Jessica Hood

  • Peer Tutor

Jessica is a junior from Pittsburgh majoring in Arabic and finance with a minor in computer science. On campus, she is involved in Delta Sigma Pi, WashU Chaahat, Association of Christian Truth Seekers, Student Tour Leaders, and Team WashU at Sumers Recreation Center. Jessica also loves running, coffee, fruit, reading, and Broadway musicals!

What brought you to The Writing Center?

I came to The Writing Center as a freshman and loved the collaborative and welcoming environment. I found myself wanting to give back to other students that my peer tutors had given to me during my first semester at college!

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

I love reading about all different types of topics and being exposed to a beautifully diverse array of writing styles. With every session, I feel that I learn something new, whether it is about a subject I wasn’t familiar with before, an effective technique someone loves using in their papers, or something awesome about the student I’m working with.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

For me, determining when the paper is complete and a final product is challenging for me. I love all of the different stages of writing and I am constantly making changes to my papers, but I struggle knowing when to stop revising and send off the paper that I have grown so close to.

What advice do you have for writers?

Be patient! The first time you read a prompt, you may have no idea what to write about. Just let it sit on your mind for a few days and the most brilliant idea will come to you at the craziest time. Then you’ll be off and running!