Writing Assistance Center for Students

Shannon Maher, Contributing Writer

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Writing is a process that can be very frustrating and difficult for many students. Writing often involves late nights, tired eyes, and a struggle to form ideas. The Writing Assistance Center is located in the BHSU library and strives to assist students with all of their academic writing needs and concerns.
The Writing Assistance Center welcomes students of all academic levels – from freshmen to seniors. They help with choosing a topic, developing a thesis statement, organizing ideas, drafting and helping with resumes and application letters.
A small table located right outside of the center allows students to sign up for a session at a time and day that fits best into their schedule so they can meet one-on-one with a writing consultant. Students don’t necessarily need an appointment as the writing assistance center is a place for students to come in and work on papers at any time.

 

Cabinets with handouts showing examples of thesis statements, different formats, organization strategies and how to properly cite sources is conveniently located along the wall for students to access. There are multiple tables for a secure workplace, along with a book shelf filled with sources for all grammar, writing and research questions.It is not an uncommon sight to see students busily typing away, brainstorming on a paper, or talking aloud with consultants about how to organize their papers.
As of March 3, the writing assistance center held 186 sessions for the spring semester so far. The writing consultants do not just offer services in the library, but they have consultants located periodically in the Center for American Indian Studies, Thomas Hall, Heidepriem, Wenona Cook, and the Veteran’s Center in the Student Union.

 

Consultants also come into classes to host drafting, thesis, and other workshops.
Hayle Delger, a sophomore majoring in exercise science, has experienced the Writing Assistance Center both in and out of the library after she came in for a session and had a workshop in one of her classes.
“They were very helpful and if they don’t have the answer they will point you in the right direction,” Delger said.
The writing consultants strive to provide helpful and insightful sessions to not only help with an assignment but to help develop stronger writers. Krystal Wiederrich, a senior graduating in May with a degree in English and a minor in music, has been working at the Writing Assistance Center for two semesters. Ready to help students, she sits at a table with scrap paper, a pocket-reference book, and a bin full of freshly sharpened pencils.
“The most enjoyable session is one when a person doesn’t want to come in or is reluctant and we click during the session. We are both working to make the same paper the best we can,” Wiederrich said.
The Writing Assistance Center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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