Student Spotlight: Abagail Blake, USMC

Humanities Cohort

What was your educational experience prior to WSP? Would you consider yourself a confident student?

Before WSP, I received an associate’s degree from the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Pashto. Although I was already confident in my learning abilities, I was looking to get better and more confident in writing.

Had you participated in any sort of virtual learning before? If so, how does your WSP experience compare to that?

Yes, the WSP experience was much more structured and organized. I also didn’t notice as many technical difficulties from both the instructor and student side as in my previous virtual learning course.

One thing I think is better about the virtual course versus an in-person course is the chat section. We were all able to share our responses and connect without taking up too much time or interrupting the flow of the class. 

Why were you excited to participate in WSP this summer?

I wanted to get better at writing and see what I could expect from college.

What have you learned so far that you think will be helpful as you pursue your degree?

I learned about some resources I can utilize and tips for college success.

What was your favorite session, and why?

I enjoyed the writing sessions because it was engaging and laid out well. I can apply the lessons learned during these sessions to my writing.

Are there any instructors or fellows who have made a difference for you at WSP?

The instructors and fellows were great, specifically the writing instructors Maria, Liza, and Tess. They gave such positive, encouraging feedback that helped me get in the right direction for my writing.

Is WSP having any effect on how confident you feel as a student?

Yes, I feel more confident in my writing. Learning how to do process writing was helpful because in the past, I would get stuck on what to write because I wasn’t sure if it sounded right or was stated in the best way. I also feel that I can better contribute to academic discussions without feeling like I don’t belong.

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