Majors: Global Studies and Law, Economics, and Public Policy
Growing up in Brazil, my writing exuded the beauty and musicality of the Portuguese language. My poetic and rhythmic abilities were not of much help, however, when I immigrated to the United States to attend school. Learning how to reprogram my brain to write in English was rather unnerving, to say the least. As a perfectionist, I wanted my organization, flow, sentence structure – and the scariest of it all, grammar – to be flawless all at once. I would spend hours trying to painfully piece together all of these parts in a single attempt: my first draft was my only draft. This method, naturally, became not only overwhelming but simply counterproductive. English was this gigantic monster I tried slaying alone and with one strike.
That’s when coming to the WaCC saved me. I realized I could tackle English by breaking it down into smaller, manageable parts. Along the way, I discovered my passion for research writing and joined the Policy Journal Editorial Board. I truly fell in love with writing all over again and was able to use the power of words to express myself in a completely different way (i.e. in a whole new language). At one point I was standing right where you are, reading consultants’ bios and wondering if I could ever become, at the very minimum, an okay writer.
Now as a Peer Consultant, I want to empower students like you to convey and organize your ideas. With the right tools, hard work, and perseverance, there is no writing assignment (from a personal statement to a 20-page research paper) you cannot successfully complete.