Now that my first year of college is coming to an end, I look back and am grateful for the tears, stress, and laughter I experienced during my freshman year. I never realized I would miss having all my friends in the same hall as me, barging into my room while I am trying to take naps and the need to go do things because one of us were bored or tired of doing homework. There were many memories made in our rooms, countless study groups, movie nights, and jam sessions and I cannot think of anything better than having these memories. Living with so many people you’re constantly surrounded by throughout the day may seem a little extreme, but knowing you had someone who was going through similar things as you was always reassuring; because whether it was a stressful test or just feeling homesick, I knew I had people to go to, talk to, or just hang out with till those feelings too would pass. So I want to say thank you to my close friends that live next to me. Thank you for the countless laughs where my stomach ached and I had tears streaming down my face. Without these memories, I do not think I could have survived the stress that comes from college. I can always look back at these times knowing we had a great time and always remember the fun we had together. Thank you for being there when I needed to talk to someone about what troubled me or what made my day. Knowing that someone was there that I could tell them something embarrassing that happened to me that day, like almost being hit by a skateboarder or falling down still holding on to my bike , was something I greatly appreciate (I gave up riding my bicycle after this incident). I never shared an embarrassing moment by myself and I could almost hear you laughing before I made it back to the dorms to tell you the story. Thank you for testing out the Freshman 15 theory, even if it was unintentional. Group dinners to the dining halls and snacking throughout the day were always a must, especially if we had been doing homework for hours. I could always count on at least one person wanting an ice cream cone and us having to make the tough decision of how far we want to walk to go to the dining hall that had the best soft serve. Thank you for dealing with my grumpiness when I did not get my nap or when I was hangry, you guys were the real MVPs. I think by now we all learnt to deal with each other’s hangry words and sleepless attitudes, thank goodness or else we would not have friends or be friends. Finally, thank you for making my first year of college the best experience. Through the ups and downs, you guys were always there and I could not imagine better friends to be in the same hall with. Without you, I surely I would have gone through with my threats of dropping out after every break, hard project, and sometimes procrastinated assignments. So here is to you guys, you can never get rid of me now because this year is in the books and we all did it together We Survived!
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Every person, every couple celebrates Valentines in different ways, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
Ah, Valentines Day, a day of excitement for some and heart break for many. There are three kinds of people on Valentine's Day: the ones who make it a big deal, a little deal, and those who are single, but Valentine's Day can be fun for anyone if you have the right spirit in mind.
Valentine's Day can be a super exciting day, especially for new couples. People like to make it a big deal by getting all dressed up, going to a fancy dinner, and getting each other super nice gifts. All of this is super fun, but can take a toll on your wallet. If you do make Valentine's Day a big deal, ensure that the things you put your time and money into are something you want in the long run.
Making Valentine's Day a little deal can put more emphasis on your true feelings. Little deal Valentines may consist of going to a nice dinner and spending quality time with each other. Some gifts may be involved, but they are little and very meaningful gestures such as pictures, letters, or their favorite heart-shaped candy.
To some, being single on Valentine's Day can be a bummer, but a having a night with your best friends can be super fun too. The day does not have to be so dreaded like many feel when Valentine's Day is mentioned. A whole group of friends could go to dinner together and maybe even make little Valentines for everyone like we did in elementary school.
There are so many fun ways to celebrate Valentine's Day without having a significant other.
I have had the same boyfriend for over three and a half years and Valentine's Day has never been a huge deal to us. Every year we usually go to dinner together and enjoy being in each other's presence. We also write letters that we give to one another after dinner and read them one at a time to watch the other's reaction. My boyfriend is especially good with his words, so I usually end the letter with happy tears streaming down my face. I know I'm successful if I get him to tear up a little and smile from ear to ear. Some years we've also given each other gifts, like our favorite heart-shaped candy and pictures.
No matter what kind of gifts we exchange, we always have something interesting happen to us on Valentine's Day. The first one we celebrated together, we went to a nice pizzeria and, mid-dinner, snow starts falling outside. By the time we left the restaurant, the road and cars were covered.
The next year, we had planned to go to a burger joint because they had a fudge brownie milkshake special. We arrived to the restaurant and there had been a kitchen fire, so it was closed for the night. There's no telling what will happen this year!
