Johanna Florez is a junior majoring in Adolescence Education and English with a Writing concentration. She began writing stories around first grade and continued thereafter to journal and experiment with various forms of persuasive writing. Her interest in teaching high school English was cemented as she spent her teenage years helping friends communicate their thoughts clearly in writing and speaking. This year, besides practicing her editing skills as a Writing Center consultant, Johanna is also serving as the co-editor-in-chief of the Houghton STAR, another role in which she facilitates the clear expression of ideas. While she has had the most experience writing and editing fiction, academic essays, and journalistic articles, she looks forward to becoming more familiar with other genres of writing, especially poetry. As a London honors alumna, she is especially equipped to offer guidance on writing that type of synthetic essay. She enjoys meeting people outside her majors and discovering what topics and ideas excite them. When time for writing stories is short, Johanna keeps her creativity flowing by drawing and painting. She has also taken up knitting in order to seem ever more like a grandmother. Whether you are seeking maternal advice and reassurance about a stressful assignment or help vanquishing a monster of an essay outline, she would be happy to offer her assistance Fridays from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Jakob Knudsen is a junior Writing major, Biology minor, and one of this year’s friendly neighborhood writing consultants. Though his chief love is writing fiction, Jakob, no stranger to academic and scientific writing, has done battle with numerous research papers and lab reports. He has also completed general Biology and Chemistry courses as well as survived Houghton’s rigorous Science Honors program. Jakob is an avid fan of all things fantasy, especially dragons, as well as everything Medieval—and though he is far from a Medieval expert, it takes little effort to get him rambling excitedly about plate armor or even medieval buttons. In his free time Jakob can often be found working on his own fantasy novel, playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends, or reading books by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Whether you desire feedback on a creative work of fiction, an academic research paper, a biology lab report, or anything between, Jakob is willing to help and can be found in the Writing Center on Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Kayla Simmons, an English and History double major, is currently in her senior year at Houghton. Born in North Carolina, she spent the majority of her childhood in Indiana. She has had a deep affection for books since elementary school and enjoys collecting and reading both fiction and non-fiction. She also likes to bake, a hobby inherited from her mother, and to play word games with her dad. Because of her fondness for history, particularly European and art history, Kayla is considering museum work as a career path. She began developing her writing skills by working in her high school writing center and continued to do so through Houghton’s London Honors program, and she currently serves as the features editor for the Houghton STAR. Whether you would like assistance with a specific paper or writing support in general, Kayla would love to help you develop your writing skills on Mondays from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Haley Trevino is a senior Writing major who spends most of her life creating stories in her head. Growing up in Maryland, she wrote her first story in first grade, one in which she described and illustrated her sister being pulled into the prehistoric past of dinosaur-land and meeting a perilous end as a T-Rex snack. Since then, she has made amends with her sister and has revised several of her sister’s high school papers as well as written a few more fantasy novels that have gone unpublished. Her interests go beyond the prehistoric scope to Norse and Aztec mythology, Christian theology, exotic bird hatching and raising, and travels to far-off places. At Houghton, she is known as the student who doodles dragons the entirety of classes and for her whiteboard on her room door, where she draws a dinosaur a day. Although Haley loves to bring out the stories in others and encourage them on their literary journeys, she is also eager to help her peers tackle more traditional academic papers, especially over a good cup of tea. She looks forward to all of these things in meeting with you at the Writing Center Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Nicole Soggs is a senior Writing major with minors in English and Communication. Coming from the inner city of Buffalo, NY, she finds the peaceful nature surrounding Houghton a nice change of pace. Nicole can usually be found near the stream behind Lambein listening for God. She loves to leave kind notes for strangers and writes YA fiction and fantasy, and she is currently planning a ten-book series. While imagining scenes for her stories, Nicole often draws inspiration from listening to K-pop. She enjoys journaling and writing short stories on her phone. After finishing her first novel at age 16 (one now hidden in a dark place where no one will ever find it), Nicole has learned plenty from trial and error over the years and is constantly working to improve her craft. She would love to come alongside you in your writing journey. If you would like feedback on a creative piece or help with a paper or assignment, Nicole is more than willing to assist you. You can find her in the Writing Center on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Grace Sommons, a senior, is double majoring in Writing and Intercultural Studies. After moving every couple of years because her father was a doctor in the Navy, Grace now resides in Vermont, where she enjoys hiking, swimming, and being outdoors. Every night when she was growing up, Grace’s parents read to her, and she still holds tightly to the belief that reading fosters better writers. Grace loves to go thrift shopping for clothes, decorations, books, and old CDs, and she enjoys creating eclectic spaces or outfits. Being an Intercultural Studies major, Grace also enjoys learning about other cultures. This love developed especially after she participated in the East Meets West Honors program, which took her to parts of Europe that were distinctly different from her normal surroundings. She went to East Africa last spring and her worldview has expanded as a result of experiencing firsthand what life was like there. She would love the opportunity to work with you on any research paper, creative writing assignment, or essay you bring her way! Her Center hours this semester are Mondays from 6-7:30 pm and Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.