Introducing Filip Thurston: Your Link to Online and On-campus Writing Resources

1. Filip, we’d like to welcome you as the new Graduate Writing Assistant. What brought you to PSU? What program are you pursuing?

Filip Thurston, Graduate Writing Assistant

Filip Thurston, Graduate Writing Assistant

I am currently in the MEd program in the teaching of writing. I came to PSU because of the specificity of my program, the great opportunities for graduate students, and the presence of the National Writing Project. For years, my life’s goal has been to teach first-year university writing, and PSU offers a great means towards that end. Also, northern New Hampshire is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever lived, and I hope to build a strong standing in the community and at the university.

2. Could you tell us about your background, your experience, and professional areas of interest?

I started off in the business administration program at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. After freshman year, I started taking more communications classes and produced and hosted a radio show at Union College in Schenectady, NY. I also wrote a column for the St. Rose Chronicle where I was awarded Columnist of the Year.

After two years in Albany, I transferred to York University in Toronto, Ontario, to pursue a double major, with honors, in professional writing and communications studies. At York University, I edited The Pipe, a small student newspaper, and provided an editing service for students.

I eventually want to earn a PhD in rhetoric from a program that emphasizes new media and education. After that, I would like to work in a position teaching the future teachers of writing. I find honor in teaching writing not only as an effective form of human communication, but also as the most essential tool of democracy.

3. What services will you provide as the graduate writing assistant? How do you hope to benefit graduate students?

As the graduate writing assistant, I will be available approximately 12 hours per week to read and review graduate students’ writing. I will offer my input on the specific focus the graduate student requests. In other words, on some writing pieces, I may be asked to read for clarity of content and on others I might be asked to review the APA or MLA formatting for compliance. My goal is to be able to help any graduate student with his or her writing. I will also be assisting with the production of the College of Graduate Studies e-newsletter.

4. What is the best way for students to get in touch with you?

The best way to reach me is through e-mail at or by cell phone at (603) 731-5733. For faster service, send a text message with your name, e-mail, phone number, and a short description of your needs to my cell. I check my e-mail often, and when contacted, I will reply as soon as possible. Much of the work I will be reviewing for graduate students will be conducted through e-mail, but I will hold office hours that will be posted at


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