Meet the Fellows

2014-2015 Writing Fellows

Amanda Abrom
Class: 2016
Majors: Economics, English (Professional Writing Concentration)
Minor: International Business Studies, Journalism
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Harrington Theater Arts Company, Residence Life, Dance, Writing, Chorus, Singing, Traveling, Blogging, Violin, Piano
Favorite books and authors: Hunger Games, A Great and Terrible Beauty, To Kill a Mockingbird, As I Lay Dying, The Great Gatsby
Advice to college writers: Be confident in your analysis and your writing! Write about what you are passionate about!
Rebecca Arias
Class: 2016
Majors: History
Minor: Spanish
Hobbies/interest/clubs: UD Hillel, Student Alumni Ambassadors, Netflix, napping
Favorite books and authors: Crime and Punishment, Harry Potter, Jane Austen
Advice to college writers: Don't underestimate the value of prewriting and outlining before writing the final draft. A well thought out outline can help keep your writing cohesive and relevant to your purpose when you start to get off track. At the same time, don't constrain yourself during the writing process; be open to experiment with new styles and ideas when inspiration strikes. When you're engaged with your writing, your audience will be too.
Diana Barsky
Class: 2015
Majors: Psychology
Minor: Human Development/Family Studies, Disabilities Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Reading, writing, listening to music, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Autism Speaks UD, undergraduate research
Favorite books and authors: The Outsiders, Water for Elephants, Fahrenheit 451, S.E. Hinton, Jodi Picoult
Advice to college writers: Be flexible and willing to take chances! You may not be able to write in the same exact way as you did in high school and that's okay. Stay open to constructive criticism to further develop your skills and become an even better writer.
Josh Barton
Class: 2016
Majors: Biology, Neuroscience
Minor: Medical Scholars, Biochemistry
Hobbies/interest/clubs: E-52 Student Theater, Best Buddies Delaware, Undergraduate Research
Favorite books and authors: The Trial--Franz Kafka, Breakfast of Champions--Kurt Vonnegut, The Screwtape Letters--C.S. Lewis, The Brothers Karamazov--Fyodor Dostoevsky
Advice to college writers: Don't be afraid to be personal and original and to take chances. A weird essay is so much better than a boring one.
Tara Beck
Class: 2015
Majors: Neuroscience, Medical Scholars
Minor: Biology, Medical Humanities
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Marathon Running, Triathlons, Open-Water Swimming, Club Swimming, Phi Delta Epsilon, playing with my puppy
Favorite books and authors: A Tale of Two Cities, The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud, Dan Brown, A.A. Milne
Advice to college writers: Start assignments early and make them interesting! Go to the library and check out books, research database journals, and find good sources to create a paper that you want to write about! It will make the process much more enjoyable.
Matt Conrad
Class: 2016
Majors: Political Science, Philosophy
Minor: Legal Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Music, Guitar, Drums, Ukulele, Education, Law, Politics, Mock Trial
Favorite books and authors: Scar Tissue, The Captain and the Enemy, The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene, Aristotle, and Rene Descartes
Advice to college writers: Don't save the entire writing process for the night before the assignment is due. Give yourself plenty of time for revision and following new directions that arise as you are writing.
Kelly Daniels
Class: 2016
Majors: Biochemistry
Minor: Economics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Going to the beach, dermatology, sewing/crafting, dancing, country music, traveling, UD Alternative Breaks, Blue Hen Ambassador, and Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity.
Favorite books and authors: Fight Club, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Memoirs of a Geisha, All the Light We Cannot See, and The Sun Also Rises
Advice to college writers: There is joy to be found in writing, I promise. Whether it's writing about a topic that interests you, or indulging in a scoop of UDairy icecream each time you finish a page, allow yourself to find pleasure in the process. Your attitude towards writing will be reflected in your progress and growth as a writer - make it positive.
Mike D'Antonio
Class: 2016
Majors: History with a concentration in Europe
Minor: German and Business Administration
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Distance Running, basketball, University of Delaware German Club
Favorite books and authors: All Quiet on the Western Front, 1984, Cavalier and Clay
Advice to college writers: Good research is the basis for a strong piece of writing. Without the work behind the scenes, the writing process is a struggle.
