In 1999, several months prior to my first year of grad school, God called me to teach. As a shy, quiet, and bookish young woman, I was an unlikely teacher. However, during my early days of teaching, God showed me that He will use any person, at any time, and in any place for His purposes. The only limits that matter are the ones that God deems necessary, and He does not ask our permission to do as He pleases.
As followers of Christ, we must not forget that our callings are not for our own edification but for the edification of others. Additionally, we should remember that we seek to edify other believers not so much that their self-esteem may grow but that Christ would be glorified. In this regard, I think A.W. Tozer said it best: "Our gifts and talents should also be turned over to Him. They should be recognized for what they are, God's loan to us, and should never be considered in any sense our own. We have no more right to claim credit for special abilities than for blue eyes or strong muscles."
In the Cedarville University Writing Center, we exist to provide writers with God-honoring insight that will help to sharpen their powers of discernment and empathy. Sometimes writers come to the Writing Center at the behest of their professors and sometimes at their own behest. No matter what prompts the student, ultimately God is behind that prompting. Thus, Cedarville's Writing Center serves a great purpose for all students, namely to assist students to embrace greater depths of wisdom and greater powers of discernment as they seek to influence others for the glory of Christ alone.
Senior, Professional Writing and Information Design Major
I’m a Professional Writing major and Worship minor from the nearby city of Centerville. When I’m not writing, I’m playing piano or going on various adventures with my friends! I’m a part of Cedarville’s Public Relations writing team, and I intern at Wright-Patt in Public Affairs. I have several obsessions: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies, blankets, mountains, shoes, baking, chai tea, and dad jokes. I’d love to help with any writing assignment that comes your way!
Senior, Professional Writing and Information Design
Hello there! My name is Carissa and I'm a senior Professional Writing and Information Design major with a minor in Women's Ministry. I work at the Writing Center because I know you have genius ideas, and I want to work alongside you to help you get those ideas across in a way your professors will love. I spend my free time hanging out with my husband, making art (embroidery is my favorite!), listening to podcasts, and trying to make the perfect street taco. I'd love to chat about whatever's on your mind as you prepare/revise your paper!
Junior, Biblical Studies Major
I come from the small town of New Woodstock, NY, where I grew up reading, writing, and adventuring to my heart’s content. I enjoy researching theology, public policy, and the arts, and I intend to pursue those interests in my career. One of my favorite aspects of the CU Writing Center is meeting new people with different ideas and experiences than my own. So, schedule an appointment, and let’s get working on your writing! It’s amazing what people can discover together that they couldn’t discover on their own.
Senior, Biblical Studies Major
Hi everyone! My name is Isaac Dye and I grew up in Berlin, Germany. When I was in grade school, I wanted to become a doctor, but I decided that with a last name like “Dye,” that wasn’t the best idea. But God has given me a passion to help people, though, and to learn and teach his Word. Because of that, I’m a Biblical Studies major and I look forward to serving God however I can! I also have two older siblings and two younger siblings; and I enjoy playing basketball, soccer, and baseball, as well as the cello and guitar. If you want to come talk about your paper or really anything else, feel free to stop by!
Junior, English Major
I love meeting new people and talking about absolutely anything. You can probably find me wearing thrifted clothing, dancing, and appreciating genuine human expression somewhere in the village of Cedarville. I like chai tea, Costco, cheesecake, alliteration, poetry, and Wikipedia (but not as a reliable source). I would love to help you process your thoughts at any stage in your writing.
Junior, Visual Communication Design
Hello, my name is Autumn Geer and I am a junior Visual Communication Design major Although for most of my life I strongly disliked writing, I have come to enjoy it as a form of art and communication. Writing as means of interacting with the intangible in a concrete way intrigues me. However, as someone from the art department, I primarily focus on conveying ideas through images rather than words. Therefore, as you may assume, articulating meaning directly (through writing) rather than indirectly (through art) challenges me regularly. I often find that talking through ideas with another person helps me understand how to better write them down. If you find yourself struggling as well, feel free to schedule an appointment and perhaps we can struggle, brainstorm and become better writers together.
Senior, Nursing Major
Hello! I am a Junior Nursing major with a minor in Theatre Performance. Besides working at the writing center, I also write marketing pieces for businesses from my hometown, Indianapolis. When not at school or work, you can find me reading young adult fiction, huddled under as many blankets as possible, hanging out with my friends and my wonderful husband, Brandon, or slowly getting over my fear of exercise. I’m also involved with the worship and set up teams at my church. I love organization, so I would love to work with you to make your assignments super organized and flow well.
