2023 – 2024

Headshot of Amit BhatiaAmit (he/him)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
QST 2024 (Business Administration/Management with a concentration in Strategy & Organizational Behavior)

Amit is a New England native from Barrington, Rhode Island. He is pursuing a degree in Business Administration/Management and plans to complete a concentration in Law. He has taken KHC ST 111 and ST 112: Protest, Power, and Politics. Amit is an avid reader, outdoor lover, and musician who is skilled in both video editing and audio production. He is currently a drummer in the BU Jazz Band as well as a Writer and Copy Editor at the BU Pre-Law Review.

Headshot of Aya Sugai-MunsonAya (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
SAR & CAS 2025 (Human Physiology & Medical Anthropology)

Aya is a junior from Seattle, Washington and she is on the pre-medical track aspiring to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. When she’s not practicing her sutures or watching Grey’s Anatomy, you can find her reading Colleen Hoover or crocheting. In her first year at BU, she took WR 120: Revisiting Fairy Tales and WR 152: Medical Debates. She’s passionate about writing and loves exploring the intersections between medicine and social prejudice. Aya is so excited to work with all of you and help you feel confident and comfortable with your writing!

Headshot of Brendan NordstromBrendan (he/him)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
COM 2025 (Journalism & Advertising)
Spring 2024 only

Brendan is a junior from West Bloomfield, Michigan, in the suburbs of Detroit. With a grandma who was a published author, he grew up writing and is pursuing a career in Journalism, along with an Advertising major. A big fan of sports, Brendan surrounds himself with it as much as possible, including working for the Daily Free Press and writing for the Boston Hockey Blog. In his freshman year, Brendan took WR 120: Prisons in the Modern Imagination and WR 153: A Community of Poets to get experience in both academic and creative writing. In his spare time, Brendan enjoys photography, poetry, hiking, and playing basketball with friends. Overall, Brendan looks to help people in any way possible and writing is the way he does it best!

Headshot of Isabela Zanotti de OliveiraIsabela (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS 2024 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Fall 2023 only

Isabela is a senior from Paraná, Brazil. Her first language is Portuguese. She wishes to pursue a career in biochemistry, working in laboratories. In her Freshman year, she took WR 120: American Comics and WR 150: Marijuana in American History, both of which challenged her to delve into topics she had no prior interest in. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports and attending concerts. As an international student, Isabela understands the frustration in expressing yourself in another language, and wishes to help in the process of finding your voice in writing.

Headshot of Julia FernandezJulia (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS & COM 2024 (Sociology & Advertising)

Julia is proudly from the Philippines and is loving the cold weather and snow in Boston! During her freshman year, she took WR 120: Improvisation Now and WR 152: Case Studies in Fairy Tales. She has also taken Introduction to Communication Writing and News Writing. Julia serves as a Dean’s Host for the College of Arts and Sciences and is an active member of the Filipino Student Association. During her spare time, Julia likes to listen to music, cook, and crochet. She is so excited to help students gain confidence in their writing abilities and produce works that they are proud of!

Headshot of Kalliopi AlexisKalliopi (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS 2026 (Psychology)

Poppy is a sophomore from Milford, New Jersey studying psychology. During her freshman year, she took WR 120: Utopia and Dystopia in Philosophy, Literature, and Film as well as WR 152: The Brothers Coen: Masters of American Film. She hopes to cultivate a supportive and collaborative environment for students as they navigate the rewarding process of writing. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and outdoor adventures. Her favorite authors are Stephen King and Agatha Christie.

Headshot of Kate BernsteinKate (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS 2025 (English)

Kate is a sophomore from Tampa, Florida, majoring in English. Since coming to Boston, she’s become a devoted pedestrian and moviegoer. This year, she looks forward to helping students in the Writing Center to develop and confidently express their research ideas. In courses such as WR 120: Global Tragedy and WR 152: Time, Tempo, and Power in American Culture, she learned to confront some of the obstacles of the writing process and to appreciate the opportunities academic writing offers for discovery. Outside of the classroom, Kate co-hosts a show on WTBU and is part of the BU Journal of History.

