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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.

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