When tutors are hired in the Writing Center, they begin a training process that involves familiarizing themselves with the Writing Center Handbook.
New tutors then observe tutoring sessions between clients and senior
tutors, reflecting on their experiences with fellow staff members. The
Beren Writing Center conducts monthly staff development meetings to
continually foster dialogue amongst tutors to share their successes and
struggles in an ongoing process of learning. If you are interested in
applying to be a tutor at the Beren Writing Center, please review our "Tutor Application Procedures" and submit your materials to Associate Director Andrea Rosso Efthymiou at email@example.com.
Writing Center tutors are available to
help you generate writing ideas, refine your rough drafts, or simply
have a conversation about writing. Writing Center tutors not only
support fellow student writers, but they are also prolific writers
themselves.To learn more about individual Beren Writing Center tutors,
take a look at our tutor bios below!
Hannah Dreyfus, Stern ’14, has finally come to accept that she doesn't actually like coffee, but continues to pretend because of the beverage's elevated social status. Regarding her passion for the written word: a Journalism major, she currently works as an Assistant Editor at Parade Magazine, serves as the Editor in Chief of the YU Observer, blogs for Times of Israel, and previously wrote for The Jewish Week. Hannah sincerely loves writing and the writing-process, and hopes to communicate some of that optimism and enthusiasm to other students through her work at the Writing Center. Write on!
A native of sunny Florida, Shalva is majoring in English and Judaic Studies. She interned at Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency this summer and is editor of the news section of the Observer this year. When not buried under a mountain of books in her favorite corner of the library, Shalva bakes pies, reads The Wall Street Journal, and Skypes her siblings. As a lover of all things literary, Shalva can’t wait to explore the writing process with the incredibly talented women of Stern College.
Shani is a senior at Stern College majoring in Biology. Her love of health sciences and medicine, though, are not incongruous with her excitement for writing and throwing sophisticated diction into colloquial conversation. Originally from Philadelphia, she is enjoying her experience in Stern and NYC. She likes running, consuming (a lot!) of coffee, and spending time with friends and family. Shani is thrilled to be a part of the Beren Writing Center staff and is looking forward to helping you tackle the writing process!
Chumie (Yagod) Juni
Chumie is a newly-minted graduate of Stern College. She hails from Northern Maine/Pennsylvania (yes, simultaneously). A former Biology and Philosophy double-major, her hobbies include learning Torah, books, philosophy, teaching, painting, and Strange Loops. She loves thinking, writing, and teaching, and she can't wait to pursue these passions as a Writing Instructor in the Writing Center.
is a writer and teacher who also works as a faculty writing consultant at Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion, in addition to her teaching at
Stern. Adina is also a contributing editor at Kveller.com. Adina earned an MFA
in nonfiction writing from Columbia University where she was awarded a
departmental research fellowship and founded the nonfiction dialogue series.
Adina has been published in a number of literary magazines as well as in Tablet
Magazine, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week and The Forward. Adina is
currently co-editing an anthology on contemporary interpretations of the modern
Jewish mother. She lives with her husband and twin two-year-old daughters in the
suburbs of New York.
Hailing all the way from Teaneck, NJ, Elana is majoring in English Literature and minoring in History at Stern. In accordance with her passion towards the liberal arts, Elana sincerely loves to read everything from British literature to People Magazine. When Elana takes a break from her academic life, she can usually be found blocking shots on goal and pretending to be tough as the goalie for Stern's soccer team. On an average day, Elana is usually milling around the Stern caf with an iced coffee, busy writing for the Observer, and helping out with the Israel club. She is thrilled to be a part of the Beren Writing Center staff, and hopes to help you succeed and sharpen your writing skills. Elana is looking forward to utilizing her love of writing to help you master the writing process!
Emily Long Olsen
Emily Long Olsen is the BWC's English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor. Emily worked with ESL students abroad in Japan and South Korea as well as here in New York City. Emily is currently in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center, focusing mainly on Phonology. She also teaches Linguistics at Queens College and works for the Endangered Language Alliance, an organization here in New York City that works to document, revitalize and empower threatened languages. Emily loves to travel, but when home in New York, spends free time cooking, doing yoga, seeking out new ethnic food restaurants, drinking coffee, and watching embarrassing TV. She considers herself lucky to spend her time working with the interesting and intelligent international women here at Stern.
Daniella Penn is a Junior majoring in English and Judaic Studies. Along with the pool, parks, and her yoga mat, the Writing Center is one of her favorite places to be, and there are few topics she would rather discuss with you than your writing (those topics do exist, however). When not considering literary claims, Daniella enjoys playing tennis, drama (the acting kind), and running through the streets of New York City.
Elana Raskas is from New Rochelle, NY and attended SAR High School and Migdal Oz for a year in Israel. Currently beginning her Super Senior year at Stern, she is majoring in English Literature and Judaic Studies, as well as studying in GPATS. Elana is excited to be a part of the Writing Center staff before graduating!
Rachel Renz is a senior at Stern College where she is double-majoring in Judaic Studies and English Literature. She particularly loves to write and speak about the ways in which these two fields intertwine. A lover of Christmas carols and all things Oscar Wilde, Rachel does possess some more mainstream interests as well, such as a love for good books and a desire to travel. Apart from academics, Rachel has recently participated in an interfaith dialogue program in the UK, and is an editor for the Observer, as well as a Strauss Fellow.
Yael Roberts is a senior at Stern, studying English Literature and Studio Art. She is a contributing editor at SMITH Magazine, which does not mean she has watched "Orange is the New Black," or much other TV for that matter. She would rather spend her time drinking as many different types of coffee as she can, gallery hopping in Brooklyn, running along the East River, buying more books than she can read, dabbling in poetry, and attending at least two concerts a semester that make her remember what it means to hear. And you might also find her on the soccer field. She spent the past summer studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and hopes to share her passion for spirituality and expression with her first grade students at Sutton Place Synagogue this year. She also hopes to bring this energy to the writing center by doing one of her favorite things: talking with people about their writing, because she believes that a lot of the important writing happens off the page.
A native New Yorker and dedicated writer, Hannah Rozenblat is in her fourth year at Stern, majoring in English with minors in Art History and Speech & Drama. Her love for writing and interest in engaging in dialogue with other students about all kinds of academic fields brought her to the Writing Center. Aside from this, her interests include theater, literature, history, art, traveling, and much more. In her ‘spare’ time, she is also involved in the Stern College Dramatic Society (SCDS) and is the Arts & Culture editor for the Observer and the Beacon.
Chana Brauser Shestack
A native of Hollywood, Florida, Chana Brauser Shestack prefers to be either baking with spelt flour, pawing through the racks of clothing in Williamsburg thrift stores while attempting to somehow blend in with the surrounding hipsters, or heatedly discussing all things Middle East. Chana spent a year studying in Michalalah Jerusalem College after high school, dedicating her spare time to single-handedly charting new frontiers in the Machane Yehuda shuk. During moments of inspired clarity, Chana is a proud history major in a world that at times seems determined to topple the dreams of liberal arts aficionados. Chana is looking forward to working in the Writing Center; as fun as it is to spend that much time wondering if she should perhaps pursue [insert "practical" profession here], it's always more fun to chill with Stern students and talk writing. When she's not contemplating her future or discussing thesis elements, Chana serves as the Features Editor for the YU Observer.
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