Senior, International Studies and Spanish
Hey, my name is Alex. I'm from both New Jersey and Texas, which is just one example of how I'm a person full of contradictions. I'm a junior International Studies and Spanish double major. I love old books, strong coffee, and honest debate, as well as international politics and critical theory. I'd love to talk with you in whatever stage your paper is in!
Junior, AYA Social Studies Education
My name is Justin Hoover and I'm a junior AYA Social Studies Education major from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Writing has always been a passion of mine and I'm excited by the opportunity to share it through the Writing Center. As a Social Studies Education major, I absolutely love discussing history (particularly the early to mid-twentieth century) as well as sociology. Being the son of a worship pastor, I'm also very interested in music. I've been playing piano for about fifteen years and the bass for about seven years. I've also studied musical theory and analysis for several years and love listening to and discussing any musical genre, era, or artist. Ultimately, I enjoy collaborating with others to create a great final product. Stop by and I'd love to work with you at the Writing Center!
Senior, Political Science Major
Yello! I hail from the great state of Utah, where I grew up with three awesome brothers and a male rat terrier (my mom is outnumbered). I enjoy philosophy, public speaking, Legos, music, and jokes with bad pun-ch lines (hahaha!). I am pursuing a degree in political science which, if God wills, I might just use to enter politics. Whatever I do, may He get the glory! See you in the Writing Center!
Junior, Political Science Major
Hi everyone! I am a political science student with minors in economics and history, and I’m a huge fan of research, writing, and talking with people. I’m from Colorado Springs, Colorado which means I love the outdoors, whether I am playing a sport or simply backpacking through the mountains. When it comes to writing experience, I have been involved in speech and debate for the past seven years of my life, which means I have spent countless hours of researching for “fun.” My favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming and research, but I would love to help you at whatever stage in the writing process you find yourself in!
Senior, English Major
Hi! I’m Julia, an English major from Earlville, New York. I’m the middle child out of 13, but I’m still an introvert. Watch out, though; if you get me talking, I may never stop! I love to read and write, and my other passions are dogs and the outdoors. I also love to eat in general, particularly when I have the option to eat junk food. So grab a snack and your paper and I’ll see you in the Writing Center!
Senior, English Major
My name is Meghan, and I'm a senior English major and creative writing minor from Whitehouse, Ohio. True to my major and minor both, I love poetry an unhealthy amount; my favorite poets are e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Whitman, Anya Silver, and Shakespeare. I'm an introvert, but have been told many times that I get way too loud when I'm excited about something (especially poetry and literary theory). In my very limited free time, I love laughing with my fellow nerd friends, playing with doggos, and cloud/stargazing, depending on the time of day. I hope to see you all in the Writing Center soon!
Junior, International Studies
Hello friends, I am an International Studies major with a handful of minors that only really matter to me (and maybe my mom). If you’re skeptical about my writing skillz, one of those minors is creating writing. I hate writing about myself, so to steal from the last bio I had to write, “Griffin is passionate about people, infatuated with music, and is secretly a hopeless romantic.” That’s a little bit about me, but you’re really only reading these to find out who you want to help you with your paper. Morale of the story: choose me.
Junior, English Major
Hello! My name is Katie and I'm from Christiansburg, Ohio. I'm a junior English major with minors in creative writing and editing & publishing. I hate writing bios because it reminds me that I'm not witty, but I enjoy painting with watercolors, perusing clearance sections, making to-do lists, organizing my closet, writing letters, interior decorating, and eating cookie dough. I also love brainstorming, outlining, and analyzing literature. No matter where you are in the writing process, I would love to meet you and work through it together!
Sophomore, Broadcasting and Digital Media
Hi! I'm a sophomore Broadcasting and Digital Media major with an additional graphic design minor! I have a love for photography, design, and art! In the summers I work as a photographer primarily working with high-school seniors, and I feel so grateful that I can do something I love as a job. This year I have the opportunity of serving on Printy Staff as a CLC and am loving every moment! I love orange juice, cilantro, the smell of gasoline, my dog, visiting new places, and drinking lots of water. I would love to talk with you and get to know you over a Writing Center appointment this year, so schedule an appointment!!
