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Working with students at the CEW has been the highlight of my undergraduate career, connecting to the various unique perspectives offered by students has expanded my own understanding of what it means to be a writer. Each consult offers an opportunity for growth in all directions, at their heart they are instances of exchange. Every student has a nuanced approach to learning and writing that provides a wealth of advancement in my own practice of writing and advancing as a learner. At the CEW, I find that through conversation and communication we reach the greatest solutions, there is no one “right way”. In dissecting the writing process at its various stages with students across all disciplines I learned how to better plan and execute large writing projects no matter the writing style. Finding new ways to approach the writing process has been the greatest gift of this experience, it has opened up new avenues of expression for me which I can now pass on to other students
I have previously applied for local and university scholarships throughout my time as an undergraduate at UB, but, when it came to preparing my research statement for the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, I knew that I had to do something unconventional to distinguish myself from the other national nominees. That was when I decided to take the advice from UB office of Fellowships & Scholarships to approach the UB Center for Excellence in Writing (CEW).
During my consultation with Callie, I realized the importance of having a new set of eyes that can proofread my work and help me to revise parts that were particularly unclear. Her professional guidance enabled me to gain insight on different approaches taken by students for writing formal scientific statements, which later helped translate into better communication in the classroom, as well as conferencing experience. Throughout the writing process, Callie was supportive and patient as we worked through multiple revisions. I couldn’t have done it without the assistance from CEW, specifically my consultant Callie.
I would highly recommend other students to consider making consultations at this free and resourceful center that is provided by UB to promote student excellence in writing. You never know unless you try; the Goldwater changed my life and writing such statements can change yours too. You just have to believe in the process and reach out for help from the right people at the right time.