Get to Know Saint Rose is a weekly Q&A with a Saint Rose staff member to help our students learn more about the resources available to them while they’re here.
Meet Kelly Chase from the Department of Academic Affairs!
Name: Kelly Chase
What she does: Writing Center Director
Where she works: Department of Academic Affairs
How long she’s been at Saint Rose: Two years
Her alma mater: SUNY Oneonta (undergraduate); McNeese State University (graduate)
Fun fact: Kelly is originally from Poughkeepsie, New York!
Get to know Kelly:
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is definitely being able to work with students to help them succeed. I have been able to work directly with students to watch them grow as writers and watch their confidence increase. I also really like training writing tutors to give them all the tools they need to be successful and feel supported in their roles.
What’s something you want students to know about you?
I want students to know that everyone struggles with writing, myself included. I beat myself up over typos and misplaced commas. I agonize over sentences. While answering these questions, I’ve gone back to reorganize information multiple times. It isn’t easy for anyone. It’s really important to know this. Writing isn’t just something that you do well or you don’t. There are strategies to get better at it. Those strategies are what we will help you develop when you come to The Writing Center.
If you could give students one piece of advice to carry them through their time here, what would it be?
Seek out all of the opportunities and resources that you have as college students: Get involved in clubs where you can find like-minded people and explore your interests; pick your professors’ brains about the field you want to enter; utilize The Writing Center and content-area tutoring to sharpen your academic skills; and take advantage of living in the city of Albany and all of the local organizations and businesses here that you can get involved with. When I was in college, the local paper was in need of writers and constantly advertised to college students to write freelance articles for them. One of my biggest regrets is never writing for the paper, because I think that would have been a great experience. Now is a time when you can expand your horizons, try different things, and become a more well-rounded person. Definitely don’t let this slip away.