"Collecting Tutor Stories Project:" UW Bothell Writing Center Series
More stories may be posted in the future but let's begin with these four:
Challenging My Role as a Peer Writing Consultant
By Cora Thomas
As I was chatting with tutors about the busy day in the main area of the UW Bothell Writing and Communication Center I heard the door open. I instinctively turned and walked down the hall decorated with staff biographies and quotes of famous writers. At the door I greeted a young student and a professor from my graduate program. With a wide smile I said, “Hi, how can I help you?” I turned to the professor and said, “It’s great to see you.” The professor smiled back at me with raised eye brows, surprised to see me. She said, “Cora, one of my students is unfamiliar with the Writing Center and needs help getting started on an assignment in my class. Can you show her around?” Before I could answer she turned to the student and said, “This is Cora, my dear friend, and she would be more than happy to help.” With raised eyebrows myself at the kind comment ‘dear friend’ I said, “Yes, it’s nice to meet you.” I offered my hand for an introduction, the student shook it unenthused. “Of course I can help you make an appointment and explain what we do here in the Writing Center.” The professor smiled at the student reassuringly and then turned to me, “Goodbye it’s good to see you, Cora.” “Goodbye,” I replied.
MA Cultural Studies Candidate, UW Bothell
Of course it was okay. It had to be absolutely, positively okay. As a tutor, I was to ensure she was as comfortable as possible. And despite my aversion to reading aloud, her assignment actually intrigued me.
“Yes, that’s fine!” I responded, fumbling with a pen I had planned on handing her but awkwardly left dangling in the air between us after realizing she had a dozen lined up and ready to go.
MFA Creative Writing Candidate, UW Bothell