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!
University of Alabama
Though Sarah Collier is a bright, bubbly upperclassman, one of her priorities as a Writing Fellow was to make sure the student client was comfortable. She always remembered to sympathize with the student, as some students approached the appointments in fear. She viewed herself not as an intimidating upperclassman, ready to tear apart a student’s writing, but as someone learning to better her writing, too. Acting as a true tutor in her sessions, she aspired to aid and guide students to their own success. She helped enlighten each student about their strengths and weaknesses, so they could not only improve their pieces at the time but also improve as writers. This way, each student of Sarah’s walked away with tips and strategies that they could use in the future.
Being a fellow in the Writing Center positively changed Sarah’s perception of writing. With assignments, writers are restricted in the ways that they are able to demonstrate their thoughts. She bettered her own writing through tutoring, in which she viewed the ways that other students uniquely approached assignments. She learned how to write using her own style, which was influenced by those around her. Her favorite type of writing to tutor was creative writing, as she could see what her peers were passionate about; creative writing is not only original but is a perfect exhibition of joyful expression. Sarah, we appreciate all you have done for the growth of the Writing Center and fellow students!
- By Grace Moraes
Fordham University Honors Program
Major: Journalism/ minor: Spanish
Going to the Writing Center as a freshman is a daunting task for most, but through positive role models and friendly tutors, the Writing Center offers a safe space to all. Hayley Gregoire offered ample friendliness and comfort to all who entered. Hayley loves to involve and aid everyone, whether it be an anxious freshman or an inexperienced sophomore Writing Fellow. She worked hard to give Episcopal’s Writing Center its “cozy and homey” feel. She made new fellows like me comfortable with upperclassmen in this space, which is a rare thing to find on any high school campus. Hayley excelled at helping students who were less confident in their writing abilities. She tackled all papers with a realistic view, teaching that at the basis of every effective DBQ or literary analysis is an organized argument that needed to be outlined into a logical structure. As a tutor and peer, she reached into the students to draw out the points and arguments they wanted to make and taught them how to get their ideas out on paper. Hayley trusted her instincts and, in turn, both became a better writer and cultivated better writers and students.
One of the biggest compliments I have ever received from a teacher was when Ms. Howell compared me to Hayley. I was unsure if I wanted to do Thesis, so Ms. Howell told me to talk to Hayley about it because we were similar students. Before talking to her, I was worried -- she was a senior, and I was a sophomore -- but she was so nice and friendly, just like she is to every student she tutors.
- By Catherine Barney
University of Alabama Honors College
Major: Chemical Engineering and Music Double Major
My first impression of Laura turned out to be accurate: she is a hardworking student who often takes the initiative to help others. Her amiable and outgoing disposition makes it easy to communicate with her, and these qualities make her an outstanding Writing Fellow. Laura has always enjoyed writing and helping others. She particularly enjoys tutoring creative writing as she loves to see how students make use of their creativity and form their ideas into words. Though her tutees may come to a writing session uncertain about their writing, Laura’s approachable demeanor and encouraging tone allow them to leave the Writing Center feeling more confident as writers. In addition to being understanding and compassionate, Laura believes that it is necessary for Writing Fellows to help students feel more self-assured about their writing capabilities.
Although some tutees visit the Writing Center only because they are required to, Laura views all sessions as opportunities to improve on her teaching methods and strives to give the tutees “new perspectives on what writing is and how it should be approached.” Laura, we recognize the efforts you have put in to boost the confidence of many tutees who visit the Writing Center. Your belief that “it is one thing to be able to write yourself, but something more to be qualified to help others write” is demonstrated in your willingness to aid students and change how they perceive writing. Your jovial character and aim to help students discover their writing potentials have made the Writing Center much more enjoyable for both tutees and Writing Fellows.
- By Joy Lee