Nicholas Butts First Year Seminar September 13, 2012 Cultural Mapping My name is Nicholas Patrick butts, and the meaning of my name is “victory of the people.” My family is one hundred percent germen and I have blonde hair and blue eyes. I have been describes as having a bubbly and charismatic personality. I was born in Decatur, Illinois on August 15, 1993. I was an unusually birth for example I was born two and half months early. It was hard for my family to watch my little body fight to live. Since I was born early my parents did not have a name picked out for me yet, but then my great grandmother paid a visit to the hospital soon after I was born. Immediately holding my fragile body in her arms she said, “His name is Nicholas Patrick”. My parents knew from that moment that would be my name. Later on in life I faced many challenges, since I was born almost three months early I had many medical problems growing up. My parents where told I would never be able to play sports because my lungs could not handle it. Since then I proved the doctors wrong. I have participated heavily in gymnastics and running showing that hard work and dedication can pay off. Smoking and Alcoholism runs in my family, and luckily I do not smoke or drink which helps tremendously in the many hurdles I have had to jump in my life so far. I have learned many things about my family in the past couple years such as the good work ethic that runs in my family. I have always been told to work hard for what I have. My parents have stressed this to me since I old enough to understand. I have noticed that my family through the generations ever since they emigrated from Germany has worked immensely hard to get where they are in life today. That is one of the main factors why I choose to move to Chicago. My mom and dad did not gradate from college and neither did their parents, which pushed me into my decision to attend Columbia College Chicago. I made my decision to attend Columbia College for the Creative atmosphere, great location, and renowned credibility.
Coming from a small town in the Midwest I was not used to all the diversity Chicago is graced with. Since I have moved here I have noticed Chicago is a melting pot for many different cultures, tradition, religion, and many other things. I believe moving to Chicago was an excellent choice and it will help me grow more as a person to understand others around me and myself. I am hoping that the move will help mold me into a better person, student, worker, and friend. Knowing my self is an important factor in life, but also knowing the people around me. Getting a better understanding for someone’s culture besides my own makes me a better person and also gives me more knowledge on how others have overcome many of the same problems that my family has dealt hit with in the past. When we did the exercise in class it help me understand more about my classmates. I hope to get to know them all on a personal level this semester. I believe this class will help mold the young people of today society in expanding their horizons and knowing about themselves and others around them.