Debby Ellis Writing Center
Hi! My name is Jules and I’m a junior philosophy major. I was a voracious reader and writer as a kid. I read anything I could get my hands on and filled countless notebooks with creative writing. In high school, I was obsessed with poets such as Charles Bukowski and Anne Sexton and wrote a lot of angsty poetry. Nowadays, most of the reading and writing I do is for school. Academic writing can be frustrating for me. I am the kind of person who spends a ridiculous amount of time on a single paragraph and overthinks everything I write. In moments when I feel stuck, being able to brainstorm and talk things out with a writing consultant or friend helps me tremendously. I hope that as a writing consultant I can offer this same assistance to my peers.
I was drawn to the writing center because I see it as a site of rebellion and innovation at an institution of higher learning. The writing center radically opposes the traditional belief that academic writing is a solitary activity oriented towards a final product. In the writing center, academic writing is instead experienced as an ongoing conversation and process of collaboration with peers and across disciplines. This approach seems more aligned with the ways we learn and write, never alone, but always in conversation with those around us and the disciplines that we contribute to.