Headshot of Kris BergKris (ask for pronouns)
Graduate Writing Consultant
MPH & MSW Candidate 2026

Kris is a violence prevention advocate, DEI & communications consultant, & lifelong bookworm. Kris holds a BA in Psychology from Boston University & is now pursuing a Master of Public Health & Master of Clinical Social Work, with a specialization in Trauma & Violence. Outside of work & school, Kris enjoys hiking, being the steward of a free community library in Brookline, crafting jewelry, & writing a mixology recipe book.

Headshot of Leela RoyeLeela (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
COM 2025 (Film & Television)
Fall 2023 only

Leela is a junior from Ossining, New York, majoring in Film & Television. As a freshman, she took WR 120: Love, Friendship, Money, & Identity and WR 152: Case Studies in Fairy Tales, which explored ways our cultures connect to storytelling, a topic she is interested in. In her free time, Leela enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and traversing around bookstores in Boston. She looks forward to helping students hone their writing voices!

Headshot of Lina BarclayLina (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
COM 2026 (Film & Television)

Lina is a sophomore studying Film & TV with an interest in film production. When she’s not in Boston, Lina splits her time between Arlington, Virginia, and Bristol, U.K. In her freshman year, she took WR 120: Queers on Campus and WR 153: Queer Little Loves. In her free time, Lina enjoys discussing obscure old movies on her self-produced podcast, reading the memoirs of (mostly deceased) Oscar-winning actresses, and putting on musicals with BU On Broadway. She’s excited to help students find joy in writing!

Headshot of Madi BabineMadi (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
QST 2024 (Business Administration & Management)
Fall 2023 only

Madi is a senior in Questrom, studying Business Administration & Management with a concentration in Finance. She is originally from Houston, Texas, but has deeply enjoyed her time on the East Coast. During her freshman year at BU, Madi took WR 120: Cosmopolitanism and National Identity in the 20th Century United States, and also WR 152: Global Documentary. In her free time, Madi enjoys running on the Esplanade and loves traveling.

Headshot of Makayla SuretteMakayla (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
SHA 2025 (Hospitality & Communication)
Fall 2023 only

Makayla is an aspiring leader in the hospitality industry from North Andover, Massachusetts. Along with her love of serving others through hospitality, she also has a keen passion for writing. Makayla was inspired to work for the CAS Writing Center after her memorable experiences in WR 120: Revisiting Fairy Tales and WR 152: Public Gardens & Urban Wilds: Boston’s Natural History. These classes allowed Makayla to explore some of her own niche interests, such as adventuring outdoors and hyperfixating on children’s cartoons. Makayla is looking forward to helping students succeed at the Writing Center!

Headshot of Melissa Zerquera BernardoMelissa (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS 2026 (Marine Science, Biology minor)

Melissa is a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA majoring in Marine Science. During her freshman year, she took WR 120: Utopia and Dystopia in Philosophy, Literature, and Film and WR 153: Queer Little Loves. These courses gave her the chance to explore her favorite literary genre (sci-fi), and how her identity is reflected in the media she consumes. As a writing consultant, she hopes to create a safe space for students to ask any questions and find enjoyment in their writing. Outside of class, you can find Melissa at the aquarium, or reading by the beach.

Headshot of Peyton NguyenPeyton (he/him)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
SAR & CAS 2025 (Health Science, Medical Anthropology)

Peyton is a junior from Aurora, Illinois, studying public health and anthropology to understand how social injustices affect the healthcare system. At BU, he has taken WR 120: These Films Are So Gay and WR 153: Illness Examined, both of which encouraged him to take risks and approach problems from a variety of perspectives. These skills have proved useful in his role as a Student Health Ambassador. Outside of class, you’re likely to find Peyton in a bookstore, baking, or attempting to play the guitar. He is looking forward to helping students find their voice at the Writing Center!

Headshot of Skye MadaSkye (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS 2026 (Economics, French minor)

Skye is from southern New Jersey, near Philadelphia. She is an Economics major and is pursuing a minor in French. Her favorite courses she has taken at BU were WR 120 & WR 151, American Lives, American Leagues: Sports and Social Issues in Contemporary American Life. It combined two of her interests, sports, and writing. In these classes, she learned how to better express her thoughts and feelings about playing tennis, fencing, sailing, and golf. In her free time, Skye loves to travel, to go to the gym, and to play table tennis as the women’s captain of the school’s club team.

