Where are you now? What are you doing, and what does your work involve?
I am currently a doctoral student in English at the University of Southern California. As I write, I am entering my second year of coursework, expanding my exposure to key theories and critical texts along the way. My work as a graduate student requires that I draw from and improve on my reading and writing practices from undergrad. In terms of research areas of interests, I broadly study 20th century Latino literature, with an emphasis on Puerto Rican and Afro-Latino literature and cultural production. I also work in comedy and performance studies, gender and sexuality studies, and intersectional methodologies.
How have you drawn on your experience in the Writing Center since graduating?
Reflecting on my writing tutor experience brings me to a essential skill I learned during my time in the Writing Center, namely learning to read about a wide range of subjects in a wide range of styles. I failed to register my development as a reader in the Writing Center until I entered graduate school. As a tutor, I came to each piece of writing with an open mind and was comfortable talking through the ideas with people in order to reach greater clarity. I have found that process of reading and discussion an invaluable transferable skill in graduate school.
How did you come to your current position? What have you done since graduating?
After graduating I worked for a real estate investment company for a while and then worked in the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC) at Bryn Mawr College. I decided graduate school was right for me as I understood my interest in being both a scholar and administrator.
What role does writing have in your daily life and work?
I write nearly everyday. If I'm not composing an email or filling out some sort of application, I'm writing a response for class or just journaling in my free time.
What’s something you’ve learned about writing that you’d like to share with Haverford writers?
Your writing can and will change! And don't hesitate to try something new - now is the time to get feedback.