The center is staffed by trained undergraduates (see their biographies below) with writing instructor support. Engage in the following kinds of writing discussions and activities:
Bring the following with you:
Any questions about this pilot initiative? Please contact Melissa Nicolas (Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Director, Merritt Writing Program).
Name: Angel Freeze
Major: Political Science
Angel is a third year Political Science major with a minor in Philosophy. She was born in New Iberia, Louisiana and moved to Springville, CA when she was eight years old. She is excited to engage with students and help them to create a set of writing skills that they can carry with them anywhere. She believes that writing is an essential tool for advancing in the professional world and hopes to help her peers develop those skills to their fullest extent. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” —Louis L'Amour
Name: Matthew Jurilla
Major: Business Management
Matthew is a fourth year management and business economics major with a writing minor. He aspires to facilitate the writing community by helping students further develop themselves as writers. As a writing minor, he has substantial knowledge and experience that extends from expository/professional writing to creative writing. Therefore, he is excited to share the literary devices and techniques obtained through personal experience. He believes that writing is a universal form of communication that enables people to express themselves through newfound personal insights and regular interactions. As both an instructional assistant and a writer, Matthew hopes to share the experience of developing oneself by delving into a multitude of unique works written by other students. "As writers, the possibilities of self-expression and communication are immeasurable—that is, writing as a craft and our comprehensive ability to regularly gain new knowledge are boundless."
Major: English Literature
Minor: Creative Writing
Elle is a 4th year transfer student from Mendocino JC, where Elle received a AA in Communications. Elle is very committed to exploring the intersection between reading, writing, and presenting thoughts in an academic setting. Elle enjoys helping students to bridge the gap between verbal and written communication, essentially helping students to express themselves on paper. Elle is also a published author and has experience in the corporate world. Elle believes that all writing, whether it be creative, academic, or professional, should strive to best represent the originality and authenticity of the author. Elle looks forward to collaborating with students to help them best express themselves through the writing process.
Name: Genesis Linares
Genesis is a fifth-year biology major, with an emphasis in human biology and a minor in writing. Her trajectory at the university has inspired her to pursue a career in the education field. She finds herself intrigued by the writing process and hopes to empower students to embrace their own writing process when working with varying prompts. Having taken a variety of writing courses she understands just how daunting it can feel to try to put one’s ideas into words, which is why she strives to make that task less stressful for students. Genesis believes that "all students can be successful writers, all they need is to be given the right tools to work with and to be taught how to use them."
Name: Chloe Ray
Minor: Natural Sciences Education (NSE)
Chloe is a third year student who enjoys delving into the possibilities that writing inherits. Much of her scholastic work focuses on a variety of literary pieces and thus likes to incorporate vast amounts of creative ideas into writing. She also enjoys engaging in conversation with others to help them pull out their own perspectives that will enhance their writing projects. Chloe has had experience working with Varsity Tutors, a one on one tutoring service, and looks forward to working alongside others within the Merritt Writing Program. She believes that “we never cease our roles as students and those who seek knowledge, and thus should incorporate learning with each other and with the world however we can.”