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Joined on August, 2013
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EducationGraduated BS in English from Lesley University.
First year graduate student at UMass Boston.
ExperienceI am an entering graduate student for the Master’s program in English at UMB. I come from Lesley University, from where I graduated as the school’s first unofficial medieval studies major. In my freshman year, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Anglo-Saxonist Dr. Mary Dockray-Miller. Since my literature focus was largely unfamiliar to Lesley’s curriculum, I completed the bulk of my literary investigation through independent studies with Dr. Dockray-Miller, covering a breadth of literature from “Caedmon’s Hymn” to Paradise Lost. Under such close scrutiny for the majority of my undergraduate career, I necessarily had to develop a proficiency in formal academic writing – a skill I honed and shared as a tutor in Lesley’s Center for Academic Achievement.
I saw my time largely divided three ways as a tutor for the CAA. Most of my sessions focused on building academic writing skills with freshman students who were struggling in their 1000 level English Comp class. The other major focus of my sessions were with students in Lesley’s various graduate and undergraduate programs who were either English language learners or students with learning disabilities. The rest of my sessions were spread across the humanities- I’ve led tutoring sessions in art history; Old, Middle, and early Modern English language; American, British, and continental European history; eastern and western religion and philosophy; as well as a significant and diverse amount of literature, from Homer’s epics to Walcott’s Omeros. Although I admittedly find the sessions in the varied humanities to be the most entertaining, I feel that my most vital work at the CAA was working with freshmen and students with learning disabilities on their academic writing. Too many students come to college with a struggling grasp on formal composition, and if it is not addressed before they leave the 1000 level classes it could negatively affect their entire undergraduate career. Tutoring for English Comp classes was so vital because I was able to provide that more personal academic relationship that some students need in order to learn.
During my time at the CAA, I also developed materials that I found useful in my sessions, such as what I call “The Paper Skeleton”, as well as an intimate knowledge of learning assistance computer software, such as Kurzweil and Dragon. I’ve used these materials to great success in sessions with all my students, regardless of whether they have a learning disability or not. I firmly believe that with the right tools and support, any student has the capacity to achieve academically. I’d like to use the knowledge and tools I’ve cultivated over the past several years to help where I can.
HobbiesI'm a fan of anything with a good story, from Beowulf to Star Wars. I consider art to be the catalog of human emotion, and enjoy few things more than discussing good art.
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