Writing Centers are places to get help with papers, right? If you’ve ever been to The Babson College Writing Center, you know that it offers much more than advice about semicolons or citations: The Babson College Writing Center is a space on campus where writers can take risks, build relationships, and thrive.
Our Peer Consultants in Writing have worked together to build a Writing Center that positively impacts individual writers and Babson College as a whole. They have built The Writing Center on the premise that “we help writers, not writing.” People always come first. If you’ve been to The Writing Center, you know there’s nothing transactional about it: someone is there to see you, to get to know you, and to help you tell your particular story whether that’s through a research paper or a job application.
Moreover, the tutoring of writing doesn’t lend itself to formulas or right/wrong answers—we focus on progress and create bonds with student writers through building rapport, carefully investing in their processes, and offering emotional support.
What many people don’t know is how rigorous the process is for Babson students to become Peer Consultants in Writing. These campus leaders aren’t automatically considered “experts.” They take a rigorous, 4-credit Practicum course before becoming tutors, and thereafter engage in ongoing professional development. Many Peer Consultants in Writing have used their experience to launch careers in writing- and consulting-based fields. As students, they have empowered many peers to do the same.
Our Peer Consultants in Writing are leaders on campus, and if you’ve ever experienced leaving a session with more than you came for, we hope you’ll consider supporting us as we continue to offer a truly special kind of encouragement. Your contribution will support ongoing professional development opportunities for Peer Consultants in Writing, such as book discussions, special pedagogical training workshops, and conference attendance. Help us nurture The Writing Center as it has nurtured so many over its 27 years!