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“Having to Write with an Unsharpened Mind,” by OC Student Ace Butler

 This is my first entry for the One Voice blog here at Olympic College. In all honesty I have no idea what to write other than the fact that I have not written anything for quite some time. Looking at the “Suggestions for Managing ‘One Voice’” sheet, I am recommended to aim for one and a half pages (about 600 words.) The suggestions page itself is four pages long…

 

Irony: one of the many rhetorical devices I have learned and remembered from amassing knowledge in English courses. Clichés: what dictionary.com defines as “a trite, stereotyped expression; usually expressing a common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse;” or in my own explanation of that word, the walking form of, me, Ace Butler.

 

Definitions: a great way to knocked down space in a writing assignment that has a word requirement.

 

Perhaps if there is one piece of advice I have learned when it comes to writing, it is this: first write from the heart, then from the head. (That was actually a line from Sean Connery’s character in Finding Forrester.)

 

Inspiration: not to be confused with plagiarism.

 

But really, when it comes to writing, anything at all, it begins with a simple challenge: having to write. This thing is all about getting down what’s in your brain onto paper without having to draw blood or leaving a pulpy mess. Writing is using your own digits as utensils and your own blood as ink – and I mean that figuratively – even if it is at the expense of possibly sounding stupid, or strange, or even dark at times.

 

Large spacing in between paragraphs: never compensates for missing words, but as any English teacher will tell you, they prefer quality over quantity any day.

 

Making every word count: I think this blog is entry worth 600 letters?

Ace Butler is a returning Olympic College student with interests in English and Psychology.  He is volunteering in the Multicultural & Student Programs office as an editor for One Voice.  He has an obsession with masks and alter-egos.

Featured Post: Josh Nothnagle, Previous Olympian Editor

I didn’t realize how lucky I was to go to Olympic College until I started at another school.

I didn’t finish a degree at OC, it didn’t work out that way for me, but I spent plenty of time at the school and got to know as many people as possible. While I was there I failed to notice how high of a priority OC placed on student initiative.

I spent years working for The Olympian and would poke my head in at the Multicultural Center to visit with Jodie and Anjelica. At first I did it for work, they were great people to know and would help me with stories whenever I needed it, but as friendships developed I started spending more time there because of how much they care about students. And I loved seeing their compassion in action.

My new school wasn’t bad, I took a couple of really good classes while I was there, but students were treated like customers. That attitude paid off in some ways, it only took me a few days to get financial aid, but they missed the mark when it came to building future leaders.

If you want to change something, as a student, at OC, you can. If you identify a problem and have a solution, OC will listen. If you have a passion and want to immerse yourself in it, OC will help. All of this, in my opinion, is true in part because of the sense of community that exudes from the Multicultural Center and fills the school.

I watched Jodie, Anjelica, Krystal, who no longer works at OC, listen to students and help guide them to resources that would help them follow their dream; or in some cases, get their life back on track.

Sometimes they refer hungry students to the Sheryl McKinnley Food Bank, a for-students-by-students food bank and it’s named after the student who worked to start it.

The team in the Multicultural Center makes it a priority to listen to every person who walks through their door, and that’s one of the most beautiful things they do. There is an office for everything on campus, but there is no office like the Multicultural Center.

I’ll be attending the University of Arizona next, and I’ve accepted a position writing for their student newspaper. I know I’ll be happy there, I know I’ll have a good time, and I know I’ll be challenged.

But I also know I’ll never find another place quite like the Multicultural Center at OC – it’s a one-of-a-kind community. You’re lucky to have this resource and this support while you’re in school; don’t take it, or them, for granted.

Josh Nothnagle attended Olympic College from fall 2009 – winter 2012. While at OC Josh was the managing editor and editor-in-chief of The Olympian of OC and frequent visitor to the Multicultural Center. After OC, Josh spent two semesters at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz., and was accepted to the University of Arizona for fall 2013.