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emily

Emily is a first-year pursuing a double major in French and mathematics, as well as a minor in psychology. In her spare time, she likes to knit, crochet, weave, spin, and dye her own yarn for crazy projects. She loves traveling and has visited Mexico, Costa Rica (twice), a few of the Caribbean islands, and Greece. One of her life goals is to visit every continent, including and especially Antarctica. After college, she hopes to earn a PhD in linguistics and then become a university professor.

duaneDuane is a first year history major with a minor in education. He has worked with children ages 5-12 for the past 6 years as a camp counselor in Towson, MD. He loves working with people and helping others. He is a member of the Green Terror football team and also loves playing basketball in his free time. An avid gamer, Duane often humiliates his friends in Madden or NBA 2K. His favorite movie is Paid in Full and his favorite tv show is Spongebob. After college Duane hopes to pursue a career in coaching or teaching.

jimmyJimmy is a freshman pursuing a double major in Spanish and French literature and language, with a minor in writing. He is passionate about many things, including music, cats, poetry, but over everything else friendship. He is a member of many groups at McDaniel College, such as Palabras 2 Words, McDaniel Chorus, The Belly Dance Club, and French Club. During his free time he likes to read books about the paranormal, but he also enjoys reading about other subjects such as social behavior and natural sciences. He doesn’t know what he will do after graduation but he hopes his majors open many doors for him. He is a big fan of Pokemon. He considers himself as one of the best Pokemon connoisseurs, as well as one of the best Pokemon coordinators. Currently he is working in completing the Pokedex in his Soulsilver game. His favorite Pokemon of all times is Vaporeon.

rebekahRebekah is a sophomore pursuing a major in communication and a minor in religious studies. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at a local retirement community, where she has made a lot of awesome friends over the past five years. She also enjoys playing tennis, cooking, and spending time with her lovable dachshund. Rebekah’s favorite books include The Joy Luck Club, The Help, and House Rules. She loves going to the movies, and each year, she and her brother have a contest to see who can predict the most Oscar winners (she’s going to win this year, for sure). After college, Rebekah hopes to pursue a graduate degree in communication and travel the world.

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haileyHailey is a junior pursuing a major in philosophy and a minor in classical studies. She chose these disciplines because of the lucrative career opportunities that await her upon graduation. Hailey’s two greatest passions are cats, of which she has two, and books, of which she has 200. (Her friends believe it is only rental housing restrictions that keep the number of cats from equaling the number of books.) Hailey counts public libraries and the public broadcasting system among life’s simple pleasures and is especially fond of the latter’s Masterpiece Mystery. Hailey’s other interests include geocaching with her dog, photographing old cemeteries, and accumulating material for her future memoir, tentatively titled, What are you going to do with a Philosophy degree!? Hailey’s pet peeve is novelists who use the word ‘indefatigable’ more than once in the same book.

jehanJehan is a freshman pursuing a major in English and a double minor in education and theatre. He’s been in “humanities” programs for more than half of his academic career and, as a result, developed a passion for language and literature. His favorite novel is Fight Club (and if he hears a reference to the breaking the first rule one more time he might just punch himself in the face). He’s loved theatre since sophomore year of high school, especially musical theatre, with roles ranging from Tony in West Side Story to Cedric in A Very Potter Musical. Once he graduates, he hopes to work in New York as a teacher, and who knows, he might see where acting, writing, and directing take him while he’s there…

maggieMaggie is a sophomore pursuing a major in English and a minor in secondary education. She recently did a Jan-term trip abroad to France, Austria, and Hungary. Her experience abroad sparked her interest in traveling and greatly deepened her love for people and different cultures. After she obtains her masters in English, Maggie hopes to become certified in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or as a literacy specialist working with Deaf and hard-of-hearing students to develop reading and writing competence. She is a member of ASL Club, Palabras 2 Words, and the McDaniel College chapter of the Maryland State Education Association. Her favorite animal is an elephant. She loves spending time with her family, watching movies, and listening to stories around bonfires. Her dream home is a cabin in the mountains overlooking a lake.

