Meet the Writing Coaches

Swasti Jain

Swasti JainI'm a junior at Rutgers majoring in Finance and Political Science with a minor in PPE (Philosophy, Politics, Economics). I'm involved on campus with LIBOR, RU Sustainability Coalition, and the Eagleton Institute. My personal interests include writing, tennis, and watching too many old films.

Avni Shah

Avni Shah, Writing CoachI’m a third-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.

Julia Fuchs

Julia FuchsHello. I am a junior at Rutgers SAS, coffee enthusiast, and aspiring archaeologist. My main interests are ancient Egypt, linguistics, and art! I love reading, writing, yoga, and hiking in my personal life! I am super excited to help people grow as writers!

Lindsey Ipson

Lindsey IpsonHi, I'm Lindsey, and I'm a graduate student here at Rutgers pursuing a Master's degree in College Student Affairs. I completed my undergraduate studies here at Rutgers as well where I double-majored in English and Philosophy. In addition to serving as a Writing Coach, I am also a Hall Director, an instructor for the Students in Transition course, and advisor to the Honors College Serves Leadership Team.

In the past I've also served as an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor in Argentina and taught a Rutgers FIGS (First-Year Interest Group Seminar) called Exploring English Literature.

I've always been passionate about working with students as well as reading and writing. I'm excited to now be able to combine those two passions of mine to help students develop their writing skills and achieve their writing goals.

Olivia Smelas

Olivia SOlivia is a junior at Rutgers majoring in Communications and minoring in Business Administration and Spanish. Originally from Monmouth County, NJ, Olivia transferred to Rutgers in the fall of 2019 where she has since enjoyed a variety of RU writing classes. Olivia is excited and grateful to take her passion for writing to the next level as a writing coach.

Madhumita Kaushik

Madhumita KaushikHello, all! My name is Madhu, and I recently graduated from Rutgers. I've been a writing coach with RLC since Fall of 2019. As of this year, I am also a Princeton in Latin America Fellow. I am so excited to get to know you all and support you with your various writing endeavors!

One of my current projects is trying to teach myself the bass guitar! These days, you can usually find me cooking, writing poetry, meditating, exploring the outdoors, and reading any book I can get my hands on.

Janet Wei

JanetHello! I am a junior at the Rutgers Honors College studying Biochemistry and Marine Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I'm looking forward to supporting others in their writing! In my free time, I enjoy drawing, playing tennis, cooking, and watching nature documentaries.