I am here to support any of your writing needs across any of those disciplines. I am working as a Student Manager this year. I look forward to seeing you in the center!

I can tutor you in Classical Medieval Studies, History, and Spanish Language.

Major(s): Classical & Medieval Studies

Minor(s): History

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Benjamin Auerbach’25 (He/him)

I’m a student athlete and WLC tutor from San Francisco, CA. I’ve been speaking Spanish with friends and family since I was little and I love to talk and write in Spanish. I’m also a pretty good frog catcher so if you need help with that let me know.

I can tutor you in American Studies, Art Visual Culture, English, Hispanic Studies, Spanish Language, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): Hispanic Studies

Minor(s): Undeclared

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Nick Brown’25 (He/him)

Hi all, My name is Nick Brown and I’m a Sophomore history-econ double major from Massachusetts. The end game is to be a high school history teacher/XC coach if all goes as planned. In my free time, you may find me jogging, reading, or drawing some maps. I’m excited to work with all of you!

I can tutor you in American Studies, Earth & Climate Science, Economics, Educational Studies, English, History, Math, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies, Sociology, Resumes or Cover Letters, and Public Speaking.

Major(s): History; Economics

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Caroline Cassell’24 (They/them)

Hi All!
My name is Caroline and I am a junior from Woodstock Vermont! My favorite drink is hot apple cider, and my favorite way to exercise is to swim! On campus you’ll find me walking around absurdly fast, chowing down at the vegan taco bar, onstage in a theatre or acapella performance, reading a book, or breathing and enjoying the sun on the 2nd floor of Ladd. Looking forward to meeting you soon!

I can tutor you in Education Studies, Gender Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Theater, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Resume & Cover Letter.

Major(s): Sociology; Gender Sexuality Studies; Theater

Minor(s): Educational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Italian

Maya Castiblanco’23 (She/her)

Hi Everyone! I am from Westchester New York. I am a senior and I love coffee and dogs (in no particular order). This is my first year tutoring at Bates, and I am so excited to work with you this semester.

I can tutor you in Latin American & Latinx Studies, Psychology, Spanish, Grant Proposals/Applications, Resumes or Cover Letters, and Graduate School Applications.

Major(s): Psychology

Minor(s): Spanish

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Martha Coleman’23 (She/her)

Hello all! My name is Martha, my favorite form of caffeine is dark chocolate (70%+ or bust), and I would love to parler en français avec vous if you speak or study French. A quick writing and language fun fact about me: I am an absolute nerd about French grammar, but still struggle to use commas “correctly” in any language. This is my second year as a writing tutor, and I can’t wait to see some of you in the WLC!

I can tutor you in Africana, American Studies, Education Studies, English, French Francophone Studies, French Language, Gender Sexuality Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, Religion Studies, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): American Studies; French & Francophone Studies

Minor(s): Educational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, French

Danny Cronin’25 (He/him)

Hello, beautiful people!! My name is Danny Cronin and I’m a sophomore at Bates (haven’t officially declared, but I am gravitating towards a Biology major and Education minor). I’m a stickler for planning out the writing process and breaking it up into small, nonstressful chunks. Outside of my duties as a Writing tutor, you’ll find me at the gym, in my room watching Netflix, or cooking myself a meal in the Adams kitchen!

I can tutor you in Biology, Chemistry, Educational Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies, Psychology, Writing Online (i.e. blogs, websites, social media), and Public Speaking.

Major(s): Biology

Minor(s): Educational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Caroline Davis’23 (She/her)

Hey everyone! My name is Caroline and I’m from Wilmette, Illinois (right near Chicago). In my free time, I enjoy singing as part of my acappella group, dancing, and playing guitar. I am also obsessed with the New York Times crossword, which is my favorite method of procrastinating. I have been a Writing Fellow since my sophomore year and I love talking about writing. Excited to work with you all!

I can tutor you in Anthropology, Dance, Educational Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Rhetoric Film Screen Studies, Sociology, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Grant Proposals.

Major(s): Psychology

Minor(s): Educational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Alexis Evans’24 (She/her)

Hello! My name is Alexis and my favorite form of caffeine is a chai tea latte. I’m a Sociology major with a DCS minor. I love to spend my free time reading books, solving puzzles, and playing video games.

