To be or not to be? That is a serious question for a crustacean. Is it better to lounge in the sea for days on end, evading predators from above and below, or would it be better to seek out a noble demise? This question has plagued me of late and the choices are definitive and difficult, to say the least. On one claw, I could ascribe to the similar tactics of my neighbor, Hermit, he lives a solitary life, but one he seems most pleased with. Were I to ponder an alternate path, it may be prudent to join the less adept, the ones who are ensconced in the traverses that speed them to the surface, where they will entices palates and grace tables. But alas, this query is all for not! I am merely a sheaf of paper, festooned in blazing rouge, a mere element or adornment added to this glorious display. Yet, am I detecting notes of iconery?! My stars and garters! I shant hang my head, nor bemoan my fate, for I am The Lobster. The WC Lobster!
Written By Sarah Keyser-Brown
Basic Info: Senior, Undergrad; Major: English with a Specialization in Writing; Number of Years Tutoring: This is my second semester
What do you love most about tutoring? What inspires you about working with students in the UM-Flint community?
I love collaborating with students on their ideas through conversation to where they finally figure out that one idea that seems perfect to include in their paper. I'm honored to work with the students who are eager to pursue their education and do so here at UM-Flint.
What advice would you give Freshman students?
Stay organized. Choose your classes carefully. Make time for yourself to relax at least once a week. And get your sleep. Keep your life in balance or it'll fall apart.
What did The M.E.W. Writing center offer you to help you be successful in your education?
A chance to work with students and give back to the community, to become a better listener and learn from people I otherwise may have never met.
Why is writing a valuable skill to develop?
Writing is a conversation on paper. And conversations are an invaluable form of communication. It doesn't matter where you are using it in your life-- it could be a cover letter, a report, an email/letter to a loved one, or a list of ideas for a project-- if you don't develop your writing skills, you could be letting all sorts of thought gems slip through your fingers that you could otherwise polish, refine and let shine.
Paige Elizabeth Anderson-Knott
I love to read, and read just about anything (I even read the back of cereal boxes and mayo jars). Mostly I find myself gravitating to non-fiction because I love knowledge and I am always wanting to work on myself and my goals. I am a “when I have time” writer who is aspiring to be an “I schedule time for my writing” writer. I like to write everything from mainstream fiction, sci-fi, to creative non-fiction, and informational. Currently, I am working on a project about pregnancy, birth and becoming a mom. This is a pretty new experience for me. I had my wonderful daughter, Tempest last November and am due in June 2014 with baby #2; my husband and I couldn't be happier.
As for my more professional life, I just started my Master’s program in English. I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with my Master’s degree yet, but my main goal in obtaining my degree is strictly for the love of knowledge; a trait I hope will assist me in teaching my children as well. I received my Bachelors from University of Michigan Flint and am so happy to have such a wonderful master’s program at the school I love. I have worked in the writing center since 2010. I absolutely love it and if I could do it forever I would be in heaven.
Howdy ho, Dudarinos! My name is Zach! I’m the white rabbit of the writing center, but not for long because I just got this totally awesome pink plastic Hello Kitty® digital watch (Holllaaaaaa!). I have a hard time figuring out the time on those old fashioned clocks, the big hand and little hand is so confusing! I spent an extra year in kindergarten trying to learn the meaning of all those numbers and lines on the face of a clock. Now, I’ll no longer be perpetually late because I finally learned how to tell time thanks to my delightfully adorable digital watch. My newfound knowledge of telling time has helped me be successful in the WC and at my other job. Please forgive me if some days I smell like bacon, but it is worth smelling like delicious breakfast meat because I am a killer, short order fry cook. I am THE MAN with a spatula in my hand. When I’m not posting inspirational memes on Facebook, sharing YouTube videos of my sick dance moves, or trolling Axe Body Spray® chat rooms to meet fine homies on the mighty interwebs, I like to write poetry about fluffy bunnies, cuddly mice, and sweet little kittens. I love to giggle! Who doesn’t?! My reading list is extensive. Right now, I’m in the middle of the Nancy Drew series. I totes adore her! If only I could be a smart and savvy detective like her someday. Soon, I hope to finish my degree at UM-Flint so I may one day open my own detective agency.
