How To Craft The Perfect Headline

How To Craft The Perfect Headline

Your go-to guide to crafting the perfect Odyssey headline.

Some rules for crafting the perfect headline:

  1. It Should Be Unique
  2. Thought Provoking
  3. Is There A Curiosity Gap
  4. Ultra-specific
  5. Create A Sense Of Urgency -- Use Call To Action Words
  6. Include Numbers (listicles aren’t all that bad)
  7. Add Attractive Adjectives
  8. Make It Sexy
  9. Keep It Short
  10. Optimize For Search And Social

Formulas for writing better headlines:

  1. Number + Adjective + Noun + Keyword + Promise
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  2. How to + Action + Keyword + Promise
    1. How To Not Be A Grinch This Christmas
    2. How To Avoid Being A Total Grinch This Christmas
  3. Definition + Guide to + Action + Keyword + Promise
    1. A Guide To Explore The City, Just Like Buddy Did
    2. The Complete Guide To Exploring NYC Like Buddy The Elf
  4. Positive Word + Number and/or Noun + Keyword + Promise or Details
    1. 5 Underrated Christmas Movies You May Have Never Seen
    2. Top 5 Underrated Christmas Movies You May Have Never Seen
  5. Negative Word + Action + Keyword
    1. Stop Worrying About What You’re Going To Do After School
    2. Stop Worrying About Life Post-Graduation
  6. Call-to-Action + Keyword + Promise
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22 Girl Names Your Random College Roommate Will Have, And The Type Of Roommate They Are

Will she be your BFF?

Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.

All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.

1. Hailey

Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.

2. Beth

Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.

3. Michelle

Comes home at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. Loudly makes some sort of frozen meal. Sleeps through her noon alarm.

4. Victoria

Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.

5. Madison

Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.

6. Kim

Brings her boyfriend over every night of the week. Brings different boys home on the weekends.

7. Megan

Actively avoids cleaning the bathroom. Leaves her dishes in the sink. You haven't seen her shower in four days.

8. Erica

Normal. Quiet. Wants to be a high school English teacher.

9. Erika

Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.

10. Sarah

"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.

11. Julia

Studies music performance. Screams expletives at her keyboard. Cannot play the trumpet, but still tries really hard.

12. Hannah

So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.

13. Jenny

Should not be allowed to go out. Goes out every weekend anyway. Throws up in your bathtub and doesn't always address it in the morning.

14. Heather

Stressing about her internship. Is currently failing all of her classes. Will somehow still get a 3.5 GPA this semester.

15. Grace

You never see her, only the hairballs she leaves all around your place.

16. Emma

Only has guy friends because "it's easier." Guy friends who leave empty beer cans out after every sporting event on TV.

17. Caitlyn

Has a 4.0 as a biology major. Is going to med school. Sterilizes her room, the bathroom and the kitchen sink every four hours.

18. Sam

Always has a paper about feminism to write. Rosie the Riveter poster in her room.

19. Alex

Is probably dating her boss. Has straight Ds in all her classes.

20. Taylor

Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.

21. Alyssa

Trying to become the next big YouTuber. Has lighting equipment all over the place. You constantly hear the phrase, "Hey guys, welcome to my channel!" She squealed because yesterday she hit 25 subscribers.

22. Jesse

Is probably plotting your murder. Lurks around like a cat.

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5 Things That I Wasn't Prepared For Going Into College

Currently crying in the library instead of the club.

As a child, I viewed my future in college as a time in my life where I would have freedom in my left hand and adulthood in my right. It is that monumental moment so often expressed in movies and that teachers engrained into our brains. Flashes of red solo cups and ramen noodles piece together a stereotypical image. However, those are the little moments. The Elle Woods of the world cannot prepare you for the emotional roller coaster that is college.

1. Being "Broke"

"I can't. I'm broke." The instinctual phrase for when my friends plan to go out to dinner or want to see some movie starring Hugh Jackman. Technically speaking, I do have funds, though very minimal. I am just aware of the other things I have to spend money on. I could have one hundred dollars in my bank account but know that gas, groceries and an occasional acai bowl (oops) knock off a couple zeroes.

2. Tuesday Night

Students make time to go out. A microbiology major will have an eight a.m. calc exam and still manage to make it out to mid the night prior. That is why you see people going out on a Tuesday because their schedule just won't allow it. At one point, this may even be you.

3. People Don't Care

Rolling up to class in sweats and leftover mascara is a commonly recognized look. It is those that look like they came fresh out of a Covergirl commercial that stand out. Look at Dennis. Previously stationed near Turlington, you could see him in seemingly the same tight v-neck but in different color variations. I can still remember him screaming at students about the dangers of technology. Yet, students embrace him all the same. In fact, it's quite a common theme to see an odd thing, pause for a few seconds and then avert your eyes. As a freshman, I knew I truly became a part of the school when I walked by tight ropers in the plaza and didn't bat an eye.

4. Existential Crises

Emotional breakdowns are bound to happen. I wouldn't be surprised to see someone crying in the library. Never would I have thought that my mind could question so many things at once:

"Will four years worth of schooling and tuition actual pay off?"

"What if I don't graduate in time?"

"How can I take classes, have an internship, work, be fit and stay mentally sane?"

As much as people pretend, no one truly knows what they are doing at this point in their life.

5. Unexpected Bonds

At UF's diverse campus, I have come across people pretty different from me. Little did I know that I would stick with these core friends that came into my life at random moments. They were new kinds of friendship that I had never experienced before. Your differences only strengthen your bonds and encourage you to think with a new perspective. Everyone contributes something to the group - whether it be the mom figure or the sarcastic one. Unknowingly, these people become your greatest support system. Somehow, you end up spending every day together doing absolutely nothing. You go over for a study session when you know you're just going to end up putting on a Disney movie and scrolling through Twitter.

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