Meet the Tutors: Rachel Phelps

By Molly Couch

Do you remember that teacher that was always so enthusiastic about helping you learn? Do you remember that teacher that always had a smile on their face? Do you remember that teacher that made class bearable or, heaven forbid, even fun? Because one of our new undergraduate tutors at the Writing Center, Rachel Phelps, is going to be that teacher.

Majoring in English for secondary teaching with a musical theater minor, Rachel is super excited about studying and teaching English. She says that she “decided to be an English major because it’s always been [her] favorite subject, and [she] honestly could never imagine studying anything that isn’t English.” She wants to teach either 10th or 11th grade English and eventually AP Language & Composition or AP Literature. She’s also hoping that her musical theater minor will open the door to direct a high school theater department. Rachel hopes that her time in the Writing Center will allow her to help others become better writers and prepare to be the best teacher that she can be.

Rachel specializes in MLA and persuasive essays; she does it all, but particularly enjoys seeing new topics and new arguments to consider. It’s a great day when both the tutor and the student learn something new! One of her favorite parts of working as a Writing Center tutor is watching students recognize necessary corrections before she even points them out. She jokes, “I guess that’s the Nerdy Future Teacher in me.”

Rachel also ventures out beyond the classroom to participate in a bunch of lovely organizations. She’s a member of the Honors College, the Delta Zeta Sorority, the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, Cru, Amnesty International, and the Living Hope Baptist Church. What a beautiful, versatile butterfly! And fun fact: her eyes are two different colors! She may in fact be a mysterious mythical creature, but you can meet her if you venture over to Cherry 123!

Rachel Phelps

The Writing Center’s Halloween Party and Open House

by Abby Ponder

Happy (belated) Halloween and Happy (almost) Thanksgiving, folks!

It is officially November now, and that means we’re beginning to enter the season of final research papers and looming projects. But it’s still early November, so don’t sweat just yet. (Though maybe start looking at those assignments now instead of later…)

However, before we move full-force into November, let’s first take a look back on our final days of October. Or, more aptly put, Halloween!

As you all might’ve known, the WKU Writing Center hosted its first Costume Contest and Open House on Halloween this year. The festivities were open to all who were interested in attending, and we had an excellent turnout!

This photo and all the ones following it are courtesy of Jacky Killian.
Our costume contest included a variety of fantastic costumes that ranged from the elusive Carmen San Diego to a dead priest. The sky was the limit for these party-goers!
Callie Compton as Carmen San Diego, here to bring your childhood front and center.
Zach Puckett as Roxas from Kingdom Hearts.
Lauren Witty as the Ram Zodiac from Fairy Tail.
Sol Govin as the devil herself!
Sasha Hardin as Misa from Death Note.
Travis Lewis as a dead priest.
Chris Nealis as a stop sign, with his trusty dog… who pees on the stop sign.
Our photographer, Jacky Killian, as Link from Legend of Zelda.
Brittany Moster, one of our very own tutors, as the fabulous Hermione Granger.
Marissa Tompkins as our second, but equally fabulous, Hermione Granger.
Dori Norman as the face of the rebellion, Miss Katniss Everdeen.
Brianna Stewart and Andi Nealis (your wonderful coordinator of the day’s festivities) as the in-conquerable Dynamic Duo.

The judging panel was composed of Dr. Jane Fife, Megan Siers, and myself. We definitely had our work cut out for us when it was time to pick our winners! Though we had winners in various categories, first place overall went to Jacky Killian (Link), second place to Callie Compton (Carmen San Diego), and third place to Dori Norman (Katniss Everdeen).

In addition to the costume contest, we also had a Two-Sentence Horror Story contest. First and second place went to Andi Nealis and Brittany Moster respectively!

Overall, the Writing Center’s Costume Contest was an overwhelming success. For more pictures of the festivities, be sure to check out our album on Facebook (and maybe give us a “like” while you’re there)!

Above all else, we hope you all had a wonderful (and safe) Halloween! Feel free to share your own costume designs in the comments section, or tell us what you hope to do next Halloween. (Stopping by the 2015 Costume Contest better be on your agenda, too!)

And, as always, don’t forget that as we move into this admittedly stressful season, the Writing Center is here to help! You can start by scheduling an appointment by clicking here and selecting a time that works well for you. We are also available for drop-in appointments, but those function under a first come, first serve basis.

Happy Writing!

This post was originally published on November 4, 2014.

Meet the Tutors: Geneva

About Me: Hi! I’m Geneva!  This is my first semester as a graduate student at WKU and my first semester tutoring at the Writing Center.  I’m the current keeper of the Writing Center blog, so most of the time you’ll see updates from me.
Hobbies: I love to craft, but I don’t know how to knit!  I also love hiking and rock climbing.
Favorite Book: Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
RANDOM QUESTION TIME!  Q. What’s your favorite place on WKU’s campus? A. Definitely, the steps at Van Meter.  You can look out over all of Bowling Green from the very top of the hill.
This post was originally published on November 29, 2011.