Meet The Writing Assistants

Meet the student writing assistants working with our director Meredith McCarroll.

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Lyle Altschul 

Hometown: Portland, OR
Major(s)/Minor: EOS and Mathematics/English
Graduation Year: 2024
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I like learning from y'all's papers and hearing what y'all have to say!
Fun fact: I'm young Bernie Sanders's doppelganger.

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Dom Acquista 

Hometown: 
Major(s)/Minor: English/Music 
Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
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Mei Bock 

Hometown: 
Major(s)/Minor: English, Visual Arts/Art History
Graduation Year: 2024
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
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Elisabeth Chan 

Hometown: Redding, CT
Major(s)/Minor: Undeclared
Graduation Year: 2025
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I love seeing people's thought processes through their papers. It's so cool to jump into writers' heads and learn how they think and discover what interests them. I also enjoy seeing things "click" as a student makes progress. 
Fun fact: I once held the title of "National Riddler"
 
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Andrew Chang 

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Major(s)/Minor: English and Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant:  Meeting people and working together to improve papers!
Fun fact: I'm working on my trilingualism (English, Chinese, French)!

Andrew Chang

Isaac Cooper 

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Major(s)/Minor: Psychology/DCS
Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
I enjoy getting to hear about interests people are studying, and learning from the writers I work with about their research.
Fun fact: I got my ears pierced when I was 19 years old.

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Louise Cummins 

Hometown: Hendersonville, North Carolina

Major(s)/Minor:
Theater and Dance/English
Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
I absolutely love the writing center! It's such an inspiring and empowering space.
Fun fact: My great great grandmother was one of the first female entomologists!


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Caleb Friedman-Spring

Hometown: 
Major(s)/Minor: Undeclared
Graduation Year: 2025
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
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Gwen Gleason 

Hometown: 
Major(s)/Minor: Undeclared
Graduation Year: 2025
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
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Jane Godiner  

Hometown: New York, NY

Major(s)/Minor: Psychology and English 
Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
The opportunity to share my love of writing with other equally passionate students and to gain insight into classes that I cannot and/or will not take during my time at Bowdoin!
Fun fact: My longest Spotify playlist is 46 hours and 31 minutes.
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Shoshi Gordon

Hometown: Newton, MA
Major(s)/Minor: Education-English
Graduation Year: 2024
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
Working as a Writing Assistant, I love getting to collaborate with my peers and delve into new topics and classes. Everyone's writing process is different and I enjoy getting a glimpse into a different one every session!
Fun fact: I cannot do a cartwheel but I can fold an origami butterfly!

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Ivana Gutiérrez

Hometown:  Cicero, Illinois

Major(s)/Minor: Anthropology and Hispanic Studies/Education

Graduation Year: 2023

What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I love learning about topics I've never learned about through other people's writing. I also love being exposed to so many different writing styles and powerful voices.

Fun fact: I love to crochet!

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Hafsa Hossain

Hometown: Queens, New York

Major(s)/Minor: History

Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I really enjoy brainstorming ideas with other students and watching them get excited about writing/editing their papers.
Fun Fact: My all time favorite book is Jane Eyre!

Hafsa Hossain

Jingyuan (Isabella) Huang

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Major(s)/Minor: Undeclared

Graduation Year: 2025
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I am very excited to work with other students and listen to their ideas about a variety of topics! 
Fun Fact: I once owned nine cats

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Amy Hussey

Hometown: 

Major(s)/Minor: Environmental Studies-Government and Legal

Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
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Aminat Ibn Yusif

Hometown: New Haven, CT

Major(s)/Minor: Sociology/Economics

Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I enjoy seeing the progress of students as they go through the editing stage. In addition to this I enjoy seeing different writing styles across different departments.
Fun Fact: I played the Viola for 4 years.
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Samira Iqbal

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Major(s)/Minor: Neuroscience and English/Arabic

Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: Meeting new people and learning about their essay topics!
Fun fact: 


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Hadley Jevon

Hometown: Lincoln, MA

Major(s)/Minor: English and Hispanic Studies/Cinema Studies

Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I love getting to meet other writers and learning what they are passionate about.
Fun fact: I collect sparkly shoes.



