The Writing Center

Meet Us

Tutors are either Writing Fellows or graduate students in the Department of English who are carefully and continuously trained in composition theory, writing across the curriculum pedagogy, and tutoring practice.

Who our 2014-15 tutors are, in their own words.

Megan Brovan
I am a senior from Columbia, South Carolina, double-majoring in English Literature and Political Science. While I have always loved writing, I never thought I would study English or Political Science until my senior year of high school. Until then, I thought my only option as a 'smart person' was to go to medical school (like most of my friends). Since coming to Clemson, I have only gotten more passionate about writing after becoming involved with the Writing Center as a freshman. I see writing through the words of one of my high school teachers: a person who writes well is a powerful one. Apart from writing, I have a horrible habit of buying way too many books and trying to teach myself seven different things at once. In my spare time, I work at a used bookshop. As a Writing Fellow, I look forward to helping students see what potential writing holds!

Elaine Day
I am a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina double majoring in Sports Communication and English with a concentration in Writing and Publication Studies. As I have always loved to write and am an avid sports fan, I hope to be a sports journalist one day. At Clemson, I have found my place as the Sports Editor for The Tiger, a 2014 Orientation Ambassador, and, of course, a Writing Fellow. I am also a member of the Calhoun Honors College. Outside of my studies, I can often be found watching Atlanta Braves baseball or whatever NFL game happens to be on, attending as many Clemson games as possible across all sports, reading the latest Navy SEAL book, or just having a laugh with my friends. I have a great passion for tutoring and writing, so I look forward to helping students develop their writing and hopefully learn to love it as well!

Parker Essick
When I heard about the Writing Fellows program, it seemed perfect for me. Writing really is my passion, and I enjoy any opportunity to improve others’ or my own. One of the great things about this program is that, even though there are a few English majors like myself, a diversity of interests are represented to develop writing skills at Clemson. I hail from Johnson City in northeastern Tennessee, and stereotypically enjoy bluegrass and don’t enjoy wearing shoes. Aside from that, I row and hold a recruiting position on the Clemson Crew team and like to spend my free time with my teammates or on the docks at Hartwell. I can’t wait for this year’s football season and am anxious to get back to Clemson in the fall!

Alyssa Glazener
I am from the wonderful city of Austin, Texas and recently spent a semester studying and travelling in Europe. I enjoy swimming, dancing and being outdoors. At Clemson, I am a Writing Fellow in the Writing Center, an intern at the Pearce Center for Professional Communications and a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. I am majoring in English with a concentration in Writing and Publication Studies and a minor in Public Policy.

Grace Green
I’m from the beautiful town of McDonough, GA, which is just south of Atlanta, and I am a freshman microbiology major. Here at Clemson, I am a staff writer for The Tiger, Clemson’s student newspaper, and a member of Clemson IGEM, a synthetic biology research team. I tutor elementary and middle school children in math and English, and some of my favorite things to do are cook, read, and swing dance. I didn’t fall in love with Clemson until the second time I visited, but now I can’t imagine going anywhere else. I’ve been passionate about reading and writing since I was young, and I am looking forward to the chance to work as a Writing Fellow and share my passion with other students!

Caroline Hensley
My name is Caroline Hensley and I am currently a freshman student from the small town of Waxhaw, NC. Growing up there, I told everyone I wanted to be a medical professional. I love learning about infectious diseases and I’ve known for years that I want to end up with a brain crammed full of anatomical terms and surgical instrument nicknames. But when I was asked during my interview why I wished to become a Writing Fellow, the title “English teacher” slipped out of my mouth. I mentioned my secret love of language and words and while it contradicted everything my Pre-Professional Health major path consists of, it felt so right. In high school, I served as the Editor of our Yearbook staff for several years and it was largely through this experience that I unearthed my passion for English and my firm belief that writing is an invaluable form of human expression and communication. I can’t wait to serve as a Writing Fellow here at Clemson in addition to remaining involved as a member of the Freshman Council in Undergraduate Government, the Layout Editor of the TAPS Yearbook, an avid tennis player, a member of the Honors College, a lover of music and ice cream, and an engaged student in the Clemson community.

