Yanny is a junior from New York City majoring in English literature with minors in design and East Asian studies. On campus, Yanny writes for the WUSTL Admissions blog and tutors students at local schools in St. Louis. In her free time, Yanny can be found reading, visiting art museums, and hanging out with friends.
What brought you to The Writing Center?
I’ve always been the go-to person that my friends would come to for help on their papers and I loved working with them on their writing, so it felt like a natural extension to become a peer tutor.
What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?
I love the variety of ideas that I encounter in students’ writing. I’m always bemoaning the fact that there simply is not enough time for me to take all the interesting classes that WashU offers, but since students from many different academic backgrounds come to The Writing Center, I feel like I learn something new or thought-provoking from every session.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Finding enough time to dedicate to the whole process of writing, from idea conception, brainstorming, and planning to drafting and revising. I’m no stranger to the panic of writing a paper at the last minute and feeling like it’s not my best work but not having enough time or energy to revise it. Writing conclusions or endings have also always been challenging for me.
What advice do you have for writers?
Read! Read often and read a wide range of genres. And if you have trouble starting, if a blank page document is your biggest enemy, free writing is your best friend. It helps to let go of the blocks and self-editing that you might be doing in your head before you’ve even had a chance to put words onto paper.