Spring 2023

The CWL is now hosting appointments for the Spring 2023 semester. See below for more information about our writing advisors and to see their weekly schedules.

Writing Drop-In Hours are held weekly Sunday through Thursday from 3-4pm. Stop by during these hours without an appointment to work on your writing assignments!

To make an appointment, call us at 253.879.3404 or complete this form

Tutor bios and hours are below.

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Ainsley Austin

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hi there! My name is Ainsley Austin and I’m a senior majoring in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (Classical Studies track) with a minor in Communication Studies. I was lucky enough to spend Spring 2022 in Rome, so feel free to ask me questions about study abroad! My main academic interests include media studies, women in antiquity, and Latin. I know that ancient languages and history can be intimidating, but I’m excited to talk through these ideas together. When I’m not doing schoolwork in Diversions, I love being a member of the Ubiquitous They sketch comedy troupe, writing poetry, and watching movies. I can’t wait to work with you!

Hours: Tu 12-2pm, W 1-3pm, Th 5-6pm 

Major: Greek, Latin, & Ancient Mediterranean Studies (Classical Studies Track)
Minor: Communications

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Amanda Tatro

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hello, I’m Amanda! I am a transfer student, and a senior majoring in SOAN. I am originally from Michigan, but I’ve lived in Tacoma for the past seven years. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy reading and hanging out with my dog. I am interested in developing new skills, cultivating diverse relationships, and studying different cultures—so please feel welcome to come chat with me about anything! I am humbled to be a writing advisor, and would be honored to provide support during any stage of your writing process. I look forward to meeting with you!

Hours: Sun 10am-12pm, Tu 2-3pm & 3-4pm (Writing Drop-In), Th 1-3pm

Major: Sociology & Anthropology

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Andrew Benoit

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hey there! My name is Drew Benoit and I am a sophomore from the Chicago suburbs. I am majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. When I'm not in the classroom or studying, you can usually bet I'm  either watching or talking about a movie. I also work at Campus Films and as an editor for The Trail. I'm nuts for Star Trek, Star Wars and the Red Sox. I love music, and I'm always looking for more punk rock bands to listen to. Drop by to talk about baseball, movies, music or anything else that suits your fancy. Can't wait to meet you!

Hours: Sun 9-11am, M 5-6pm, F 12-2pm 

Major: Sociology & Anthropology

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Ava Martinson

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hey! My name is Ava, and I’m from Portland, OR. I am a senior majoring in Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies on the Classical Languages track, and I’m also minoring in Communications. Outside of class, you might find me studying in Divs, Opp, or one of the local coffee shops. I enjoy hiking, exploring the greater Seattle-Tacoma area, watching video essays on YouTube, and reading for leisure when I have the time. I work here at the CWL as both a Subject Tutor and Writing Advisor, so feel free to drop by if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat!

Hours: Sun 12-2pm, Tu 10-11am, W 2-3pm, Th 4-5pm 

Major: Greek, Latin, & Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Minor: Communications


Ebony James

Ebony James

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Ebony and I am a senior this year. I am an International Political Economy Major, and am seeking minors in Politics and Government and Spanish. On campus I also work as a diner student lead. I participate in Inter-varsity and the Black Student Union. I have been traveling with my dad since I was a baby and love to learn about other parts of the world. I love spending time with family and friends. I am addicted to TV and yes I love Grey’s Anatomy.

Hours: Sun 4-7pm, M 2-3pm, Tu 9-11am

Major: International Political Economy
Minors: Politics & Government and Spanish

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Eliza Koch

Pronouns: she/they

Hi everyone! My name is Eliza and I’m a junior majoring in Psychology. I’m also minoring in Gender and Queer Studies and play flute with our school of music. I grew up in Illinois, so when I’m not studying, I love to get off campus and explore; stop by some time and let me know where I should go next! In my free time, I also love to paint, watch movies with friends, and listen to music. I’m also a big fan of reading under big trees. I’m so excited to get to know what you’re passionate about! I hope to see you at the CWL soon!

