Adam Mills

Adam Mills
February 2018
Major in Creative Writing and Fifth and Final Year of PhD

"I'm the Graduate Assistant for the Writing Center, which is a position I hold in addition to (and as an extension of) being their Administrative Intern. I help run the day-to-day activities of the WC and check in with consultants throughout the day between sessions. I also help train consultants throughout the semester in regards to responsible work practices and mindsets. Sometimes I do consulting work too.

I'm pretty restless when it comes to my reading habits; I don't like reading the same kind of thing over and over again. I even have trouble reading series of books that are longer than three installments, unless I get super into them. That's why I like seeing all the papers that people bring in to the Writing Center. I get to read physics, business management, chemical engineering, economics, and art history papers, and every time I learn something different and feel my mind expand, and with it the boundaries of what I can understand about the world around me.

I guess my biggest goal is to always be improving in some significant way. I think it's possible for a writer to reach a point in their writing where they say, "You know, I think I'm satisfied with what I'm doing." I always like it when people feel like they're reached that point, but I also think everyone has different goalposts of satisfaction, so to speak. My goalposts are always moving because I like the feeling of making progress. My biggest practical goal at the moment is to finish my dissertation and defend it, and then taking some time after I graduate to expand and complete my dissertation as a publishable novel. I'll take it from there when I get there."

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