Marina Burandt, Lead Peer Consultant

Major: Creative Writing and PoeticsMarina.png

BA: English Literature (From Chapman University)

I graduated in 2018 from Chapman University in California with a BA in English literature. I’m now a first year grad student working toward my MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics! Being a writing consultant made complete sense in regards to my current interests and my prospective career goals. I get to help others with their own work and gain valuable experience in line with my future teaching career. I’ve always loved looking over my friends’ papers in high school and in college, and I’m excited to work with the students at UW Bothell.

My favorite stage in the writing process is fine tuning! All writing is rewriting, and looking over my work, adding finishing touches, and cutting anything unnecessary is really satisfying. I love all aspects of writing so much. Even research papers. Even persuasive essays. I love the writing process and being able to arrange my thoughts into a cohesive argument that is interesting to other people. My least favorite part of the process is research. I just wish I knew everything already.

I’m a reformed perfectionist who’s now able to have more fun throughout the entire writing process by not imposing harsh rules on myself or others. That doesn’t mean I don’t still strive to be the best I can be – I’m just not as hard on myself! I love reading and writing and hope I can either share that love with my peers or use it to help guide those who may have more trouble putting their ideas to paper. You should also know I have three beautiful cat children and I’m always happy to show them off.