Senior, English Major
Hi! I'm a senior English major with a Political Science minor. I love discussing literature, current events, dog names, and various forms of potatoes. If I'm not reading or writing, I'm probably drinking coffee, listening to podcasts, or watching La La Land for the thirtieth time. I love talking through all sorts of ideas, so regardless of your topic, stop by and see me in the Writing Center!
Senior, Broadcast and Digital Media Major
Hey there! I'm Abigail, but everybody calls me Abi. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, so I'd probably be considered a city girl. My dad is a pastor, so I'm a proud PK! I love music and art, and I'm obsessed with nice writing utensils (if you've never tried Sharpie pens, they're amazing). I am an audio-focused Broadcasting major, but I have a healthy appreciation for film—if you're into sound design or cinematography, we're probably gonna be friends. I'm a big fan of taking hypothetical scenarios way too far just for the sake of it, especially when it relates to writing. Come hang out with me at the Writing Center!
Senior, English Major
Hi friends! My name is Natalia and I am a senior English Education major! There are about a thousand things I really love - mostly the Lord, people, and carbs (in any form, at any time). I moved to Upstate New York from the Western Coast of France in middle school, and spent most of High School fighting with English grammar, so I get how tricky language can be. While language (and writing, specifically) can be tricky, I am really passionate about helping people communicate their thoughts clearly; what you have to say is important, and I'd love to help you say it well.
Freshman, English Major
Hi! I’m Sarah Swanson, born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. At present, I am disappointing my parents as an English major. I’m also a Slytherin, pizza addict, and bingeing extraordinaire. I love to ponder questions of human ethics and morality. When I’m not ensnared in an existential crisis, I love to write science fiction and fantasy. I hope to have a book published and a Ph.D. by the time I’m 30. I love to chat with people about their papers at all stages of development, so feel free to bring your draft, or even just an idea, and we’ll see what sort of magic we can create!
Senior, English Major
Hi! My name is Ryan, and I’m looking for a serious, committed tutor-tutee relationship. Though I will not deny them, I’m not interested in one-and-done writing center sessions. My favorite Bible character is the Holy Spirit. Some people I respect include: Samuel Beckett, Earl Sweatshirt, Sam Kotrba, people who still claim “Republican” after 2016 as well as Browns fans, Dino Felluga, Donald Glover, Marilynne Robinson and Dan Campbell. I like long-distance running and reading literary theory. I’m afraid of binary thinking, anti-vaxxers, YouTube, the patriarchy, cultural appropriation, and the possibility that the human endeavor is futile (which, I think, are all basically the same things). Natalia Stout is my arch-nemesis. I only like pickles on Chicago-style hot dogs. Shouts out Dr. Wilfong for calling out my comma splices back when I had dozens per paper; shouts out my wife for helping me tend to the rest of my faults. It all ends when the simulation stops, which could be anytime now.
Hi friends! I'm Emily. I grew up in San Diego, but I now call Ohio home. I love wacky conceptual discussions, trying not to kill my plants (I've named them, now I'm attached), international teas, philosophy, baking, and floofy animals. My favorite things to do are contemplate the definition and nature of art, read, organize my dorm, and watch Parks and Rec. I once wrote an essay about the levels of authenticity in Mexican food called “The Habanero Rant.” I love the Writing Center because it's a place to get to know people's ideas, opinions, and passions. I'd love to learn about yours when you visit!
Graduate Student, Pharmacy
Hello! I am a pharmacy student who loves stoichiometry and educating people about health. Rock climbing, hiking, and laughing with friends fill the time I’m not studying. And when I’m not outdoors, I love baking cookies and eating ice cream.
Hello! My name is Joshua, and I hail from the beautiful city of Guangzhou in southeastern China. I love stories, and I think that every piece of writing has a story to itself. One of my favorite (self-contrived) myths about Cedarville’s magical lake is that the bottom of the lake is in fact the surface of a lake in Guangzhou. Since Guangzhou is exactly 12 hours in time difference (half a globe) from Cedarville, it’s reasonable to assume that Cedarville is on the exact opposite side of the earth from Guangzhou, giving credence to their being connected through a magical lake. However, as I’m avidly interested in commercial aircrafts and riding them, the idea of going home through the lake has little appeal for me (and the idea is also discouraged by Campus Security). But for the exorbitant costs of flying home, most of the year I am joyfully content with living in Brock (perhaps the best residence bar my Guangzhou home) and fellowshipping with some fellow Cedar-Lakers whose homes, far or close, may also be connected through Cedar Lake. This is the story of how God’s grace brought me here. I would love to hear yours.