By Seungkyung Baek |Staff Writer|
With papers coming closer to due dates, the writing center is at its peak with appointments.
It helps students by reviewing their paper and giving proper feedback through one on one tutoring system.
“The writing center is supporting student’s academic service. It can be both of academic course and non-academic such as resume, scholarship applications, and personal writing,” said Assistant Director Nathan Jones.
Not many people realize it, but trying to apply for jobs when you are an international student is difficult, it is something they also help with.
“We help students any stage of process in writing to organize,” continued Jones.
The center is also familiar with people whom are procrastinators, so they
often help with developing essays the same day of an appointment.
“Writing center is a place to help students by listening and giving feedback with any type of rough draft paper,” said tutor Katie Chavez, “writing is not necessarily paper, but students can ask for help about brainstorming ideas.”
The receptionist explained why she is proud of working with the center.
“I help students when they are here or come with appointments. I also get to interact with students just as much as the tutors do,” said receptionist Alyssa Zaragoza.
One of the tutors expressed her views on helping students.
“I think working at the Writing Center is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs I’ve ever had. As I am a tutor, one of my primary concerns is helping students to develop and present their ideas in the best possible writing,” said tutor Gabriela Ibarra Leon.
“As we are tutors, we looking over students writing paper and give feedback to change grammar errors or mistakes. We try to help their ideas more than anything. Also, we try to explain why it is wrong and suggest good ideas,” said tutor Joseph Honnold.
The center is very popular among international students.
Some of international students explained their own opinions when they visit.
“The tutors who are in writing center is very patient and kind, and they helped me read my essay and fix some grammar mistakes. So I think it’s really good and visiting writing center helps me a lot for my rough draft,” said student Siyi Li.
As an international writer, grammar tends to be difficult to understand, so it eases the mind knowing I can always be assisted.
“When I write essay, the most hardest thing is grammar. In writing center, they help editing my grammar, and I can learn how to organize the paper,” said student Da Hyeon Yoo.
It opens from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
It is located in the University Hall, 3rd floor, Room 310.