Waterloo Student Tutors
Student Tutors 2016/17
Tutors at the Writing Centre are selected from among the best undergraduate and graduate students at Laurier. They all have a high GPA (above 10), excel as writers, have strong faculty references, and are keenly interested in helping fellow students become strong writers.
All our tutors receive initial and ongoing training and are paid for their work.
Tutors enrolled in master's or doctoral programs, who are qualified to advise graduate students, are marked with a (G).
Emily Bednarz (G)
Hello! My name is Emily Bednarz and I am a PhD student in English at Wilfrid Laurier. I completed my MA at the University of Western Ontario and I used to work at the Writing Centre during my undergrad at Laurier. I have worked as a teaching assistant for "Dramatic Forms and Genres" and "Reading Fiction." In my spare time, I enjoy creative writing, reading, singing, painting, photography, attending music festivals, and watching movies and television shows.
Maggie Clark (G)
Maggie Clark is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the English and Film Studies department. Her dissertation addresses representations of astronomy in nineteenth-century literature (fiction and non-fiction alike). 2015/16 will be her third year with the Writing Centre, and she enjoys working with students at every stage in their academic careers.
Hi! I am a second-year student doing a double BA in Biology and Global Studies. Ask me about how those two subjects work together – it’s a sweet combination, I promise! As a student at Laurier I enjoy taking courses on a wide variety of subjects such as Human Geography, English, and Philosophy; I am also involved in several awesome student initiatives, namely the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts and International Students Overcoming War clubs. I am fluent in French and have spent time living in France and Scotland, as well as traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East. When I’m not on campus I love to go on long walks, canoe and kayak with friends and family, play with my dogs, read mystery novels, and spend time with children. I believe that writing about a topic is the best way to learn and therefore I am dedicated to enabling students to enjoy writing within the university context. I hope to have a chance to help you do so at the Writing Centre this year!
Emily (Dee) Diemert
Hello! My name is Emily (or Dee). I am a fourth-year Global Studies and North American Studies double major and this is my first year working at the Laurier Writing Centre. My academic interests include Indigenous governance, resistance, and sovereignty in North America as well as understanding the role of non-Indigenous allyship in these movements.
I love travelling and discovering new places with my most recent adventure being an exchange semester in Mexico City, Mexico. I also enjoy travelling because of my interest in learning different languages and trying new food. When I am home, however, I can usually be found snuggling with my dog, Teddy, wearing pajamas, and watching Netflix.
I look forward to meeting other Laurier Golden Hawks this semester and hope that I, along with the rest of the Writing Centre team, can help encourage and empower students in their writing abilities throughout this school year.
Jovana Djermanovic (G)
I spend my spare time reading just about anything I can get my hands on and watching sports (let's go Jays!). I also enjoy board games and I'm always willing to give or take recommendations.
But as much as I could talk about that stuff all day, I'm most looking forward to working with you and helping you become a better writer! See you soon!
Hi there! My name is Nicole, I am in third year completing a Combined Honours BA in History and Political Science with a co-op option. My favourite time period is the 20th century along with international politics. In addition to learning about ruthless dictators, I enjoy reading sensational journalistic works or the occasional young-adult novel (my guilty pleasure). A local from Kitchener, I spend my spare time volunteering, hanging out over tea and travelling. Of all my adventures, though, it's writing that really excites me – whether it’s crafting an email or an essay, I love it all. I’m excited to meet you so I can help with that cool assignment and maybe recommend a hip Kitchener café as well.
Hello, my name is Jen and I am in my second year of an Honours Bachelor's of Arts degree in English here at Laurier. This is my first year as a tutor at the Writing Centre and I am very excited. I plan to pursue both an MA and PhD in order to continue on to a career in academia. I look forward to working with you and helping the best way I can!
Hello, my name is Hillary Kendrick and I'm a third year undergraduate student in Political Science with the Legal Studies Option. This is my first year at the Writing Centre.
My academic interests include international law and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; in fact, this past summer I travelled to Israel-Palestine on a Faculty of Arts field course that I helped coordinate. In addition, I have been involved with Tutoring Beyond Borders and the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts (LUJA).
I have recently been introduced to salsa dancing and squash (the sport, not the vegetable). If there are any professional salsa dancers or squash players reading this, I would appreciate learning from you as my skills need some improvement!
I am looking forward to meeting fellow Golden Hawks at the Writing Centre this upcoming year and helping students feel confident in their writing!
Mitchell is a fourth-year English major whose interests include dissecting socio-political discourses in Shakespeare’s tragedies, considering applications of neo-Thomistic natural law in a jurisprudential context, and bellyaching about the Maple Leafs. Well, mostly that last one, but he likes academic stuff, too.
