Hamza is a junior majoring in neuroscience under the biology track. In addition to working with The Writing Center, Hamza works as a research assistant in the Shaw Lab, which studies the role sleep plays in neuronal plasticity. In his spare time, Hamza enjoys reading and following Premier League football, an admittedly frustrating experience as he follows Arsenal Football Club.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
From a young age, whether it was my brother badgering me to proofread an essay of his or a friend asking for advice on a section of their paper, I’ve gotten used to working with papers that I haven’t personally written. After coming to college, The Writing Center seemed like the natural extension to what I’d already been doing for so long.
What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
During every session, I always learn something new about the community at Washington University or the world at large. The sheer number of interests and subjects explored by writers, and how they write about it, provides a unique experience and insight that’s hard to get elsewhere.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
For me, just getting started is often the biggest roadblock. When you know a well-reasoned, lengthy piece is expected of you, it’s decidedly unappealing to sit there with a completely blank document staring back at you. Once at least a few thoughts are jotted down, I’ve found the rest comes slightly easier.
What advice do you have for writers?
If you’re ever struggling with something, make sure to talk it out with someone! Oftentimes a simple conversation with a friend or peer tutor can help with getting over all kinds of writing woes. It can be hard to share an obviously unfinished piece with someone else, but you’re almost certain to leave more assured than you went into the conversation.