I can tutor you in Digital Computational Studies, Education Studies, English, Psychology, and Sociology.

Major(s): Sociology

Minor(s): Digital & Computational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Joel Hallkaj’24 (He/him)

I can tutor you in Chemistry, Digital Computational Studies, English, French Francophone Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion Studies, Rhetoric Film Screen Studies, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): Neuroscience

Minor(s): Digital & Computational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in:

Madison Jandreau’23 (She/her)

Hi everyone! I was born and raised in Northern Maine, and am a senior biochem major here at Bates! I am on a pre-med track and would love to talk about anything related! In addition to being a tutor in the WLC, I am also on the cross country and track teams, and can be seen running through campus with my team frequently! Looking forward to working with you all this semester!

I can tutor you in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Education Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): Biochemistry

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Sam Jean-Francois’23 (They/She/He)

Hi loves! My name is Sam and I’m a senior at Bates Majoring in Africana Studies with a concentration in Racisms and Identity, Race and Ethnicity. I’m first generation Haitian American and you can find me at CSA (Caribbean Student Association) meetings or helping lead BSU (Black Student Union) meetings as a meeting facilitator this year. Fun facts about me: I’ve rode a mechanical pumpkin and I start each essay with a poem 🙂

I can tutor you in Africana, Gender Sexuality Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Presentation Speaking

Major(s): Africana

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Li Kane’23 (She/her)

Hi! I’m a senior from New York City and a Gender and Sexuality Studies Major. On campus, you can usually find me tossing a disc with Cold Front, the Women’s, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Ultimate Team. This is my third year as an FYS W-CAT and I’m excited to work with you all this semester.

I can tutor you in Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Religious Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Major(s): Gender & Sexuality Studies

Minor(s): Africana

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Jessica Kissi’23 (She/her)

Hello everyone! My name is Jessica and I am a senior Biochemistry and French & Francophone Studies double major. I am from Ghana and Togo, West Africa, but I currently live in Chicago, IL. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, watching reality TV, and traveling!

I can tutor you in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, French & Francophone Studies, Resumes or Cover Letters, and Public Speaking.

Major(s): Biochemistry; French & Francophone Studies

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English, French, Twi, Ewe

Rachel Liazos’24 (She/her)

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I’m a Junior Politics Major. I live just about an hour outside Boston in a town called Westborough. At Bates, I am a member of the Softball team and I work at the Harward Center as a social media coordinator. I spent my summer teaching at a special education school and coaching a 14U Softball team.

I can tutor you in Africana, Anthropology, Educational Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Politics, Sociology, Writing Online (i.e. blogs, websites, social media), Interdisciplinary Studies, and Public Speaking.

Major(s): Politics

Minor(s): Educational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Peter Mason’24 (He/him)

Hello, my name is Peter Mason, I’m a Junior Politics Major with a minor in Hispanic Studies. I’m from a town called New Canaan, CT, just an hour north of New York City by train.

I can tutor you in Classical & Medieval Studies, Economics, English, European Studies, Hispanic Studies, Politics, Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Major(s): Politics

Minor(s): Hispanic Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Julianne Massa’25 (She/her)

Hi! I am from Long Island, New York, and I am a sophomore this year at Bates. I am pursuing an English major with a concentration in creative writing. I enjoy drinking tea, knitting, playing the saxophone, and snowboarding.

I can tutor you in Africana, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Classical Medieval Studies, Education Studies, English, European Studies, Gender Sexuality Studies, Latin American Latinx Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology.

Major(s): English

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Caroline Milne’24 (She/her)

Hi everyone! I’m Caroline. I’m from Bethesda, Maryland and I’m a junior. I’m a Politics major with a concentration in Security, Cooperation, and Conflict and I have a minor in Hispanic Studies. I also love theater, baking, music, hiking, and board games. I’m excited to see you in
the WLC!

I can tutor you in Politics, Hispanic Studies, History, Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies, Spanish Language, Resumes or Cover Letters, and Public Speaking.

