As a graduating senior, I’m approaching the end of my time at The Writing Center. I honestly can’t believe it’s already been a year, but time flies when you’re eating candy and playing with toys… I mean, working and consulting. But let’s face it, I’ve been eating candy and playing with toys while consulting, it’s a pretty good deal.
What I didn’t realize when I first signed up for Writing Center Theory, WRA 395, two years ago was the amount of experience I would gain in just one year as a consultant. And I don’t just mean another job to add to my resume. Through working one-on-one with clients I have gained more listening and critical thinking skills. I mean, I cannot zone out when someone is counting on me to help them with their personal statement that may or may not get them into graduate school. I’ve also gained a broader understanding of the variety of cultures at MSU. Before working at The Writing Center, I knew that MSU had students from all over the world, but by working with them, I have been able to meet some of them and hear their stories. That’s, honestly, one of my favorite aspects of working here, just constantly meeting new students and hearing about their experiences.
What I also didn’t realize, even at my interview with Trixie and Dianna, was how many other professional development opportunities I would have. After giving about five workshops this semester, I can now get up in a room full of students and give a workshop without having a mini panic attack. I can also honestly say I’ve been to a conference, I don’t think it’s necessary to add that I only talked for about five minutes. But I now know how a conference works and am better prepared for any future ones that I may attend in graduate school.
Overall, it has been a good year. I’ve gained valuable experience while enjoying a relaxed, easy going environment. And I’ve had the opportunity to spill my guts about it every couple of weeks while writing this blog. So if you enjoy writing, candy, and toys and want to gain some awesome experience work at The Writing Center or even just come visit.