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Meet Our Writing Assistants

Photo of Writing Assistant Faith B.
Hi! My name is Faith. I am currently a graduate student in Monmouth’s Creative Writing M.A./MFA program and a graduate research assistant in the English Department. I received my B.A. in English from Thomas Edison State University. Aside from being a writer, I am also an amateur dog trainer, herpetoculturist, and all-around lover of animals. If I have free time, you can probably find me hiking a trail somewhere with my dog, Taurus. I believe that every student deserves to be confident in their writing, and I am excited to work with you to help you achieve that!

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Hello, My name is Scharina and I’m currently a sophomore here at Monmouth. My major is English with a concentration in creative writing, minoring in Psychology and Spanish. I’m the Vice President of LASO, writer for The Outlook, EOF scholar and First to Fly member. I look forward to working with others in enhancing their work!

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I received my M.A. in English from Monmouth University, and I’m currently enrolled in our new MFA Creative Writing program. I’ve spent the last two summers tutoring with Monmouth’s EOF program, and I’ve been teaching composition courses for five years (EN 101 & 102). My favorite thing about teaching composition is connecting with my students through their writing and helping them grow as both writers and thinkers. In turn, I’ve found that I learn quite a bit from them! I’m looking forward to my third year tutoring for Writing Services. In my free time I can be found photographing wildlife, pets, and concerts, as well as working on my first collection of creative nonfiction personal essays, and playing clarinet in local concert bands.

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I received my M.A. in English from Monmouth University, and I’m currently enrolled in our new MFA Creative Writing program. I’ve spent the last two summers tutoring with Monmouth’s EOF program, and I’ve been teaching composition courses for five years (EN 101 & 102). My favorite thing about teaching composition is connecting with my students through their writing and helping them grow as both writers and thinkers. In turn, I’ve found that I learn quite a bit from them! I’m looking forward to my third year tutoring for Writing Services. In my free time I can be found photographing wildlife, pets, and concerts, as well as working on my first collection of creative nonfiction personal essays, and playing clarinet in local concert bands.

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Hi! My name is Adrienne Hansen. I am a tenured sixth grade Language Arts teacher and an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the School of Education. From Monmouth University, I earned my B.A., in English and Education and a Master of Science in Education: Reading Specialist Degree. In addition, I earned Post-Masters Degrees in Supervision and Teaching Students with Disabilities. I first started as a Peer Writing Assistant in 2007 as an undergraduate student. After being hired as an Adjunct in 2015, I eagerly joined the staff as a Faculty Writing Assistant.

Photo of Anna H., Writing Assistant
Hi there! My name is Anna and I am currently a Junior here at Monmouth. I am majoring in English and Literature with minors in Criminal Justice and History. With all that I am also working on an undergraduate thesis with the University’s Departmental Honors program. In my spare time I like to read, write short stories, listen to podcasts, and play Dungeons and Dragons with my friends. I have a passion for writing and enjoy helping others learn the tricks and tips I’ve learned in my college journey. I am eager to meet you assist you at Writing Services!

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I am a marketing major with a minor in communications. Outside of school, some of my favorite things to do are shopping, cooking, and traveling. I’ve always enjoying writing and helping my friends with their papers, and I’m looking forward to working with my peers at Writing Services this year!

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Hello! My name is Nicole Picinic. I received my B.A. in English at Kean University, and I am a graduate student in the English program. I love to sing and freelance in theatre. When not singing to an audience, you can catch me humming tunes to my cats, George and Mickey, and lovebird, Cannoli. I am passionate about fostering confidence and growth in your writing abilities and process! I cannot wait to help you in Writing Services!

Photo of Katie R., Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Katie, and I am currently a junior majoring in English with a passion for reading. When I am not reading or studying, I am volunteering at a local museum where I help with exhibits and reorganize the archives. I am excited to be part of the Writing Services team, and I cannot wait to help others strengthen their skills as writers!

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I am proud to say that I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Monmouth University, and have been an adjunct professor at Monmouth since 2002, and at Kean University since 2009. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to work as a writing assistant with Monmouth’s EOF Program. In 2007 I began tutoring in the Writing Services department at Monmouth, and the experience has been truly rewarding. Writing on an academic level can be extremely challenging for students, so our goal in writing services is to help students become better writers and, in turn, increase their overall academic success. I try to bring my love for writing to the students I work with, and encourage good writing in all aspects of life.
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I am a sophomore majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. I am also involved in the Youth Activist Group at Monmouth University where we promote the awareness of human rights and organize events benefiting those around us. In my free time I like to go to concerts, create art with my friends, and attend protests/marches in order to express my passion for activism. I look forward to Writing Services where I can continue to help those around me and hopefully learn a few new things myself.!

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Hi, my name is Katelyn and I am currently enrolled in the M.A. English program. I received my B.A. in English and Anthropology at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and I just moved to NJ. I am excited to be continuing my education at Monmouth and to work in Writing Services. Teaching and tutoring have always been my passion, so I am ecstatic to help everyone improve their writing!

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Hello! My name is Deanna and I am currently a second year graduate student in the English program. I graduated from Ramapo College in 2019 with a BA in theatre studies in a minor in literature. Some favorite pastimes include reading and writing, attending shows, and traveling as much as possible. I am also a library assistant with Monmouth County libraries, if you ever see me in any of our branches, don’t hesitate to say hello! Looking forward to meeting and assisting you all this semester.
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Hi! I’m Emma. I’m currently a senior majoring in English with minors in Art History and Professional Writing. I’m also a member of the Sigma Tau Delta honor society, with hopes of one day becoming a college professor. I’m elated to be a part of the Writing Services team, and I look forward to assisting my peers with their writing!

Photo of Hana V., Peer Writing Assistant

Hi, my name is Hana. I am currently a sophomore at Monmouth majoring in Psychology with the hopes of becoming a psychologist. In my free time, I enjoy reading, painting, and watching movies. I have always loved peer reviewing my friends’ papers, so I am looking forward to continuing this passion here at Writing Services!
Photo of Johanna V., Writing Assistant
Hi! My name is Jo, and I am a senior Chemistry and Political Science double major here at Monmouth. I am a member of the Honors program and also do lab assisting work with the Chemistry department. In the future, I hope to attend law school and become involved with climate justice litigation. As effective writing is an important part of the legal profession, I am hoping to improve my own writing skills while helping others to make their writing the best it can be!

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Hello! My name is Sarah, and I am currently enrolled in the English/Creative Writing M.A/MFA program here at Monmouth. I received my B.A in Creative Writing and Communications Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I am looking forward to helping students find their voice through words.

Photo of Jessica W., Peer Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Jessica. I’m currently a senior majoring in Communications with a concentration in Media Studies & Production and minoring in Anthropology. When I’m not helping my peers with their papers, I can be found working on my screenplay or reading a wide range of fiction novels. I hope to inspire others to develop a passion for sharing their voices through writing. I can’t wait to help you at Writing Services this year!
Photo of Writing Assistant Adriana Z.
Hello! I’m a sophomore studying psychology as well as philosophy with the aspiration of being a professor one day. This year I will also be president of Monmouth’s Spectrum club in addition to working as a research assistant in Professor Greenspon’s psychology lab. Outside of school, I’m either practicing on a drum kit or carefully editing my spotify playlists. I’m absolutely thrilled to fulfill my passion for helping others with writing this year!