In the end, there shouldn't be one day that defines your love for one another, your love can be displayed every day in the littlest or biggest ways, just make sure you talk with your significant other a bit in advance so you're on the same page. If you want Valentine's Day to be a big deal, tell them, and vice versa. If you don't express how you want to celebrate the holiday, you might end the night in disappointment. If you can't come to a compromise, make it balanced! Have a fancy dinner, but do small gifts, or something along those lines. As long as you communicate with the one you love, it will be a success!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Dedicated to February 14
1. You don't have to feel guilty about flirting with customers for tips (or just for shits and giggles).
2. You can be obnoxiously flirtatious with anyone you want. You are free to be that girl that flirts with everybody and makes 'em all smile (it's especially fun when the guy is as cute as Collin Jost). No shame.
3. Making random men nervous with your superior beauty and intense eye contact just for the hell of it is really amusing and empowering.
4. No one gives two poops if ya legs are hairy (your man shouldn't either but *Kermit the Frog meme* That's none of my business)
5. The toilet seat will remain down.
6. There's more money to spend on yourself.
7. There's always this secret butterfly in your tummy that marvels at the possibility that when you go out this weekend you're gonna meet someone super handsome/wonderful/prince-like and have this moment of dazzling dalliance.
8. Nothing is that serious...you can take it all with a grain of salt...you don't owe anybody anything.
9. You can dance with anyone and everyone...or no one (Hello frat boi w/ glasses, I see you).
10. You don't have to fluff anyone's ego but your own.
11. Free drinks and dinners from single guys (It's not taking advantage if they're offering; a girl's gotta eat).
12. You have more time to learn how to love and improve yourself rather than constantly pouring your energy into another person.
13. You don't have to sacrifice your cheesy Jen Aniston rom-coms and Gilmore Girls for his Fast and Furious/other dumb action movie featuring blonde that is only in the movie to supply a relationship to the male lead and to make him look more masculine/empowered in juxtaposition (In other words, you don't have to deal with a guy being a crabby Patty while you watch your cute movies). 14. You can daydream about what your future husband may be doing right now (and not get stressed/guilty out because you're not picturing your current boyfriend that's crazy about you as your future husband). 15. There is more time to be spent with your girlfriends.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
African Americans have done so much and will forever be remembered for their accomplishments. In my opinion, there is no such thing as Black History Month. All year, we should celebrate the amazing poetry, music, inventions, and accomplishments that has surfaced over the last 100 years. Let's take a look...
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Social activist, columnist, early innovator, novelist, and playwright
8+ awards, 15+ poems, 24+ books of different genres.
Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)
Novelist of "Things Fall Apart"
NAACP Founded (1909)
A group including Ida Wells and W. E. B. DuBois met in Canada, demanding civil rights for blacks.
Marc Hannah (1956-present)
Invented 3-D Graphics technology used in films
One of the founders of Silicon Graphics in 1982, which is what was used in "Jurassic Park" and "Terminator."
"I Have A Dream" (1963)
250,000 people participated in the march on Washington. Leader Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech, titled "I Have A Dream." It was focused on black America and non-violence, which made him an amazing figure looked at today.
Lonnie Johnson (1949-Present)
Invented "The Super Soaker"
A toy with a multi-million impact. Currently using his fortune to develop energy technology.
I could go on for days. With so many amazing people that do not get enough credit, African Americans are just as influential as any other race, but we have a story to share. As an African American, learning what went on years ago and knowing that racism is still around is absolutely absurd. We have a voice and it is being heard right now. Kendrick Lamar's performance at the 2016 Grammys and Beyonce's performance at the 50th Super Bowl are great examples! We will keep making noise until things change for good. February is Black History Month, but so is January, March, April, May, and the rest of the months! We will not be stopped!
We've seen this movie before with the popular social media app.
Here we go again. There's a groundswell of support to ban TikTok in the United States.
But if this seems familiar, that's because it is.
Back in 2020, there were widespread efforts to ban the popular app, but a judge halted those efforts.
Additional attempts since have gone virtually nowhere, as the dances are undisrupted, the challenges continue, and the video views keep skyrocketing.
TikTok isn't going to be banned outright. Devin Coldewey over at TechCrunch says it best:
"There isn’t a clear path to a ban. The FCC can’t do it (no jurisdiction). Despite the supposed national security threat, the Pentagon can’t do it (ditto). The feds can’t force Apple and Google to do it (First Amendment). Congress won’t do it (see above). An executive order won’t do it (too broad). No judge will do it (no plausible case)."
So while a Senator from Colorado can write to Apple and Google asking them to ban the app, there's not a lot politicians can do on the matter. It's up to the tech companies and it would set an incredible precedent if they took the action to ban the app.
But banning TikTok for all Americans, across all U.S. devices, there's no clear path for that to happen. It's just not happening.
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