Make Empathy Great Again

Make Empathy Great Again

If you haven't listened to Brene Brown's speech on empathy yet, you should.

I am truly an advocate for a good ‘ole inspirational YouTube video. Whether I’m watching Casey Neistat, Ellentube, or a random individual video, I always plan on exiting out of the page with a new outlook on life. The other day, I was lucky enough to find a video about the different between empathy and sympathy. It was an animation, made from a speech given by inspirational writer Brene Brown. I know that she is an inspirational writer because I have one of her books, “Daring Greatly” on my side table (not too sure when I’ll even start reading the book but that’s a story for a different time).

Growing up, and even now, I tend to hear “give her a little sympathy,” quite often. I always just assumed that when I was sympathetic towards someone, I was just showing them that I cared and that I felt sorry for them, point blank. Little did I know, sympathy is not the path you want to take when someone is hurting and you are trying to comfort them.

Brene Brown explains that when someone is sympathetic towards another, they base their responses off of “at least” rather than “I’m sorry”. A sympathetic individual yearns for the opportunity to paint a sliver of silver around their dark cloud of hurt, making the individual in pain feel no better than they were before. An empathetic individual on the other hand, bases their responses on four attributes.

The first being the ability to be perspective, being able to listen to what the other has to say, and reassuring them that their feelings are being heard and understood. From this, the empathetic individual stays away from judgement, focusing on what they can do to make the person feel better, rather than who they should blame. The third and fourth aspect run together, and involve recognizing emotion in the other and being able to communicate it back to them. To be empathetic, one must try to feel what the other is feeling, rather than just thinking about it.

By making it a goal to be a more empathetic person, it is such an eye-opener. You become closer to your friends, and make it known that you are a person that they can always come to when they need a shoulder to lean on.

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5 Reasons To Write For Odyssey

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Have you thought about writing for an Odyssey Community? I suggest that you go for it!

It has been one of my favorite things that I have been involved in on campus. My community, and I'm sure in others, there is so much diversity within the team. If that isn't enough for you, here are 5 more reasons why you should consider joining your local team.

1. You're building a resume

Odyssey looks great on a resume, especially if you're in school for a major that has to do with writing.

2. You get to meet people you might not have any other way.

For my community, and I would think others, we have a GroupMe that helps us to connect with each other and get ideas for articles. We also try to plan activities to do together.

3. Job experience

Writing for Odyssey, you have to deal with a deadline set by the editors. Working with deadlines is something that any job has to deal with.

4. You're building a portfolio

If you're a journalism major this especially applies to you. My school didn't offer many activities to help me build a portfolio for myself, but the Odyssey did just that. Plus, it's all in one place.

5. You get to be creative

The main reason that I joined Odyssey was to get job experience. Before college, I hadn't been able to write what I wanted and to see where I wanted my writing abilities to go. Odyssey has allowed me to branch out and try different types of writings as well as talk about things I found important, not just what I was told to write about. I have enjoyed writing for the website as well as meeting new people that it has introduced me to.

So If you are interested, they are always looking for new writers! Here is a link to apply:

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5 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Join An Odyssey Community In College


Hey you! Yeah, you reading this article. If you are scrolling past your social media feed and decided to click on this site, you are probably wondering why you should post on Odyssey. I know you are interested, I can feel it. You have either thought about it before or just now thinking about it because why else are you reading this?

Let me tell you first hand at how amazing Odyssey is and why you and everyone you know should join an Odyssey community.

1. You can write about anything

Whether you are into sports, pop culture or just want to write about what is going on in your life, good news, YOU CAN! Honestly, one of the biggest reasons I wanted to join Odyssey is because you have the freedom to get your voice heard and talk about whatever you want, and I truly mean whatever. One week you can write about how Kim Kardashian's workout is amazing to get the perfect summer bod, to how the Red Sox's kicked the Yankees butt to even talking about your college. Literally, the options are endless.

2. Looks great on a resume

If you need a booster for your resume saying you are a writer, editor or have leadership experience, a site such as Odyssey is amazing! People from everywhere around the world can read your articles. If you want to be a writer later in life, this is a fantastic place to start! You are already writing and getting out there, so might as well put this on your resume. Having said that...

3. Experience writing

Let me tell you when you write papers in college, they can be super boring and really don't feel like they help your writing when you are constantly getting told you are wrong. When you post on Odyssey, you submit one article each week, so that is writing experience every... single... week. You also have amazing editors to help critique your writing and let you know how you can improve. You are getting experience on how to write, what type of writer you are and how to become a better writer. To me, that is a win-win-win scenario.

4. The community

By community, I mean family. Who you meet while part of Odyssey is absolutely mind-boggling. While writing in college, I have met people from all different backgrounds, majors, experiences and have really felt a bond between everyone because we all have one thing in common: Odyssey. Everyone encourages each other to write a banging article and give each other ideas on what to write. They have your back and will be there for you always.

5. You will love Odyssey

Since joining Odyssey, I have absolutely fallen in love with it. Sometimes I can feel stressed and not feel like writing an article but then I think about how much fun it is. There are days where you may not have any ideas, motivation or time. But the Odyssey family will understand and will help you and work with you. You will not regret joining your local Odyssey community ever and I highly encourage you to do so.

So, if you read this article, you are thinking about joining an Odyssey community and all I can say is DO IT! You will fall in love with Odyssey, the community and writing. I highly encourage you to write. Don't be afraid to try something new, go ahead and WRITE!

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