Meet the Writing Centre staff
Merethe Stensvik (ENG/NOR)
Merethe is a Norwegian student in her first year of a master’s degree in International Relations. She has previously lived in Australia for three years, completing her bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Politics at the University of Melbourne. Merethe’s interests include academic publishing, foreign affairs, transnational crimes and human rights. She can assist students in both Norwegian and English, including legal language.
Kamilla Evita Masvik (ENG/NOR)
Kamilla is a Norwegian student. She is currently on her second year of the Bachelor in International Environment and Development studies. She can be of help in both Norwegian and English.
Languages: English and Norwegian
Elaina Weber (ENG)
Elaina was born and raised in the Great Lakes Basin in the United States. She has since spent years living in New York City, Norway, and the Netherlands with shorter stints for research in the Rocky Mountains and Nepal, for cellular biology and public health research. She has a bachelor's degree in biology and art from Fordham University in NYC and has worked as a microbiologist in tuberculosis research at Cornell's medical school. She's an active community participant, especially around local food systems, and teaches community classes in yoga and mindfulness. She is currently writing her master's thesis for International Environmental Studies on transformational societal change from the angle of healthy diets from sustainable food systems.
Øyvind Nyheim (ENG/NOR)
Øyvind is a Norwegian student in his last year of a bachelor's degree in Biologi. He is interested in both environmental, life and social sciences. Øyvind has spent one year of exchange in Brazil, and can also assist students in Spanish and Portuguese.
Languages: Norwegian, English, Spanish and Portuguese
Niklas Mintorovitch (ENG/NOR)
Niklas is the coordinator of the Writing Centre. He has a masters degree in Cultural History from the University of Oslo and a teaching degree in Practical Pedagogy from Østfold University College. He has previously been working as a lecturer in the Teacher Education Program at Østfold University College, and is still involved in research projects concerning pedagogy. His academic interests include academic writing, cultural history, pedagogy, philosophy, science of religions and sustainable development. He gives advice in Norwegian and English, and is happy to help bachelor, master and PhD students.
Languages: English and Norwegian
Alaitz Aritza (ENG)
Alaitz was born and raised on the east coast of the United States, but has since lived in several countries, including Ecuador, South Korea, New Zealand, Spain and Nepal. He received his bachelor’s in Music, Culture and Cognition from Pitzer College, falling in love with the mountainous landscape he encountered while studying in California. After serving as a Fulbright cultural ambassador and English teaching assistant, he spent three years exploring some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth while living out of his backpack. These experiences motivated him to return to academia, this time with a focus on the interactions between humans and the natural world. After training as a Wilderness First Responder in the US, he then completed a master’s in Political Ecology, Degrowth and Environmental Justice at the Autonomous University of Barcelona before beginning the master’s of International Environmental Studies at NMBU.
Languages: English (Native) Spanish (Fluent)
Shelby Geitner (ENG)
Shelby is an international first-year Master's in Agroecology student here at NMBU. She is passionate about growing, eating and connecting people to food. She has a working background in outdoor education and enjoys playing and teaching music and improvisational theatre. Shelby holds a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and can assist people in English.