Trail Maker

5 Students Who are Trail Makers

5 Students Who
Jacqueline Borchert

Jacqueline Borchert

  • Brett Highley
  • Jacqueline Borchert
  • Keith Hansen
  • Anne Iovinelli
  • Nicholas Goldsmith

Name: Jacqueline Borchert
Major: Linguistics
Minors: Asian American Studies and English
Year: Senior
Hometown: West Lafayette, Indiana

As a sophomore, Jacqueline Borchert saw a need to bring the resources of the world-renowned Purdue Writing Lab to the Latino Cultural Center (LCC). She led the effort to create a satellite office at the LCC and saw her vision realized when it opened in January 2012. She tutors at the new location weekly and oversees all undergraduate tutors. Graduating after just three years, Jacqueline plans to pursue a master’s degree and hopes to one day run a diversity program or writing lab at a university.

Home maker

“Every person has loved the new space in the Latino Cultural Center. There are a few underrepresented students who hadn’t used the Purdue Writing Lab before, and they told me they felt comfortable coming here. That was huge for me — it’s the reason I did this.”

Not so lost in translation

“I’m half Mexican, but we stopped speaking Spanish at home after my grandmother died when I was 10. My Spanish is actually quite poor, so I really had to overcome a feeling of inferiority and believe that I could be that bridge between the Latino Cultural Center and the Purdue Writing Lab.”

More than a grammar check

“A good tutor focuses on the high-order concerns, not just where to put the comma. They don’t give answers. Instead, they ask the right questions to help the student get to where they need to be.”

The logic of language

“People either love or hate linguistics. For me, it’s the perfect blend of art and science.”

Backyard treasure

“I’ve spent most of my life in West Lafayette, so Purdue was the backyard school. My friends were going to Princeton, Harvard and Berkeley. My mom made me tour Purdue, and I found out how much they had to offer. Purdue wanted me more and put me in a position to excel.”

Tough love

“I started on the harp when I was 5 after seeing the movie The Aristrocats. I love the harp, but it’s a brutal instrument — I would pop blood blisters while playing.”

By Tammy Weaver-Stoike
Photos by Mark Simons
Published May 2012