Rivka Zimm

  • Peer Tutor

Rivka is a senior from New Jersey majoring in Arabic with a minor in history. She loves languages, reading, and travel, and often tries to do two at once. At Washington University, Rivka works with the St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, is an active member of Chi Omega and Chabad, and gives campus tours. In her free time, Rivka can be found distracting friends in Whispers’ booths, milking her third coffee of the day, going on joyrides, or drawing on everything in sight.

What brought you to The Writing Center?

During my first semester of freshman year, when I was working on my first college-level paper, a very wise professor of mine directed me towards The Writing Center, and I haven’t stopped going since. I love talking through ideas with other people, and The Writing Center is the perfect place to do that, both as a tutor and a student.

What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?

My favorite part of working at The Writing Center is watching writers light up when they come to amazing new ideas during our sessions. I love getting into brainstorming flows with writers, helping them crack an idea or paper that they’ve spent a lot of time on, and witnessing their excitement and pride about their own ideas.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Persistence! I’m a mild perfectionist, and sometimes I will spend hours rewriting my outlines before even putting any sentences on the paper. The hardest part of writing for me is having faith that my paper will ultimately come together, even if I get off to a slow or difficult start.

What advice do you have for writers?

Just put words on the page! Though it’s cliche, writing is really all about rewriting, and any draft is better than none. Often, it takes writing a first draft to formulate your ideas, and the conclusion of your first draft can become the thesis of your second. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Working with other people is the number one way that I improve my ideas and my writing, and another set of eyes will often catch something that you missed.