Henry Welch, Peer Consultant

Major: Masters in Teachinghenry-(1).JPG

I write in the wrong direction, but writing this way is what got me through college. 

I do what some people call ‘writing your way into an argument.’ Without knowing what my argument is I’ll just start going at it in the Google doc and see what comes out of my noggin. I’ve never read a book written by him, but William Faulkner once said, “I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it.” And I fully subscribe to that. I think many of us were taught to write with a strict, linear process early on, but the reality is that writing is like laying tracks ahead of a moving train. You just have to get those tracks down and come back later to fashion them up. Now, that isn’t to say that forethought and pre-writing doesn’t help—I do plenty of it—it helps immensely, but at some point you just have to get your ideas all out in the open. 

You can write to make sense of the eldritch beasts that are the systems that contain our lives, communities, and humanity. Or you might use it to explore the interiority of your mind and specific vibes in a sort of telepathic author-to-reader superpower. You can show relationships, drama, and grief, which bring us towards better understandings of conflict and how we share our lives and spaces with others. You can envision the world that you want to live in through writing. You can shift someone’s perspective through essays, novels, poems, letters, tweets... the list goes on. What a great power. And as Uncle Ben said, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ I look forward to helping you with that responsibility, whatever it may be. Whether you are creating visions of the future or responsible for submitting your essay by Thursday, I would love to give you an assist. My coursework included psychology, literature and writing, and education courses. I excel with argumentative essays, literary analysis, and personal statements. 

By the way, my cat’s name is Backpack. 

Interests: Music Performance (drums/vox), Fighting Games, Cosmic Horror, Skateboarding