Papers make up a large portion of the requirement for many college courses. Writing is one of my favorite things to do, so I really don’t mind having to write papers for college. But I realize that my opinion of writing is an uncommon one. For some students, writing is the thing they dread most about college. Some people are unsure of where to begin with a paper, and others are unconfident in the quality of their finished work. Thankfully there is a place where Nyack students can get help with every stage of the writing process. The Writing Center at Nyack College is committed to giving students quality assistance with writing. There is a center at both the Rockland and the Manhattan campuses where undergraduate and ATS students are helped. I have worked at the Writing Center as a writing consultant for more than two years, and while there I have seen incredible advances in students’ writing abilities.
The most important thing to know about the Writing Center is that our primary focus is the writer; the paper is secondary. Yes, we aim to work with you to improve the quality of the paper that you bring us, but our primary goal is to teach you skills and methods that will improve the quality of all your papers. We will not fix your papers for you, but we will sit with you and go over the paper’s strengths and weaknesses while pointing out areas that need improvement. We hope that by the time you leave the Center you feel more confident in your abilities as a writer.
At the Writing Center, the consultants will assist any student of any discipline with papers from any class at any stage of the writing process (can you find the keyword?). We offer a free service to any student of Nyack College or Alliance Theological Seminary regardless of the student’s major or academic standing. Our staff consists of students from many different disciplines, and even if your consultant is outside of your major, he or she is well trained to assist you with your paper. It does not matter if your paper is complete, in a draft form, or hasn’t been started; we offer assistance with any stage of writing. Even if you feel confident about your writing, you will still benefit from another’s perspective on your work.
If you feel overwhelmed by all of the papers you have due this semester, come to the Writing Center for help. If you feel confident and prepared to handle all of your papers, you are still welcome at the Center. At the Rockland Campus we are located above the Bailey Library, and in Manhattan we are located in Wilson Library next to the ESL/Computer Lab. We look forward to seeing you!