Lauren is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences double majoring in PNP and Germanic Languages & Literature. On campus, Lauren is a member of the WUURD Peer review board, Wash U’s philosophy club, and ResLife’s Conflict Resolution Facilitators. In her free time, Lauren enjoys dancing, painting, and writing poetry.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
The process of extracting the right word or expression into speech or writing is challenging but rewarding. I came to The Writing Center so that I could participate in that process with my peers.
What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
I love the collaborative atmosphere of The Writing Center. I believe insights spring from productive collaboration with open-minded peers, and The Writing Center provides just an environment! Because students from all schools come to The Writing Center, I learn about subjects in which I otherwise would not know. I also appreciate how I always learn something new in The Writing Center, whether I’m filling the role of the tutor or the tutee.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Concision and clarity have been my weak spots in writing for quite some time. Upon reflection, I believe this stems from a fear of being understood and consequently judged for my ideas. Identifying a safe audience with which I feel comfortable sharing my more eccentric ideas has helped me quite a bit.
What advice do you have for writers?
Share your writing! Although it can be tough, sharing my work has improved my tone of voice and my ability to connect with readers. Writing’s primary purpose is to communicate an idea to the reader. The only way to know if your work accomplishes this goal is by sharing it with your readers, collaborating on ideas, and receiving constructive feedback.