Texas A&M University-Kingsville had the grand opening of the Undergraduate Writing Center on Oct. 20. The students’ success is the top priority for the university and the opening of the writing center will help students with any writing problems they may encounter.
The Undergraduate Writing Center is located on the second floor of the Jernigan Library.
“The purpose is to help undergraduate students with their writing projects,” said Dr. Susan Roberson, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We will see students at any stage of the writing process from brainstorming, drafting, revising, citations, etc.”
The Undergraduate Writing Center’s main focus is the undergraduate students.
“We are happy to go to classes and do workshops if the teachers would like us to do that,” she said. “And we are very happy to work with their professors and helping the students understand their assignments.”
All the services provided are totally free.
Roberson said that students who attend are helped by both graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of majors which need to fulfill specific criteria.
“They have got to have a 3.0 GPA, they have to give me a writing sample, they have to have letters of recommendation from their professors,” she said. “And then when they came for the interview they had to do a writing sample and talk to me about how they would engage with the students and helping the student become a better writer.”
As the name suggests, the writing center only deals with writing. If students need help in any other subjects, the Learning Assistance Center is there to help them with that.
Dews Joy, mechanical engineer major and tutor at the Undergraduate Writing Center, is one of the friendly staff that will be glad to help fellow students that are struggling.
“It feels good to help students with their writing assignments as most of them have good knowledge and are just confused about structuring it,” he said.
Joy said that with good support from fellow peer writing consultants and from Dr. Roberson everything is turning out great
He said that this is a learning experience for him as well
“It’s not about what you know that matters it’s about what you learn from others, that gives me pleasure as I consider it a learning opportunity for myself,” Joy said.