Weelic Chong ’15 is convinced that, like all creatures on earth, WAs are influenced by the planets. He recommends using this blog post to find your unique star profile!
WRITING ASSOCIATE HOROSCOPES
As the first of the Zodiac, Aries are confident leaders. Imbue the writers who talk to you with your presence and confidence, so they can do the same for their writing. However, be mindful to maintain a minimalist approach and resist the impulse to stuff your ideas into others’ mind (or paper). Aries’ initiative often needs to be tempered with the need to stay on track. Remember to finish your paper before starting a new one. That said, you are unafraid to start a new terrain (or any disciplinary genre), no matter how foreign it might be.
You enjoy reward. The tactile sensation of freshly printed paper, and the bounce of a Macbook keyboard appeals to you. You adore comfort and soothing things, especially smooth fonts. Taurus possesses a fixed quality and so your tutoring experience is often perceived as steadfast and practical. Your dogged perseverance often winds up being viewed as stubbornness, so do your best to read the signs and wrap your mind around the various paradigms of writing instruction. You enjoy harmony, and your tutees will enjoy your calm nature.
Born under this sign, you love to talk! It’s not just chatter, either; You embrace paradoxes with ease and excel at generating ideas. A great conversationalist, you will do well to spark your tutee’s creative juices to aid them in their creative brainstorming process. You love to develop relationships, so be careful about spending too much time talking instead of helping a tutee with their work. You can easily see both sides of an issue, making the exercises in “They Say I Say” a breeze for you. The downside of such a flexible mind, however, can be the difficulty in stating and sticking to one point.
You take great pleasure in the comforts of home and family. Like Cancer’s tough bulwark of a shell, you offer your refuge to others with gentleness and kindness. Your maternal side shines through when you work with ESL students and novice writers, but sometimes, you may have difficulty letting go. Remember your tutee has other assignments in other classes too, and the text ultimately belongs to them.
You are warm of spirit and straightforward. You can be opinionated, and often directly point out faults in the paper. As you blaze through the text, remember to acknowledge the feelings of those around you, and not hurt people’s feelings. That said, you are often generous of spirit and your determination to succeed inspires others. Supremely talented, you have a flair for the dramatic and that shows in your writing and comments of others’ writing.
Those born under this sign are often picky and critical, but it makes for great proofreaders. Virgos, more than any other sign, were born to serve, and it gives then great joy. You are industrious, methodical and efficient, and the sense of duty you bear to the writing center is considerable. Virgos are truly interested in understanding things, which. However, your perfectionist streak might often cause you to worry about your writing assignments, or may overwhelm your tutees.
As the scales of the Zodiac, those born under Libra are concerned with ethics. You are always thinking about what you can do to make the writing center a fair place, and Delpit’s writing intrigues you greatly. You abhor conflict, often to the degree of being indecisive. Born under this sign, you are adept at charming conversation, always wrapping your advice in an air of diplomacy and style. You love grammar, all five definitions of them. If possible, stick it to the global grammar concerns while tutoring. It will be a tough struggle, but it will be worthwhile.
You love to zero in on the essential questions. You are concerned with the beginning and endings of things, and are afraid of neither introductions nor conclusions. The curiosity of Scorpios is immeasurable, and you probe your tutee’s writing, no matter how obscure the topic might be. Scorpios don’t miss much, since they are attuned to the vibrations of others. Scorpios are not quitters. Your determination and passion will serve you well when you have a long paper due.
As the truth-seeker, you love to look at the big picture, and as an enthusiastic consumer of information, you bring much knowledge to the people you help. This is very helpful for the different disciplinary genres of papers you will see over the coming semester. Those born under this sign are clear thinkers, and this helps you work well when writing argumentative papers. You listen to what others’ have to say, in keeping with the mutable quality assigned to Sagittarius. However, you might be prone to procrastinate, and self-indulgent since things come so easily to them (thanks your charming and sociable nature).
You are all about hard work. You like climbing mountains and attaining the next height in tutoring. As a Capricorn, your love of status might put some people off. Try to put the peer back into peer tutoring. While you are patient, at times you can become quite unforgiving of those who aren’t as diligent or ambitious as you are. Thankfully, those born under the Capricorn sign will be sensible in their interactions with tutees, and do their job with responsibility and quality. While you might not be interested in wild ideas, do realize that your tutees are entitled to theirs.
While printing out papers might work for some, it does not seem to be the best medium for Aquarius. As the Water Bearer, you might wet every piece of paper you touch, according to the prophecy of the sagely Selesnick. Avoid wetting your tutee’s work by using the computer if necessary. In addition, the prophet paints a metaphor for your writing as a sandcastle shaped by the ocean of your mind. You will do well by removing chaff, leaving the best parts behind.
As the final sign in the Zodiac, you bring together many of the characteristics of the signs that came before you. Your duality allows you to switch between dreams and reality, and this lends well to writing metacognitive reflections. You feel comfortable in an illusory world, indeed, in the fish bowl that we call the writing center. Pisces can feel misunderstood much of the time, and it extends to feelings about the various aspects of writing instruction. You are compassionate, easily feeling another’s pain as they struggle with writing deadlines. Those born under this sign love to help others and do so in the most imaginative of ways. You immerse yourself in the arts and other creative pursuits, and often you dream of enjoying a well-written story from a creative writing major.