Category: Featured Consultant

To Fellow Writing Center Noobs:

Not only am I a first-year graduate student, but I’m also a new writing center coordinator. Being a first-timer, I had a great deal to learn from experienced writing consultants and students that visit our center. Although orientation prepared me for the job, I still wasn’t confident in the skills that I can offer as a writer. I am in no way the best writer or consultant out there, so I doubted how much assistance I could provide to clients. The first client I had was just as nervous as I was during our first consultation and it was then that I realized there is no way that any consultant can be perfect. I know now that if I’m unsure about something, then the client and I can work together to find an answer. In fact, I realized that I am constantly utilizing the boundless resources that the writing center has to offer. My biggest resource in the center comes from the support I receive from other staff members, and not to mention the endless amount of coffee.

Because this is a new experience, I often feel like I never know if I’m doing something right, however, it has been incredibly easy to ask anyone in the center for advice. I trust that the people working in the writing center care about me and this is something that I want to offer to clients that visit our center. I relate to every struggle and question a client brings to me because I have encountered these issues in my own writing. Even though I’m a new writing consultant, I feel as if I’ve been doing this work for a lifetime because not unlike my clients, I am still learning new things about composition every day. The equal relationship that the client and I have is what allows us to work on something as a team, rather being looked to as the expert. This multicolored writing center that houses diverse writers, and sometimes a dog, is a safe place we can all share, make mistakes, and collaborate together in order to create something meaningful.

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!