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Consulting, counseling, and editing

Hello! I am a consultant at Boise State’s writing center. I am still kind of new there, but I’ve done enough consultations to start to get the hang of things. I absolutely love it, too, for the record.
    I have started wondering about certain connections that the consulting I do in the Center have to work I might do after I graduate. I have always been interested in becoming a high school counselor, and it didn’t take me too long to notice that I have a natural inclination to approach a writing consultation in similar ways that I might approach a counseling session. I am interested in how a student feels that day, because things like that directly affect a session. I am often curious why a student wrote something in a certain way; I’m curious what might be going on in that student’s life that would influence their writing. All of these things strengthen my belief that someday, I might want to go to graduate school for counseling. Does anyone know of any good articles about this subject that I could read? Or does anyone have any relevant experience or know of anyone who has taken the consulting- counselor route?
    There’s another thing I have been curious about lately, though. I am wondering about the connections between the consultation we do in our writing centers and the jobs that editors do. It seems that the editor/writer relationship would be less interactive, but I suppose that depends on the editor. I am thinking that I would like a job as a magazine editor (or something) someday. But I wonder if I would be let down because it isn’t as interactive. Again, anything on this topic would be helpful, too.
    Thanks everyone!


  1. I just watched the movie "Proposal" last week. If being an editor is anything like that, I don't want anything to do with it.

  2. The new chick flick movie with Sandra Bullock? Haven't seen that one. Is that the one you're talking about?

  3. Yep. It's the one. My wife and mother forced me to watch it while I was in Colorado. It actually wasn't all that bad. Sandra Bullock doesn't look all that bad for being sixty something either. Hollywood is amazing.

  4. April-
    I had to chuckle a bit as I read your post. Frequently in the past I have been told I should be a counselor or psychiatrist. Oddly enough over the last few weeks, I have found myself doing less "editing" and more guidance and psycho-tutoring to teach students ways of improving their writing. This makes me wonder, how much of our work is psycho-analytical rather than just peer tutoring.


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