Christine Campisi

  • Peer Tutor

Christine is a senior who is majoring in chemistry, minoring in physics, and pre-med. On campus, she is a research assistant in the Wencewicz group studying antibiotic resistance, a runner on the varsity track team, and a member of Synapse neuroscience organization, where she leads the Cerebral Palsy Sports and Rehabilitation program. Christine can most often be found spending inordinate amounts of time at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, partially because she volunteers there, but also because their chicken sandwiches are the best she has ever experienced. She enjoys writing sonnets for her friends and family, drinking vanilla lattes from Whispers, and hairless cats.

What brought you to The Writing Center?

I was immediately attracted to The Writing Center’s non-directive approach to tutoring, and I loved the idea of helping a student come up with and take pride in their own ideas. Even though I spent most of my time in college taking science classes, I was excited for this opportunity to share my passion for writing with other students.

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

I love hearing people get excited about their ideas! Even if someone comes in initially not interested in the topic of their paper, they inevitably find an idea or detail they are super excited about, and that is always such a fun moment to witness as a tutor.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

I tend to have a lot of ideas, but become flustered when I have to organize them all. I’ve found that detailed outlines are my best friend, and have also learned that it is ok to not include every single thing I come up with.

What advice do you have for writers?

If the “traditional” method of writing a paper (taking notes, making an outline, writing each paragraph in order) doesn’t work for you, don’t be afraid to try lots of different things until you find what you enjoy. I’ve written parts of essays as notes on my phone, bullet points on my computer, or even in the margins of my notebooks if I suddenly come up with ideas and don’t have a place to type. Make your writing process your own.