Why I Write For Odyssey

Why I Write For Odyssey

Write for the sake of writing.

I've been writing for Odyssey for almost six months now, and I feel like this is a good time to share why I chose Odyssey over other publication platforms and why I stuck to it.

I was first introduced to Odyssey by a high school friend of mine, who was writing for the Odyssey team at her college. At first, I was intrigued by the dazzling idea of having a platform where I could share an infinite amount of content with people from all around the world. So I got to it right away. I submitted my application without hesitation and after a semi-formal interview with the editor-in-chief, I was now officially the content creator for Odyssey.

The main reasons why I really wanted to join this particular group was because first, I wanted to have more confident in my writing, and I thought by publishing them online and receiving feedbacks from readers would eventually increase my confidence in the things that I write. Secondly, I really wanted to share my story, my thoughts, my experiences and my ideas, and initiate a thoughtful discussion among readers.

When I published my first article, 3 Truths the Media Isn't Telling You About the Sewol Ferry , I was surprised by the number of people that actually read the articles that I wrote. Some people agreed with what I was saying and some didn't, but still, the thought of initiating a discussion among my readers was all the more, exciting.

I have to admit though, as time went by, I started to focus more on publishing content that would get the most views or shares instead of writing for the sake of writing. Some days, I would obsessively click on the writer's dashboard, checking on a daily basis to see how many views were accumulated on the articles that I published, just like checking on Facebook to see how many likes I have on my new profile picture. The articles that I started to write was not what I felt deeply passionate about, instead they were just articles that would make more readers want to click on to read.

When I realized how this was not doing me any good, my Managing Editor helped me brainstorm ideas so that I wasn't forced to write something to meet the deadline. Also, the numerous talks that I had with my EIC also helped me to stay on track.

With the semester starting anew, I realized that yes, commitment is important, but also it's really important to be passionate about the things I do and truly have fun. Especially on Odyssey, I can basically write about anything and explore the topics that I love. Therefore, I'll continue to take this opportunity to create meaningful content for my present and prospective readers and hopefully, inspire them to write.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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