Nikki DeGisi
Class: 2016
Majors: Marketing and Spanish Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Playing with puppies, listening to music, taking care of the environment, baking/eating cupcakes, SCPAB marketing chair
Favorite books and authors: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Advice to college writers: Take advice from other college writers! You'd be surprised how valuable a fresh set of eyes on your work can be.
Morgan Dougherty-Messing
Class: 2016
Majors: Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences
Minor: Wildlife Conservation
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Scrapbooking, Crafting, Photography, Traveling, Bike riding, Environmentalism, Volunteering, Going to the beach!
Favorite books and authors: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Harry Potter series, Hunger Games series, Divergent series
Advice to college writers: Write what you like and like what you write!
Erin Dugan
Class: 2016
Majors: Public Policy
Minor: Economics, Public Health
Hobbies/interest/clubs: UD Alternative Breaks,186 South College, Student Alumni Ambassadors, The Honors Planning Board, spin classes, baking, and politics
Favorite books and authors: Invisible Man, The Glass Castle, Lean In, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Stieg Larsson, and Toni Morrison
Advice to college writers: Sometimes ideas will come to you as you are writing. Don't automatically exclude these ideas from your paper simply because they weren't in your original outline.
Sean Freeman
Class: 2015
Majors: English (Professional Writing Concentration), HRIM
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Photography, Traveling, Writing, Sustainability, American Hotel and Lodging Association, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, Club Manager's Association of American, HRIM PR Team
Favorite books and authors: Fight Club by Chuck Pahlaniuk, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Advice to college writers: Don't get caught up in formulas, grammar, outlines and rules. Write from the heart and the rest will follow.
Brandon Grabelsky
Class: 2016
Majors: 4+1 Master's of Public Administration, BA in Public Policy & Political Science
Minor: Spanish
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Running, Cooking, Netflix Public Administration Fellow, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, Blue Hen Ambassador
Favorite books and authors: The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Advice to college writers: Worry less about getting a good grade on a single paper and more about developing your writing style and voice. If you do this well, you won't need to worry about the grade!
Claire Griffiths
Class: 2016
Majors: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Chemistry, Biochemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Blue Hen Ambassador, Delaware International Ambassador, UDaB, Netflix
Favorite books and authors: Anything Jane Austen but mostly Pride and Prejudice, J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Lord of the Rings, all of Dr. Suess
Advice to college writers: Write about something you care about. Passion is everything and easily the best argument.
Matt Hamdan
Class: 2015
Majors: Biology
Minor: Exercise Science
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Basketball, baseball, concerts, traveling, trying new restaurants
Favorite books and authors: The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Driven from Within, The Art of a Beautiful Game, To Kill A Mockingbird
Advice to college writers: Be open to trying new techniques. Our writing will always be far from perfect, so chances are your professor is going to talk about writing in terms different from your previous experiences. Embrace the challanges that are presented by college writing courses, and said courses will be much more rewarding in the long run.
Danielle Imhoff
Class: 2015
Majors: International Relations
Minor: Spanish, International Business Studies, Organizational and Community Leadership
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Student Government Association, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Blue Hen Leadership Program, traveling, running, hiking
Favorite books and authors: Jodi Picoult, Invisible Man, Wuthering Heights, The Kite Runner, J.K. Rowling
Advice to college writers: A thesis is arguably the most important part of your paper, so be sure to create one that you feel is strong. Spend some time thinking about it, even if you have to revise it as you begin to write!
Ksenia Ioffe
Class: 2015
Majors: Accounting
Minor: International Business & Economics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Executive Vice President, Accounting and MIS Student Advisory Board, Blue Hen Ambassador, Delaware International Ambassador, being outside, and organizing things.
Favorite books and authors: Lean In, Welcome to the Monkey House, Catcher in the Rye, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and anything by Malcolm Gladwell!
