By: Maggie Persons
Writing has always been a passion for Alana Bremner. Bremner is a senior at the University of South Carolina studying public relations with a minor in business. Growing up in the small town of Ocean Port, New Jersey, Bremner knew that she needed a change when it came to college.
Her decision to attend USC was tough. The first time Bremner visited the campus she absolutely hated it. Eventually she chose to attend USC after realizing it could help her to improve her writing skills.
After completing her freshman year, Bremner realized that she wanted to become more involved at USC. Confident in her writing ability, she applied to become a peer writing and communications tutor for the Student Success Center. In that role, Bremner assists students who are writing papers or giving presentations in all subject areas. She wanted to be able to make a constructive difference in helping others improve their writing and gain self assurance. Bremner’s love for writing and confidence in her ability made her realize she would be good at being a peer tutor.
One of Bremner’s most rewarding experiences was with one student that she tutors rather often. The girl was taking the PRAXIS exam, a test that measures teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills, and had failed the test twice already. Together they went over the girl’s past essays and discussed how she could improve content, grammar and writing style.
Bremner also focused on helping the girl gain confidence in her writing. Bremner later found out that the girl had passed the exam which made Bremner feel she had contributed a small amount to this girl’s great moment.
Bremner loves the challenge of tutoring many different types of students. She sees many international students whose second language is English. While this can be challenging, it has helped Bremner gain communication skills in a way she didn’t think was possible.
Bremner’s love for writing has not only helped her join an organization that helps others improve their writing but helped her choose her career path. This past summer, Bremner was a financial communications intern at Assured Guarantee in New York City. Combining her love for public relations writing and interest in the business world, this internship was the perfect beginning for her.
She hopes to find a job within the financial communications field, hopefully in NYC, after graduation. For now, Bremner is enjoying her last few months as a college student, tutoring students at the Student Success Center and searching for a job.
Persons is a senior public relations major