Hours: Sun 6-8pm, M 6-8pm, Th 10-11am

Major: Psychology
Minor: Gender & Queer Studies

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Julian Cañeda-Santos

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Julian, but I also go by Juls :) I am a junior Sociology & Anthropology major pursuing minors in Crime, Law, & Justice and Business. I was born and raised in the Bay Area and came to UPS as a member of Posse 5! I am also a Peer Advisor, so you might see me across the hall at Academic Advising. I love to craft in my free time, from crocheting to making random handmade gifts for my friends and family. I am also very passionate about food and love watching cooking shows, so I gladly welcome any restaurant or show recommendations you may have! I’m excited to work with you at the CWL and hope to see you soon!

Hours: Tu 11am-12pm, W 3-4pm (Writing Drop-In), Th 7-9pm, F 12-2pm

Major: Sociology & Anthropology
Minors: Business and Crime, Law, & Justice

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Kate True

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hello! My name is Kate True and I am a senior double majoring in Communication Studies and Politics & Government. Some fun facts about me: I spent the majority of my life growing up in Columbus, Ohio; I have a profound love for Game of Thrones and arugula; I am very passionate about backpacking and social advocacy; and this is my third (and final) year as a writing advisor at the CWL! I am so excited to be able to chat with you about the writing process this year and I hope to see you soon!

Hours: Sun 2-3pm & 3-4pm (Writing Drop-In), Th 9-11am, F 9-11am

Major: Communications and Politics & Government 
Areas of Emphasis: International Relations

Maia Nilsson

Maia Nilsson

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Hi everyone, my name is Maia and I am a junior from San Diego CA. I’m an English major with a creative writing emphasis, and I’m also a part of the honors program. I’m involved with COMBS, Crosscurrents, and I play trombone! On campus, you can find me at the climbing wall, practicing in the music building, or working in the Center. Looking forward to meeting you!

Hours: Sun 11am-2pm, M 9-10 am & 3-4pm (Writing Drop-In), Tu 7-9pm, W 3-4pm

Major: English (Creative Writing)
Minor: Spanish

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Mailee Fields

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hello! My name is Mailee and I'm a senior from Federal Way, WA. I'm majoring in the Business Leadership Program (BLP) with minors in Education and Politics and Government (U.S. emphasis). I enjoy playing Skyrim or Nintendo games, watching Breaking Bad, eating cheese, kayaking, and writing case studies. I'm looking forward to meeting you and seeing the wonderful writing we can create together!

Hours: M 7-9pm, W 9-10am & 8-9pm, Th 2-3pm & 3-4pm (Writing Drop-In)

Major: Business Leadership Program
Minors: Education and Politics & Government

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Sowmya Kannan

Hey y'all! My name is Sowmya (pronounced Sow-myah) and I'm a senior majoring in International Political Economy and English. I love blue heelers, really fancy hot chocolate, and buying way too many books. I also love dancing and I'm always looking for new music so if you have any recommendations or fun playlists then definitely let me know! Whether you need help planning a paper or figuring out a tricky reading, I'm here to help, so feel free to stop by!

Hours: Sun 8-9pm, M 11am-1pm, W 10-11am, F 10am-12pm

Majors: English, International Political Economy

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Svetlana Solodilov

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Svetlana, and I am a junior from California. I am a Computer Science major who is minoring in Studio Art and Biology. I love reading (especially Stephen King novels) and rock climbing, and I have a possibly unhealthy obsession with tea. Feel free to stop by!

Hours: Tu 9-10am & 5-7pm, W 6-8pm, Th 11am-12pm

Major: Computer Science
Minors: Biology and Studio Art

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Tate DeCarlo

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hi all! My name is Tate DeCarlo and I am a sophomore studying English here at UPS. I love to read and write, and outside of school I'm interested in fashion, music, and automotive culture. In my free time I skateboard and enjoy going thrifting and cooking with friends. Editing is one of my favorite activities, and I am here to help you finish that paper!

Hours: M 1-3pm, Tu 11am-12pm, Th 1-3pm, F 1-2pm 

Major: English
Other emphasis: Economics