Julia is a senior from Pittsburgh majoring in philosophy-neuroscience-psychology and women, gender, and sexuality studies. Her other roles on campus include serving as president of the disability advocacy organization Ability and editorial chair of HealthRighters, a health and human rights journal. In her free time, she enjoys reading, making art, and rowing on the WUSTL rowing team.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
I have always enjoyed reading others’ writing, and I wanted to find a position that let me work closely with people as well as their work! I strongly believe that writing confidence is a crucial ingredient to college success, and I love having the opportunity to help other students develop their skills.
What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
I love seeing the transformation in both writing and students from the beginning to the end of a session. It feels amazing to help someone leave with more direction and excitement about their project.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
An empty page can feel so scary at first. I’ve found it challenging to let go of expectations and judgment and just start writing, even if I don’t have anything profound to say. The Writing Center has taught me how important it is to involve other people in your work to give you inspiration and support. Brainstorming can be the trickiest but most rewarding part of writing!
What advice do you have for writers?
Writing is not an innate skill, and learning how to write is a constantly evolving process. When you think about improving your writing like you can improve your understanding of a class subject or other skill, so much pressure goes away!