I write because I have to. This isn’t because I’m in school and I am assigned to. I write because it is the best way I know to express myself. I write because it is what I love to do. I write because it is my life.
Throughout the first few weeks of my involvement in the Writing Center, much of my attention has been devoted to familiarizing myself with UCWbL logistics and becoming comfortable within this wonderfully collaborative new work environment. After several work shifts, I finally started to feel completely at ease with all the procedures and felt like I had a grasp on everyone’s name. Yes, I was feeling like a regular UCWbL scholar with my tutor logs completed and all the “minimalism” term-dropping in regular conversation. Until one day tutor and Outreach team member Jen F. unexpectedly invited me to help her run the Banned Books Week table in the Student Center, and my perception of the Writing Center took an astronomical 180˚. (more…)
The ‘P’ word; that snarky, dismissive label; the term that is supposedly a compliment and yet…isn’t: perfectionist. It’s something that many are accused of being and all deny that they are until the inevitable self-acceptance.
Hello, my name is Miranda, and I am a perfectionist. (more…)
Why Do Societies Ban Books?: DePaul Panelists Offer Answers October 10, 2012
Last Thursday, October 4, in the Richardson Library, DePaul students, faculty, and the public were treated to a panel discussion on censorship, book banning, and free speech for Banned Books Week. Rene de los Santos from the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD) department; Heather Jagman, Coordinator of Library Instruction at the DePaul University Library; and Lauri Dietz, Director of the University Center for Writing-based Learning were on the panel to address attendees as well as answer any questions. (more…)
The 2012-2013 Peer Tutor & Mentor Summit was this past Friday, and as usual, it delivered on its promise: tutors and mentors from across DePaul’s programs had a chance to share their strategies, goals, career advice, and more. It was also a reminder of the vastness of DePaul’s offerings for its students: in attendance were mentors from Veteran’s Affairs, tutors from the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research (CMWR) and the International Student Experience Exchange, advisors from the Career Center, and many others. Indeed, the array of programs at DePaul is every bit as diverse as DePaul’s students themselves, and so also were the rewards that the summiteers took with them. (more…)
As tutors we can face all kinds of difficulties during appointments. These kinds of difficulties can vary from language barriers, to writers being resistent because they do not want to be there, to working with writers that have ADHD or a learning disability. Working with writers that struggle with these things can be a challenge and can easily end with the tutor feeling like they got nowhere during the appointment. There are, however, some strategies we can employ during appointments with writers with ADHD or learning disabilities that can cause the appointment to go more smoothly. (more…)