Finals are almost upon us! The library is packed, caffeine is flowing, and sleep suddenly becomes non-existent. With it being crunch time, the accessory we’ve seen the most here at The Writing Center has been snacks. Everyone is looking for that extra energy boost to help make it through these final days of the semester. Some of the most popular amongst consultants are cookies, granola bars, and (of course) chocolate.
What’s your finals snack of choice?
Can you believe we’re already in our second-to-last week of classes? Per usual, this semester has managed to fly by. The trend for one of these final weeks is undoubtedly warm, comfortable boots. Temperatures, in classic Michigan style, have dropped rapidly, leaving many students and consultants alike breaking out their winter boots to stay warm as they travel across campus. What’s your favorite accessory to stay warm in these chilly winter months?
Everyone is getting ready for finals week and so are we. We have submitted our available times and received a new finals week schedule. The website content committee is preparing several pieces of writing in advance to be posted during finals. The Writing Center is getting ready for the end of the semester madness, are you?
If you see a regular consultant at a regular time, be prepared to search for them in a new location. And not all of our satellite locations are open. McDonel and Hubbard will be open Sunday from 5-9 and Brody, Holden, and the Union will be open Monday from 5-9. But Bessey and the Library will be open during their regular hours. Make your appointments early so you can get the times you want. The end of another semester is near and we are here to help you before we all head home for good food and lots of rest.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Even though this has been a shorter week than most, the one thing seen the most at The Writing Center was definitely grad school statements. Application deadlines are approaching this December, and there are only a few short weeks left in this semester to make appointments. There are still some open spots to come meet with consultants, whether it’s to work on that grad application or a paper for a final.
Have a good break!
Attention all College of Arts and Letters Students! The Creativity Exploratory has a video contest where you could win a Kindle e-reader, and all you have to do is share your CAL story. Create a video that demonstrates what makes you College of Arts and Letters, whether it is classes, your extracurricular activities, your job, or anything, go ahead and make it into video format in the most fun and creative way possible.
Once you have made a draft of your video, bring it to us at The Writing Center! We can help you with more than just writing, we can look over your video and offer our feedback and advice on what you can do to win that e-reader. Plus, we are always here to help brainstorm. So even if you are having trouble coming up with an awesome idea that will demonstrate what makes you CAL, come on in and talk through your ideas with us. We’re happy to help.
And then after you have finished your final product, upload your video to Youtube and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 3. Your video will then be posted on the I Am CAL Facebook page and if your video receives the most likes by December 7, YOU WIN!!
Hey everybody, it comes as no great surprise that this week’s trend was a proudly worn “I Voted” sticker. Here at The Writing Center, we work hard to be active members in our community, and to make our voices heard. And, if politics aren’t your thing, odds are we still have you covered: our student consultants are studying everything from Philosophy, to Arabic, to Psychology, to Dance, to Professional Writing, and more. We host workshops on making videos, open mic nights where people throw down some killer slam poetry, and regularly have incredibly talented guest speakers. The Writing Center is proud to be a part of a community that cares so much about such a wide variety of things, and we would love if you stopped by sometime.
I’ve quickly learned that one of my favorite aspects of consulting is the wide variety of topics that are brought in. I get to learn about things I never would have sought out to learn on my own. For example, I have met with WRA students writing about their field of study, so I have read about a variety of topics like criminal justice, biomedical engineering, education, and nursing. None of these are fields that I have taken classes in, so by helping clients with their writing I get to learn a little something myself. Continue reading
Hey folks, this week’s hottest trend has a bit of flair to it: classy wear. That’s right, we’re talking dresses and ties! It’s the season of career fairs and job interviews, and those events not only require a professional look, but some well-written résumés, too. The Writing Center consultants have been seeing a lot of résumés, applications, and personal statements lately, and are more than happy to read through YOUR work. You can make an appointment for 30 minutes or an hour, and we have quite a few different locations you can check out!
Being called an expert in writing makes consulting seem a little more daunting. Last week, while working with a Phd student, I was referred to as the expert. That was weird. I’m sitting with a client, who is at least ten years older than me and has at least one more degree than me, and yet I was deemed the expert. But I guess that’s what we are supposed to be, at least to our clients. We have taken the classes and we have been trained, but does that make us experts? Continue reading
In celebration of Homecoming at MSU this week, and our 20th Anniversary, we’ve got two spectacular events on tap.
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Homecoming Alumni Panel: We’ve gathered a great group of alumni consultants to reflect on the center’s 20 years of service at MSU. They’ll update us on their lives and speak to how their writing center experiences have impacted their working lives.
- When: Friday, October 12th at 3pm
- Where: 300 Bessey Hall
- Moderated by Michael Tardiff
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Crafting with CAL: In addition to celebrating our 20th Anniversary, we’re also happy to celebrate The College of Arts & Letters 50th Anniversary! We’ve joined with CAL to provide folks an opportunity to create inspiring Alphabet Photography plaques from images taken all over MSU’s beautiful campus!
- When: Saturday, October 13th, 9-11:30am
- Where: Adam’s Field by IM West
- Fresh popcorn!