Allie Blank

  • Peer Tutor

Allie is a senior from Boulder, Colorado, majoring in political science and Spanish with a minor in comparative literature. In addition to being a tutor at The Writing Center, she also helps run WUSTL’s medical humanities club, Quill and Scalpel. Off campus, she loves spending her free time cooking and baking.

What brought you to The Writing Center?

One of my favorite aspects of being in college has been getting the chance to hear other students’ ideas. I wanted to serve as a tutor at The Writing Center to engage more with students’ arguments and hopefully help them convey their thoughts and opinions.

What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center? 

When I was new to college-level writing, I really appreciated when friends and faculty talked through my ideas with me, and I love being able to pass on that support!

What do you find most challenging about writing?

The hardest part of writing for me is getting started. Even after turning in so many essays, putting that first sentence onto paper always seems daunting. A few tricks from The Writing Center, though, like free writing or starting with a body paragraph, have helped me learn how to take some of the pressure off.

What advice do you have for writers?

Think (or better yet, talk!) through your ideas before getting started. I find that working on an essay feels way less intimidating once I understand what I want to say and am excited about my argument.