Featured Consultants

Here is where we honor those consultants who excel at the service they provide to our clients

9/20/18
“Working at the CEW has allowed me to meet students from all walks of life and, unexpectedly, taught me about different cultures and traditions. I try to talk with every student about who they are and where they come from. My favorite part of being a consultant is making these small connections with students. Whether it’s connecting over a study abroad experience I had in a student’s hometown or reading an essay on my favorite book, each consultation is different and keeps me on the edge of my seat every time I walk in the office. Working as a consultant has been my favorite and most rewarding job. It’s defined my undergraduate experience and opened doors I couldn’t have imagined."
9/20/18
"As a consultant at the CEW, I regularly meet incredible students with interesting and diverse backgrounds. I focus on beginning each consultation by getting to know the writer, their background, their goals and their perspectives. I believe that this communication empowers the writer and often connects them to and allows them to take ownership of their research. My role guiding students in their individual writing journeys is one of my favorite parts of working at the CEW. Creating enduring relationships with students from diverse backgrounds and various stages of writing has been incredibly rewarding. Working at the CEW has been a major highlight of my graduate study at UB."
9/20/18
"For me, the most rewarding part of working with writers at the CEW is helping people feel like they’ve been heard. Everyone has a story to tell or an insight to share, and occasionally we run into obstacles in getting our message across. It’s a very exciting opportunity when I get to help tear down those walls. When it 'clicks' with a writer that what they’re saying matches up with what they’re thinking, I feel like I’ve had an impact."
9/20/18
Luke is valued at the CEW for his thoughtful, ease-inspiring consultations with undergraduate and graduate level UB Writers.  Luke is highly invested in the CEW’s model of the dialogic consultation, and he views listening as being as (or even more) important than his own verbal contributions to the session. Luke notes that “This practice of listening has made me a better global reader of my own work, the work of my peers, and the students I teach.”
9/20/18
"This is my second year working at the Writing Center, and I really enjoy it. The staff, as well as the clients I get to work with, are friendly and all have different perspectives on writing, which can lead to some pretty interesting conversations. Helping other people with their writing has made me improve my own. What job could be better than that?"
6/19/18
I consider myself lucky that the inhabitants of this school let me read and poke at their hard written work in the name of academic improvement. This job gives me the opportunity to peek at unique projects and get a feel for the overall shape and anatomy of individuals' writing processes in order to help those individuals to produce the best possible assignment.
6/19/18
There's a special beauty to helping someone with their writing, I think, because writing -- more than almost any other activity -- is connected with a person's thought process. Helping someone to organize their essay for a class doesn't just rearrange words on a page; it rearranges concepts in their minds, makes connections between ideas stronger, helps them to better understand the justifications of their beliefs and the beliefs of others. Working at the CEW has let me watch dozens of students grow in their understanding of a wide variety of topics, from film theory to the 2016 election to sociology and everything in between, and I look forward to working with more students on other subjects still, and I look forward to seeing more moments of growth and realization.
6/19/18
The CEW is one of my favorite places on campus. It has a relaxed and focused atmosphere, which makes writing incredibly enjoyable. I love helping writers talk through their ideas and discover new ways of approaching their current and future work. I also enjoy helping students from different cultures negotiate with the (sometimes arbitrary) rules of American academia. Working at the CEW has given me a fresh perspective on the social processes that surround language instruction. I hope to continue exploring these processes in my future research career.
6/19/18
Hannah motivates her clients throughout the writing process. Her perception and understanding is equally matched by her thought-provoking nature. One writer shared, “I came in discouraged and left inspired and re-motivated. It helped that she was actually interested in my work and my ideas!” Another writer expressed, “Her consultation is always so engaging and insightful. I am lucky to receive her comments which make me think in different ways.” Hannah humbly states, “The best part about working at the CEW is that every writer has their own unique voice, ideas, and experiences - I learn something new from every person I get to work with!"  
6/19/18
Initially interested in biology, Sarah discovered a love of literature at UB, so much so that she intends to pursue English education as a career. Sarah says she loves working at the CEW because it means, "being able to meet new people every day and helping them to better express themselves through writing. It often seems that students become so involved in how they think they're supposed to write that they lose their sense of voice. I love being able to help empower students to express who they are through writing, and I love the process of creating a comfortable atmosphere in which students can connect both who they are outside of academics with who they are within it." In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading historical fiction.
6/19/18
Daniel Perlino has worked at the CEW from its inception.  He began as an undergraduate English major and continues to work for us as he pursues his interdisciplinary MA in English and Media Study.  His interests lie in literature, film, and gaming genres with an emphasis on fantasy and horror.  He plans to pursue his PhD in Film and English upon completion of his MA.  Daniel says of his work in the CEW, “Working with writers at the CEW has been an irreplaceable experience which I will cherish for many years to come.” Daniel is known for his positive energy and creating a wonderful sense of community in the CEW. 
6/19/18
Brittany has one more year in her dual English & Communication program. She is looking forward to the next steps: "I will be beginning the process of applying to the MSW program here at UB and of course continuing at the CEW. Beyond that, my dream job would be to work with other individuals with disabilities and LGBTQ youth. I love working in a peer atmosphere and being able to mentor others. I love also making appointments with other consultants to discuss my own work. It's important to show other students coming in that I don't consider myself a 'perfect writer.' Everyone's ideas can be different and yet still correct."
6/19/18
Work at the Writing Center has been a perfect fit for me.  It has been one way for me to accomplish two major things in my life; the first is helping others with their writing in a more formal setting, the second is realizing my career ambition.  I have just been accepted to the TESOL program here at UB and intend to teach English Language writing at the college level.
6/19/18
“One thing that I have experienced in consulting with writers is that I tend to notice what writers are trying to do in terms of developing their own style of writing.  I let them know that I see the kind of effect they are trying to bring into their writing and try to help them with that process.  It brings me back to when I was in high school and I was actively struggling to find my own writing style, so I identify with that from other writers.”
6/19/18
Derry Moore, a PhD student in Linguistics, specializes in sociolinguistics and variation. Derry studies how speakers manipulate features of their speech to construct social meaning and their identity. At the CEW, he seeks to help writers understand how their writing, like their speech, can be used to construct various meanings.
6/19/18
“What is most meaningful to me about working with writers is when someone expresses that you’ve been helpful, and you can genuinely feel that.  It feels very rewarding when people repeatedly come back to work with me on their writing.  I’ve even had experiences when someone I’ve worked with approaches me on campus to tell me how successful they’ve been with their writing.  To me that kind of thing is really moving.  I love to watch writers grow and develop.”