Meet the Fellows
2012 Writing Fellows
Minor: Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, Organizational & Community Leadership
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Tennis, Piano, Chess, Reading, Lifting
Favorite books and authors: Through the Looking Glass; Plato; Michel de Montaigne
Advice to college writers: When you're having difficulty with an assignment, trust yourself and begin writing. Something is better than nothing, and you can always go back and revise.
Majors: Economics, English
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Cheap European sports cars; broken and semi-broken motorcycles; and applying F. T. Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto to Italian vehicle ownership.
Favorite books and authors: James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, William Faulkner, Peter Egan, Hunter S. Thompson
Advice to college writers: When in doubt: don't worry, just write. You can sort through your mess later. Getting those first few words onto the page will often be the toughest part of an assignment.
Majors: Wildlife Conservation, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Minor: Public Policy
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Dance, University of Delaware Alternative Breaks, Blue Hen Ambassador, Green Liaison Committee
Favorite books and authors: Khaled Hosseini, House of Sand and Fog, Where the Red Ferns Grow
Advice to college writers: Be open to trying new things! What may have worked in high school may not necessarily work in college, and that's the exciting part of developing as a writer =).
Minor: Economics, Spanish Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Fitness, reading, baking, Delta Sigma Pi
Favorite books and authors: To Kill a Mockingbird, My Sister's Keeper
Advice to college writers: Put in the time to find a topic or an angle that you are actually interested in or that you really believe. The initial extra effort will make the writing process that much easier and will produce a more effective, genuine, and even passionate work for both yourself and readers alike.
Majors: M.I.S., Operations Management
Minor: Political Science
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Traveling, watching football, undergraduate research, SGA President, Blue Hen Ambassador tour guide
Favorite books and authors: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Advice to college writers: Always seek constructive criticism. Having a friend or tutor look over your drafts can only improve your paper and help you become a stronger writer.
Majors: English Education, History
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Lumos Literary Club, Yoga Club, MUD
Favorite books and authors: Daphne du Maurier, J.K. Rowling, Jodi Picoult, J.D. Salinger, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Brian Jacques, John Steinbeck, Gustave Flaubert, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Eva Ibbotson, and many more!
Advice to college writers: Don't put it off! If you can think clearly, you can write clearly, so just clear your head and say what you have to say.
Majors: Political Science
Minor: History, Economics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Gamma Sigma Sigma National Community Service Sorority, Russell Fellows, running, yoga, baking
Favorite books and authors: To Kill A Mockingbird, Catch-22, anything by John Grisham
Advice to college writers: Spend the time to think through and come up with a really strong thesis. The clarity it gives you makes writing the rest so much easier. Also, know when it's time to step back from the paper; sometimes it really is the best thing to do.
Majors: Biological Sciences, Liberal Studies: Medical Scholar
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Photography, cross country, composing/writing/playing music, MEDLIFE, Making Doctors, Pre-Pharmacy Society
Favorite books and authors: Chuck Palahniuk, F. Scott Fitzgerald, J. K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Khaled Hosseini, Atul Gawande, John Green, Victor Hugo, and so, so much more!
Advice to college writers: Choose a writing topic (or writing class) because of personal interest, not relative easiness! You'll be surprised at how just a little passion yields progress and success in not only the assignment, but also maturation of writing style overall.
Majors: Human Services, Spanish
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Spending time with friends and family, running, tutoring, reading
Favorite books and authors: Harry Potter, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Kite Runner, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Glass Castle, Water for Elephants
Advice to college writers: Start with a clear outline before creating a thesis statement – nothing is worse than a thesis statement that you can't support. This outline will show you what evidence you have to work with to create a strong thesis statement and will make your paper much easier to write!
Minor: Psychology, Spanish, Religious Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Playing guitar, photography
Favorite books and authors: Charles Bukowski, Jonathan Safran Foer, Dao De Jing
Advice to college writers: In academic writing, coming across as professional is important. Make sure you have the basic rules down every time!
Majors: English Education
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Marching band, pep band, Sigma Tau Delta, Latin American Tutoring Program, listening to any and all music (especially live music), coffee, tea, cooking, theatre, exploring cities...
