Meet the Writing Coaches

Emilie Broek

Hey guys! My name is Emilie Broek and I'm happy to be starting my second year as a writing coach for the Rutgers Learning Centers. I am currently a senior double majoring in History and Political Science. Additionally, I am in the SAS Honors Program at Rutgers and enjoy getting involved on campus. Fun fact: I am an International student from Switzerland and Holland, but have studied in American International Schools my entire life. I enjoy getting to know my students and creating a comfortable work environment. My key to teaching is working in a collaborative effort and ensuring that my student is partaking in the writing process. I look forward to meeting all my future students!

Anusha Kumar

Hi! My name is Anusha Kumar and I am currently in my senior year at Rutgers University. I am majoring in Psychology and looking to take Human Resource Management as a minor.I plan to finally attain my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I have worked as a student assistant in the library and the Livingston Dining services for the past two years, been a Research Assistant for a year and a Teaching Assistant for a semester. I am currently an Aresty Research Fellow, part of a Greek organization, and constantly involved with community service. I also lived in India for the latter part of my life which was an amazing experience! In my spare time I enjoy dancing, painting, good books and good shows. I also believe dogs should run the world. I truly look forward to working with my students and helping them in any way I can!

Avni Shah

I’m a second-year student at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. Previously, I graduated from South Brunswick High School with overall honors and recognition from the Science, Math, Spanish and English departments. For the past six years, helping others succeed academically has been one of my top priorities. I’ve volunteered at a mentoring organization, worked at Mathnasium, and privately tutored various test-prep courses. Education is a critical aspect of present and future success. I find great humility and contentment in guiding others to realize that with just a little extra encouragement, they, too, can prosper academically.

Aside from school, I’m passionate about learning and teaching dance. My training in Kathak, the Indian classical dance form, has brought out my confidence and strength in countless forms. On any given day, you can find me in the dance studio or biking on any trail I can find on a beautiful day. Just as I am dedicated to education, dance, and experiencing nature, I hope to show other students that academic success is achievable with dedication and persistence.

Shannon Slough

Hi! My name is Shannon and I'm a second-year student at the Rutgers Business School. I am currently working toward a double major in Economics and Finance. Additionally, I am in the SAS Honors Program. I love to get involved on campus, whether playing club soccer or attending home football games. I love to stay active!

I have a lot of experience tutoring for my local high school's chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). I have also been on the opposite end as a tutee, so I understand and have benefited from both sides!  I am very excited to give back as a writing coach this year. As I have furthered my education, I have grown to develop a love for writing both inside and outside the realm of academia. I think it's amazing how everyone can have their own unique voice and personality shine through in their writing! As a peer coach, I believe in fostering a collaborative working environment. My ultimate goal is to help students grow as writers to the point where they feel comfortable and independent. I am greatly looking forward to meeting and helping all of my future students!

Lara Brindisi

Hello! My name is Lara Brindisi, and I am a senior studying Biology and minoring in Environmental Geomatics at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. For most of my undergraduate experience, I have worked as a research assistant for conservation-related projects in the departments of Landscape Architecture, Ecology, and Marine Science. As co-chair of the Alpha Zeta Scholarship Committee, I guide new members by mentoring them through the paper writing and debate process. Previously, I graduated from Howell High School Scholar Center for the Humanities, and I have tutored a variety of subjects including language and literature. Aside from school, I love hiking, poetry, and exploring new places. As a writing coach, I am excited to help students find success and confidence in their courses and life experiences. I look forward to working with you!

James Duffy

Hi all! My name is James Duffy. I am currently in my junior year here at Rutgers and am working towards a degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources with a minor in Environmental Policy. After graduation, I hope to go on to a Ph.D. program in biology or natural resource management. On campus, I am a Resident Assistant in Lippincott Residence Hall, secretary of the Rutgers Naturalist Club, a tutor for an environmental law course, and Chief Editor of the Department of Human Ecology’s monthly newsletter. In my spare time, I love to be outside, attend concerts, and explore events on campus. Fun fact:  I spent most of the past summer conducting surveys of the bird communities of Northern New Jersey’s forests while assisting Ph.D. students with their research.

While I am pursuing a career in science, I have always enjoyed writing, and I hope to use my writing as a tool for communicating scientific topics to the public. With that in mind, I am very excited to help others hone this skill as part of the Writing Coach team. Part of my job as an RA is to build comfortable and inclusive communities, and I look forward to bringing that energy with me into my sessions with students!

Mary Margaret Mumich

Hi!  I'm Mary Margaret and I'm entering my senior year at the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University.  Previously, I graduated from the Honors College at Raritan Valley Community College and transferred to Rutgers last fall.  I'm double majoring in Women's in Gender Studies and Biological Sciences with a focus in plant sciences.  Combining my seemingly disparate interests, I'm currently working on an interdisciplinary thesis focusing on women in botany. 

I'm passionate about research and writing, and sincerely enjoy writing for all of my classes, as well as for more personal pursuits such as poetry.  This is my first year working as a Writing Coach for the Learning Centers, and I look forward to meeting students and helping them with their writing course work!