• Annie Marks

Departing Words From Our Seniors | Part One




Hello again! It’s Annie, checking in with you in the middle of finals week. For many of us, this week is difficult! We’re spending countless hours pouring over our books and notes, hoping to finish the semester strong. I wanted to offer a chance for you to take a well-deserved break during this challenging week by hearing from our beloved tutors who are graduating in May. I reached out to these tutors to hear advice they would like to pass onto other students and their favorite aspect of the Writing Center. I’ll feature the answers of 6 of our graduating seniors this week and the answers of the remaining 7 next week.



Ke’Londa Magee is an English Writing major and History minor. After she graduates in May, she plans to focus more on her art and online shops.


What advice would you like to pass onto other students?

Branch out! There's so much to experience; don't be afraid to look outside of your comfort zone.


What has been your favorite part of working in the Writing Center?

Definitely the tutors. No matter where or when I was working, I always enjoyed my time with everyone!



Rachel Faulk is majoring in English Writing and minoring in Spanish & TESOL. After she graduates, she plans to get a job in content marketing, where she will be able to use her writing skills to create online content for businesses. She also hopes to one day publish a few novels.


What advice would you like to pass onto other students?

Learn to manage your time effectively, particularly when it comes to writing assignments. Don’t leave them for the last minute!


What has been your favorite part of working in the Writing Center?

One of my favorite parts of working in the Writing Center has been the opportunity to get to know and work with people I probably would never have met otherwise, both tutors and other students.





Kathleen Hill is an English Writing major and Sociology minor. Kathleen plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Anthropology.


What advice would you like to pass onto other students?

Enjoy your time here and try to limit procrastination as best as you can.


What has been your favorite part of working in the Writing Center?

My favorite part of working at the WC has been all the people I've gotten to meet!



Matthew Drew is majoring in History and English Writing. After graduating, Matthew will attend the University of South Carolina in fall 2022 and pursue a PhD in Latin American history, focusing on race and slavery in the Spanish Caribbean during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.


What advice would you like to pass onto other students?

Find your own process, and be kind to yourself. Experiment and discover what places, times, and conditions work best for you. Your best writing is simply your writing. Don't feel pressured to work in the crowded commons or busy Cups just because other people work there. Carve out your own space for writing. I write best from 12 to 2 AM in my dorm room, with my desk lamp on and my music playing. So find your own process, and don't place too much pressure on yourself.


What has been your favorite part of working in the Writing Center?

My favorite memories of the Writing Center always include meeting and forming new relationships with my colleagues and other writers.



Kiara Vance is majoring in Biology (Pre-Med) and minoring in Biochemistry and English Writing. She plans to work as a medical scribe and gain clinical experience. She is considering applying to medical school or pursuing a Master’s degree through an SMP program.


What advice would you like to pass onto other students?

One piece of advice I have regarding college for incoming and current students is to follow their gut and always remember that they are one choice away from a completely different life

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What has been your favorite part of working in the Writing Center?

My favorite part of working at the WC has been expanding my knowledge and skills by helping others with a variety of assignments I wouldn’t have gotten to experience otherwise.



Ellie Kendall is an English Literature major and TESOL minor. She will work at the Disney Resort after graduation and plans to use the Disney Aspire program to pursue a Master’s degree.


What advice would you like to pass onto other students?

Always read something you've written out loud! Mistakes and places to improve will jump out at you like magic.


What has been your favorite part of working in the Writing Center?

My favorite part of working here has been the conversations with my fellow tutors.


I hope you enjoyed saying goodbye to our graduating seniors through this blog post! The Writing Center is open until May 2 at 4 pm, so you should stop by and say goodbye to our seniors!