Advice to college writers: Find a location where you work best and are inspired! Don't be afraid of the corners of the library - or the middle of the green. :)
Rebecca Jaeger
Class: 2016
Majors: Biology, History, Spanish
Hobbies/interest/clubs: StUDent Government Association, Blue Hen Ambassadors, reading, writing, playing intramural sports, talking
Favorite books and authors: J.K. Rowling, The Help, Pride and Prejudice, Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham, The Hunger Games
Advice to college writers: Revision is key. Always leave enough time to re-read and edit your paper before handing it in.
Diana Knieste
Class: 2016
Majors: Physics Education
Minor: Mathematics, Astronomy
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Society of Physics Students, National Science Teachers Association, theater, cats, hockey, the New York Rangers
Favorite books and authors: To Kill a Mockingbird, Into the Wild, The Little Prince, John Steinbeck, JK Rowling
Advice to college writers: Start your papers early and don't be afraid to rewrite and revise. Good writing isn't a "one and done" deal. It is a process that never ends.
Jessi Lafferty
Class: 2016
Majors: Finance, Management
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Family, Pilates, Hiking, Beaching, Eating anything (and everything) red velvet, Alpha Kappa Psi, University of Delaware Alternative Breaks (UDaB), Hen Model United Nations (HenMUN)
Favorite books and authors: The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Suzanne Collins
Advice to college writers: Choose a topic that interests you! You will be more invested in your essay and will find the writing process more enjoyable.
Will Lescas
Class: 2016
Majors: International Relations, English
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Travel, Music, Rugby, DEconstruction Magazine, Phi Sigma Pi, and WVUD
Favorite books and authors: Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, Brave New World
Advice to college writers: It may seem somewhat intuitive, but make sure to read the prompt, and answer it as completely as possible.
Katy Lewis
Class: 2015
Majors: Wildlife Conservation
Minor: Animal Science
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Running, Reading, Animal Science Club, doing anything outdoors
Favorite books and authors: Let the Great World Spin, Anna Karenina, Cutting for Stone; Colum McCann, Erik Larson, Hilary Mantel
Advice to college writers: Don't let an assignment build up to be something overwhelming. Just start writing, and keep your main message at the front of your mind.
Jackie Nebbia
Class: 2015
Majors: History, Marketing
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Music, travel, Students for Haiti, reading, baking
Favorite books and authors: Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid's Tale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Advice to college writers: Always be sure to write about what matters to you! When you're passionate about your subject it's clear to all those who read your work!
Laura Nebbia
Class: 2015
Majors: Economics, Psychology
Minor: Business Administration
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Photography, reading, baking, music, Students for Haiti
Favorite books and authors: Steig Larsson, Douglas Adams, Billie Letts' Where the Heart Is, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Tim O"Brien's The Things They Carried
Advice to college writers: Don't procrastinate! In college writing, organization and planning is key. Don't forget to enjoy the writing process and pick a topic that really interests you!
Shaivi Patel
Class: 2015
Majors: Biological Sciences
Minor: Economics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: American Red Cross club, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, watching movies, biking
Favorite books and authors: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Out Stealing Horses, A Farewell to Arms, Into Thin Air
Advice to college writers: Try to personalize your assignments. If you write about a topic that interests you, you will enjoy the writing process so much more. You'll be eager to learn about the topic and it will show in your writing.
Molly Peters
Class: 2015
Majors: Biological Sciences
Minor: Public Health
Hobbies/interest/clubs: UD Schola Cantorum, Undergraduate Research, singing, swimming, yoga, spending time outside and with friends, dogs, and Netflix.
Favorite books and authors: A Fraction of a Whole by Steve Tolz, J.D Salinger, Persuasion and anything else by Jane Austen, J.K Rowling, Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, Ray Bradbury, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway to nam
Advice to college writers: Don't be intimidated by the writing assignments that you will be assigned. You can always produce something worthwhile if you give yourself enough time to brainstorm, plan, research, and write to the best of your ability. "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." -- Henry Ford.
Vinu Rajendran
Class: 2016
Majors: Biomedical Engineering
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Assistive Medical Technologies, HTAC, Healthcare Simulation Club, Making Doctors, Gym, Music, Making random things
Favorite books and authors: Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, George R. R. Martin, Rick Riordan
Advice to college writers: Writing is terrible if you make it about something that you have no passion for. There is always a way to incorporate what you like to answer a prompt!
