Name: Sarah Cummings
Major(s), Minor(s): Math, French and Education
Astrological Sign: Taurus
1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
I’m a big advocate of journaling/ stream of consciousness writing. I try to write everyday—even if it’s just to make a list or organize my thoughts.
2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
This past summer I spent six weeks in Arles, France. I took a History of Theater class and was giving the assignment of analyzing a French play. I read and analyzed Sartre’s No Exit, in French, of course, and it went really well.
The English writing I’m most proud of is probably an analysis of the racism in Aladdin that I wrote freshman year in English 101.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
During nice weather, I enjoy sitting in a red chair in the hollow and writing there. I also get a lot done sitting in the Hollenbeck computer lab, because I find there are less distractions present.
4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
I’m obsessed with outlines and organization. I generally start by listing all of the ideas I want to include for a given essay, and then organize them in a way that could transition smoothly, and then break down bullet points for each of those given ideas, and turn those bullet points into cohesive sentences.
I like bullet points because I can jot down ideas without feeling pressured to write a cohesive sentence. A lot of the time, though, I find myself just adding punctuation and deleting the “bullets” and I’ll already have some pretty solid sentences.
5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
Kurt Vonnegut. I like the way he can present a story in an alternate universe in a way that makes us question our lives and habits here on Earth. I also love his non-linear story lines, the way he breaks the “fourth wall”, and the way he often projects himself and his experiences on to a character in his books.
6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
I’d like to improve my creativity. I feel like I have conquered research papers and analysis essays, but give me a creative writing assignment and I’ll fall apart. That being said, I really love when someone comes to me with creative writing work. I’m always impressed, and I love helping students form their creative ideas.
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg writers?
Use your resources on campus! In addition to the writing center, professors are always willing to meet and discuss your ideas, and the librarians love helping people find information for research papers.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the Writing Center?
I’m really excited to work with students, and I love when they are equally excited about their own work!
10. What’s the best part about working in the Writing Center?
I really love learning, and by working in the writing center I get to learn about things from departments all across campus. It’s also fun to see what everyone is working on. As a math major, few of my classes these days require me to write papers, so I get to live vicariously through everyone else I work with!