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Meet our Fall 2016 Staff


Rebecca Rebecca (student assistant director) has been in college longer than she likes to admit; long story short, she could have greatly benefited from a time-turner. Her major is Literature & Creative Writing; she hopes to become a Literature Professor with her future degree. Her favorite authors include H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Stephen King. This is her first year working at the Writing Center. When not at school, Rebecca fills her time with video games, LARPing, playing Dungeons and Dragons, taking care of her pets -4 dogs, 4 cats, and a snake-, and baking. (graduate student│LTWR)

 Shukri Shukri is a first-generation college student in Human Development. This is his fifth year as a Human Development major, with an emphasis on children’s growth. He plans to graduate in the couple of years coming up and attend graduate school for the purpose of attaining Clinical Audiology as a career. Although he is not a literature major, he feels that English writing is part of his life in terms of communication and academic excellence. He is interested and blessed to work with students on different kinds of academic writing. (undergraduate student│Human Development)

Ruby  Ruby is a senior. Her major is Literature & Writing Studies, and she plans on working with adolescents in alternative education. For fun, she likes to read, write, and listen to music. (undergraduate student| LTWR)

Sarah Sarah is a third-year student. Her major is pre-nursing and she is pursuing her dreams to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She loves constructing essays, assisting students to bring out their potential as a writer, solving difficult problems, and having conversations about the biological functions and structures of the human body. Sarah likes to go on long walks on the beach and jog in rough terrain. (undergraduate student│Pre-Nursing)

Elizabeth Elizabeth is a fourth-year student. Her major is Literature & Writing and she is working on a Business Administration minor. She is still figuring out what she wants in the future, but hopes to one day become a comic-book artist. When Elizabeth is not in school she paints, reads, writes, watches way too much anime, and makes frequent pilgrimages to the comic book store. (undergraduate student│LTWR) 

Matthew holds a B.A. in History/Geography from Wittenberg University in Ohio, and an M.A. in TESOL from California State University, Los Angeles. His teaching experience has taken him all over the world, including a fellowship for the U.S. State Department in Semarang, Indonesia, and head instructor of EFL for AMIDEAST in Muscat, Oman. He has also spent time teaching in Turkey and China. Currently, he is adjunct faculty at Palomar College and CSUSM. In his capacity with the Writing Center, Matthew focuses on academic language form/usage and English Grammar. Along with his career as an educator, he is a classically trained musician and avid guitar, banjo, and mandolin player.

Michael is a fourth year student here at Cal State San Marcos. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree in History with the long-term goal of becoming a teacher. If he is not reading an obscure nineteenth-century Russian novel or playing video games, he is most likely writing. He believes that good writing, whether it's a novel or simply a school paper, is one of the most fulfilling endeavors one can achieve. Michael also enjoys listening to instrumental post-rock music and watching science-fiction movies. (undergraduate studentHistory)

Alex is a fourth-year student at CSUSM. She is a Literature & Writing major who has not yet decided what she will achieve with that degree, but she is optimistic! She recently studied abroad in England and loves everything that involves an avocado. She loves to write short stories and have engaging conversations with thoughtful people. On her free time she likes to watch brilliantly written comedies and make mixed CDs for her closest friends. (undergraduate student│LTWR) 

Melissa is a fourth-year student majoring in Literature and minoring in Film Studies. Her career goal is to teach English at the community college level -- and possibly go for a doctorate in the future . . . if she still has the strength. In conjunction with working at the Writing Center, Melissa tutors K - 12 students who require additional assistance with Math and/or Language Arts. In her free time, she enjoys live music, attending "open mics", and spending time outdoors with her family. As a fierce True Blood fan, she has recently begun reading "The Sookie Stackhouse Novels" by Charlaine Harris. (undergraduate student│LTWR)

Jonathon is a graduate student who is beginning his first semester working at the Writing Center. He is studying ancient history and plans on becoming a teacher at a community college unless he goes off the deep end and decides to pursue his Ph.D. as well. His hobbies include reading, writing, playing with fountain pens, and watching too many Sci-Fi shows. (graduate student|History)

Kayla is a second-year student at CSUSM. She is majoring in Literature and Writing and minoring in History. After receiving her bachelor's, she wants to continue with her education and pursue a master's and a doctorate. She hopes to one day teach Comparative Literature at the university level. Kayla enjoys reading, writing, painting, pretending she can play piano well, perusing antique stores, and collecting vinyl records. She has poor vision, loves dogs, wears hats and denim jackets, and talks about space a lot. (undergraduate student│LTWR)


 Unique Unique is in her a third year at Cal State and is currently majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. She enjoys hanging out with her grandma and boyfriend and she really LOVES giraffes.  (Her obsession is so real that if she believed in next lives, she thinks she'd be one.) After college, she plans to pursue a Master’s in Education and get one step closer to her dream of becoming a teacher for K-5, but more specifically, deaf students. (undergaduate student| Child and Adolescent Development)

Madison Madison is in her second year at CSUSM and is double majoring in History and Political Science with aspirations to attend law school in the future, and maybe even rule the world (the latter is a pipe dream). Madison likes to enjoy her small amounts of free time by making the most of it and appreciating the joys of being lazy and watching Netflix or reading. She loves history, especially when it pertains to civil rights or Walt Disney. (undergraduate student│History & Political Science)

Destiny Destiny is a second year who is studying Kinesiology. She plans on pursuing physical therapy with her degree. Destiny is involved on campus with Black Student Union and Blu Cru. On her downtime she enjoys dancing, hanging out with friends, eating, and meeting new people.(undergraduate student│Kinesiology) 

Creska is a first-year student. Her major is Pre-Nursing and she hopes to become a Registered Nurse, but she is not 100% positive just yet. Somewhere down the line she'd like to adopt a couple dogs to share a home with. She is involved on campus with Kamalyan Alliance, a Filipino-American organization held here at San Marcos, and the Peer Mentoring Program. She’s a gym rat, and in her free time, she likes cuddling with a warm blanket while reading a book, getting up to hula dance or binge watching shows on Netflix. (undergraduate student│Pre-Nursing)

Jal is a graduate student in Computer Science. He has a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering. Though his major is Computer Science, Jal wants to become an author and is figuring out ways to complete his first novel. During his free time, Jal loves to read, listen music, write, watch TV shows and play cricket. (graduate student|Computer Science)

Fall 2016 Hours

Open September 6 - December 9

Monday - Thursday:
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (noon)

The Writing Center

Kellogg 1103

Director: Jeff Harlig

The Writing Center is one of the Centers for Learning & Academic Support Services at CSUSM. We are part of the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

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