I'm Rebuilding My Odyssey Community

I'm Rebuilding My Odyssey Community

I haven't been the Editor-in-Chief that my Creators deserve and it needs to change
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I've written for Odyssey since January of 2016. When I was accepted to join as a Content Creator, I was completely ecstatic. I could not believe that I, a clueless freshman, was going to be able to produce content on such an incredible platform. If you had told that freshman that her little dream of being EIC would be true one day, she would not have believed you.

But somehow, here we are. I've been EIC for around a year and it has been absolutely incredible. I've had several editors above me, I've had dozens of Content Creators on my team, I've been asked to write sponsored content, I've been paid for my articles. Odyssey has brought so much to me, and I have absolutely no clue where I would be right now if I did not have this platform and these people around me every day.

The last few months have been rough for my community of Creators. Our numbers have plummeted, the motivation has vanished, and we have not been a team.

I want to change that.

This week marks the beginning of a new era of Odyssey on my campus. I want people to be proud to tell their friends and classmates that they write for Odyssey. I want us to have articles reach the other side of the country. I want my Creators to be a team and to want to encourage and help each other every step along the way.

A lot of my team's shortcomings fall on me. If I am being completely honest, I have not been the Editor-in-Chief that my Creators deserve. I'm only human too, and I make mistakes, but this does not excuse my lack of effort and drive when it has come to this community.

It is because of all this that I know I can change the culture and re-engage the conversation at this university. It will mean more hours than I've ever put into Odyssey, more recruiting, more outreach, more video calls, more questions and answers and asking for help and advice from anyone that I can. But, ultimately, I know I can do it.

I write this article, not only to explain to myself all that I want to do in the next few weeks but to also show to my team that I want to fix things. That I will fix things.

Communication will always be a two-way street, but it has to start with someone. Everyone has to have their own drive, but someone has to set the bottom line and the ultimate goal to reach for.

I believe in my team. I know the type of content that they produce. I've seen their best work, so I know just how far they can go. I owe it to all of them to make this community and this campus something to be proud of.

We are strong.

We are young.

We are reckless.

We can do anything.

We are Odyssey. We will show you what we can do.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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