Name: Tiana J. Cherry
Major(s), Minor(s): Political Science, International Studies, and Spanish (3 Majors)
Astrological Sign: Leo
1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
After an extensive amount of research and spending months developing my Political Science Methodology investigation, I analyzed the effect of unauthorized immigration on political party identification. My research did not yield statistical significance; however, it allowed me to develop a since of confidence in investigating my personal interests, then discussing my research in writing. This newfound confidence influenced me to investigate additional topics I was interested and eventually led to the development of my honors thesis.
There is no place like home! I find the most pleasure writing in the comfort of my own habitat. Whether I am living in a dorm or in a house with two roommates, I like to write at home because I feel that I have control over my environment. There are little to no distractions and I always prove to be more productive when I can sit in a corner with a cup of coffee and focus.
4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
While there are no quirks I follow, one of my most common routines is to set goals for myself. I set personal deadlines to be most productive. For example: On a Monday evening, I make a list of the assignments that are due for following two weeks. I then set a goal to get my first draft of one paper completed that day. If I have the first draft completed, I leave myself with ample time to revise and edit. This routine may work well for people who often procrastinate or work best under time constraints.
My favorite writer varies often, usually when I am introduced to a new novel or topic. At the moment, my favorite author is Steve Coll. I admire his ability to research extensive topics and provide an analytical, yet fascinating, analysis of his observations while remaining entertaining for readers. In his novel “Private Empire,” Coll investigated the strategies of Exxon Mobil from the time of the time of the company’s merger to its establishment as a primary player within the global market.
6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
When I studied abroad in Chile, I decided to challenge myself by taking law courses in Spanish. One of the first requirements was to write a 5-10 page, single spaced paper, on Aristotle’s philosophical views and their role in politics. I completed a detailed analysis on the subject matter and submitted my work (in Spanish). At the time, this was one of the most challenging writing assignments that I encountered, so completing it made me feel like I had overcome a barrier.
I would like to improve my ability to write more concisely. I find that it is extremely easy to elaborate on topics of interest, which makes writing short briefings especially difficult for me. I find myself editing the same briefing about ten times before I feel that it is clear and concise.
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg writers?
Many writers tend to rush their work with the goal of viewing a finished project. I find it most helpful to be patient with myself when writing. I advise writers to set personal deadlines. The more that I abide by my deadlines, the easier it is for me to produce meaningful work.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the Writing Center?
I like to work efficiently. When I say this, I mean that I consider the writer’s goal and the assignment that we are working on. I develop a strategy that will help the writer reach their goal within our time constraints and then begin discussing the material with them. I also like to see that writers are learning from our session, so I use a more hands-off technique to allow the writer to use what we discussed in a way that works for them.
10. What’s the best part about working in the Writing Center?
I love having the opportunity to engage with other great writers because each individual has a unique style. Combining our styles often provokes newfound ideas or ways of expressing those ideas that we probably would not have developed on our own. Collaborating with other writers also enhances writing techniques and allows individuals to identify their weaknesses in writing.