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. Look for additional Writing Center Fellow tributes in the next few weeks. Congratulations, senior fellows!
Major: Global Health
When I think of Sara Be, the first word that comes to mind is “leader.” She takes charge when no one else will and is a role model to many of the younger students around her. Sara strives to help everyone in any way she can, which is evident in the reason she became a Writing Fellow: “I saw it as an opportunity to help people with a strength I had.” Sara’s outstanding accomplishments do not stop at being a Writing Fellow; she is also the student body president and captain of the swim team.
Sara always has a smile on her face, making those around her feel welcome. Sara’s warm demeanor has also helped her to have nice interactions with students in the Writing Center with whom she typically would not converse. Her ability to “deliver information in an honest manner without it sounding negative” helped her to “make students feel comfortable enough to share.” Her love of tutoring literacy narratives shows Sara’s caring side because literacy narratives are “personal to the author.” Sara hopes that future Writing Fellows will “be confident in their abilities as writers and tutors, and have true confidence in the students they are tutoring.” Sara, your impact on the Writing Center will not be forgotten after your graduation. Your kindness and compassion will be an inspiration for future tutors. Your legacy to Episcopal will live on in every student you helped.
- By Emily Berg
Christine Grace Myer
Major: Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation
When students speak of Christine Myer, there are many positive ways they describe her: a talented contributor to the arts, an active member on campus in multiple ways, and a student embodying strength and determination - and that barely scratches the surface. She’s truly a well-rounded, positive member of the Episcopal community who doesn’t hesitate to take on new opportunities. As a valuable member of the Writing Center, she tries to “help students understand the big picture of an assignment and the purpose of their paper” as well as “simplify assignments so that the people I tutor know how to approach a paper.” She inspires other tutors to be confident and open with their students, and I, too, aim to embody this philosophy. Other Writing Fellows and I value her presence and appreciate her efforts in making the Writing Center as accepting and comfortable as it is today. She advises tutors and potential tutors to not “be shy in helping other students and [not] hold back during sessions, even if it feels uncomfortable at first. The people you tutor will find your feedback useful! If you are considering being a fellow, I say why not go for it! There’s no harm in adding it to your plate.” Thanks, Christine, for your contributions that have made the Writing Center as comfortable, accepting, and generally calming as it is now.
- By Ruby Friloux
Sydney Summerville became a Writing Fellow because she loves to write and English is one of her favorite subjects. Also, teaching students how to synthesize multiple ideas into beautiful, meaningful papers has always been something she considers fun and rewarding. Tutoring came naturally to her as her strengths include being patient, easy to talk to, and understanding. She also prides herself on having the rare ability to understand what someone is trying to say in a paper and then help them figure out how to make their ideas come alive. Sydney’s time in the Writing Center, though, was not all work and no play. She enjoyed laughing with her friends and fellow Writing Fellows. She views her time in the Writing Center with great fondness, believing it made her a better writer and opened her eyes to how the people around her are genuinely brilliant, saying, “People have such great ideas, and it has been really amazing to see what different perspectives students bring to the table.” She advises new Fellows to have patience. She stresses the importance of remembering that we, as Writing Fellows, have a gift for writing that may not come naturally to students that we tutor. “Having patience allows you to unearth what the writer is truly struggling with,” she says. She especially enjoyed having the opportunity to tutor her younger brother and her younger friends. She will miss her time at Episcopal and in the Writing Center community!
- By Addie LeBouef
Texas A&M University Engineering Honors
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Savannah York is a Fellow who truly loves to help students improve their writing. She realized how much she liked helping her classmates with their essays and decided to join the Writing Center in her junior year. Savannah's first appointment was unplanned. Nerves flowed through her body, but her composure and preparation took over once the student sat down. She specializes in tutoring critical writing. Throughout her two years as a Writing Fellow, her strength was helping students create flow, be concise, and improve clarity. Savannah believes that the key to being a great writing tutor is to always be attentive through taking notes! To start appointments, she encourages tutors to jot down areas the student wants to work on, and while the student reads his or her writing, take notes on the areas you, the tutor, would like to go over. "Being constructive and not overly-critical" is another key. "Tell the student what you like about the paper, then discuss the concerns and how the issues can be resolved," describes her process for constructive criticism. Savannah knows how to balance criticism and compliments, which is what made her such an excellent tutor.
The benefits of the Writing Center are not one-sided. Savannah has learned adaptability and patience. Savannah, all students, tutors, and I thank you for the passion and energy you brought to the Writing Center and to Episcopal. Many students struggle with critical writing, but with your expertise in this field, students have benefited tremendously and become better writers and thinkers.
- By Davis Eglin