Bobbi Coates has been tutoring writers since 2008, when she got her start in the writing center at Mott Community College. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012, majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology, and is currently attending Wayne State University Law School. Bobbi enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines. Her specialties are MLA, APA, and Harvard Bluebook citation formats. She also tutors speeches and presentations!
I am a wife and mother of two children, ages 20 and 17. I love writing, hiking, backpacking, photography, and the outdoors. I have a 26 pound Pomeranian named Pudge, who can spell. He hears t-r-e-a-t, and it's all over. I started my undergraduate degree in English with a specialization in writing and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies back in 1999. I did not come to the university confident in my writing skills. However, I discovered two critical things: first, my writing skills were not all that different from most of my classmates, and second, grammar is a skill, not a talent. I will be forever grateful to the professor who told me that.
I became a writing tutor in 2002, and have been tutoring both in and outside of the university ever since. I always wanted to be a writer, but after seeing how transforming being a writing tutor could be, I also decided I wanted to be a writing instructor. Over the years, I have written for newspapers, magazines, and websites, but my dream of teaching came true this summer when I finished my M.A. in English with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric. I am now a writing instructor for Education and Human Services. I still tutor in the writing center, (it’s a hard to give up a place that feels like home), but I am thrilled with the new opportunities to teach writing in the classroom. Yet, I will never forget the Writing Center. There, I found a welcoming community of writers, friends, and colleagues that gave me the support I needed to reach all of my goals. I hope you will stop in and see us!
I love being a tutor at the writing center! It's an amazing experience and I am so incredibly grateful for it. Seeing as I aspire to be a professor of literature and linguistics one day, I feel like this is a great experience to be the best professor I can be. Speaking of my future goals, I'm finishing my undergraduate degree in English with a specialization in Linguistics. I'm also getting a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. I love working with writers and having conversations about their work, you'd be amaze how much you can learn from someone in thirty minutes...or less!
I also make bad jokes, so bear with me. :)
In days past when lawlessness ruled the M.E.W. Writing Center, people yearned for an end to the chaos…
Just as all hope seemed lost, the tutors’ cries were answered when a man descended from the mesa. Mounted on a tall, white stallion he came riding from out of the west with the sun at his back. He stood tall and straight in the saddle.
Here was a man to be reckoned with. Other men were in awe. Women gasped, clutched their hankies and fanned themselves as he and his trusted steed slowly cantered down Main Street. “There’s a new sheriff in town, “someone exclaimed.
A stoic, mysterious man, the new sheriff moved and dressed differently than others; with a quiet confidence and power that was immediately noticeable. He was dangerous, yet the safest man to have around because it was clear he could handle himself on both an intellectual and physical level. Once he formed a friendly tie with someone he was the kind of man that remains loyal forever.
A year has passed since that fateful day. Peace and tranquility are plentiful as law and order rule at the writing center. Tutors and students enjoy an atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration. Times are good and blessings plentiful as this quiet stranger keeps watch over the citizens. Many folks have adopted and chosen to live by his unofficial creed:
- To have a friend, a man must be one.
- All people are created equal.
- Everyone has within himself the power to make the world better.
- Be prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight for what is right.
- Sooner or later we must settle with the world and make payment for that which we have taken.
- All things change but truth. Truth alone lives on forever
As everyday life proceeds smoothly and peacefully at the writing center, the sheriff, always striving to be a better man, pursues an M.A in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan – Flint, concentrating on creative writing projects.
You may not see him in the writing center every day, but he’s always around, in the background, and, if trouble brews and outlaws attempt to overrun the town, he and his trusted steed will be there in a flash to restore order and hope to the law abiding students and tutors at the Marion E. Wright Writing Center
I love working with students during English 109 and English 110 class, as well as tutoring appointments, because I love assisting writers at various stages in their writing processes. I feel that our writing center provides a reciprocal learning environment-while I try to assist students in improving their writing, I always learn something new from the students I have the pleasure of working with.
I would advise students to manage their stress levels when trying to meet the demands of college by being proactive in tackling assignments, and to divide larger projects (such as writing papers) into smaller pieces or steps to make them less overwhelming and more manageable.
Writing is an important skill needed for success in all majors and disciplines, and employers in today's job market are looking for candidates who are able to think critically and write concisely. No matter what you decide to major in, writing is an important skill set in any and all disciplines.
