Writing Centers and…the Federal Reserve?

The work of Writing Centers reaches far beyond the walls of academic institutions.


Check out how the incorporation of a Writing Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia led to the improvement of written reports and documents in this article!


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Deck the Halls with Writing Center Love and Bonding

Here at the Writing Center, we hold the firm belief that we’re a big family. And what else do families do besides share laughs in the break room, take each other’s sessions, and surprise each other with cupcakes every now and then? Play Minefield, watch cheesy old holiday movies, and decorate the Christmas tree! 







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Love for the Writing Center…

I started working at the writing center at the same time as I became an RA. Though the environments are very different, the call for constant personal interactions is a big aspect of both jobs. The skills and ability to form these connections, through various mechanisms of communication later came in handy during my service trip in Panama. Speaking very little Spanish, a lot of how I communicated was through techniques learned in the Writing Center.

A constantly busy person, I found that the WC quickly became a place of comfort and peace. The studious yet welcoming atmosphere allowed me to work with other students in ways that I felt were extremely beneficial. Through this daily work, academic atmosphere and support from my directors, I was able to focus my interests, leading to the award of a research grant in composition and rhetoric. The Writing Center has been central to my growth at St. John’s and I’m lucky enough to have two years left to continue working in the space.




–Mikayla Torres

Writing Consultant


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Summer Reads

One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.

Jeanette Walls 

The Glass Castle


Just a few Writing Center Summer Reading Suggestions:

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

The New Testament by Jericho Brown

The Dreaming Jewels by Theodore Sturgeon

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling








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Quote of the Day

“Without music, life would be a mistake!”

Friedrich Nietzsche


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I’m Obsessed with Music…



For those who know me well, they know that I am obsessed with music.

I’m really into listening to music as well as playing music, and going to concerts is an activity I wholeheartedly enjoy. Back in the day, when I was less bogged down with schoolwork and real-life responsibilities, I was always looking around for new music and I was always exploring different genres. Unfortunately, now I don’t have the time to do that. The last band that I found through my explorations two years ago, The 1975, is easily one of the greatest musical blessings to me. They recently released their sophomore album, titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, which is easily one of the most brilliant albums I have ever heard in my whole entire life.

To start out, for those of you who are unfamiliar with their genius, they’re a British alternative band (and they’re literally the best). They released their self-titled album in 2013 after a series of EPs, and it was also pretty great – it’s what sold me on them in the first place.

This new album is amazing, and they took a lot of elements from the 80s – there’s a lot of saxophones and a lot of synth involved. The highlights on the album are easily “She’s American,” which makes me feel like I was put into a cannon projected into outer space to float around with the stars, “The Sound,” which is one of the album’s singles and is one of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard in addition to being one of the most lyrically developed songs I’ve ever come across, and “If I Believe in You,” which is a soulful song about the vocalist’s struggle with religion and his atheism.

The album also has a few instrumental tracks. I thought that “Please Be Naked,” one of the instrumental songs, would be something frustrated and edgy, but it actually gives me a nostalgic feeling and is really slow and beautiful, with the track being dominated by the piano.

Personally, my favorite tracks are the last three on the album – and there are seventeen tracks, so it’s very hard to pick which ones I like the best. “Paris” is also very lyrically deep, and I’m obsessed. One of the reasons I’m so into this band is because the lyrics to each song are very developed and somewhat out of the ordinary. “Nana” is a beautiful tribute to the vocalist’s deceased grandmother, and it makes my heart swell and my eyes fill up with tears. The last song, “She Lays Down,” is a stripped-down acoustic song about cocaine addiction, and it’s very out of the ordinary for the 1975 to have something so raw like that.

I would highly recommend this band to anyone – and I do it all the time because I cannot stop talking about it. The first time I heard it was when I got the automatic download from iTunes on my phone, and I laid in my bed in the dark and listened to the whole thing from start to finish and felt like I was having an out-of-body experience because it was THAT GOOD. I’m obsessed.

For anyone in the area, they’ll be at Barclays Center in May! I will 100% be there – I already have tickets – and I’m prepared for it to be one of the best shows of my life. Now drop everything you’re doing and go listen to it now.


-Kaylee N.

Writing Consultant

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Every day is a learning experience for consultants… no one is an Island!

I believe that when a lot of people hear about the writing center, they think of a class and feel that it’s going to be an uptight environment with people who “know it all” taking command over their clients’ paper.

I know this because during my first session as a client, I didn’t know what to expect of what I believed could be a teaching about writing.

This is the opposite of what it feels like in the Center, and there are cases in which clients walk out of their first session having to change their mindset.

The center is a relaxing and friendly environment where student consultants are willing to serve as guides in improving each client’s writing skills. We are here not to serve as teachers, but as peers who can relate to what it feels like to be in your position. Don’t think of the writing center as a continuation of class, but as a comfortable place to converse and work along with students who are proficient at writing.



-Seun O.

Writing Consultant

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