Behind the Desk, We’re Just Students like You

We’re the same, you and I.

For some students who come to the Writing Center, it’s a struggle just to get through the door. Sitting down with a consultant and reading your paper out loud? Forget it! Listening as the consultant helps you find ways to improve? No thanks! These consultants don’t know the struggles of writing a research paper. They don’t know what it’s like to have your class grade average hanging in the balance.

But we do. We’re students just like you.

writing-is-hardWe understand your struggles. Writing is hard. Even the famous author Joseph Heller said, “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” We are in the same boat, you and I. Both of us may stay up until three in the morning agonizing over each sentence, desperately trying to make sure we meet the page requirement. Both of us may anxiously wait for our professors to post our grades, hoping that we will do well enough so it doesn’t drag down our class grade average. And both of us may feel like we will never finish this paper in time while the overwhelming stress crashes in around us. We’re just the same, you and I.

We have learned how to keep going. We have learned how to improve our writing. We have learned how to help. That’s what we are here for; we want to help YOU. We may not know your background, history, or situation in life, just like you don’t know ours. But when we sit down at the table with you and your paper, we are there to help because we are just like you.

Maybe you won’t see this until the moment that one of us gets up from behind our desk. May you won’t see this until we help you look over your paper. Maybe you won’t understand this until we reach out to shake your hand and say, “Hi, my name is . . .”

We’re just like you.

-Jenna

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