Kimberley Cross, Peer Consultant

kimberley.jpgMajor: Community Psychology
Major: Health Studies

I’ve enjoyed and excelled at writing from a young age. My mom would always fight to get me to do my math homework, but I had no problem just diving right into my writing assignments. I was used to teachers saying that I was a great writer and would do great things, but it started to become meaningless, because I heard them say that to so many other peers. Toward the end of high school, I took a college writing class, and on the last day of that class, my teacher said, "I don’t say this to many students, but you are one hell of a writer." Part of me said, "Of course I am, I do well in writing classes", but another part of me had extra validation that I did actually know what I was doing. I had confidence as a writer, because I am a confident and optimistic person, so I didn’t care that I was called a great writer as a compliment along the lines of "You look nice today." However, after this teacher told me this, I felt energized and felt suddenly more prepared for writing at the college level. This made me fall even more in love with writing than I had before.
How does this story apply to the WaCC? The artist and author Vivian Greene wrote, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." I’ve overcome obstacle after obstacle and "danced in the rain" to get to where I am today. When I’m writing, it’s easy to be sucked into the magical world where constant stressors can't break me down; it's just me and my writing. The joy I get from writing is why I became a peer consultant. I wanted to channel this passion to help my peers fall in love with writing, or help them feel better about their writing.
As a peer consultant, I can help peers who are already strong, confident, and passionate writers, as well as students who might not feel this way. I’m excited to work with students at all levels of writing skill and confidence. I also get excited about cats, Grey's Anatomy, sushi, my friends and family, online shopping, aquafit, new hairstyles, and avoiding cooking at all costs.