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:
Name: Angel Freeze
Major: Political Science
Angel is a second year Political Science major with a minor in Philosophy, born in New Iberia, Louisiana. She is excited to engage with students and help them to develop their reading and writing skills. 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. "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically." - MLK Jr.
Name: Zyed Ismailjee
Major: Cognitive Science
Zyed is a fourth year Cognitive Science major, born and raised in Southern California. His interest in working with the Merritt Writing Program is to become a part of the writing community and hopefully help enrich the outreach of writing support to students. Further, Zyed has an interest in sharing writing perspectives and indeed learning new vantage points from others. He believes that "developing writing skills promotes a greater understanding and reflection of your own interests and passions, which may provide better insight towards your goals and aspirations."
Name: Matthew Jurilla
Major: Business Management
Matthew is a third 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."
Name: Genesis Linares
Genesis is a fourth 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: Sarah Madan
Major: Political Science
Sarah is third year political science major who is excited to engage with students collaboratively to develop great writing. As an ASUCM Court justice she enjoys daily reviewing and revising legislation passed by ASUCM senators. In her role as president of the MYIP RCO on campus, she has experience writing grant proposals and mission statements. Sarah is currently applying to law school and can advise and empathize with the personal statement writing process. She believes writing as a skill is extremely diverse and is essential to success in any profession. Sarah is looking forward to working as an instructional assistant and sharing her techniques and approaches to collegiate writing. "One piece of advice I live by is that the best way to learn how to write well is to first read great writing."
Name: Nicole Morgan
Major: Public Health
Nicole is a third year student who recently changed her major from biology to public health. Because of this, she has experience in a broad range of the writing disciplines. Nicole first got interested in supporting others in their education through her job at the Boys and Girls Club in Merced where she works as a literacy aide. Nicole thinks the most important part of being an instructional assistant is "showing students how much potential they have and helping them express that through their writing."
Name: Chloe Ray
Minor: Writing and Philosophy
Chloe is a second 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.”
Name: Cristian Santos
Major: Business Management
Working with a branch of Sylvan Learning, a tutoring center outside of UC Merced, Cristian explored the learner spectrum and acquired a unique hands-on training that allowed him to become a more resourceful and versatile writer. He sees the undertaking of his position of Instructional Assistant as an opportunity “where I could showcase all of the skills I have developed as both instructor and student and hence, support the learning experience of innovative writers.”