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summer 2Summer is a sophomore English major and Latin minor. She has a passion for languages, having studied Spanish, French, and ASL, in addition to her six years of Latin. She enjoys writing letters to the editor of the local newspaper and hates being asked what she plans to do with her English degree. She fiercely protects Sansa Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones and enjoys watching cartoons (Avatar, Adventure Time, Archer and various Disney films being some of her favorites.) Her favorite movie is Wes Anderson’s Rushmore and someday, she wants to get a tattoo of Ophelia from her favorite play, Hamlet. Her favorite musical artists include The Beatles, Marina & the Diamonds, and Say Anything.

sarahSarah F is a sophomore studying philosophy along with a secret second major that has not yet revealed itself to her. She recently left her NJ home to embark upon a Jan-term adventure to Greece and now officially has the travel bug. She is a part of the first-year honor society, Alpha Lambda Delta. She is a member of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, as well as Humans vs. Zombies, where she combats the zombie apocalypse with her Nerf Hailfire. She loves helping people, listening to music that no one has heard of, writing rough novel manuscripts for various NaNoWriMo offshoots, and exploring the outdoors. During summer trips to Ocean City NJ, she dabbles in the art of food-sculpting. She is also a summer camp counselor for Mt. Misery, but the name is totally ironic.

AndreaAndrea is a senior double-majoring in History (with focuses on Eastern European and Early American) and English, and minoring in Writing. She is also a member of McDaniel’s Honors Program, and has just returned from the Budapest campus where she spent the past spring traveling to the cities she’s written so many exams on and always wanted to see. When she’s not writing for/co-editing Contrast Literary Magazine or reading as much fiction as she can get her hands on, Andrea can be found catching up on science fiction shows such as Star Trek and Stargate: Atlantis, and cheering for Liverpool Football Club so loudly they can hear her from across the pond. Future and current plans include working as an archivist or librarian, time-travel, and learning conversational Czech.

Lauren is a senior studying English and pursuing a minor in Spanish at McDaniel College. Last semester she studied abroad in Costa Rica; it was a great adventure. The best parts were jumping off of waterfalls, reading on the beach, and talking to people from around the world. She likes to run and participates in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track at McDaniel. She really enjoys the McDaniel Free Press and her position as Features Editor. Lauren loves eating healthy food and snacks a lot. After she graduates from college, Lauren hopes to get a job working for a magazine. But this goal will probably change in a few weeks

Amber, a senior, is a double major in English and Spanish with a minor in Writing. Along with her work in the Writing Center, she writes a blog for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and spends her summers as an English Academic Coach for rising high school seniors from Washington, DC. She occupies most of her free time running cross country, writing and editing for the McDaniel Free Press, and scheming ways to make money for travel. After McDaniel, Amber hopes to serve in the Peace Corps and pursue a graduate degree in Rhetoric and Composition or TESOL.

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Sammi is an senior pursuing an English major and an Education minor. She has worked at the Writing Center since her freshman year, and she loves it! Over the summer, she spent her time amongst a band of crazy hardened criminals… within the pages of the Westminster Detective Fiction library. In addition to English (and criminal-wrangling), Sammi’s interests include theatre, Belly Dance Club (of which she is President), and DIY crafting. When time allows, Sammi also enjoys watching old cartoons, scouring Pinterest for good ideas, and painting her nails. After college, Sammi hopes to teach English and Theatre classes at the middle or high school level. Not catching perps. Sorry.

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Michelle is a senior majoring in English with minors in Spanish, Writing, and History. While she lives in Colorado, her family is from the Maryland/Pennsylvania area, and she considers herself an East Coaster at heart. She is a lover of hockey, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins, Audrey Hepburn movies, scrapbooking, and dystopian literature. Actively involved on campus, Michelle is a sister in Phi Mu and a member of the Relay For Life of McDaniel College executive committee.

KelseyKelsey is majoring in Communication and minoring in Cinema and Journalism. She absolutely loves sports. If you ever catch her watching TV, she has a game on. Except for golf, which, frankly, she finds quite monotonous. She aspires to work for NBC Sports in the future so she has the opportunity to cover the Olympic Games and the Super Bowl, since that particular network covers both events at some point. She has also played multiple sports throughout her life, but her heart lies with running, which is why she is on the cross country and track team here at McDaniel. Some of her favorite reads include: The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Born to Run. Besides running, Kelsey enjoys watching her siblings play lacrosse and listening to music. Her dream (aside from working for NBC Sports) is to travel the world and embrace as many cultures as possible.

ShannonShannon is majoring in English and Spanish and minoring in Writing. As an aspiring writer, She lives her life from one furious scribbling on paper scraps and napkins to the next, adding yet another random babbling to her eclectic collection of words and thoughts. She believes that one can never have too many books and one day hopes to travel the world to fill her own book with stories about the cultures, peoples, and places that inspire her imagination and most daunting ambitions. And when her head is not worlds away, you can most likely find her waterlogged in the pool where she spends all of her free time (seriously) as a member of the swim team.

