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Fall 2014 Application

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Fall 2014 Writing Fellows

The office of Literacy and Learning Resources in the Academic Enrichment Center is pleased to offer a 2-credit fall internship for students who have demonstrated strong abilities as writers and would like to develop their capacities as tutors. Successful applicants will receive training led by Dominican University tutors, faculty, and staff over the first 3 weeks of the fall semester. After this training, tutors will begin working as tutors for 6 hours a week. Writing fellows will receive continuous support and guidance throughout their internship by participating in periodic group debriefing sessions and check-in meetings.

How to Apply

Submit an application including:

  • A 500-750-word personal statement explaining why you are interested in the internship and notes what aptitudes, skills, and personal qualities you would bring to the position
  • Two writing samples that you have submitted for class assignments or for publication at Dominican
  • The names and email addresses of two Dominican faculty members who can attest to the quality of your work as a student
  • The names and email addresses of two Dominican students who can attest to your communication and interpersonal skills
  • A copy of your Dominican transcripts


  • Dominican University junior or senior for the 2014-2015 school year
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply
  • Possess significant skills as a writer, reader, and interpersonal communicator
  • Have great enthusiasm for exploring the writing process
  • Would like to help build and be part of a community of learners


All application materials are due by Friday, March 21, 2014. Fall Writing Fellows will be announced on Monday, April 21, 2014.

The Fall 2013 Writing Fellows

The AEC is very pleased to introduce you to the Fall 2013 Writing Fellows. The Fellows, who were competitively selected for their considerable strengths as writers and communicators, will be trained and work as tutors in our office of Literacy and Learning Resources this semester. Below, please find a brief introduction to the 2013 writing fellows. If you have a passion and an aptitude for writing and are interested in becoming a Writing Fellow in the Fall of 2014, more information can be found on the left panel. For any questions, please contact Paul Simpson.

bella-gambrell.jpg Bella Gambrell

Corporate Communications
I was born and raised on the west side of Chicago. Determined to deter from becoming another statistic in my neighborhood, I worked really hard in school and graduated at the top of my eighth grade class. From there, I went on to Lane Tech College Prep, one of the best high schools in the city. Now a senior at Dominican University, I’m a Corporate Communications major and a Business Administration minor. I'm still figuring out how I’m going to help the world become a better, safer place for all its inhabitants.


  • I love listening to and making music; I’m a rap artist/songwriter
  • I love performing
  • Poetry will always be my first love
  • Buy me a good book and I'll love you forever

What does this position mean to you?
"At a very young age, I started writing poetry as an escape. In time, I stopped writing as a means to escape; and I started writing for a more purposeful reason: to leave my footprints on the sands of time. To me, being a writing fellow means that my footprints won’t be washed away."

What are your intellectual interests or passions?
"At a very young age, I read A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. Brown’s memoir tells her story of bereavement, drug addiction, rape, prostitution, abuse, miscarriage, abortion, alcoholism and recovery. Brown’s memoir taught me that no matter how hard life gets, no matter what obstacles and struggles you face, everything you need to overcome those obstacles and struggles is already and always within you."


rachel-hunter.jpg Rachel Hunter

Clinical Psychology Major
My name is Rachel Hunter and I am a senior, pursuing a major in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Nutrition & Dietetics and Sociology. I was born and raised in Geneva, Illinois where I continue to live with my parents and younger brother. During the school year I live on-campus. I knew that I wanted to study psychology ever since my sophomore year at Geneva Community High School, when I took my first social science course. Next year I hope to continue my education by attending graduate school in order to become a psychologist specializing in adolescent therapy and research.


  • Arts and crafts
  • Playing with animals
  • Shopping with friends
  • Running
  • Going to concerts

What does this position mean to you?
"I believe that participating in this internship will be a wonderful way for me to help others and for others to help me. Since I love supporting others while they find their confidence and realize their strengths, I think that this position will allow me to successfully help fellow students by cooperating in the process of perfecting a piece of writing. In regards to others helping me, I believe that I can learn many new communication skills by working with new people."

What are your intellectual interests or passions?
"I am becoming more and more interested in reading and creating study ideas for psychological research. I am especially interested in research regarding gender and objectification. I am currently working on a Degree with Distinction project that investigates whether objectification could negatively affect the cognitive skills of women."

alyssa-matlon.jpgAlyssa Matlon

English Major
My name is Alyssa Matlon. I am currently an English major and plan to obtain a library science graduate degree from Dominican University. My parents still reside in Inver Grove Heights, MN, my home for the last 13 years. My younger brother is a sophomore at the University of North Dakota.

