The Writing Center seeks to help all students

By Megan Anzures
Torch Correspondent

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Students studying at the Writing Center. Photo by Megan Anzures

In the wake of consolidating the Roosevelt’s Auditorium, Wabash and Gage campuses, departments have seen changes, and student help centers are no exception.

The Writing Center, previously on the fourth floor, has been moved up to the tenth floor as a part of the Learning Commons near the library. According to the Roosevelt website, the Learning Commons is supposed to bring together learning support in various subjects.

History major, Johnny Saradia, and tutor for the Writing Center for about a year has actually noticed an increase in students coming in for help.

“It’s gotten to the point where we had to turn away a couple people,” Saradia said.

According to Saradia, this may be because the center is in a more open environment, instead of in a classroom off to the side. It is “front and center and more visible to most of the people that do frequent this area,” said Saradia, which may grab people’s attention.

Saradia said that it may be due to the fact that the center is short-staffed, but the problem is being taken care of. Peer tutors like English major, Nikos Chulos-Saarinen who started at the Writing Center because of a requirement for class, but has found that tutoring other students has benefitted his own work as well.

“I like to focus on the content of their essay,” Chulos-Saarinen said. He explained that  solely focusing on grammar can be a little “boring.”

Saradia said the Writing Center is meant to help all students for their papers, regardless of their majors. “We are here to help students better understand the process of writing, all the things associated with it, while at the same time building up their confidence within their writing abilities.”

Not only has the center gone through physical changes, but also through its online presence. Students can receive online tutoring which would be in the form of video chats “to make it more personal,” However, now online tutoring has been“relegated to a chat-box” only out of convenience purposes, Sarabia said.

The Writing Center regular and accounting major, Daniel Mula, started going to the center when it was on the fourth floor and gave his thoughts on the new, 10 floor placement.

Mula said that he prefers the center being on the fourth floor, because everything was in its own place.

“So if you needed writing help, you went to the writing place. If you needed math help, you went to the math place,” Mula said. Everything feels “jumbled together” and it can get crowded pretty quickly, he added.

Although it is hard to tell what floor is better for students to access, the Writing Center continues to help the students of Roosevelt figure out their literary voice. Then, when students are ready or want to express that voice, the center has flash fiction contests. The most recent one was a Halloween themed contest where students submitted original horror stories, but Sarabia said that they were thinking of expanding that to more holidays like Easter in the spring semester.

Any students struggling with writing, or who would like more information should contact the Writing Center and set up an appointment by either calling (312) 341-2206, or emailing to set up an appointment. Students can also go into the Writing Center for a walk-in appointment in Auditorium Building, space 1036.

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