Melanie Rabine has been working for Grand Valley’s Writing Center since 2011, and took on the newly created administrative position of writing center coordinator in July.
After working as a writing consultant during her undergraduate years, Rabine worked at the center as a graduate student consultant for students who needed English as a Second Language (ESL) support.
She now works closely with writing consultants. “I have office responsibilities, but I’m mostly on the ground as being a mentor to consultants and continuing the professional development they get while being student employees here,” Rabine said.
Rabine earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Grand Valley in 2012. She is pursuing a master’s degree in education from Grand Valley that would include an emphasis in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
One thing that prompted her to stay at Grand Valley was the amazing undergraduate experience she had here. “I enjoyed the dynamic experience I had in my academic life,” she said. “And after being hired into the Writing Center, I fell into a job that I love.”
She said working in the Writing Center helped her grow a passion for exercising skills she has had her entire life as well as learning different ways of using those talents in an academic setting.
After a study abroad trip to the Netherlands where she worked in the secondary school setting, Rabine said she realized she wanted to help people but in a different way. “That’s why I like the Writing Center, because it’s like teaching but more flexible, she said. “I get to talk to people one-on-one or affect people in a small group setting.”
In her free time, Rabine enjoys playing the cello and piano, as well as writing, drawing and traveling.
“It’s been really engaging and intellectually stimulating, but also personally satisfying to know that I’m helping people,” she said.