When my first collegiate paper was returned to me it had big red writing on the back page. It read, “C+ — Needs more analysis”. I went back to the drawing board and the following week, turned in a paper that I believed to be much more analytical and in depth. When this paper was returned to me, it read, “B — Needs more analysis.”

The one thing that was clear to me was that there was a disconnect between me and my professor. I was alayzing to the best of my abilities, yet it was still not enough. Somehow between the instructions of my professor and my writing of the paper, I was missing a critical piece of stylistic, organizational, or structural information. 

It is this exact type of situation in which a writing center is able to help students improve their writing. When something needs to be looked at from a different angle, or through a different lens, having a place where your witing can be discussed amongst your peers is extremely useful. We all are only accustomed to our own style and can only intake and export information within the bounds of our own abilities. We cannot truly think from another perspective without first filtering through our own. Having a writing center of peers who think on the same level as you is beneficial to any writer, at any stage of the writing process. 

Writing centers can offer much more than grammar correction and red marks on your paper. They wont grade you or be insulted by your work. Too many professors have been thinking and studying their area of expertise at such a high level that it actually hinders their ability to understand how little a student might know about that subject. Writing centers offer a liaison between your mind and the person grading your work. It can help you get outside your own head when you feel trapped within it. 

Universities who value quality writing, should value a quality writing center. 

–Jordan Wilsted–