Farewell to odyssey: my experience

Farewell to odyssey: my experience

My experience writing for the Odyssey has been so great, and though it's time to say goodbye, I wanted to tell others why they should write, too.


I've been publishing articles under The Odyssey for the past seven months now, and I've decided that it's time to say goodbye.

I was ecstatic to begin writing for The Odyssey in January. It was the first time in my life I had the opportunity to share my views, interests, opinions, beliefs, and values on a genuine platform, content that wouldn't just be seen by a professor or the occasional friend. I had spent a lot of time writing and making stories up when I was younger, and writing for The Odyssey sparked my creativity all over again.

I've had the opportunity to write about so many issues that I'm passionate about. Feminism, politics, the media, family, friendships, pop culture, spirituality, religion, and relationships are just a few of them. My writing skills drastically improved over the course of these seven months, and my opportunity to write was extended beyond the sphere of academia and into the sphere of creativity and artistry.

Writing is tough work, though. And even though publishing one article per week doesn't seem like a lot of work, with an internship, a full time job, babysitting, classes, and extra curriculars, publishing articles, as fun as it is, became another additive to the mountain of things that I do to improve my professional life and further my education. On top of job hunting and focusing on a full credit schedule and my student organizations, I decided that it was time to give The Odyssey a rest in order to maintain balance, and, well, not go completely crazy.

I am so grateful for my experience writing for the Odyssey. I not only got to improve my own writing, but I was able to explore the content published by so many other creators and young writers. As a matter of fact, I was relatively shocked at how easy it was to start writing for the Odyssey.

After seeing one of my friends from school publishing her own content, I was fascinated to see how I would be able to do the same. With one Google search of, "The Odyssey application," and a brief but exciting phone interview, I was officially on my journey to being a creator for the Odyssey.

The great thing about The Odyssey is that the only requirement for writing is that you be located on a college campus, within a specific community that hosts a chapter for The Odyssey. I like those odds, especially considering that many other established newspapers, blogs, media platforms, etc. would require that you have so much published content out to begin with before they even consider adding you to their time. Point being, writing for the Odyssey is fun, easy, and YOU should give it a go.

There were many people who supported the opportunity that I received to publish my writing, including friends, family, and in particular, my grandfather. Thanks, Pop! But ultimately, I would like to thank anyone and everyone who bothered to open up any of my articles in the first place. It's you, dear reader, who made a big part of this experience so great.

Here's to new priorities and adventures, but also for a well-needed rest for my brain. Thanks, Odyssey.

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To The Girl Who Mocked My Sorority,

I buy my friends? Wow. First time I’ve ever gotten that, good one.

Do you feel better now? Was it all you hoped for?

I doubt it.

I’m not the “typical” sorority girl but I’ve also come to the realization that there isn’t a “typical” sorority girl. We are all different and believe it or not we are all just like you. The letters I wear on my chest don’t make me stupid. They don’t make me a bitch. They don’t make me spoiled. They don’t make me an alcoholic. They don’t make me fake. They don’t make me a slut. And they sure as heck don’t make me any better than you.

What my letters made me is better than I was before.

Some sorority stereotypes are inevitable. Yes, I love my Big. Yes, my Littles are my life. I’m guilty of being a master with a glue gun, and I’ll admit that new letter shirts make me giddy as a 5-year-old on Christmas morning.

But here’s what you don’t know — before I joined my sorority I couldn’t speak to a group of five people without turning red. Now I help run meetings in front of 45 women. Before, I would never have had the courage to go up to a group of girls and sit with them for lunch. Now I’m actually invited (crazy, I know). Before, I struggled with my grades. Now I have sisters in my major offering help. Before, my resume was empty. Now, it's full of leadership positions and community service hours. Before, I didn’t quite feel accepted. Now, I’m welcomed lovingly into an extremely diverse group. What’s so bad about all of that?

I get it. Sororities aren’t for everyone. I’ll even go as far to say that some of us sorority girls can be a little much. But what’s the point of dissing something that you don’t understand? Next time you’re about to make a cruel stereotypical joke, think about how you would feel if someone did that to you. Instead of making fun of sorority girls, sit down with one and find out why it’s so important to her.


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Reading some of these truths Manson lays out honestly felt like a punch in the face at first, but at the same time, it felt refreshing. Unlike other traditional self-help authors, Manson is funny, honest, and has a prose that will mentally spellbind you. He understands that your life is full of crap, but instead of finding ways to clean the crap, he tells you to make do with it.

So in short, Mark Manson's "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" is a must-read and could make a good read that can help with any New Years' resolutions. Manson pulls you out of the la-la-land that often leaves you vulnerable from the crap in your life and gives you a hard-to-swallow pill that will ultimately lead you to simply not give a f*ck. He never says it's easy, but in the end, you'll feel empowered.

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