The Episcopal Writing Center is a special place where Fellows form lifelong bonds. In keeping with tradition, this year’s underclassmen wrote Senior Tributes highlighting the graduating fellows and the impact they’ve had on the program. Congratulations, senior fellows!
While the only trace of her existence within the Writing Center during my brief time as a fellow was a husky-adorned mug that I often borrowed to drink my daily hot chocolate, her spirit and work tutoring students for the years preceding my entrance in the Center lives on. Joining the Writing Center as a sophomore, Maia felt that her work as a fellow would help her development as a writer as well as benefit others. Upon her inaugural meeting with a wide-eyed freshman (a hazing ritual for all new Fellows), Maia realized something: if she could reflect on every meeting for a few minutes, she could improve her skills as a tutor with every new The Book Thief research paper brought under her eyes. As her younger brother, I always revelled in her ability to take my “perfect” papers and make suggestions that probably earned me more points than I deserved. As a Writing Fellow, I try to model my words of advice and encouragement after the same ones she gave me—although I can never seem to exactly replicate her “Maia-ness” perfectly. When I applied and was eventually accepted as a Fellow, Maia gave me some of the best advice that I never knew I needed: “Respect your clients and always find something kind to say about their work— while nit-picking a kid’s work will help their rubric, your purpose is to make them love writing, not memorize grammar rules. Leave that to their teachers.”
- By Skyler Adams
Louisiana State University Ogden Honors College
Halle always wanted to help out in the Episcopal community. Due to her impeccable English skills and caring demeanor, she loved assisting others with their writing in classes. She loved to hear students talk about books they read, which led to her own love of reading. All of this prompted her to apply for the Writing Fellows program. She always felt happy after a writing session knowing she had helped someone else become a better writer. She made students feel welcome in the Writing Center and gave them a sense of comfort during sessions. Encouraging conversation between her and the student created a more friendly and fun environment. She especially enjoyed working with students’ literary analysis and formally structured essays.
The Writing Center has given her more responsibility that she has applied to other aspects of her life, such as being captain of the volleyball team. She has learned to sacrifice her time in order to help others achieve their goals as writers. She has fond memories of coming into the Writing Center and being able to get her work done in a comfortable and peaceful environment, especially during her junior year. Halle encourages people to be willing to help others, especially those who are considering becoming a Writing Fellow. Halle, we appreciate everything you have brought to the Writing Center: love and diligence to all of your sessions.
- By Molly Frances King
Major: Public Policy
With a warm personality and a friendly face from which to get help, Macie Sentino entered the Writing Center with a positive attitude and willingness to help students address problems efficiently and effectively. Of the types of writing she’s tutored, the freshman personal narrative is her favorite because working with narratives is a way to “[hear] different people’s stories and to help them tell those stories.” Macie loved getting to know the students she was helping and reminisce on past assignments that she had completed in her high school career. Since becoming a Writing Fellow, Macie feels that she has grown as a writer through her experiences with tutoring. She explains how “being able to look at so many different pieces of student writing that aren’t [my] own allows [me] to take a step back and examine what makes up a good piece of writing.” Macie’s favorite times in the Writing Center were spent bonding with her peers and enjoying the weather outside while completing her work. Macie always demonstrates kindness and empathy to her peers. Her advice to new tutors is, “Get to know your fellow writing fellows, especially those scheduled in your same block. You never know when you might need someone to take an appointment for you last minute, just get a little help during an appointment, or just someone to talk to when you finish your homework. Writing fellow friends rock!” The Writing Center will miss her down-to-earth nature and bright ideas. Macie, we know you are moving on to big and amazing things!
- By Sara Morgan