Kassandra “KC” Diaz

  • Peer Tutor

KC is a graduate student pursuing an MA in Japanese. She graduated from WUSTL in 2019 with a double major in cognitive neuroscience and Japanese language and culture. While in college, she was a TRiO leader for WUSTL’s TRiO Program, an academic peer mentor for the Deneb STARS Program, a College Prep tutor, and an editor-in-chief for WUSTL’s Frontiers Health Review. KC enjoys watching foreign films, writing in Chinese calligraphy, and dog-spotting in her free time.

What brought you to The Writing Center?

My passion for writing really began in high school, but most of my courses confined my essays to the notorious five-paragraph format. This not only limited my writing capacity tremendously, but also had (wrongfully) convinced me that writing was not fun. It wasn’t until I took my first writing course at Wash U that I felt free to write what I want how I want. From then on I rediscovered my love for writing and the power of word. With the encouragement of my professors I was led to The Writing Center.

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

You can learn so much about writers from their works, and I absolutely love being able to be a part of their writing process. With every writer I meet I experience a new way to approach writing. Above all, nothing feels more fulfilling to me than showing writers the potential they didn’t think they had.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

The hardest step for me is setting up the “right” mood for writing. Oftentimes I get so overwhelmed by what I need to write about that I find myself stuck on the first sentence for hours with no progress. After finally finding a good environment (and it might be different each time) the actual writing becomes much more enjoyable.

What advice do you have for writers?

While it is important to keep in mind the expectations and guidelines a professor sets for an assignment, never forget that this is YOUR essay! It is your chance to explore a topic that interests YOU. Even if the topic of choice is limited by the professor, you should never feel restrained in your writing, especially in the process. If outlines don’t work for you, try free-writing. If those don’t work then try something different like writing as many ideas on sticky-notes as you can in 1 minute to brainstorm! The writing process can be just as exciting as the product.