Aly is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in chemistry and minoring in writing. On campus, she is a member of the varsity cross country and track and field teams. She also conducts research in the D’Arcy chemistry laboratory, studying semi-conducting nanostructures and organic compounds. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry fraternity and Delta Gamma sorority, and has worked as a writing mentor at the Cornerstone Writing Help Desk. In her free time, Aly enjoys listening to music, cooking, painting pottery, and reading graphic novels.
What brought you to the Writing Center?
The Writing Center gave me the opportunity to help my peers with a subject that I am passionate about. I believe that writing has the ability to poignantly impact its audience. As a writing tutor, I hope to help other writers realize their abilities to move people through their work!
What do you like most about working with writers in the Writing Center?
Every writer is unique. As a peer tutor, I am exposed to many different writing styles. I mostly enjoy learning from the other writers I work with. I have discovered many new techniques and perspectives that I can think about applying to my own work!
What do you find most challenging about writing?
I struggle to know when a piece is “finished.” I believe that a piece can never technically be finished, for writing can always get better. However, it is difficult for me to step away from a piece feeling confident that it is ready to be shared with an audience. If I put away a piece but then revisit it several weeks later, I always find so much to improve.
What advice do you have for writers?
Whenever you get the chance, write about topics that interest you! Believe it or not, I used to dislike writing. My perspective changed when I was given opportunities to write about topics that I am passionate about. Furthermore, my best pieces are always meaningful to me on a more personal level. I value how writing allows me to share important stories with others in a way that is more permanent than a spoken conversation.