Maya is a senior Nemerov Scholar from New York City, studying literature, writing, and psychology. On campus she can be found leading Outing Club trips, DJing her KWUR show, or doing research for the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities department. She loves riding her bike, making Spotify playlists, and people watching. She hates doing laundry, eating breakfast too early in the morning, and forgetting to bring reusable bags to the grocery store.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
I’ve been participating in creative writing workshops since second grade, so collaborative writing environments have always felt very natural and enjoyable for me. I love the teamwork and reciprocity that come with peer editing, and I often feel like I learn just as much as the student I’m working with!
What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
I love meeting new people and getting to know strangers in any setting, but learning about someone via their writing is an especially cool experience. Even if the piece is purely academic it’s eye opening to hear about other people’s interests and fields of study, see their unique writing styles, and witness the different kinds of relationships people have with words and with language.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
I think lack of motivation and imposter syndrome often come together and make it hard for me to follow through with drafts and revisions. It’s hard sometimes to convince myself that my thoughts and writing are worth putting prolonged effort into, especially once they’ve been graded.
What advice do you have for writers?
When it comes to editing I find that reading things out loud always allows me to “zoom out” a little bit and process things better. It also helps me catch small mistakes, because you’ll register something that’s grammatically incorrect much more easily when you have to say it and hear it out loud. And if you’re having writers block I recommend keeping your notebook next to the shower, or taking it with you on a walk.