Christian Monzon

  • Peer Tutor

Christian is a member of the class of 2022 from Schaumburg, IL (a northwestern suburb of Chicago) studying political science and Latin American studies. In his free time, he loves watching Chicago-area sports, finding new restaurants in St. Louis, hiking, spending time with his friends, and, of course, writing. He currently serves as the president of the Association of Latin American Students and staff editor of the Washington University Political Review, and cares deeply about politics and the way the problems of our world manifest in our daily lives. As someone filled with curiosity, he loves learning from other people, and excitedly takes on the peer tutor position to both work with students to refine their writing and learn a bit from the content he will read.

What brought you to The Writing Center?

I began writing for fun through the Washington University Political Review, and realized I enjoyed my ability to reflect and think introspectively through writing. Soon, I grew more confident in my writing and learned how to edit, so I realized I wanted to support other writers grow through their writing process, too. Joining The Writing Center seemed like the natural step to doing so, along with a natural step to enhancing my own writing ability as well.

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

I love learning from other writers. Many people use writing strategies that I would never hear about if I did not interact with them and their writing, but beyond just learning to enhance my writing abilities I also love learning from writers in subjects that I am unfamiliar with to expand my horizons as a learner.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Starting! I find that later parts of the writing process are easier than the earlier ones because I have so many jumbled thoughts I always want to write down at once that often have some connection, but seem very disconnected and chaotic. Without finding some common theme or way to organize them, I find it difficult to even get past the brainstorming page. Once I get them organized, then the writing process becomes much clearer for me.

What advice do you have for writers?

Enjoy it! Writing can be a beautiful, creative, introspective and deeply reflective process. You can learn parts of yourself that you never knew were there sometimes, and though it is harder to find that with more academic writing, I always try to enjoy writing by thinking about what parts of myself I am putting into the process. Besides that, I would say review from someone who knows your voice is also important—it is one thing to get feedback on your writing from a tutor, but maintaining your voice can also be important and someone who knows you well can probably help you do it best.