13 Reasons Why You Should Join Odyssey

13 Reasons Why You Should Join Odyssey

Odyssey is the perfect place for someone to show off their writing skills.

In November of 2016, I joined Odyssey because I had heard from a friend that it is a great place for people to write what they feel. Being someone who enjoys writing, I wanted to see if I could join. The process was quite simple and self-explanatory, and I was able to begin my career at Odyssey within a few days. For anyone interested in writing articles, making videos and taking pictures of an online site, Odyssey is the perfect place to go! Here are 13 reasons why Odyssey is the perfect place to start a writing career.

1. You have access to a platform connected to lots of people.

Being connected to the whole world is advantageous when it comes to being a writer. You can make your article blow up on social media, and you can even introduce new perspectives on topics that have been discussed so often. Having the ability to influence people around the world through your work is amazing to think about, especially considering how connected everybody has become. You have to power to change the world.

2. You can basically write about any topic you would like.

One aspect of Odyssey that I find unique, and something that makes the site stand out, is that writers can make the topics for their articles about almost anything. This gives a lot of room for ideas on the creator's behalf. Articles range from responses to others' pieces on Odyssey to fictional stories that are tough to look away from. The freedom to write what you want is one thing that I love about this site.

3. Being in a community means contact with other contributors.

A community is a group of people that are placed together based on the location. When applying for Odyssey, you have to select which community to join. One cool part of being in the same group as others is that contact increases between writers. They can bounce ideas off of each other and give feedback when one is in doubt about a subject. It brings people together over the joy of writing.

4. The editors are always willing to help.

Editors review the content that contributors submit, help with sharing on social media, give feedback on articles and perform many other duties. Besides that, they are also able to answer any questions that a writer may have, and knowing that someone is always able to help makes contributors feel ensured that they can always go to someone to ask questions.

5. You can write as much as you would like.

You may sometimes submit a piece and feel that you want to write some more. There is always the ability to turn in another article for that week if you feel like it. The basic deadline is submitting one piece per week, but if you're feeling a rush of words waiting to be typed out for others to read, then take advantage of the opportunity to write more!

6. You have a place to openly discuss feelings or personal subjects.

Content on Odyssey is not limited to just news articles or controversial topics. You can write about personal experiences that may have possibly shaped you as a person. Again, the ability to write about whatever you want gives you lots of power to write an article that can touch others. Writing about personal experiences can also feel like you're sharing a piece of yourself with others.

7. There is constant encouragement to share articles, support other writers and be active.

People around you in your community will remind you to do more than just submitting content. You can also read others' articles and tell them how you feel after reading. Being connected also means connecting with other creators to empower each others' works. Odyssey also has a Facebook page, and they frequently post articles that reach a large audience.

8. You can meet new people through being in a community.

One creator who can write about anything has lots of power to change the world, but combining multiple creators who use their words to reach others opens a whole world of possibilities. They can encourage each other on social media, and their writing talent put together can create pieces that are remarkable. On that note, you can also collaborate with other contributors to write articles. Bringing writers together can create moving pieces.

9. Weekly deadlines increase your work ethic and motivation to constantly write.

The required submission schedule is one article each week, so writing once a week for about an hour in your free time is the minimum amount you will write if you submit articles for Odyssey. It teaches you to work on time and not the night before the weekly deadline, and your appreciation for writing increases as you choose a new topic every week to write about. You suddenly realize how much you can write and everything you can say. You basically motivate yourself to continue writing by coming up with new topics and writing about what you like.

10. You have a wonderful addition to your resume.

Writing for Odyssey can be like an internship, so you can put it on your resume. This also means that you have experience if future opportunities come into the picture. You learn a variety of skills from writing for this site, so you have the ability to mention that in job interviews when asked about your experience. You don't have to worry about constantly applying for jobs and being denied for lack of experience because your resume will show that you do have some!

11. You have the ability to see how your writing has progressed over time.

After writing for this site for a while, you can go back to some of your first articles and see how you've grown as a writer. You can also see the number of views you've gotten on them since the beginning, and it's always nice to see how the numbers have increased over time.

12. Your understanding of the AP Writing Style improves.

AP Writing Style is the grammar style of journalism, and it's a bit different from academic writing styles used in schools. At first, you'll have to remind yourself that AP Style has some grammatical rules that are different from what you are used to. After some time though, you'll be able to write in AP Style without having to go back and fix any errors. If you eventually want a job as a journalist, this is a great way to learn the AP Writing Style.