This will be Mitchell’s first year at the Writing Centre. Previously, he honed his academic writing as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts, a position he is thrilled to continue with in 2016/2017. In his capacity as a writing tutor, he is looking forward to helping Laurier students improve their writing throughout the academic year.
I am a third year undergraduate student in Global Studies with a minor in French, and Muslim Studies Option. During my time at Laurier, I have become involved with an amazing student initiative called International Students Overcoming War. I would love to talk to you about this club, and how you can get involved sometime!
When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, watching the TV show Suits, and listening to a wide variety of music.
I have a passion for teaching and working with others, and so I look forward to meeting you and helping you improve your writing!
Haydn Lawrence (G)
I am a PhD student in Geography specializing in spatial data and geomatics. My study interests are quite diverse, as demonstrated by my previously completing a Bachelor of Computer Science and later attaining a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and a Master of Science in Geomatics. After my undergraduate studies, I taught ESL/EAP at various universities and schools in Asia for the better part of a decade.
Outside of my research or studying languages, I tend to participate in a smorgasbord of activities including scuba diving, bungee jumping, skydiving, snowboarding, computer programming, or just taking an entire day off and reading a book (mostly nerdy Sci-Fi).
I look forward to helping in the areas where you feel less confident while selfishly learning a bit about what it is you are writing about.
Hi Golden Hawks! I’m a fourth year student majoring in Film Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies. To say I’m a cinephile would be an understatement as I do my best to watch at least 400 movies each year. I’m new to the Writing Centre this year, but between donning, foot patrol, and supplemental instruction, I’ve seen my share of the school and how much support it provides for its students. As a long time contributor to The Cord and a lover of academic writing, I am really excited to help students develop their own love of writing for future academic success.
Guanglong (Zack) Pang
Hello. My name is Guanglong (Zack) Pang. I’m a third-year student studying Geography with an Environmental Science Option at Wilfrid Laurier University. I’m an international student from Shenyang, which is in the northeast of China. Deep snow has always been my friend since I was born. I’ve been working as a peer mentor and ambassador for international students at Laurier. I love cooking and exercising, and recently, I discovered my passion for photography and video editing. Learning new languages as well as stories from others are my addictions, and I’m looking forward to meeting new people.
Hi, I'm Carina! I'm in my fourth year, double majoring in English and French. I love literature, and as a huge languages nerd, I am super excited to have the chance to help you out with your French and German assignments. I've had the chance to live in Germany and an Acadian French town in Nova Scotia, so while I'm certainly not a perfect speaker, I'm reasonably fluent in both languages. I also adore all things creative and crafty and am thrilled to be this year's Creative Director of LUJA. In my spare time I can be found travelling, taking photographs, teaching myself hand lettering, and trying to convince my roommates to speak French with me. I look forward to seeing you at the Writing Centre!
Fatima Sidaoui (G)
I've just started my second year in the Master of Geography and Environmental Studies (MES). My research focuses on the right to water and water justice more broadly, and is informed by political ecology. Previously, I did my undergrad in Water Resources Engineering at the University of Guelph before meandering into the social sciences. I spent most of my life in the Middle East, so I am also fluent in Arabic.
When I am not working on papers for school, I enjoy reading (I have a wide range of interests), surfing blogs, listening to music, doing artsy stuff, or simply just contemplating the skies. I am especially fond of learning about new cultures.
I enjoy creating beauty, whether it be a smile, a piece of art, a piece of cake, or a piece of writing!
Writing for me is an art that can be mastered with practice and exposure to different contents, and this is what I am here for: to try to inspire and be inspired. I look forward to taking part of the writing journey with you.
Allen Tripp (G)
I'm a second-year PhD student in English and Film Studies. I study the 19th century, and my specific area of interest is in the literature surrounding the historic busts of the London Stock Exchange. I also enjoy the poetry of the Romantic period. In my spare time I enjoy researching companies, watching the market, and spending time outdoors, usually playing racket sports. I look forward to seeing you at the Writing Centre!
Previous Writing Centre Tutors
Listed in the last year they worked at the Writing Centre.
- Seth Adema
- Corinne Brassem
- Samantha Cooper
- Isabelle (Isi) Ingles
- Caitlin Mulroney
- Erica Parnis
- Cory Scurr
- Christina Shirley
- Eric Vero
- Steven Arnott
- Joseph Brannon
- Matthew Grant
- Rhianna Lefler
- Jianan Mo (student assistant)
- Alexis Motuz
- Connor Young
- Courtney Davis
- Janet Kwon
- Natalia Pack
- Jamila Remani
- Jordan Burrows
- Daniel Clarke
- Gordon Davidson
- Casey DeGraff
- Kyle Gerber
- Jillian Sharpe
- Victoria Kennedy
- Matt Burkard
- Margot Couse
- Kevin Hatch
- Nicholas Herlinger
- Brittany Jones
- Kirk Maijala
- Jocelyn Smith