A born-and-raised New Yorker, Sylvie first fell in love with reading while nestled between her parents on long subway rides. That love eventually took her to Princeton University, where she majored in English and received certificates in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Humanistic Studies, and Latin Literature. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, receiving the award for the top-ranked graduate in the English Department among other departmental prizes. Her thesis on poetries of resistance from the AIDS crisis and the Northern Irish Troubles was awarded the University Center for Human Values Prize, given to the thesis that, across all departments, best applies ethical reasoning to further our understanding of human values. She will begin a PhD in English at UC Berkeley in the fall of 2021.
Sylvie is an experienced tutor and editor of student writing who believes strongly in the transformative power that one-on-one mentorship can have on a student’s work and mental well-being. It brings her great joy to work with students to make their ideas strong and their writing dazzling. As the Director of Princeton’s Humanities Mentorship Program, she oversaw a team of 20+ tutors to provide essay workshops, academic advising, and exam prep sessions for first-years in the humanities. She has also tutored independently for many years in New York City, working with students on everything from 4th grade math, to 8th grade Latin, to college application essays. Nothing makes her happier than helping students develop confidence in themselves as scholars and individuals.
In her spare time, Sylvie runs (fingers crossed for the NYC Marathon next year!), weaves, knits, watches ballet, and fantasizes about having a sheep farm.