A Farewell To The Odyssey From Your Average Content Creator

A Farewell To The Odyssey From Your Average Content Creator

This isn't goodbye, but a see you later.
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If you're reading this, you're probably one of my beloved followers who read my content every single week. And I'm sorry to have to tell you that you won't be able to do that anymore because I'm hanging up my hat and saying goodbye to the Odyssey for a little while.

But before I go, I wanted to give a proper goodbye and thank you to all of the amazing people who read my content every week and have given me such a huge and loving support system that I never thought was possible. The compliments you all have shared with me about both my writing and my character have meant the world to me. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my beliefs with the world through a few short words every week and YOU have made that opportunity possible for me, and for that, I can't thank you enough.

But instead of sappy thank you's and goodbyes, I thought I would reminisce on my time here with the Odyssey and some of my content that I had written, so here it goes.

Before joining the Odyssey, I remember reading content from other creator's and falling in love with the words and perspectives they shared because it was something different, it was something that actually pertained to me and my beliefs as a woman. Then as I found out SVSU had its very own community of writers, I couldn't wait to join.

I still remember writing my very first article and being absolutely terrified of the types of responses I would get or what people would think of me, but after it went live, I was certainly blown away by how many kind words people shared with me. My "No I Don't Have A Boyfriend And I'm Doing Just Fine" article is still one of my favorites to this day.

From there on, I was hooked. I absolutely fell in love with writing and sharing my beliefs and perspectives on things in this world. I wrote about life, love, family, friends, farming, political issues, and everything else in between.

My first farming article "Here's to the Farmer" was another one of my favorites, I finally got to tell the full story of farming, not the "farmer's are rich story". And I'm pretty sure it made my dad cry even though he doesn't like to admit it.

I wrote about my life-changing mission trip, my stance on bullying, and my "7 Reasons You Wish You Grew Up In A Big Family."

Another one of my favorites that I still refer to daily would have to be my "20 Bible Verses For Every Emotion" because you always need a great Bible verse and God to help lead you through your life.

To the very first time my article was shared on the Odyssey's Facebook page reaching thousands of more people.

And even to my hometown article that received so much love and support, "25 Signs You're From Reese, Michigan."

From then on, things only got better as I reached almost a million views with my two most famous articles "Dear Mom, I Hope You Know" and "To The Girls Wearing Cheeky Bathing Suit Bottoms, Please Stop" . Although both articles gave me VERY different types of criticism, I only became stronger and my article "To The Girl I Used To Be" explains that perfectly.

And from there, I finished out strong with some fun articles about my sorority sisters, my summer bod, being crowned Michigan Sugar Queen , and camping .

It certainly was a year full of ups and downs, full of immense personal growths, and full of amazing memories I will never forget.

Odyssey, you've been good to me.

This isn't a goodbye, but a see you later, you never know what the future may bring.

Cheers,

Your average content creator.

Cover Image Credit: Kayla Ratajczak

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40 Small Things That Make College Students Happy

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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Everyone Should Experience Working In Fast Food Or Retail

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it.

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I know these jobs aren't glamorous. In fact, most days I looked forward to clocking out before I had even clocked in. I always secretly rolled my eyes when an angry customer droned on and on about how entitled he or she was. Though I can name a lot of bad things that happened on the job, it wasn't all horrible. As I reflect on my time working in fast food, I realize how much having that job really taught me and how grateful I am to have had that experience. I really think everyone should work in fast food or retail at some point, and here's why:

You make some great friends from work. I get it, sometimes your co-workers are royal jerks or flat out creeps. You see your name on the schedule next to theirs and immediately try switching with someone else. I've been there. However, I have worked with some amazing people as well.

Every time I worked with one girl in particular, we laughed for entire shifts. One night, we were singing the national anthem at the top of our lungs without realizing a customer had come in (to our surprise, she applauded our terrible screaming). Another coworker and I turned up the radio on full blast when business was slow and had dance battles. We made the most of our shifts, and I still talk to some of these people today.

You learn how to deal with difficult people. It's the age-old story: the uppity customer thinks twelve dollars for a meal combo is outrageous and Where is your manager?!

My friend and I were once called stupid and a customer said he would never come back to our restaurant to eat ever again. At the moment, we were scared out of our minds because we were both pretty new to the job. As time passed, we became more patient and tolerant and knew what triggered these particular customers. Dealing with these adversities definitely helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to doing group work with people who seem unbearable.

Your people skills increase by a landslide. I had always thought that I was great with people before I had a job. However, when I found myself in situations where I had to talk to strangers, I would grow nervous and stumble across my words from time to time. Working in an environment where communicating with others is a driving force helped me not only with improving my public speaking, but also made me more outgoing. In situations where I once backed into the corner to avoid having to talk to someone, I now take charge and initiate a conversation.

You establish a connection with regular customers. My favorite customer was named Jack. He was the sweetest old man who came in every Wednesday and Friday and bought food for himself and his wife. I quickly memorized his order, which impressed him. We shared pleasantries every time he came in, and my coworkers and I looked forward to seeing him.

Establishing a relationship with people who come in a lot helps immensely when it comes to working. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when you memorize an order. Not to mention, the customers start to like you and typically leave a generous tip!

You have stories to tell for a lifetime! Sometimes bad things happen at work. Once I was holding a hot pan and burned my arm— I still have the burn mark on my arm to prove it. My point is, it sucked at the moment, but now I look back and laugh.

One time I asked my coworker how to make soup and she replied, "Slowly, but beautifully." It was so nonchalant that I cracked up for hours. There was also a time when a customer asked me for outlandish toppings and condiments that we didn't offer. The craziest story, though, was the drug deal that went down in our public restrooms. My coworker and I obviously could not leave our station and follow these people into the bathroom, so we were pretty much defenseless. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it made for a great story.

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it. It made me more independent and outgoing and gave me memories I'll never forget.

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