Abby is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in international and area studies with a concentration in European studies and a minor in writing. She is from San Francisco, California where she attended a French-English bilingual school from K-12. On campus, she is involved in Pi Beta Phi sorority, she has a KWUR radio show, and she is a Howard Nemerov writing scholar. In her free time, Abby enjoys exploring Forest Park, watching movies, and meeting new people.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
I love to write, I love to talk about writing, and I love exploring the possibility of creating new writing. I saw The Writing Center as an opportunity for me to do all three. I also value the system of one on one collaboration, which The Writing Center makes incredibly rewarding. Furthermore, I saw The Writing Center as a place where the elements and conventions of style of academic argument that often go unaddressed to be more explicitly discussed, which would in turn improve even my own writing and refine my own understanding of what makes “good” writing.
What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
I love the collaborative approach to learning, which enables us to learn from each other as opposed to a solely one way transfer of knowledge. Being able to have incredibly interesting academic conversations outside of a classroom and peer-to-peer as opposed to between a professor and a student is very fulfilling, and I have truly been inspired by the writers that I have worked with.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Beginning. It can be scary, and I think my biggest enemy when it comes to beginning is not knowing if I am “right.” But what I’ve learned, or what I am learning, is that there isn’t really a “right” or a “wrong,” and there is no way to know if an argument really makes sense until it’s completely written. Beginning is the hardest part for me, but it’s also the most important part, I think. Everything needs a beginning, but I think the fear of being wrong or not making sense can be hard to overcome initially.
What advice do you have for writers?
To begin. Nothing can happen until you do.