Catherine Aviles

  • Peer Tutor

Catherine is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, studying psychology and writing, and hopes to pursue a career in the field of education.  Having grown up on Cape Cod, she has written for several local magazines and newspapers and loves being active as a writer in her community.  On campus, Catherine serves as the outreach chair of Catholic Student Union, plays on the women’s ultimate frisbee team, and is a Howard Nemerov writing scholar.  She enjoys meeting new people, watching sports, and journaling.


What brought you to the Writing Center?

I live for the moments when I’m helping a friend with a piece of writing and all of a sudden he understands something that he didn’t understand before, and I knew being a peer tutor would give me the chance to have so many more of them.

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

Getting to experience the individuality of everyone I work with. Students who come into The Writing Center bring so many stories and life experiences with them that I get to catch a glimpse of, even if they’re working on an economics report.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

That not everything I write can be good right away – in fact, almost nothing I write is good right away. The hard part for me is letting go of perfectionism, not playing the comparison game, and knowing that writing is a slow craft.

What advice do you have for writers?

Don’t be afraid of your own voice!