Danielle Storbeck, Peer Consultant

Major: Media Communication Studies & Culture, Literature, and the Arts
Minor: Computing and Software Systems

Who is to say what defines “good writing” and what doesn’t? Honestly, some of the best work I’ve ever done was about a neurotically evil raccoon, a germaphobe, and a shootout involving a potato gun. What made it stand apart from the mountains of academic research and theoretical papers I’ve done was the boundlessness of it. By having set rules within the assignment I could be as funny, twisted, or wrong as I wanted, and no one could tell me otherwise. In other words, I was having fun. I think a lot of writers forget to do that.

There is a misconception that writing—especially in the academic world—must be lofty, serious, and full of elaborate vocabulary. I believe writing is more about personal style and self-assurance than pretense. That said, not everyone has the same feelings about writing. I’ve known people who cringe the minute they hear about a writing course. And I've known people who bump and scratch at the door like starved zombies, trying to get in No matter how you feel about writing—or how you write—let’s talk about it. For me, the Writing and Communication Center is a place where I can help my peers at a level that is neither intimidating nor full of expectation. Understanding of any academic skill comes from self-assurance and a sense of ease. I’m here to encourage the fun and to let you know that the raccoon stories are just as good as the research papers, and that some research papers could use a few raccoons.