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I was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on the side of a volcano, but I grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, between colleges and cows. When I was nine years old, my family spent a year living in Delft, The Netherlands, and my brother, sister and I attended a Dutch school. For high school, I studied at Deerfield Academy, where I wrote for the newspaper and played soccer, lacrosse, and violin. I returned to Delft, The Netherlands, for my junior year abroad, and I cherished the re-immersion into the language and culture, not to mention some of the adventures and experiences my family and I shared. Those years were intellectually formative and ultimately led me into the labyrinth of languages, literature, and writing. I found that I excelled at helping classmates craft essays and shape their ideas into paragraphs, and I also realized how rewarding I found those 1-on-1 engagements.
After graduating high school, I attended Princeton University, where I sampled a variety of subjects before settling on my major. I graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Comparative Literature and a Certificate in Creative Writing. My independent work focused on Dutch and French fiction from the 19th century and Postwar period, and my senior thesis was a translation of a Dutch novel into English. I also wrote for the arts, entertainment, and student life section of the Daily Princetonian, worked for Intramural Sports, built snowmen, and wandered among the shadows of students past beneath Gothic architecture.
I remember the first time I was asked to annotate a book. To me it seemed an irreverent act bordering on desecration. However, the first book I wrote in was actually a copy of Jane Eyre that my mom had studied and written in many years before. As I read and observed her comments beneath and alongside the words of the text and my own additions, I began to see the layered interpretations and voices as forming an exciting and enlightening conversation.
Education, to me, is very much like the annotation of a book. It is a fluid amalgamation of identities and experiences, something constantly new and always on the brink of metamorphosis. Whether it’s reading a novel, running an experiment, writing an essay, or investigating a historical moment, I love figuring out how others think and how to nurture and sustain engaging dialogue and development through that understanding. My tutoring style emphasizes that engagement and rapport, which is why I’ve found the 1-on-1 academic environment at AJ Tutoring so crucial to my students growth and improvement as writers and thinkers.
When I’m not tutoring, I like to bake, cook, and read. I also spend a fair amount of time writing poetry and short stories, though I hope someday to publish a novel. Until then, I’ll be satisfied with ‘clue-ging’ together crosswords (get it?). I run every morning rain, shine or snow (remember I come from the east coast), love traveling, and enjoy coffee, playing with dogs, and sunshine.