Ari Calem

  • Peer Tutor

Ari Calem is from Bethesda, Maryland. She is currently a junior studying international area studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. Her hobbies include traveling to new destinations, playing soccer, and walking her golden retriever dog. Her favorite place to travel is Argentina because she gets to see her family and speak in Spanish.

What brought you to The Writing Center?

The Writing Center helped me so much my first year of college with all of my essays and papers, and I always thought the peer tutors were so helpful. This drew me into applying for a position here, and it has been such a fulfilling experience so far!

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

The different people here! Although I have met so many new and unique people who have all been drawn to writing and helping others write for different reasons. One especially rewarding experience has been working with other peer tutors who are majoring in chemistry or other STEM fields and learning about the ways in which they approach writing.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

I always put so much pressure on myself to write the perfect sentence or the most “life-changing” essay. Usually, this enormous weight is so debilitating that I end up with a blank page. Writing can be so powerful and have so much influence, but it is hard to not let that power scare you.

What advice do you have for writers?

If you also struggle with this writer’s block issue, I would recommend that you just write! Try and ignore the high expectations and pressures you place on yourself and just get your words out. You’ll be surprised by the good ideas that you can naturally come up with.