Favorite books and authors: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude, Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, Emma Donoghue's Room, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go
Advice to college writers: Choose topics that inspire passion within you. You'll enjoy writing far more, and your writing will be far stronger.
Majors: Neuroscience, Spanish Studies
Minor: Biological sciences, Applied music - piano
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Blue Hen Ambassadors, Phi Delta Epsilon, running, playing piano, going to the beach
Favorite books and authors: JK Rowling, Gabriel García Márquez, The Awakening, Matilda, Where the Wild Things Are, The Time Traveler's Wife
Advice to college writers: Give yourself time to write ahead of the due date - it feels better, your writing will be better, and you'll get more sleep :)
Majors: Electrical Engineering
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Anything on Netflix, anything Joss Whedon, Phi Sigma Pi
Favorite books and authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Kazuo Ishiguro
Advice to college writers: If you have a choice, don't choose a topic just because it sounds easy: choose a topic that interests you!
Majors: Operations Management, International Business Studies
Minor: Jazz Studies, Spanish Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Drumming, music, Scrabble
Favorite books and authors: Slaughterhouse V; Chuck Palahniuk
Advice to college writers: Write for yourself! If you aren't happy with your writing, your audience won't be either.
Majors: English, Women's Studies
Minor: Religious Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Improvising with The Rubber Chickens, Yoga Club, napping in the sun, journaling, traveling
Favorite books and authors: Planet Walker by John Francis, The Only Dance There Is by Ram Dass
Advice to college writers: Take the time to get to know yourself as a writer. If you do so, then you'll be able to pinpoint your habits and eventually grow out of them.
Majors: Chemistry, Economics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Running, reading, playing chess, and listening to '70s music
Favorite books and authors: Catch-22, The Fountainhead, The Day of the Triffids, Time and Again, John Grisham, and Fyodor Dostoevsky
Advice to college writers: Have a clear idea of where you're going with your paper before you start it. If you begin writing without a plan, you'll probably end up discarding most of your paper anyway. Many writers use outlines to organize their thoughts, but choose whatever works for you.
Majors: Cognitive Science (Speech-Language Pathology)
Minor: Psychology, Human Development & Family Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Lori's Hands Volunteer RSO, Phillies & Flyers, Sports, the Beach, Reading, Baking, Shopping
Favorite books and authors: Nicholas Sparks, S.E. Hinton, Shutter Island, The Secret Life of Bees, The Help
Advice to college writers: No matter what assignment your professor gives you, always try to find a topic that interests you. You will do your best writing when you are interested in the topic that you choose.
Majors: Political Science, History
Minor: Islamic Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Mock Trial, Model UN, College Democrats, running, and basketball
Favorite books and authors: Brave New World, 1984, Lord of the Flies, Inherit the Wind, Slaughterhouse-Five
Advice to college writers: Don't seek a replicable approach that guarantees a good grade. Every assignment is unique and requires an analysis free from the constraints of a template.
Majors: Exercise Science
Minor: Public Health and Medical Humanities
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Hiking, cooking, Phi Sigma Pi, volunteering, beaches
Favorite books and authors: Water for Elephants; The Giver; Angels and Demons
Advice to college writers: Use the writing process! Making an outline and working on drafts can dramatically improve your paper in the end.
Majors: History, Political Science
Hobbies/interest/clubs: E-52 Student Theater Organization. I love Heavy Metal music.
Favorite books and authors: George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, Lords of the Sea by John Hale, and Animal Farm by George Orwell.
Advice to college writers: My advice to college writers is to keep your writing simple. Say what you want to say as concisely as you can say it.
Majors: International Relations, History
Minor: Religious Studies, Political Communication
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Blue Hen Ambassador, Political Communication research, basketball
Favorite books and authors: Nicholas Sparks, Edmund Burke, George Eliot, T.S. Eliot, George R.R. Martin
Advice to college writers: While writing, try not to obsess over what grade you think you're going to get. If you stay true to yourself as a writer and take risks that reflect your own unique style, the good grades will follow.