LeannaLeanna will hopefully major in Peace and Conflict Studies (she is currently designing this major) with minors in French and Business Administration. She is on the McDaniel swim team, is a Global Fellow, a Peer Mentor, and a tour guide. Her schedule is pretty hectic but she loves every minute of it. Leanna loves to travel and will hopefully study abroad in France and Africa her junior year. Leanna is an avid joke teller and is infatuated with the color pink. If you have any good jokes, let her know!

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AnnieAnnie
is pursuing a major in English and a minor in writing. She’s also an active member of the Honors Program. On campus, Annie is involved with the McDaniel Free Press, Contrast, and whatever other clubs and activities strike her fancy. She enjoys working as an e-ambassador for Admissions, writing blog posts to give prospective students a taste of life at McDaniel. Annie’s interests include rhetoric, traveling, listening to indie music, blogging, internet memes, chocolate desserts, good conversations, and of course, spending time with her family and corgi puppy. 

KatelynnKatelynn is a junior majoring in Biology and considering minoring in American sign language. On campus she is a member of both the Honors Program and Alpha Lambda Delta and enjoy the opportunities these organizations provide for serving the community. In her spare time she likes to watch movies (unless she’s seen them before), listen to music, and occasionally try her hand at creative endeavors. Her latest attempts were baking and scrap-booking (which she finished with a 50% success rate). She also loves taking pictures of anything she see and usually snaps hundreds of photos in a given session.

Sarah CSarah is an honors sophomore currently contemplating how to combine her myriad of interests (philosophy, history, art) into a major–and career–she can be passionate about. She loves music, especially from the 1960s, and is a casual collector of vinyl records as well as an avid concert-goer. Given that, it is only natural that she also helps run McDaniel College’s radio station, WMCR, and designs sound for campus theater productions. Because meeting new people though peer mentoring is simply not satisfying enough, she hopes to meet and tutor many more awesome McDaniel students at the Writing Center!

CariCari is a junior pursuing a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Literature. She spends a bit of her time working in the rat lab and the admissions office. Cari is a proud and active member of Phi Alpha Mu and Belly Dance Club. Her favorite book is usually whatever she’s reading at the moment, but there’s a special place in her heart for Frankenstein. She loves to watch shows like The Walking Dead and Community, even though she never seems to catch them when they air. She enjoys playing video games and watching movies, whether they’re classics or monster flicks. After college, Cari’s plans include graduate school, another trip to Rome, and a little dog of her own.

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MelanieMelanie is a sophomore attempting to double major in English and Sociology. She really likes watching soccer and sometimes, just to be obnoxious, refers to it as futbol. Her favorite team is FC Barcelona. She plays the violin because she loves having carpal tunnel but this doesn’t prevent her from writing creative pieces in her spare time. You also may find her toiling away for Allies and McFem, two organizations she’s too involved in for her own good. She has never known what she wanted to do but, after college Melanie would like to travel.

PaolaPaola is a biology major with minors in psychology and comparative culture studies (anthropology). She is highly curious by nature, something that plays a role in her varied, passionate interests, from video games to languages to comic books and music (rock n’ roll all the way), and of course, movies and TV shows. She absolutely loves creativity and all things that can engage the imagination, whether it is a thrilling plot, cinematic or literary, or the challenges of applying Campbell’s hero’s journey to Iron Man, her favorite superhero of all time (sorry Batman, you were this close). When she’s not busy catching the latest episodes of Supernatural or How I Met Your Mother, she love to build puzzles with her suitemates or playing frisbee.

chelseeChelsee is a senior studying Biology with a minor in writing. She enjoys reading just about anything but her favorite genre is historical fiction. On campus she is secretary of the Animal Welfare Club, a member of Gamma Sigma Epsilon chemistry honor Society and Tri-Beta biological honor society. Chelsee loves books so much she also has a job at the local library on Main Street here in Westminster. This summer she conducted research on one of her favorite subjects, endocrinology, and was able to present her findings at a conference.

Writing Center Director


Josh Ambrose (aka Prof A)
graduated from George Mason University with a MFA in creative nonfiction, where he also helped direct a writing center. He has taught composition, literature, and creative writing under the moniker “Professor A” and served as both the nonfiction and web editor for the magazine Phoebe. In college, he enjoyed taking courses in a diverse range of topics–from chemistry to Latin American history, from fencing to soil sciences. A lover of all things international, Josh has spent time abroad in Peru, India, England, Turkey, and Jordan. He now is delighted to live in Westminster with his wife and dog and enjoys traveling with them throughout the US whenever he has the slightest excuse.