Grace Philion

  • Peer Tutor

Grace is a senior from Illinois majoring in business and political science and minoring in dance. She is co-president of Habitat for Humanity, vice president of CityDance, and a member of Student Dance Showcase. In her free time, she loves reading, cooking, and playing both board and card games with friends!

What brought you to The Writing Center?

I came to The Writing Center because I value writing, and I love helping others realize their individual strengths and perspectives. Everyone has a unique writing process and way of viewing problems and questions, and I wanted to help others get the most out of that process.

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

I love seeing people realize what they want to argue and get excited about their paper! A lot of people will feel frustrated about their paper because they don’t feel like they can articulate what they really want to say, and it is the best feeling to see people’s eyes light up when they come up with a way to connect their ideas or come up with an entirely new one that encompasses everything they have been trying to argue.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

The most challenging part about writing for me is definitely structuring the paper. I will often write down a bunch of different ideas that could all be connected in some way, but whittling down those ideas and shifting them around into something that flows and maintains a cohesive argument is difficult for me.

What advice do you have for writers?

Advice I have for writers is not to be afraid to create new theses or rough outlines about what your thoughts are for the paper! It can be helpful to look back to see how your ideas for the paper have changed, and I’ve found that even if my argument has shifted drastically since I started, there are often little ideas that I included in a first outline that disappeared but should not have.