Avis Rodriguez
Class: 2015
Majors: History, Political Science
Minor: Spanish Studies, Economics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Watching football and hockey, playing intramural sports, drinking coffee, politics and current events, traveling, country music, Blue Hen Ambassador tour guide, Student Admissions Officer, Zumba Club, Yoga Club, and Delta Gamma Fraternity
Favorite books and authors: J.K. Rowling, John Green, A Good Dog by Avi, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Advice to college writers: When given an assignment choose a thesis or subject that interests you. When you're interested in the topic and want to learn more it makes doing the research fun instead of a chore and makes writing the paper a lot easier (no matter the length).
Kim Rowe
Class: 2016
Majors: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Bioelectrical Engineering
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Traveling, reading, trying new foods, attempting (and failing at) Pinterest projects, being outside, Blue Hen Leadership Program, UD Alternative Breaks, undergraduate research
Favorite books and authors: The Outsiders, Catch 22, Horton Hears a Who, Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, Jodie Picoult
Advice to college writers: Make sure your thesis is addressed throughout your paper! Don't be afraid to go back and revise your thesis if you discover that your paper has evolved away from your original plan.
Becca Russell
Class: 2015
Majors: Biology
Minor: Spanish, Medical Humanities, Medical Diagnostics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Yoga, fishing, Lori's Hands member, Making Doctors member
Favorite books and authors: Under the Dome, Stephen King, Dan Brown
Advice to college writers: In college writing, don't be afraid to take a thesis you care about and run with it! Any response to a prompt will be amazing with a idea that makes you excited!
Brenda Savelski
Class: 2015
Majors: Three Languages (French, Russian, & Japanese)
Minor: Spanish
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Travelling, reading, vegetarianism, violin, tea, yoga
Favorite books and authors: The Awakening, Lolita, Peter Pan, and anything/everything by Amélie Nothomb
Advice to college writers: Don't be afraid to change your topic even if you've already started writing! Write about something that interests you and has readily available information.
Hannah Tattersall
Class: 2016
Majors: Economics; Mass Communication
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Blue Hen Ambassadors, "186 South College" Honors Program Blog, Social Media Ambassadors, dancing, art, Paris, Disney, catching up on Netflix
Favorite books and authors: The Great Gatsby, Tuesdays with Morrie, Bossypants, Jane Austen, J.K Rowling
Advice to college writers: Write for yourself! Use your college years to develop your written voice so your papers become uniquely yours. Write in the way that you like to read so you can enjoy both writing and reading your papers.
Lauren Webb
Class: 2016
Majors: Neuroscience, Spanish
Hobbies/interest/clubs: MEDLIFE, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Nu Rho Psi, Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society, Project Sunshine
Favorite books and authors: To Kill a Mockingbird, Wuthering Heights, Song of Solomon, Mitch Albom, The Kite Runner, Unbroken, JK Rowling, Nicholas Sparks, The Catcher in the Rye, Thunder Dog, The Fault in Our Stars
Advice to college writers: Approach a writing assignment in a way that's creative and uniquely yours. Writing is more fun for you and your reader if you take risks.
Hannah Winand
Class: 2015
Majors: English Education
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Music (playing clarinet, listening to music, going to concerts, dancing like an idiot), photography, traveling, reading, writing, trying new things, education reform, Sign Language Club, Student Literacy Council, RA
Favorite books and authors: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, 1984 by George Orwell, anything by Walt Whitman
Advice to college writers: Never underestimate the power of brainstorming! Choose a unique angle to the assignment that allows you to write about an idea you find interesting. If you're excited about the topic, the writing will occur more naturally.
Callie Zimmerman
Class: 2015
Majors: International Relations
Minor: Arabic, French, Islamic Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Running, music, reading, being outdoors, ELI Peer Mentor, Students for Justice in Palestine
Favorite books and authors: On the Road by Jack Kerouac, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Cormac McCarthy, Phillip Pullman, Ernest Hemingway, JK Rowling
Advice to college writers: Don't write simply in order to get a good grade, and don't write what you think the professor wants--write in order to end up with a finished product that you're proud of. You will feel so much better about yourself as a writer!

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