Mary is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in biochemistry and minoring in Spanish. Hailing from Massachusetts, Mary hopes to continue to medical school after graduation and then pursue a career in medicine. On campus, Mary also works as a mentor at the Cornerstone Writing Help Desk, is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-health honor society and volunteers with Campus Y at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Mary loves to travel, and in her spare time she enjoys running, cooking and hanging out with friends.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
Through working at the writing center in my high school, I discovered how much I enjoyed helping others with their writing. When I heard about the peer tutor positions at The Writing Center, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to continue helping others develop their writing, while at the same time improving my own.
What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
The Writing Center attracts a wide variety of writers, each with something different to bring to the session. I enjoy working with students who are passionate about their ideas, whatever those may be. I find it very rewarding to help students express their own thoughts and ideas through the piece of writing they are working on.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
The hardest part about writing for me is definitely getting started. Sitting down with an assignment the first time is always daunting, but I find that once I get going, the ideas come much more easily. I try to remind myself of that and remember that just getting ideas down in the beginning is helpful and important, even if they are not polished.
What advice do you have for writers?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Whether that means talking to a friend, your professor, or making an appointment at The Writing Center, often times talking with someone else can help you develop your ideas. With that in mind, make sure to plan ahead so you have the time to revise and get help if you need it.