Interview with Jaeyeon Jeon, Comparative Literature and Culture major, Class of 15’
How does it feel to interact with freshmen at Songdo?
While freshmen are not the only students who frequent UIC Writing Center, it is true that they are the majority and I am always happy to be of help to those who haven’t had much experience in academic writing.
If you are to choose one author that affected your writing, who would that be and why?
In Korean, It’s really hard to choose between Han Kang and Hwang Jeong Eun. I think I empathize with Han’s particular manner of shedding light on the questions regarding human existence while Hwang had more impact on the stylistics of my writing. (However, I never related myself to anything as much as I did to Hwang’s short story “누가.”)
In English, without a doubt, Virginia Woolf. It’s a mystery how reading her books only gets better each and every time.
How did your writing center tutor’s work affect your insight of the world?
Under the premise that I have anything so profound as to be called ‘insight of the world,’ I wonder if 3-hour-long sessions per week could have enough of impact to change how one perceives his surroundings. On a more minute level, however, the tutoring position did change how I understand the overall process of writing. As professor Hong noted on the welcoming page of our website, it ‘can be a solitary act, but it need not be lonely.’