Majors: English (Creative Writing)
Minor: Psychology, Sociology
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Playing guitar, writing music, Riot Act Improv Comedy Troupe, Biweekly Show, and WVUD
Favorite books and authors: Charles Bukowski, Italo Calvino, Hunter S. Thompson, and Kurt Vonnegut
Advice to college writers: Write in your own style, without worrying about impressing your professor.
Minor: Disabilities Studies and Human Development/Family Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Fraternity, UD Choir, Habitat for Humanity, UD Alternative Spring Break
Favorite books and authors: Of course, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Jack Kerouac's On The Road, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, and Kathryn Stockett's The Help
Advice to college writers: Have more confidence in your own writing. College writers perform better when they like their writing style, and there is always something to like. You just have to look for it.
Majors: Neuroscience, Psychology
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Gamma Sigma Sigma, doing neuroscience research, volunteering as an EMT, running, sailing, horseback riding
Favorite books and authors: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson), The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald), To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Advice to college writers: While writing your first draft, try to ignore that constant internal editor so you can actually write some of your most important thoughts down; you can always edit your paper later!
Majors: Exercise Science
Minor: Biological Studies, Medical Humanities, and Disabilities Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Alpha Phi Sorority, Wellspring, Blue Hen Fitness Staff
Favorite books and authors: Too long and varied a list to name
Advice to college writers: Don't be afraid to experiment with different styles and writing processes. Push beyond what's familiar to you.
Majors: Chemistry, Environmental Science
Hobbies/interest/clubs: UD Jazz Ensembles and Chamber Groups, JEPA, Students for the Environment, Soccer, Tennis
Favorite books and authors: Douglas Adams, Bill Bryson, George R. R. Martin, Jared Diamond, John Steinbeck
Advice to college writers: Invest yourself in your own writing. Only by appreciating your own strengths as a writer (and you've made it this far, so you definitely have them!) can you find the motivation to work on your shortcomings. Write what you love and love what you write!
Majors: Political Science, English
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Reading & writing, Main St. Journal, cooking, antiques, learning, staying at the beach, supporting the use of the Oxford Comma, and cats.
Favorite books and authors: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, and any poem by Ai and/or Pablo Neruda.
Advice to college writers: I urge students to always be true to themselves--cater to the teacher's prompt while still writing a paper that you would want to be remembered for. Do not be scared to get creative!
Majors: Economics, History
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Host on WVUD's Online Station, Yoga, Reading
Favorite books and authors: Gone with the Wind, Ender's Game
Advice to college writers: Try to get multiple people you trust to look your paper over. Just because you think something is clearly explained doesn't mean that everyone else will follow your argument. Writing a clear and well-organized essay is important!
Majors: International Relations, Economics
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Volunteerism, figure skating, eating good food, & Jenna Marbles.
Favorite books and authors: David Sedaris; Jeffrey Eugenides, Dr. Seuss, The Lorax; Bernhard Schlink, The Reader; and of course, J.K. Rowling.
Advice to college writers: Be passionate about what you write. Because if you're not, why should anyone else be?
Majors: Biological Sciences
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Reading, drawing, watching movies, playing table tennis, and knitting
Favorite books and authors: Holes by Louis Sachar, Ogden Nash poems, Agatha Christie books, and Calvin and Hobbes comics by Bill Watterson
Advice to college writers: Pay attention to basics--once you have the form you can work on content development.
Minor: Geology, Fashion History and Culture
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Reading, listening to music, video games, arts and crafts, autocross; Otaku^2 Club, Genshiken, Galadrim, Academic Competition Club
Favorite books and authors: Spoon River Anthology, Fruits Basket, Othello, Clover, Geodyssey, Chalice; Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Ron Koertge, Kate Beaton, Joey Comeau and Emily Horne, CLAMP
Advice to college writers: Whatever the assignment, try to find a topic or angle that really interests you. You'll have an easier time researching and writing if you're engaged (or even having fun!), and your audience will enjoy reading a paper that you enjoyed writing. It shows!
Majors: Exercise Science
Minor: Disability Studies
Hobbies/interest/clubs: Yes U Can, Running, Baking, Yoga Club
Favorite books and authors: Barbara Kingsolver, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien
Advice to college writers: Be passionate about your writing and read as much as you can!