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Writing Center still serving after 34 years

By Jonathan Balmer
Opinion Editor


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The Georgetown College Writing Center opened for the academic year last week, offering its services free-of-charge for all students.

The Writing Center, founded by the English department and Dr. John Sadlon, the center’s director to this day, opened in 1980 and has been operating each academic year since that time.

Its conception was influenced by research on writing centers’ effects on student writing Sadlon said, and it aims to help students of all skills and interests with their writing and research skills.

Senior Leanndra Padgett, English major and biology minor as well as a tutor at the Writing Center, credits the Writing Center with part of her academic success said, “As a freshman, I took almost all of my major papers to the WC [Writing Center]. It was great to have the help of more experienced students as I was figuring out how to write college papers. It eased my mind to have someone else look over my work and help me understand what was expected at the college level.”

Padgett has also found that tutoring itself has helped her writing skills. She reminds students that the Writing Center is not only open for students who struggle, noting that many students “bring in refined papers and just want a second pair of eyes to look them over….”

The Writing Center aims to assist students by collaborative student-tutor reading and guidance from experienced peers.

Sadlon added that the Writing Center “is not an essay drop-off service” but instead aims to engage students as active participants by taking notes and making “their own changes in order to realize how they may become better writers.”
Ultimately, Sadlon said the Writing Center’s goal is “to teach lifelong skills and strategies that will make them more independent and superior writers.”

Students can expect the help in the Writing Center to be available in 30 minute sessions available by appointment or drop-in visits during its normal operating hours.

Students who make an appointment by calling the Writing Center are given priority. Students wishing to make an appointment with the Writing Center should call the office (at 1-800-788-9985 ext. 8423). The Writing Center is located in the Ensor Learning Resource Center basement, LRC-016.