I’ve always thought its funny how I’m the opinion section editor. I always say I have no opinions on anything, except apparently drinking, because I’ve written about it several times. In high school I was voted Most Laid Back, I’m an uninformed optimist, so why the heck did they give me this gig?
Q baby with Q Barbie (Photo: The Quindecim)
What I quickly realized was that I didn’t have to write about the government or go on angry rants about the environment to run this section. While these sorts of things are important and have found a place in my section, opinions can also be about our own, everyday lives. During my tenure, this is the tone the opinion section has taken. One of my favorite pieces I wrote was in those first issues. I wrote about turning twenty-one, an experience all college students share.
I’d like to think that what I choose to write about connects with where the collective “us” is in our lives, that someone finishes my article, nods their head, and says “yeah man, that connects with me.” I’ve been fortunate enough to, on a few occasions, have those people reach out to me. The number of times I could probably count on one hand, but in a community that apparently “doesn’t read The Q,” it feels big.
As an editor, I’ve helped facilitate this experience for others. My writers have had their articles shared in classes, and they’ve received emails from administrators wanting their help editing policies. I am proud that my section has given students the voice they need and deserve.
As an athlete, this is the kind of work I want to be a part of. This is why I sit in the office, writing what’s in my soul at four in the morning (it always feels far more profound at that hour). Because, this matters to the people around me. If I was writing a paper for class I would go to bed, but when the rush of the team effort, of your words in print, of the possibility of connecting with someone you don’t even know is out there, how can you not write? It is immediate gratification at its most intellectual, and I hope I’ll be doing it for a long while.
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