A Wealth of Opportunity: An Undergraduate Consultant's Look into the Benefits of Working at a Writing Center
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In an academic world that’s constantly becoming more specialized, it can be difficult for undergraduate students to find a path to their goals that will allow them not only to make it into their career of choice, but to thrive in it. However, there are some professional opportunities, such as writing center consulting, that cater to a variety of disciplines. Writing centers provide a valuable experience that benefits both the students receiving the service and those doing the consulting. Professional growth can blossom in such a setting where a consultant is regularly experiencing new challenges overcoming each student’s issues and concerns. At the Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), consulting is just one of the many incredibly beneficial opportunities that undergraduate students can partake in during their time at the university. In just two years working at the UWC, I’ve been able to participate in a number of project groups, perform editing and publishing jobs, and spend valuable time working with graduate students. All of this experience has been useful for both improving my rÃ©sumÃ© and finding my future career path.