The Anderson Difference

The Anderson Difference

Why attending Anderson was one of the best choices I have ever made
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Hello Odyssey World and Anderson Community! I am so pumped to start writing for the odyssey!

So to say Anderson has been life changing for me! Like seriously life changing! Coming to AU has given me more joy, better relationships, more of a fire for God, and so much more !There are so many things that make AU so special for each and every student steps on this campus. So to start off my Odyssey journey I wanted to share a couple of those things that I have fallen in love with here at AU. ‘

  1. The Community
    1. Y’all, there is something so special about this campus and everything in it. I can walk across this campus and I may not know the person I am walking with but 99.9% of the time they will carry on a conversation with you. When I was in the process of coming to Anderson I prayed for community and I was blessed abundantly. I got beyond lucky with the people on my hall, classes, my alpha group, BCM and so much more. I have found the best friends and some amazing people to look up to and go to with problems.

  1. The people that work there
    1. Name a college where your transit driver will look all over church until he finds you. Or a Postman that is always there to give you a smile. The trash man that is always there to say hello. Yep, that is something that makes Anderson so special. We have people like CH and the other transit drivers. Mr. Scott Taylor who literally will put a smile on your face. JJ who is so happy picking up the mess we have made. Like what other college do you get to meet such genuine and happy workers like that.

  1. Campus Ministries
    1. Anderson is full of a lot of great campus ministries that foster a great christian community. I have found my home in a thing called BCM. BCM has had one of the biggest impact on my life. It has given me the best friends and community to do life with. Thursday nights are something I look forward to always.

There are so many special things about AU. It has been the best decision of my life to come here. So, to start off my odyssey journey I just wanted to share some of my favorite things about a place that has helped me grow beyond words.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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