As consultants, we all have our favorite and least favorite types of writing to work with. But sometimes I think it doesn’t always matter on the type of writing so much as the client. My bio on the website states “I enjoy working with digital rhetoric, alternative media, and web design projects, as well as brainstorming and literature reviews,” which is true, but the client’s attitude brings a lot to appointment. The best consultations I have had were not necessarily with these types of writing, they included clients with positive attitude who really wanted to improve their writing as well as that specific assignment. Continue reading
My first semester at The Writing Center, I did not have the opportunity to work in Bessey, the main center. I was only a consultant in the BCC and the Library. This semester, however, I am working a majority of my hours in Bessey and am noticing a big difference in the type of work I do and the clients that come.
For starters, while working in Bessey I have been significantly more involved in The Writing Center activities. I have now conducted 3 workshops and have been scheduled for Online Consulting, which I never did last semester. Furthermore, working in Bessey, I am in constant contact with my fellow consultants. In the satellite locations, I really only saw the consultants that worked within those satellites, and this isn’t to say that I did not enjoy working in those places, but that I did not have the opportunity to get to know a lot of other consultants. Continue reading
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
Welcome back to a new semester! At The Writing Center we have been preparing for this with a staff orientation. As a returning consultant, staff orientation this semester was much different from last. Back in August, I was just beginning, I barely knew anyone and was unsure of what to expect. But now with a semester of consulting under my belt, orientation was a lot more fun and easy going. Continue reading
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.
The end of the semester is getting closer and everyone is getting more and more stressed. But on the upside, clients now have an idea of what their professors want. I have had several clients come in the past couple of weeks where they have said “here is my paper and this is what my professor marked me down on with my last paper.” Let me tell you, that makes my job so much easier. If you can tell me what your professor has told you to watch for, then we both know what to look out for while reading through your paper.
Furthermore, if you can bring in a copy of your previous work, then we can compare the two and be sure that you are not repeating the same errors. So while this time of year may seem more stressful than ever, just remember we all have more to go on with writing assignments than we did back in September.
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
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
So after I made it through my first few weeks observing at The Writing Center and got myself almost a week ahead in homework, I was finally able to take appointments. I finally got to jump in and start consulting. I had so many different ways that I wanted to approach an appointment after watching several of my fellow consultants approach their own. Whether it was brainstorming ideas, reading aloud, or just talking about writing, I was ready to just start consulting. But then again, clients could make appointments with me. Continue reading
I’m a new consultant with a brand new job in my senior year of college. I had no idea what to expect when I walked into my first day of staff orientation at The Writing Center. I had been receiving mass emails, some were full of jargon that made absolutely no sense at the time, and I had taken WRA 395, the writing center theory class, but I had no idea what other work I would be doing besides consulting.
During my interview with Trixie and Dianna, The Writing Center directors, I was told that consultants were expected to help out with workshops and take part in committees, but what were the workshops and committees? Was this a requirement of every consultant? Did I get to pick what I took part in? It turns out there is a committee for almost everything, and if there isn’t a committee for what you want to do with The Writing Center, you can probably just start one. And I got to choose which committee I wanted to join, and I joined the Website Content Committee, which was a serious sigh of relief for me, at least I could pick something I somewhat understood.
Basically my first few weeks working at The Writing Center gave me insight to how much more the staff does besides consult. In the past, I had only ever visited The Writing Center for help with my writing; I hadn’t imagined all the other work that went on behind the scenes. I never imagined committees, conferences, workshops, creating videos, and even writing articles or columns like this very one. And furthermore, all the extra work the consultants take part in seems to provide a learning opportunity, an experience, and something to add to a resume.
In short, my first few weeks gave me a lot more insight to what The Writing Center does.