Freedom Of Speech Is Cool But...

Freedom Of Speech Is Cool But...

...but can be really destructive


Basically, the world is falling apart in every which way because of one huge orange idiot; in which 47% of white women voted for an orange, 0% of black woman and 18% non-college graduates. I did not choose these statistics for any specific reason, they are just a few statistics that I remember from one of the scariest elections in American history.

Okay, so we all know the first amendment is the right to ~free speech~…but when does "free speech" become "destructive speech", and harm people rather than better then because it's "not against the law". I read articles from Odyssey time after time and makes me question the real reason I am writing for this platform, but then I remember my voice needs to become louder, my voice needs to become more important, and my articles more views.

I cannot bear to comply with young people reading articles based on how the "Bible did not teach men and women to be equal" and emphasizing the fact that women are less than men. I cannot bear to listen to someone preach about their support for the orange in office, and the man behind him.

The ways in which some FUTURE TEACHERS and EDUCATORS support Betsy DeVos' idea is removing funding to the Special Olympics, to create more charter schools (which are actually a systematic approach to separating whites from ~others~). I know the first amendment, I know we all have rights…but when should a writing an article platform say enough is enough? We are living in a controlled system, reconstructed for white people, BY WHITE PEOPLE.

I am done standing by and watching articles blow up on ideas of misogyny, racism and supporting Donald Trump. I want to support everyone, and I want to love everyone…but at some point, I cannot have my friends of color be afraid to read the Odyssey due to its lack of compassion for those who cannot defend themselves in these situations.

I know Odyssey's mission is to give young writers a large platform, and I 100% support that; but the writers vernacular when approaching their ~articles of the week~, is something I can't be behind. I want to help change the world, not base it off of an amendment that is not fully for the people, but against in some ways. It is not a systematic approach to equality, it is a systematic approach to separation.

Please remember your words have power, no matter who you are or what you stand for. Write for the better of our world, not to destroy it any more than it already is.

Be kind, be thoughtful and be smart.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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A Letter To Me, The Girl Who Overthinks Everything

It's a weakness and a strength.


Dear Me,

In the past few years of your life, you have hated yourself for your overthinking. I want to take the time to tell you right now that your overthinking is not always a weakness, but it's a sign of your strength. And you need to see that.

I know it's a dreadful feeling. A chill runs down your back. Your mind starts racing. You need to keep moving or your mind will start screaming. You think you'll go deaf from your own thoughts. There's no moment of peace. You think you're going insane.

You analyze the texts. You think back to the conversations. Why didn't she look me in the eye? Why didn't they smile? Should I have said that? Why did I say that? You analyze every little detail to see what it means to you. You relive every mistake over in your mind until you make it right. It never ends and you hate it. But did you ever ask yourself why your brain works this way?

In the first 18 years of your life, you've been through and have done a lot. Probably more than you would like to admit. As a daughter of immigrant parents, you grew up finding your way, often on your own in the world. You needed to figure out life while teaching your parents about it at the same time. While most kids wanted to fit in, you needed to make sure you kept your Vietnamese culture. You've converted religions. You've been betrayed by good friends. You've been fat-shamed...and more. There were times where life felt like it was punching you in the gut, a million times over and you didn't know how to take it. So now, you overthink it.

Why? Well, do you realize how hard you've worked to get to where you are? You're getting awards, scholarships, and you're going to a fantastic college this fall. That's not because you sat back to let things be handed to you on a silver platter all your life. Don't get me wrong. You've been given SO MANY good things in your life, but there was also a lot of bad. Life swung at you when you least expected it. But you're here, aren't you? You overthink because you know what it is like to be fooled, and you want to know that you'll never be caught off guard again. So when life comes to get you, you're making sure you're ready to kick right back.

Another thing... Many people say you overthink because you care what other people think of you. But that's not it. It's actually quite the opposite. You overthink because you over love. All you want is to make the people in your life happy because that's what makes you happy. Life put you in their life for a reason. So, you're giving them all you have. Every little action is a chance for you to do that.

You want to do it all in your life. You overthink everything because if you do something, you're gonna do it right. Your mind needs to keep working. That's what it does even when its not supposed to.

You're strong. But you weren't always this way. Your overthinking is simply a side effect from being caught in the storm for so long. You're in a great place and you're on the way to do great things. No one can stop you now. But you still overthink it so it stays that way. This is how your brain works. It's a part of you and shows how far you've come. You're perfectly okay.

With love,

You, The Overthinker

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