I enjoy reading, movies, hiking, singing, listening to music and volleyball. Our family has often vacationed in national parks. Over the summer I was able to work at Glacier National Park, hiking through impressive scenery and observing wildlife (including a grizzly bear) on my days off; reading by the fireplace and listening to incredible live music in the evenings.

What does this position mean to you?
"Through high school and now in college I have proofread my brother’s, friends’ and classmates’ papers, asking them to elaborate on some areas, exclude when off topic, provide structure and eliminate errors. I believe I have found a delicate balance, an ability to give direction without rewriting their papers. I have a talent for editing and giving feedback and am thrilled to assist others in their writing processes. "

What are your intellectual interests or passions?
"I appreciate fantasy fiction largely because I enjoy identifying character and plot archetypes. I delight in discovering how authors both conform to and push the boundaries of traditional archetypes."

jaclyn-munoz.jpgJaclyn Munoz

English Major
My name is Jaclyn Munoz and I am a junior at Dominican University, majoring in English with a concentration in Secondary Education. I live in the western suburbs. I recently transferred to Dominican in January of 2013, having spent some time at Triton College as well as Knox College prior to that. I have always enjoyed writing from a very young age. What began as a means to express myself has grown into one of my greatest passions. I have decided to also pursue a certificate in teaching in response to an amazing teacher I had the pleasure of meeting in high school. She inspired me to want to make a difference in the lives of others and I hope to eventually use my writing skills to aid others in honing one of the most imperative abilities a person can obtain.

Hobbies/Interests Writing/reading

  • Catching the newest movies
  • Baking/cooking
  • Listening to music
  • Traveling
  • Spending time with friends/family

What does this position mean to you?
"My ultimate goal is to, one day, not only be able to teach English-based courses but to teach a writing course. That is where my passion truly lies and this position will allow me to gain a substantial amount of experience in doing so. Although I have often been considered a good writer by my teachers throughout my educational career, I have not necessarily always believed it myself. For me, this position is not only about experience for my future, but also inspiring fellow students to regard something that may be difficult for them as a hurdle that can be overcome."

What are your intellectual interests or passions?
"I am not your typical English major in terms of my reading selections. I do not have any particular favorite book. I often cannot read a novel without some element of romance and I must admit, I am a fan of the Twilight Saga. In the one semester I have spent at Dominican so far, I have come across a great deal of authors and have grown to love many of the works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Spofford and Stephen Crane."

Ar_Valene.pngArielle Valene

English Major

My name is Arielle Valene and I am a senior at Dominican University. I am from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended Glenbard North High School. During my time in high school, I was hired at the local movie theatre, where I still work on a seasonal basis. I decided to attend Dominican because of its welcoming campus, as well as its well-known School of Education. I have since pursued the career of a high school English teacher with a minor in Theatre Arts. I intend to use my experience in theatre to help out with school productions.


  • Reading and Writing
  • Watching Superhero Movies, Period Dramas, and Doctor Who
  • Watching Plays and Musicals in Chicago
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Blogging

What does this position mean to you?
"This internship gives me the opportunity to express my passion for working and crafting words. This internship also represents the opportunity to have a hands-on experience working with others on their writing. Through my experience with being a Writing Fellow, I hope to strengthen my skills as well as the skills of those I work with."

What are your intellectual interests or passions?
"I am very passionate about Jane Austen and her works. I read all of her books in the summer between sophomore and junior year of high school and found her writing to be refreshing and innovative. Her voice and commentary on aspects of her society still resonate today. Pride and Prejudice is her best work but I personally think that Northanger Abbey is her best story. Through her books I have learned to scrutinize my own life and society. Jane Austen is and always will be a strong role model in my life."

Testimonials from Fall 2012 Writing Fellows

"Working as a writing tutor for the Academic Enrichment Center was the perfect opportunity for me to contribute to the Dominican community while honing my English, educational, and editing skills. Throughout the semester, I tutored a variety of students, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and even English as a second language (ESL) students. As a future educator, I plan on helping students to improve both their reading and writing skills, and this internship allowed me to do just that.” -Thomas Puhr

“ When I first applied for the internship I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily I had so much help from everyone at the AEC, who gave me careful instruction. My tutees vary in writing ability, so I make sure to give them the attention they need and ask if they have any lingering doubts. I hope I really have made a difference and helped make a difficult paper easier to write. The experience has made me take a closer look at my own writing and identify the problems I might have. I am happy I decided to take the chance and apply for this internship, and have decided to stay on as an employee.” - Sandra Lopez