Headshot of Sofia Padilla Sousa NevesSofia (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS 2025 (Economics, International Relations)
Fall 2023 only

Sofia is a junior from São Paulo, Brazil, double majoring in Economics and International Relations. With a Colombian and Brazilian background, she is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. During her time at BU, she has taken WR 120: Brave New Worlds and WR 151: Debating Hollywood, both of which gave her more experience in academic writing and writing in different genres. As an international student from a multi linguistic background, Sofia understands the struggles of feeling comfortable in finding your own voice and looks forward to helping students succeed.

Headshot of Sophie KlemmerSophie (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS 2024 (History & Classical Civilization)

Sophie is a senior originally from London, U.K. but now living in Tampa, Florida. She is currently pursuing a degree in History where she is most interested in Eastern European history and the Medieval period. In her Freshman year, she took WR 120: Brave New Worlds, and EN 220. Sophie is an avid reader who, in her spare time, enjoys visiting museums and playing video games with friends. She looks forward to working with students to improve their writing skills and develop their own writing style!

Headshot of Tanvi SethiTanvi (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
COM 2024 (Public Relations)
Fall 2023 only

Tanvi is pursuing a Public Relations major. She comes from Tokyo. She is originally from India and previously lived in Hong Kong, London, and Texas. During freshman year, she took WR 120: Existentialism in Literature and Film and WR 151: American Gothic Tales. Tanvi worked at Crimson Education, where she mentored students with their college application essays and helped students get into top U.S. universities. At BU, she is involved in Off The Cuff Magazine and HerCampus PR & Marketing. Tanvi is passionate about books, painting, baking, and dogs. Tanvi is empathetic to students’ struggles with writing and hopes to encourage them!

Headshot of Tomo CurranTomo (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
SAR 2024 (Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences)

Tomo was born in Japan but grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania. She can still speak a little Japanese, but not enough to turn the subtitles off for an anime. She plans on becoming an audiologist (hearing specialist), but secretly dreams of publishing a novel. She also loves languages and is interested in healthcare accessibility. Although she enjoys writing, she understands that the process can be messy and disheartening, so she hopes to be a motivational force for anyone who needs it. In her free time, Tomo likes to go on walks while listening to Taylor Swift or BTS.

Headshot of Uma AshraniUma
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS 2025 (Physics)

Uma is originally from Minnesota (and really likes the snow!) She’s been passionate about creative writing for many years, and during her freshman year, she developed even more of an appreciation for all types of writing thanks to WR 120: Global Tragedy and WR 151: Theorizing Monstrosity. At the Writing Center, she’s looking forward to finding the best in everyone, both inside their writing and out. In her free time, Uma loves making art, listening to music, and watching sunsets by the river.

Headshot of Xiaoya ShaoXiaoya (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
COM 2025 (Journalism)

Xiaoya is proudly from Wuhan, China and speaks Mandarin. She is a junior majoring in Journalism and pursuing a minor in English. Her favorite courses are WR 120 First Year Writing Seminar: The Films of Bong Joon Ho and EN 220 Rotten English: The Vernacular in World Literature. When she is not writing anything or watching Friends for the tenth time, she likes to read detective novels, enjoy classic films, practice Japanese and jog along the Charles River. She looks forward to learning interesting topics and inspiring students with their writings in each session.

Headshot of Yudi WangYudi (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS 2025 (Psychology & Education)
Fall 2023 only

Yudi is a sophomore majoring in psychology and education. She is an international student and started to study abroad in high school. She likes the city of Boston and enjoys trying out different restaurants to search for good food. As a Mandarin speaker and ESL learner, Yudi understands the challenges in English writing and has learned many strategies through her writing experiences. She looks forward to meeting students and helping them to feel more confident with their writing!

Headshot of Zahra AbdiZahra (she/her)
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
CAS 2026 (Ancient Greek & Latin)

Zahra is pursuing a Classics degree with an interest in Late Republican to Early Imperial Rome. Born in Virginia, she spent the first six years of her life in the Netherlands before moving to Maryland. In her freshman year, she took WR 120: Constructing Stories in the Odyssey and WR 153: Imitating Irish Authors. In her free time, Zahra enjoys exploring Boston with her friends, playing The Sims 4, and reading the classics (her favorite being Pride and Prejudice). She looks forward to helping fellow students become more confident and independent writers and show them that writing can be fun!