Meet the Writing Consultants

Allegheny’s writing consultants are a diverse, multidisciplinary group of undergraduates with rich interests and a shared passion for working with other writers. We look forward to getting to know you and your writing in the Learning Commons.

Spring 2019 Senior Consultants:

Senior Consultants serve as assistants to the Director of Writing and as leaders among the writing consultants. They run workshops, schedule and manage matches, and facilitate the professional development of their peers in a variety of capacities.

Click to expand photo of Emma Himelein-WachowiakEmma Himelein-Wachowiak is a junior from Asheville, North Carolina, and she is a double major in English and Global Health Studies. Outside from helping people with their writing and grammar, she also enjoys long distance running and volunteering at Grounds for Change. She is a huge morning person, coffee aficionado, and snow enthusiast. Her Myers Briggs is ENFP and she is arguably the happiest person you will ever meet!


Austin Shaffer is a junior Psychology major from Erie, PA. Outside of the classroom, you can find him participating in Psychology Club, volunteering in Meadville on Service Saturdays, or watching movies with his friends.  Austin’s favorite book genre is realistic fiction, and his favorite authors include Stephen Chbosky, John Green, and J.K. Rowling.



Spring 2019 Writing Consultants:

Rachel Turnbull is a junior majoring in English and minoring in Political Science.  She is from Brentwood, Pennsylvania, where she has two cats and a loving fish.  In her free time, she enjoys going for walks and writing short stories.  After she graduates, she hopes to continue her education in graduate school, but for now she’s happy studying literature at Allegheny. Rachel is the Publicity Consultant and is in charge of the writing consultants’ Facebook page and Twitter account @alleghenywc


Aubrey Collins is a junior from Columbus, Ohio pursuing a double major in mathematics and philosophy. In her free time, she likes to read, play video games, and record music.

Click to expand photo of Adena BowdenAdena Bowden is a senior majoring in Global Health Studies and minoring in Psychology. She was born and raised in our very own Meadville, PA and is actively involved on the board of the school coffee shop, Grounds For Change, is on the women’s rugby team, and is the On-Site Coordinator for an after school reading program at a local elementary school.




Adam Deitrick is a senior English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing and an Economics minor. He is from the greatest city that ever was or will be, Pittsburgh, PA and is an aspiring novelist and short story writer. For fun he enjoys writing stories, spending time with friends, and watching an unhealthy amount of Netflix.



Emily Yasinsky is a sophomore potentially majoring in communication arts with a minor in journalism for the public interest. She is originally from Butler, Pennsylvania, but hopes to one day live in San Francisco or New York City. She loves theater, writing, drinking tea, and binge watching crime dramas.






Olivia Blakeslee is a sophomore considering majoring in English and minoring in Journalism in the Public Interest. She writes for The Campus, is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is attempting to learn Spanish, and tries to work out often enough to counteract her honey mustard addiction. She is passionate about reading (particularly Jane Austen) and the Oxford comma. She enjoys visiting her dogs and listening to Frank Sinatra.



Sarah Halprin is a sophomore majoring in English with minors in Spanish and Medieval and Renaissance studies. She is a proud native Texan and dreams of someday opening a bakery. In her free time, she listens to music, goes hiking, and drinks too much tea. Sarah is also the world’s biggest Harry Potter fan.




Pearl Cooper is a sophomore with an undecided major, although she is leaning towards English and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is from Corning, NY and runs cross country and track for Allegheny College. In her spare time, she likes to read, write, watch Netflix, and spend time with her friends, family, and cats.



Anna Verardi is a sophomore from Pittsburgh, PA pursuing a Chemistry major and Economics minor.  She swims competitively for the Allegheny Women’s Swim & Dive Team.  In her free time, she enjoys exercising, reading, spending time with her twin sister and friends, and being outside.  Although she finds the snowfall pretty, she does not enjoy the cold, winter weather of Meadville.  Anna loves the water and cannot help but fantasize being at the beach (sometimes, a bit too often).





Douglas Pitt is a junior majoring in English—with an emphasis in Creative Writing—and minoring in Psychology. He is from Hilo, Hawaii. He spends his free time reading fantasy, playing D&D, and writing. His favorite fantasy authors are Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and Scott Lynch.