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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Meet Our Writing, Speech, & Language Tutors

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Dakota VanLinden is currently working on two master’s degrees; an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing and an MS in Anthropology. She most often works within the MLA citation style; however, she is currently learning APA and has many great resources for other styles. When she isn’t on campus for classes she can be found at the radio station interviewing authors for the Weekly Reader podcast/radio show or biking around Mankato.

Brent and Anthony~ Public Speaking


 Hi! We're Brent and Anthony, Graduate Assistants in the Communcation Studies Department. We assist with any kind of public speaking assignment for any course at MSU.  We also teach classes in public speaking and give classroom presentations on any aspect of speech preparation and delivery to instructors who request this service from the CAS.

We're available for scheduled appointments in the CAS and also hold a drop-in speech lab once a week.  We love helping people prepare for their speeches!

Curtis ~ Writing


I’m Curtis (or Curt), and was born and raised in California. I have a B.A. in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and am pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing here at MSU. Two years ago, I taught English in Bundang, Korea, and last year (at MSU) I taught English 101. My specialties include humanities-based writing (philosophy, sociology, psychology, critical thinking/logic, English, etc.) and creative writing (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction), and I am most familiar with APA writing style. I am a newly obsessed convert to Pokemon Go, so you might see me wandering campus or downtown with my eyes glued to my phone. Or, if I don’t see you there, I’ll probably see you at the Otto Rec Center.




Padam ~ Writing/ESL



Hi! I am Padam Chauhan. I have been working as a Graduate Assistant for Center for Academic Success (CAS), Minnesota State University, Mankato, for 2 years. Currently, I am in two programs: MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. My current research interests include L2 academic writing, genre-based instruction, L2 assessment, literacy development, bi/multi-lingual education, policy level issues in higher education, faculty development/learning, ethical decision making, equal access to education, and challenges and opportunities of executive leadership in higher education. In my leisure, I love visiting different places, meeting people, knowing about their culture and language, and listening to all types of music.

I love academic writing so much, and I am most comfortable with APA and MLA citation styles.  However, I can also guide the students with other citation styles by employing online and printed resources available on campus. I am looking forward to welcoming you at the CAS and working with you!       


Jiacheng ~ Writing




Kourtney ~ Writing and Norwegian



Hello, my name is Kourtney and I am a junior here at MNSU, Mankato. I am double majoring in English and Scandinavian Studies. I have a lot of experience with writing, so I know it can be difficult at times! My goal is to make writing a less daunting task for other students; whether that means grammar, brainstorming ideas, making revisions, citations, etc., I will try to help in any way I can. Aside from writing, I have taken two years of Norwegian, so I am willing to help students out with that as well. I am most comfortable with MLA and APA formats, but I will do my best to use our available resources to work through whatever format is required for your paper.

In my free time, I can often be found with a book as I love reading. I also enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, watching football, and cheering for the Vikings. One fun fact about me is that I have an identical twin sister named Kaylee!



Hannah ~ Writing


Sara ~ Writing


My name is Sara.  I enjoy working in the writing center because I always nerd-out about writing, so it's an amazing feeling to be able to use my skills and excitement to help others.  

Besides writing, I am a Learning Community Coordinator for ISET and Natural Resources Students.  A fun fact about me is that I have many pairs of Converse so that I can always match my shoes to my shirt.  My favorite book is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.  My favorite movie is Dan in Real Life, and my favorite bands are Wilco and Train.

Jasmine ~ Writing






Tianna ~ Writing


Hello. My name is Tianna.  I am a first year graduate student in the MFA program.  My specialty is creative writing, fiction, but I can help with writing of all sorts. I like working in the CAS because I like discussing people's writing and helping them improve.  Writing is an essential skill, so I'm happy to help.

A fun fact about me is that I am a huge nerd. Huge.

Some of my favorites are Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the Phantom of the Opera, and musical showtune

Raghen ~ Writing