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Noella, Assistant Coordinator:

BLC Senior: Communication & Theatre Majors

Favorite Quote“When you’re writing, you’re trying to find out something which you don’t know. The whole language of writing for me is finding out what you don’t want to know, what you don’t want to find out. But something forces you to anyway.” ~James Baldwin

Commentary: I've chosen this quote because Baldwin captures how important it is to give yourself room to explore when you write. While writing an academic essay, you may discover pertinent information which changes your whole thesis. While writing a cathartic piece of creative writing, you may be scared to discover what you truly wish to say. Having a mindset of discovery and not staying tied to any singular idea will certainly help you grow as a writer, thinker, and person.



BLC Junior: English Major, Communication Minor

Favorite Quote: “Meaning is not what you start with, but what you wind up with.” ~Peter Elbow

Commentary: No matter how difficult it is to write, you just have to keep going. You might surprise yourself or you might not; continuing to write is the hardest battle. To win the war you must not give up on your process.



BLC Junior: English/Multimedia Writing Major, Communications & Spanish Minors
Favorite Quote: "Good writing is formed partly through plan and partly through accident." ~Ken Macrorie
Commentary: This quote speaks to me because it truly captures the essence of writing. Writing often takes effort and planning, but you never know when inspiration will strike. I’ve had many moments in which a fully-formed idea came to me suddenly, without any planning. Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” and I think writing is the same way — you never know what you’re going to get. Having a plan for your writing is encouraged, but at the same time don’t be afraid to open yourself up to unexpected possibilities. 


BLC Senior: English Major with Secondary Education

Favorite Quote: “Perfectionism… is the main obstacle between you and a shi**y first draft…. Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” ~Anne Lamott

Commentary: As a perfectionist, I have always struggled with revising my writing. This quote reminds me that all the good writing I have ever produced is a result of hard work and multiple revisions, not the first draft.



BLC Sophomore: English Major, Multimedia Writing Track

Favorite Quote: “The best advice I can give on this is, once it's done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes. When you're ready, pick it up and read it, as if you've never read it before. If there are things you aren't satisfied with as a reader, go in and fix them as a writer: that's revision." ~Neil Gaiman

Commentary: I can fall into the trap of wanting to perfect my writing in one or two drafts, even though this does not help me grow as a writer or thinker. Real growth happens when I take a step back from my writing and approach revision with a fresh perspective or "new eyes," as Gaiman says. Though my first few drafts of anything might be terrible, it does not mean I'm a bad writer or thinker; it means I have the endless potential to improve and grow! 


Jean-Marc, International Student Liaison:

BLC Sophomore: Mechanical Engineering Major

Favorite Quote: “To look at the work of your peers, and learn how to explain with kindness and precision, the nature of their mistakes is, in fact, how you learn to diagnose your own work.” ~Steve Almond

Commentary: Sometimes being able to put ideas into words can be challenging. By helping others, we can learn what we lack. In that way, by helping others, we also help ourselves.



BLC Sophomore: English & Media Arts Majors
Favorite Quote: "Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard." ~David McCullough
Commentary: I love this quote. It simplifies the scary act of writing to something everyone understands: thinking clearly. You're transforming the ever-swirling jumble of thoughts inside your head into something organized and permanent. It's hard, but everyone has thoughts, so anyone can do it. It's comforting, it's rewarding, it's beautiful.



BLC Sophomore: English/Multimedia Writing Major, Philosophy Minor

Favorite Quote: "Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

CommentaryIsolate your thoughts and allow them to flourish, completely oblivious to the outside world. Embrace divergent thinking and challenge conformity. In essence, pursue your creative passions with purity and an everlasting devotion to your truth for you are the only one capable of offering it to the world. 



BLC Senior: Theatre & Communication Majors, Spanish Minor

Favorite Quote: “Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.” ~James Baldwin

Commentary: Being talented doesn't make you the best at something — enduring the process does. Those who have practiced and developed their skills are the most successful, and the development comes with plenty of mistakes and frustrations. Endure them.