I earned an M.A. in English Language and Literature as well as an M.A. in Literacy K-12 at the University of Michigan – Flint and have been a tutor at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center (MEW) for almost 2 years. Education and UM-Flint are a tradition in my family, with my mother, father, son, daughter-in-law and soon my husband all being graduates. The mainstays of education, writing, reading and speaking, are all valuable skills that should never be done in isolation, and the MEW is the optimum venue for writers of all skill levels and interests to seek input from others. I find our writing center to be the perfect place to collaborate, learning with and from each and every writer that graces its doorway. I enjoy the variety, inspiration, and camaraderie I am privileged to experience every minute I spend there. In my spare moments I enjoy reading, creative writing, gardening, crafting and especially baking tasty treats for my home and writing center families. I hope to see you around the center soon!
Being a writing tutor has enriched my graduate studies in English in many ways. I have learned the value in collaborative writing, the importance of having a reader who can give you a fresh perspective, and exposure to diverse topics and writers. I get the privilege of reading students' papers, and have learned so much about the world through their eyes. Everyone can benefit from getting feedback from a reader, regardless of their writing abilities, and that is the biggest thing I have learned from working in the Writing Center.
I strongly encourage Freshmen to take advantage of all the resources available to them at UM-Flint. Students should not be discouraged by experiences in high school and earlier education, because everyone has the capability of improving their writing skills. Writing is a form of communication students will use throughout their academic careers.
This is my second semester being a writer tutor, and I plan to keep tutoring as long as the writing center directors will keep me!
Abbie Gale Lemmon
This morning, roused from a comatose state—brought on by a late night of academic reading—I awaken to the impatient screeching of my alarm clock. Suddenly, I realized I pushed the snooze button, one too many times. As consciousness kicked in, and my cursing subsided, I ran around my apartment like a jack rabbit on speed—as if my frantic bumbling would create a time warp to slow down time. The reality of potential tardiness was looming, so I skipped a morning shower to make time for coffee. In my haste, I dropped the container holding my heavenly, caffeinated bean juice. The haphazard fumble blanketed my kitchen floor in a brown, gritty, snowstorm of freshly ground coffee. Unshowered, uncaffinated, and cursing the world, I scampered out the door. . . . to find my car encased in an ice fortress. My car was protected by an imposing four foot wall of snow; all thanks to a mischievous, dementedly deranged, evil genius known as the #*%!@* snowplow truck driver. Armed with nothing but a corn husk broom, and a mildly simmering rage, I waged war upon the mountainous pile of snow blocking my car in the driveway. After an exasperating twenty minute battle against the early morning forces of evil, I finally claimed victory over the day—this is after pouring boiling water on the door frame of my car to release the frozen door. Finally, victory would be mine with the turn of the key in the ignition. . . .or so I thought. A turn of the key, no spark, no chugging engine, no hope but to begin banging my head on the steering wheel—as if beating the car and myself senseless would fix this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I retreated in defeat and considered buying a ticket to Australia. So, professor, that is why I missed class today.
Hi all, my name is Jennifer. I am a graduate student in the English Language and Literature program, and I’ve been working in the Writing Center since last January. Not only is tutoring here fun because you get to meet lots of people, but you constantly get to read new things and talk to people about their ideas. As a tutor, you never stop learning. The students I see come from a wide array of backgrounds, so I’m always exposed to a broad range of subjects and opinions. Things are always interesting around here – stop by! You’ll see. When I’m not at the Writing Center, I’m working as a research assistant for the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching, dancing in any of my Modern, Hip Hop, or Jazz classes, or hanging out at home with some hot chocolate and a good book.
Wendell is my name and tutoring in the PM is my game. I have been a writing tutor since January 2014, and I like working the night shift because it gives me an excuse to avoid writing profiles like these. When I am not working in the Center, I enjoy long walks on the beach and romantic comedies. Some of my favorites are Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, and Moonstruck. But truth be told, I really don’t like the moon. It’s too mercurial. Anyway. My favorite movie of all time is My Big Fat Greek Wedding, mostly because of the food. I also love unique shoes, so my favorite TV show is Sex and the City. And, yes, Carrie Bradshaw does look better with short hair. So, if you come in for an appointment with me, feel free to quiz me with Sex and the City trivia. I own all of the seasons. Try to stump me. I dare you.