When I first became aware of the writing center, I was instantly intimidated by the intellect and astute aura that enveloped the calm, laid back atmosphere. A beautiful, blue mural that depicted a face was painted on the wall furthest from me. This angelic-like face overlooked 10 computers and a socratic style table that emerged in the center of the room. Then I noticed the bright warm welcoming faces, which at the time only hyperbolized my initial intimidation. I sat down at the table awaiting aid for my final seventh grade English paper.
Writing has always been a vulnerable process for me.
The Episcopal writing center offers a variety of unique aspects that commonly go overlooked within our community. For me it is a safe haven. A place where I can escape from the grueling 8 hour school day. I can comfortably lay back on the navy couch and enjoy a nice warm cup of tea while chatting amongst other writing fellows that also seek the writing center’s refuge. For others, the writing center offers a chance for peers to help peers be better writers, to trade tips and tricks and help our writing community grow stronger. I comically look back now at my first writing center experience and marvel at my skittishness in the place that I now find so calming. I guess I thought that all of the people who are a part of the writing center were these big shot writers who were adept in the faculty of writing. But now I look at myself as a person who is a part of the writing center and know that I am far from obtaining expertise in this dexterous skill. I learn things from my clients just like they learn things from me. Writing fellows are here to help make your writing experience better and encourage writing as more of a hobby than a task. I hope more students will choose to seek out the writing center, whether it is to receive help on a paper or to lay back on that couch that gets exceedingly more comfy while enjoying tea or coffee. It has transformed me from that shy, skittish girl mentioned earlier to an outgoing, friendlier person. I hope other people find as much admiration for that place as I do.
Kaylin Chauvin is a senior at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge and will be attending the Honors College at Louisiana State University this coming fall semester, where she hopes to obtain a biology degree and eventually obtain her psychiatric license. She is a writing fellow and the editor of the school's magazine, Troubadour. Along with enjoying the writing community that Episcopal has to offer, she is a participant in the thesis honors program, musical theater, and Dungeons and Dragons club.