Gabi is a senior from Deerfield, Illinois majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing and minoring in environmental analysis. On campus, Gabi organizes speakers for the annual TEDxWUSTL event, works on the DUCSA team, and helps lead the Wilderness Project. In her free time, you might find her crocheting or basking in the sun with a book.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
I have always enjoyed having conversations about writing with my friends and peers. The Writing Center has been the perfect place to continue this practice with a whole new set of writers from various disciplines and stages of the writing process.
What do you like most about working with the writers at The Writing Center?
I love how much I have learned so far as a peer tutor. I get the opportunity to hear people speak passionately about topics both familiar and unfamiliar to me. I walk away from each tutorial excited about the world and the people in it.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
One of my greatest challenges lies in creating distance between my personal academic/professional expectations and the joy of writing. For quite some time, I thought writers were supposed to know exactly what to put down on the page. When I’m stuck on an idea or the wording of a sentence, I begin to feel ready to stop. In these moments when I turn away from my computer and the assignment, I find myself thinking about the ideas or the story I’m trying to tell.
What advice do you have for writers?
Don’t back away from uncertainty! There is much more room for grace in the writing process than we usually allow in an academic sphere. I think it’s really easy to forget that writing is about our attempt at communication and understanding. While the goal of a final product may seem daunting, dwelling in the path towards a polished essay is a crucial part of your learning as a writer.