13. Your work has the potential to make it big.

People have different reasons for writing online, and some want to because they want lots of people to see their work. I mean, it's always encouraging to see a large audience reading your work, and sharing on social media is crucial to have a bigger chance at reaching a wide audience. Editors can help with that side if you'd like, but you can share your articles on any social media platform. The more, the better! And if your goal is having a popular article, you will feel a sense of accomplishment if you make it big.

Interested in joining Odyssey? Click here to apply for the position of your choosing. Writing for Odyssey is a wonderful learning experience that a writer or aspiring journalist will definitely enjoy. Happy writing!

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.


We all knew Scorpion was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint

18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings

23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop

31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me

This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

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The Dallas Cowboys: 10 Things You Need to Be Watching For this Offseason

Without #82 and #88, how will the Cowboys look in this upcoming season?


Will this finally be the year that Dallas returns to the Super Bowl? It's too early to say, but some fans are hopeful.

1. Dak Prescott


Dak had a surprising rookie season in 2016-2017, followed by the infamous sophomore slump. Coming into his third season, he has Zeke and the running game solidly behind him again, balancing the pressure that was on him during Elliott's 6 game suspension in 2017-2018. Also, now that Dez is out of the picture, I hope Dak can focus more on his other passing options instead of making questionable passes to the veteran WR desperate to show off what he once was to the franchise.

2. Ezekiel Elliott


After his time training in Mexico during his suspension, I have high hopes for Zeke's potential in the upcoming year. Fresh and ready to prove himself, with RBs Rod Smith, Tavon Austin, and Bo Scarbrough behind him, I hope to see Dallas' rushing game strong this upcoming season.

3. Cole Beasley


Beasley's been busy this offseason pursuing other hobbies with the release of his first rap album, The Autobiography. However, I (along with all other Cowboys fans) am hoping that the WR comes into this season aiming high... specifically looking back to his 2016-2017 season that included 75 receptions. Now that Dez is gone, his ranking within WRs may be liable to change up a bit, and he needs to capitalize on it.

4. Jaylon Smith


The foot brace is officially gone. Seemingly fully recovered from the tragic knee injury that caused nerve damage and drop foot in his last collegiate game at Notre Dame, I am eager to see Smith in his full form. In 2016, Dallas made the gutsy choice to draft the then out-of-commission linebacker in hopes of what his recovery could lead to. I can't wait to see Smith at his full potential this upcoming season.

5. DeMarcus Lawrence


With 14.5 sacks in 2017-2018 (tied for second best in the league), Lawrence was Dallas' best pass rusher by far. Using their franchise tag to keep him a year longer, Lawrence needs to continue putting pressure on QBs this year.

6. Sean Lee


Sean Lee led Dallas in tackles last year with 118. There's no doubt that he is not only talented but also a leader of the defense. However, injury seems to plague him. Looking at stats comparing the defense with and without Lee is astonishing. With Lee, the defense allowed opposing teams to score an average of 18 PPG. Without Lee? 35 PPG. Obviously, this defense excels with him leading it. Let's hope conditioning in the offseason allows him to strengthen the faulty hamstring and keep him in the game.

7. New Coaches


I want to highlight 3 new coaches that Dallas added to their arsenal this offseason. First is Kris Richard, from Seattle, as defensive back coach. He will primarily be in charge of coverages of the defensive backs and linebackers. Also, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said that he's a good acquisition, and that's all I really need to hear. Second is Sanjay Lal, the new wide receiver coach. With Dez gone, this is one of the biggest question marks of the whole team, so I'm excited to see what Lal does with this batch of WRs. Lastly is Kellen Moore, the new quarterback coach. Moore is no newbie to Dallas, being a backup QB for three seasons. With the familiarity of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and his own fresh player perspective, I hope Moore proves to be a good sounding board and mentor to Prescott.

8. The Offensive Line


Dallas' offensive line has been a consistent part of the team, quality wise, for the past few years. Hopefully, this year will be no different. With three pro-bowlers (Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin), and La'el Collins steady at tackle, second round rookie Connor Williams is the only real wildcard.

9. Tight Ends


Witten is gone (tears). Without him, that makes way for new TEs to get the spotlight and step up. Options for tight end include Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin, and Rico Gathers. None of them have much experience, so this position is up in the air for the season to come. While definitely a shaky area for the Cowboys, hopefully, they've learned a thing or two from Witten and new TE coach Doug Nussmeier can add a new perspective.

10. Young Defense


With second-year players Awuzie and Woods showing promise in their rookie season, the defense has a lot to look forward to. They will be accompanying 6-year veteran Jeff Heath and 4-year veteran Byron Jones in the backfield.

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