Writing Center Tutors
Maya Akiki, Coordinator
- Years at LAU Writing Center: Since 2018
- Mentoring Strengths: compassionate, committed, knowledgeable, enjoys having a friendly and respectful relationship with tutees where they can be provided with constructive feedback.
- Favorite Book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Favorite Word: Devotion
- Significant breakthrough: Through analyzing literary work, I have become a better critical thinker who can solve her own problems as well as those of others. During my third year in college, two of my literature professors taught me how to look at any literary work with a critical eye. I was then able to realize the importance of literature in our daily lives, because literature can be considered a representation of the real world.
- Years at LAU Writing Center: Since 2017
- Mentoring strengths: Patient, caring, able to see the bigger picture
- Favorite books: “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka; Endgame by Samuel Beckett; The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Favorite word: Persistence
- Significant breakthrough: In Grade 12, I participated in a creative writing competition where students had to create alternative endings to notable Arabic novels. I wrote an alternative ending to Nasrallah’s Birds of September (1962), and even though my piece wasn’t short-listed or commended, I’m still very proud of the work and effort I put into it.
- Years at LAU Writing Center: since 2015
- Mentoring strengths: patient, friendly, understanding.
- Favorite book: Antifragile by Nassim Taleb, An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
- Favorite word: Melancholy
- Significant breakthrough: The first time I walked into a bookstore and picked up a book. It changed my life.
- Years at LAU Writing Center : Since 2017
- Mentoring strengths: Patient, knowledgeable and able to make students feel at ease
- Favorite book: Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
- Favorite words: Love and grace
- Significant breakthrough: After working with students with different majors and assignments, I realized that there was a common feature among them. Most students were afraid of their own writing. Writing for them was like riding a one-wheeled bicycle on fire. Some grew frustrated; some cried while others lacked confidence. In these cases, I realized that before I begin coaching and pointing out areas of improvement, the writer’s confidence and love for his/her writing must be re-established.
- Years at LAU Writing Center: Since 2020
- Mentoring strengths: patient, good listener, able to give constructive feedback
- Favorite book: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
- Favorite word: perseverance
- Significant breakthrough: My thesis was the first in Lebanon, second in the Levant, and third in the Arab World to describe a phonological phenomenon in our spoken dialects.