Kate is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in political science with minors in French and writing. She is from Wakefield, Rhode Island. On campus, she is on the executive board for the Women’s Panhellenic Association as the Vice President of Standards and Policy, and on the executive board for All Student Theatre (WUSTL’s largest student theatre group). She is also involved in Kappa Delta sorority and is a writing peer mentor at Cornerstone. Kate is unsure what the future holds for her. She entertains the ideas of pursuing a career in broadcast journalism, law or criminology.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
I saw the application online over the winter break of my freshman year, and I thought about how much I had enjoyed tutoring Congolese refugees in English through a program at my high school. I have always enjoyed writing, particularly fiction, though I have a great appreciation for beautifully articulated arguments, and thought that working for The Writing Center would be a great way to get more involved at Wash U.
What do you like most about working with writers in The Writing Center?
I really love learning from the writers with which I work. I am always reading papers about a variety of topics and taking in arguments that allow me to see through a different lens. I particularly like working with writers who are writing papers about topics that are completely unfamiliar to me.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
In fiction, I have the hardest time ending my pieces. I have lots of ideas milling about in my mind, but for some reason, I can’t ever bring myself to cut them off. In my analytical writing, I find it incredibly difficult to write when I don’t have an idea about which I am passionate. Developing a thesis, when I have no idea what direction to go in, is always a challenge.
What advice do you have for writers?
Write when you want to. I know it’s hard to wait to start writing until you are inspired in a world that is so driven by deadlines and so strapped for time, but I promise if you wait for inspiration, whatever you write will be so much better!