Shannon Kay
I am a junior Industrial Engineering student involved in Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Clemson Triathlon Team, and the Writing Fellows Program amongst other organizations. I also coach three and four year olds in soccer and enjoy running and swimming. I love to travel, and in three months this past summer, I visited four continents—North and South America, Europe, and Africa. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with fellow writers to improve their writing skills!

Ethan Moore
I'm a junior English major here at Clemson, from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Growing up, I always loved movies, and I remember one day approaching my mother (an English teacher herself) when I was about 10 with a potential career decision. I told her that I wanted to be a movie critic. When she told me that they also have book critics and that I could possibly be one of those, I responded, "I ain't reading no book." I still love film, and I'm coming around on literature. I've always loved to write, and I've always loved to talk to people--particularly about writing. I look forward to the opportunities provided by being a Writing Fellow to do just that.

Macara Oshida
My name is Macara Oshida and I am a junior majoring in Secondary Education English. Although born in Northern California, I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, just outside of D.C. In addition to being a Clemson Writing Fellow, I am a member of the Clemson University Sailing Club and Race Team. When I’m not wind-wrangling at Lake Hartwell, I enjoy reading, hiking, and playing volleyball. I look forward to giving back to the Clemson community by helping my peers be more effective written communicators.

Taylor Shields
Taylor came to Clemson from Summerville, SC a wide-eyed freshman pursuing a Microbiology degree and aspiring to be the female equivalent of Sanjay Gupta. My confidently declared life passion, however, didn't exactly pan out as I anticipated. At the end of my freshman year I was turning in the paperwork to become a Biological Sciences and Political Science double major after growing tired of having a schedule that consisted solely of science classes. So what's a Biological Sciences/Political Science double major doing in the Writing Fellows program? I seriously contemplated a second major in English because I really do love writing, but when I heard about Writing Fellows I knew it was a way that I could share my passion for writing without being that really old person that's been pursuing their undergraduate degree for ten years and will probably never graduate. One thing I've learned from my dabbling in various academic concentrations is that it doesn't matter what your major is, writing is an invaluable skill regardless of your major or career goals. I look forward to aiding in the effort to improve the writing culture at Clemson, may it be through scientific theses or artfully crafted creative writings.

Samuel Wilkes
I am from Chester, South Carolina pursuing a degree in English literature with a minor in Pan-African studies. After my undergraduate studies are over, I hope to earn a Ph.D in African- American literature. At Clemson, I am a Writing Fellow and proud member of the Calhoun Honors College. Effective writing is a crucial skill in the 21st century. With this in mind, I look forward to working with the Clemson family in order to improve the culture of writing across campus.

Carly Zavakos
Born in the historic and friendly town of Charleston, SC, I was excited to start my collegiate career at one of the countries “friendliest” colleges. Currently, I am working on my degree in English Literature and French. I am spending my 2014 Spring semester studying in Paris at the Sorbonne University. I am excited to experience what it is like to take literature classes as a second language student and to bring what I learn back to Clemson University and the Writing Fellows Program. I have spent my summers and breaks preparing for such an endeavor by working as a chef at small café that serves crêpes. What I enjoy most in this world is traveling, reading, and watching movies. While at Clemson I am a Writing Fellow, President of English Majors Organization, member of Order of Omega Honors Society, member of Delta Delta Delta, Fitness Instructor at Fike, and a member of the French Club.

Michaela Reinhart
I'm a senior from Charlotte, NC, majoring in Biochemistry and Genetics. My undergraduate experience has been a bit different from my peers, though, since I am a self-professed liaison between the sciences and the humanities. As an English minor I greatly enjoy studying literature when I need a break from my research, and that was one of the greatest motivators for me to join the Writing Fellows program two years ago. I think it is especially important for students across all curricula to be able to communicate effectively, and it's rewarding to help them gain these skills. Peer tutoring is an interesting collaborative experience, and I'm looking forward to a third year as a Writing Fellow before I continue on to my medical education.

