Michael is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in computer science and writing hailing from Racine, Wisconsin. He is currently president of WUCypher (WashU’s breakdancing dance group), co-president of the Asian Multicultural Council, and is involved with the Asian Music Association and Datamatch! His desire to help people with their writing is only rivaled by the embarrassing amount of Star Wars lore he knows in the back of his head. When he runs into some free time, he loves to have dance sessions with his friends and ponder whether or not he really needs that half-and-half.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
A deep respect and admiration for those who encourage writers to persevere brought me to apply as a peer tutor! I’ve been helped countless times by instructors and peers alike who helped me with my writing and since then I have found few greater pleasures in writing than helping another person successfully put their ideas onto paper.
What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
I enjoy working with writers to help give them confidence in themselves and direction in their writing! My goal is to make the writer feel more assured that they can really put their best foot forward in their writing, and seeing how they think through their own unique writing processes is really inspiring!
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Regardless of what I’m writing, I usually go over the word limit. Even after trimming, I have difficulty condensing my points or storylines down to more clear and concise sentences.
What advice do you have for writers?
For those that have difficulty starting any piece, remember that you don’t have to begin at the beginning! I’ve found that introductory paragraphs fall into place quickly when you first detail the main points you want to address so don’t wait to type those points down! There are plenty of ways to do this, ranging from just writing down all the points onto the page (freewriting, pretty much) to creating detailed outlines of your points. Use those to tease out a thesis, or a general theme throughout your piece. Try out different strategies and see what suits you best; if you still can’t get the grip of it, feel free to come see us at The Writing Center!