Major(s): Politics

Minor(s): Hispanic Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Aru Poleo Vargas’24 (She/her)

Hi! I’m Aru, a junior from Venezuela doing Philosophy, Politics, and DCS. Apart from being a Writing Fellow at the WLC, I’m also a SPARQ queer mentor at the OIE. I love video games, spicy food, and political theory!

I can tutor you in Digital Computational Studies, Gender Sexuality Studies, Latin American Latinx Studies, Philosophy, Politics, and Spanish Language.

Major(s): Philosophy; Politics

Minor(s): Digital & Computational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Spanish

Lea Rosen’23 (She/her)

Hey there! I am a senior from New York City, majoring in English. Outside of the WLC, you can find me working at Purposeful Work, leading programs at JSU, or blending some fruit at smoothie club. This is my second semester working at the WLC, and I’m excited to get to know you all.

I can tutor you in Art & Visual Culture, Classical & Medieval Studies, English, History, Politics, Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies, Writing Online (i.e. blogs, websites, social media), Grant Proposals/Applications, Resumes or Cover Letters, and Public Speaking.

Major(s): English

Minor(s): Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English, Hebrew

Cerise Stanley’25 (She/her)

Hello and welcome to the WLC! I am a sophomore W-CAT from Bentonville, Arkansas planning to study Environmental Studies. My favorite writing genre is creative nonfiction. I look forward to working with y’all this semester, and please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat.

I can tutor you in American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Writing Online (i.e. blogs, websites, social media), Interdisciplinary Studies, and Public Speaking.

Major(s): Economics

Minor(s): Anthropology

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Amanda Taylor’23 (She/her)

Hi! I’m Amanda, I’m from New Jersey, and here at Bates I’m a tour guide, a member of the softball team, and when I’m not in season I work in the athletics department across different teams in statistics and analytics. I’ve lived here in Maine the last few years at Bates and I have spent the last couple of summers living and working in Newport, RI and Cape Cod, MA — I’m a Jersey girl at my core, but New England has my heart!

I can tutor you in American Studies, English, Politics, Psychology, Rhetoric Film Screen Studies, Sociology, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): Psychology

Minor(s): Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Stella Terry’24

I can tutor you in Africana, American Studies, Anthropology, Classical & Medieval Studies, Educational Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American & Latinx Studies, Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies, Sociology, Grant Proposals/Applications, and Spanish Language & Writing.

Major(s): American Studies

Minor(s): Hispanic Studies

Language(s) I can converse in:

Colin Thoman’24 (He/him)

Hi everyone! I’m a junior biochem major looking forward to helping you with anything writing-related! I love workshopping writing, I love to read, and I am happy to talk about whatever in between. In my free time, I like to run, swim in the river, and play guitar. Happy to be back in the WLC!

I can tutor you in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Climate Science, English, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): Biochemistry

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English

Joaquin Torres’25 (They/them)

Mabuhay! I’m Joaquin, a Neuroscience and Theater double major from the Philippines. When I’m not in a lab playing with computers or brain waves or onstage acting my heart out, you can see me tossing a frisbee with Orange Whip on one of the fields or hanging out in my hammock reading a book.

I can tutor you in Biology, Chemistry, Digital Computational Studies, English, Neuroscience, Politics, Psychology, Theater, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): Neuroscience

Minor(s): Digital & Computational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in:

Clare Trinity’23 (She/her)

Hey ya’ll! My name is Clare and I am from Washington DC. I am a senior Environmental Studies Major. My favorite animal is a dolphin and in my free time, I like to play spikeball. Looking forward to working with you all in the WLC.

I can tutor you in American Studies, Anthropology, Education Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender Sexuality Studies, Rhetoric Film Screen Studies, and Presentation Speaking.

Major(s): Environmental Studies

Minor(s): Educational Studies

Language(s) I can converse in:

Leah Zukosky’23 (She/her)

Hello! I am a senior from St. Louis, Missouri. I am a pre-med neuroscience major here at Bates. Outside of school I enjoy playing tennis and being outside with friends. I have previously worked as a W-CAT for first year seminars and I am looking forward to writing with you all this semester!

I can tutor you in Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Sociology.

Major(s): Neuroscience

Minor(s): N/A

Language(s) I can converse in: English