Marissa Kozma
Hey there! My name is Marissa Kozma, and I’m a senior English major with a focus in Writing & Publication Studies and a minor in French. Originally from a small town outside Toronto, Canada, I spent a lot of my time as a kid writing stories during the long winter months. While these stories weren’t exactly great (wait, who are we kidding, yes they definitely were), writing has been my favorite thing since I figured out what letters were. This is probably why I’m an English major. I like to make people laugh, and I think writing is a great way to do that. So I’m seriously trying to find a job where I can do both. In my free time, I like to watch late night comedy shows, drink way too much coffee, re-read Harry Potter, pretend I’m good at yoga, and when I have the time and money, travel around to places I’ve never been. I am an avid collector of various jobs and hobbies, so when you meet me I bet we have something in common. As a nearly three-year Writing Fellow, helping you fellow college kids freak out about your late-night papers is something I will never tire of. Everybody’s writing is different, and I’m here to make your schoolwork a little less stressful, and even—could it be? *gasp*—fun.

Nathan Ozmint

Todd Smith
As a first year graduate student, I moved eight hours away from my Virginia home. I am pursuing my Master's of Arts in Professional Communication; my cognate area is technical writing. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Christopher Newport University. During my undergraduate career, I worked as a writing tutor and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was ecstatic when I learned I would work as a writing tutor at Clemson. Some of my hobbies include basketball, volleyball, reading, creative writing, and blogging. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in technical writing.

Caroline Swanson
Clemson University has been my home for the past six years. I received a bachelor’s degree in English from Clemson in 2013, and am currently working on a master’s degree in English literature. My writing and teaching background is varied, including literary analysis, linguistics, new media, and business writing. I have professional experience in business writing and web copywriting, and have been tutoring for nearly ten years. I enjoy working with students; helping them to see that they can be great at something they thought themselves incapable of doing, and challenging them to see things from new perspectives. I plan on pursuing a PhD to work as a college professor. Outside of the University, I love being outdoors kayaking on the lake and hiking in the Blue Ridge with my dog.

Katie Vann
I am a graduate student in the Master’s of Arts in Professional Communication (MAPC) program. I grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked as a high school teacher and coach near Harrisburg prior to attending Clemson. Outside of school and work, I help with the youth group at my church and also volunteer for Greenville's Habitat for Humanity. I love being outside and playing sports.

Christopher Rico
I'm currently pursuing my Masters of Arts in Professional Communication, focusing on crisis communication and organizational communication theory. A citizen of the world and raised in the military, I don't hail from a single location, though I have called South Carolina home for over a decade. I love traveling and spending time with my family, the more off-grid the better. I previously taught ESL in Prague and worked with Ukrainian Jewish immigrants stateside. I've also served as a college administrator for the past 10 years while maintaining a career as a professional artist.

Meredith McCarroll, Director
Originally from the mountains of North Carolina, I moved to Clemson in 2012 after completing a PhD at University of Tennessee. Quickly adapting to a new shade of orange, I have come to love Clemson and its students. I direct the Clemson University Writing Center and coordinate the Clemson Writing Fellows Program. I also teach courses in American Literature, and am at work on a book, Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film, which is under contract with University of Georgia Press. Outside of Clemson, you can find me playing ninja with my two sons and partner.

S. Andrew Stowe “Drew”, Assistant Director
Drew is currently pursuing his doctorate in Rhetorics, Communication and Information design at Clemson University. Previously, he earned a Master’s degree in professional communication from Clemson and a Bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of South Carolina- Upstate. His research areas are interdisciplinary and exist at the cross roads of composition and communication studies. Currently, he is working on his dissertation which examines the ways that stakeholders in the sport of professional cycling comport themselves toward the topic of doping. Drew is serving as the assistant director of Clemson’s writing center where he enjoys helping students to become better tutors, writers and communicators.