Harper Hoover

  • Peer Tutor

Harper (she/her) is a junior majoring in environmental analysis and minoring in political science and writing. She enjoys mentoring new students as a resident advisor and serving as vice president of advising for Student Sustainability Board.

What brought you to The Writing Center?

Two of my favorite experiences at WashU have been mentoring fellow students and writing in my classes. Applying to be a peer tutor was a great way to combine them!

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

I love watching a writer who came in with self-doubt leave with confidence. As a student writer at WashU, I know it is difficult for students to believe they can contribute something meaningful to an intellectual or creative community, but it’s the truth! I enjoy when tutors get to instill confidence in others just like many of my teachers, tutors and friends have done for myself.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

As a perfectionist, I always feel like I have to find the right words, or that there is only one “right” combination of them. Just like learning any other skill, writing requires mistakes and bad first, second, or third drafts to get to something great!

What advice do you have for writers?

No matter what you study, take a writing class at WashU! There are so many great classes to choose from and, in my experience, it has been a great balance between academic challenge and maintaining a creative outlet.