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The Consultant Diaries

pic of Corrine V.As a consultant we are sometimes required to give workshops.  I made it through my first semester, the fall semester, without having to give any workshops, and only a month into this new semester I have already given two and am scheduled to give another one in a couple weeks.  I guess we never know what to expect as consultants. Continue reading

Featured Consultant: Jennifer

This week’s featured consultant is Jennifer! She’s already had a plethora of experience with writing through her English degree here at MSU, and 2 years of experience teaching English in South Korea. She is now working on her second BA in Professional Writing, so she can help you with all kinds of writing from typical essays and reports and even creative writing, like fiction. Currently living in an apartment that does not allow pets, Jennifer has a huge obsession with watching videos of animals. So to help her tell her story, check out the links along the way!

I am sure any of my family and friends would describe me as an incredibly shy person, and especially any of my professors. Whenever that first day of class comes around and everyone has to share something about themselves, I have a panic attack inside as it gets closer and closer to my turn.

Now you may wonder, why am I a writing consultant then, something that requires me to talk to new people every day? The reason is, I love writing! You may be rolling your eyes at this point, but this simple fact is that what makes me love my job.

I also know how you might feel as you walk into the Writing Center your first time, or maybe every time – shy, panicked, unsure, worried about being judged or failing in some way. Even if you are having a bad day where you feel like you just can’t make headway, I can help by giving you a fresh perspective on what you are working on, and give advice on different routes you could take as you continue working.

In the many writing classes I have taken, I have received some awful feedback that tore me down, but that is never the kind of feedback I will give to you. Even if I don’t know a whole lot about what your topic is, I will be able to give you advice that will help you recognize what could be clearer or what might not be working, and what you can do to improve. I am not here to criticize all the work you have already put into your writing, but instead to give you feedback that will help motivate you.

I hope I can help you in the future, and that you will leave the Writing Center feeling that you can conquer any writing issues you may be having!