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Gracie Loney

Hometown: 

Major(s)/Minor: Undeclared

Graduation Year: 2025
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
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Grace Madden

Hometown: 

Major(s)/Minor: Undeclared

Graduation Year: 2025
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
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Keyna Mecias Quiñonez

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY 

Major(s)/Minor: Africana Studies and Sociology

Graduation Year: 2023
 
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I love being able to learn about a variety of different topics through my peers' writing. I also really love being able to ease some of my peers' anxieties about their writing!
 
Fun fact: I was born in Costa Rica!

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Margot Adalyn Ngo

Hometown: Garden Grove, CA 

Major(s)/Minor: Education-Government and Legal Studies/Anthropology

Graduation Year: 2023
 
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I love the back-and-forth as we are asking questions and discussing ideas, and the moment I can see the writer beginning to grow confident in what they're writing.
 
Fun fact: I love rollerskating (let's skate sometime!)

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Afia Oduro-Manu

Hometown:  

Major(s)/Minor: Government and Legal Studies, Asian Studies

Graduation Year: 2024
 
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
 
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Josh-Pablo Patel

Hometown: Atlanta, GA 

Major(s)/Minor: English and Biology

Graduation Year: 2023
 
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I love getting to meet new people through both the Writing Center and the Writing Project courses.
 
Fun fact: I watched 620 movies in 2020!

 

 


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Brooks Peters

Hometown: 

Major(s)/Minor: English/Psychology

Graduation Year
: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
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Amari Polk

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Major(s)/Minor: Psychology/Chinese
Graduation Year: 2024
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: Seeing visitors' faces light up when they make connections, tell stories they'd like to include, or come up with something brilliant.
Fun fact: I like to wear my charm bracelets whenever I go out.

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Katie Reid

Hometown: Old Lyme, CT

Major(s)/Minor: Sociology/Psychology
Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I love working with students to help them feel confident in their writing! It is so fun to learn from each other and work together so we both become better writers.
Fun fact: I won the class of 2023 rock-paper-scissors game during orientation!

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Andrea Rodríguez

Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Major(s)/Minor: Latin American, Caribbean, Latinx Studies & Education Coordinate Major
Graduation Year: 2024
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
It is so wonderful to work through a writing piece like a puzzle and start to see how everything falls into place as you keep on writing and generating ideas. I love helping my peers with these processes and seeing what they are able to accomplish and learn in the writing center!
Fun fact: 
I saw snow for the first time when I was 14-years old, and I have only lived through four full winters! It is still my favorite season.


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Gail Saez-Hall

Hometown: Glen Cove, NY

Major(s)/Minor: Latin American, Caribbean, and LatinX Studies
Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: Getting to see how people think about and approach the writing process!
Fun fact: I lead Avant-Garb, Bowdoin’s Fashion and Culture publication
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Syona Sidhu

Hometown: New York, NY

Major(s)/Minor: History/Visual Arts  

Graduation Year: 2023
 
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: Getting to meet new people and read all of the interesting things that they are learning about. 

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Cloe Tarlton

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Major(s)/Minor: English/Economics

Graduation Year: 2023

What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: Writing is such a vulnerable process and sharing your work can be even more terrifying. I love creating a safe space to talk about opinions and interests. I get to learn about fascinating subjects and connect with fascinating people. My favorite moment in a writing conference is when the light goes on in someone's eyes and they get excited by their own ideas.

Fun fact: I once met Ellen De Generes at a steakhouse in Santa Barbara.


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Alex Tully

Hometown: Cambridge, MA
 
Major(s)/Minor: English, Government and Legal Studies/History

Graduation Year: 2024
 
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
 
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Gianna Turk

Hometown: Hancock, ME

Major(s)/Minor: Classics, English/Theater

Graduation Year: 2024
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I most enjoy hearing about the cool things people are writing and thinking about! It really helps me broaden my perspective.
Fun Fact: I enjoy doing escape rooms with my friends

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Tianyi Xu

Hometown: Shenzhen, China

Major(s)/Minor: Government and Legal Studies/English
Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: Reading marvellously interesting stuff from every discipline and meeting new people!
Fun fact: I speak two separate dialects of Mandarin Chinese.

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Diyaa Yaqub

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Major(s)/Minor: Computer Science/Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2023
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: I love feeling inspired as I speak to writers. Writing can be such a frustrating process, but being able to talk through it and develop ideas with someone is empowering!
Fun fact: I used to win eating contests in high school!

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Sophie Yook

Hometown: 

Major(s)/Minor: Undeclared
Graduation Year: 2025
What do you enjoy most about your work as a Writing Assistant: 
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