Who are we:

I’m Carlee (she/her), an English major who has been reading poetry for MAR for two semesters. My most recent read was Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith. It was evocative and powerful and I highly recommend it.  

Fun Facts: I am a self-proclaimed germaphobe but I will eat food off the floor because people have germs but floors do not. I can’t swim (yes I can but no one wants to see that). My favorite office snack is the fruit leather. 

I’m Eftihia (she/her), a Creative Writing major and this is my first semester reading for MAR on the fiction side! Unlike my fellow interns, I am a great swimmer as I went to swim classes at a very young age and go to the beach every summer for vacation to practice my skills in the ocean. Another fact about me is that I love dragons! I think they’re amazing and I know a bunch of different facts about them, like how there are 12 different types and one of them is called the cockatrice. If you have any recommendations for fantasy books with dragons or are writing one yourself, I’d love to read it.  

I’m Gretchen (she/her), a Creative Writing major with a film minor (and a scientific and technical communication minor but that doesn’t sound as cool). This is my second semester reading for MAR as a fiction editor. Like Carlee, I suck at swimming which is so embarrassing because three of my cousins swam in high school and one in college. Imagine going on family vacations and everyone is professionally lapping you. I went to swim lessons, I just refused to learn because it was boring. Another fun fact is my brother got really into writing Yelp reviews, and I was so jealous that I wrote over one hundred Yelp reviews, and now I am a part of the ‘Yelp Elite Squad.’  

I’m Jenna (she/her), a Creative Writing major and Word & Image minor. This is my first semester as a fiction reader for MAR. I’m an avid illustrator and enjoy reading old entomology books (I highly recommend Jean-Henri “Insect Homer” Fabre’s works). I’m a big fan of wasps, and like wasps, I, too, cannot swim–unless we’re talking about the Microgaster godzilla wasp, in which case: watch out! 

Past and present interns voted for their favorite office snack and these are the cumulative results from worst to best:  

  • Mac n Cheese- We came to a consensus on this one, it might be because of the high levels of dairy avoidance in the MAR population. 
  • Granola Bars 
  • Crackers 
  • Chips 
  • Capri Suns 
  • Seaweed- This snack’s rankings were all over the place, some people love it, some people hate it, but no matter where anyone stands, they all seem pretty passionate about it. 
  • Applesauce 
  • Candy 
  • Fruit Leather
  • Cookies – another one we all agreed on

Yelp Reviews of the MAR intern office: 


Jenna: I love the MAR office! I don’t know why, but a lot of people complain about the desk drawer. 


Carlee: Very comfy chair, good snacks, good company. The desk drawer is a little too loud for my liking. Also a little chilly, but they have blankets 🙂  


Gretchen: Every single time it gets quiet in this office and everyone’s all focused and scholarly, I BANG my knee against the desk, and everyone pretends not to hear it, but it’s humiliating. Very blessed, though, to be with such cool people and a wide variety of snacks. Would visit again. 


Eftihia: The atmosphere is great, and there’s good company. I also really like the comfy chair. But, the desk drawer never goes all the way in and makes loud bangs whenever you try to close it.  


Ant: They tried to feed me stale crumbs from Carlee’s backpack. Ew. I want the good stuff. Environment lowkey fire tho.