Adena Rivera-Dundas, M. A. College MatchPoint Essay Coach

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Adena Rivera-Dundas, M. A. College MatchPoint Essay Coach

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Born and raised in Southern California, Adena attended Bard College in upstate New York where she majored in Languages and Literature. After college, Adena moved to Chicago to work as a writer for a few years before she decided to pursue a doctoral degree. She earned her master’s degree from the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and is currently a PhD candidate. Her dissertation focuses on experimental nonfiction written by women. In addition to reading and writing, Adena teaches undergraduate courses for the Department of English and for the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, as well as consults on graduate student writing at the University Writing Center.

“There’s nothing more exciting to me than working one on one with students to help them develop their confidence as writers, especially those who are still in the process of figuring out what their story is and how to tell it. It’s an absolute pleasure to watch young writers find their voice, and I take such joy in being able to coax shy writers out of their shell or to help verbacious writers find their focus. Each student I’ve worked with has such a unique and engaging story to tell and it’s so energizing to help them craft that narrative during this important, transitional moment in their lives.”

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