By Elijah McGuire-Berk
Elm Staff Writer
To help upper classmen juggle classwork, social lives, thesis projects, and other responsibilities, the Writing Center held a Senior Capstone Experience Boot Camp on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Goldstein Hall.
Director of the Writing Center Dr. John Boyd said Boot Camp is “intended to encourage seniors and juniors to spend a full day working on their senior thesis projects.” Present for the Boot Camp were “peer writing tutors and staff members from Miller Library, the Office of Academic Skills, and Counseling Services on hand to meet with students individually and provide support.” These various staff members included Ida Dacey from the Health and Counseling Services and Andrea Vassar from the Office of Academic Services.
Assistant Director of the Writing Center Niesha-Anne Green said that the day is useful for “basically, just creating the atmosphere for students to come and write.”
Dr. Boyd said that the reason for picking Goldstein Hall on the weekend was because it was, “a space that was quiet and comfortable and won’t inconvenience anyone else on campus.”
The Boot Camp wasn’t just for seniors though. For the first time, juniors were permitted to take part. Green said, “We wanted anyone, no matter where they were in writing their thesis or thinking about their thesis [to participate] and do anything from brainstorming with their tutor to sitting down and doing some editing and proofreading with a tutor.”
Various counsellors were present to help students at any and every stage of the writing process. There were multiple writing and research workshops as well as time management consultations and counseling services to help deal with the stress brought on by the thesis. Lunch was also provided.
As an added bonus, T-shirts were handed out to anyone who had signed up for the SCE Boot camp and showed up to claim them.
Approximately 60 students signed up to be part of Boot Camp. The Writing Center “tripled our numbers from last year,” said Green.
Said Dr. Boyd, “We’re happy that so many students have expressed interested in our SCE Boot Camp. We hope it will motivate students to make some real progress on their projects and help them to see the SCE as a critical part of their final semesters at Washington College,” said Dr. Boyd.