Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an appointment?

You have several options:
1) use our online scheduler,

2) stop by, and we'll do our best to assist you, or

3) email us at apheatwole@smcm.edu for assistance or additional availability. 

E-mailing or stopping by are the best options if you can't make any of the posted hours.

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Meet the Tutors:

Sam

 

Sam Cameron

Major: History

Minor: Educational Studies

 

Click here to see all of our peer tutors.


 Meet the Tutors

Of course, you may have already met the tutors; if you haven't visited them at the Center or attended a workshop they led, maybe you sat next to one in Principles of Biology, acted with one in a play, or played with one in the orchestra. The peer tutors have diverse interests, but they share three things in common: their love of writing, their skill in communicating, and their general awesomeness. They're good people to spend half an hour with. So come in and see them.

The 2013-14 tutors are listed below. 


Directors: Ben Click, Ph.D. and Brian O'Sullivan, Ph.D.
 

 See Dr. Click's English Department Faculty Page.

Dr. Click
baclick@smcm.edu
Montgomery Hall 007
Library Annex 113
240-895-4253 (in Monty)
240-895-2190 (in LI 113) 

See Dr. O'Sullivan's English Department Faculty Page.
Dr. O'Sullivan 

bposullivan@smcm.edu
Montgomery Hall 50
240-895-4242 



Assistant Director: Mandy Taylor 
Mandy 

apheatwole@smcm.edu

Mon: 2:00-4:00

Mandy is the Assistant Director of the Writing and Speaking Center. She graduated from St. Mary's in 2008 with her B.A. in English and in 2009 with her M.A.T.


 

Peer Tutors 


Julie Durbin
Julie
Major: English
Minor: Educational Studies

Mon: 4:00-5:00
Tues: 4:00-6:30
Thurs: 2:00-4:30 


About Julie:
Interests: I absolutely love any kind of writing--essay writing, fiction writing, creative non-fiction writing, poetry, etc.--no matter how much of a pain in the butt it can be to get my ideas out of my head and onto a blank sheet of paper. However, I do play favorites--despite my chronic writer's block problem, I love and have always loved fiction writing and plan to become a published fiction writer one day. That being said, I love reading as well! What better way to learn how to write than to read? I love escaping into the world of the story, especially if it means I can procrastinate doing something else. I also love playing guitar and listening to music! And if you know me well, you can attest to the fact that I love goofing off and being ridiculous.

Favorites: They tend to change through time, but some of the most mind-melting, all-time favorites of mine are the Harry Potter series, The Shining by Stephen King, and Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Some other good-reads of mine are Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. My favorite poem thus far is The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash. I'm a kid at heart, so I've always been a fan of children's and young adult literature (and yes--these genres can be literary!). Anyone who enjoys young adult literature should definitely look into reading anything by John Green. 




Sam Cameron
Sam
Major: History
Minor: Educational Studies


Mon: 5:00-6:30
Wed: 5:00-8:00
Thurs: 3:30-5:00

About Sam:
Great fantasy writers of America recall reading Le Morte D'Arthur or Lord of the Rings at age seven and thereafter falling in love with the genre. It bodes ill for my aspirations as a fantasy writer that I did not read Tolkien's classic until the elderly age of seventeen and have yet to tackle the compendium of King Arthur's deeds. Unlike my precocious counterparts, I was barely literate at the age of seven, yet, like them, I had an inescapable fascination with stories. I'm no expert on writing. I've only been doing it for thirteen years but have nursed an embarrassing crush on words all this time; it is my pleasure to be a member of the Writing Center team this year.




Meg Gruen
Meg

Majors: Music and English 

Tues: 1:00-4:00
Thurs: 6:00-8:00 


About Meg:
When she's not busy writing, reading, or playing music, you can find Meg snuggling up with a cup of something warm and delicious. With a comfort temperature of nearly 80 degrees, she is nearly always cold, but fortunately has made peace with her frigid state. She dislikes sitting properly (a fact for which her grandmother has often chided her) and will usually sit with her legs tucked under, even in those awkward desk chairs. You will never find her in the ARC (except for yoga class), but if you have misplaced her, be sure to check Monty first. In her free time, Meg enjoys long rambling conversations about God, religion, literature, and the meaning of life. Please, ask her any question about writing, but never ask her for directions since she gets lost even with a GPS. 

 


Thor Petersen
 Thor

Majors: Public Policy, Economics, and English

Sun: 4:30-7:00
Mon: 6:30-8:00
Tues: 6:30-8:00

About Thor:
Thor loves writing in the third person, so he naturally revels in a chance to write a bio. He writes when he has to and occasionally actually enjoys it. He understands if you don’t though. He thinks he’s funnier than he is, but temper your expectations and you might be pleasantly surprised! He usually smells like chlorine. 



Hannah Myers (currently spending a semester abroad)
Hannah
Major: English
Minors: Music and WGSX


About Hannah:
Hannah is treasurer of TNA and is a facility manager at the ARC. She plans on pursuing a career in Public Relations and Communications upon graduation. She loves to travel, laugh, and sing, and thinks more time should be allowed for reading on the beach. She also has a huge crush on Leonardo DiCaprio, plus a weakness for double-stuff Oreos. 




Clarissa Rous

Clarissa

Major:Biochemistry
Minors: Environmental Studies and Music 

Sun: 4:30-7:00
Wed: 2:00-5:00

About Clarissa:
Clarissa has been writing for 13 years (and counting)! She recalls writing, at age 5, a story in which the colors of the rainbow got lost and had to find one another. Future attempts at fiction did not get much better. However, she enjoys writing essays for class and journaling for her own use. Philosophy and History rank among her favorite essay topics, but she is always willing to work on a Biology or Chemistry lab report! In her free time, you will likely find her reading, doing yoga, dancing, hiking, or creating artwork. She is very patient and loves to help out, so please don't hesitate to stop by! 

 

Lindsey Leitera

lindsey

Majors: English and Political Science

Mon: 11:00-1:00
Thurs: 2:30-3:30


About Lindsey:

Lindsey is a current Junior who frequently indulges in the practice of aimless Internet-browsing. Her favorite types of writing include personal essays, journalistic accounts, Social Science research papers and angry manifestos. Her spirit animal is the doge meme and in another dimension she fixes computers. She loves reading the newspaper, traveling, thinking about 3D printers, eating good food, debating current events and being a part of the Writing Center team!