Why Jessica Day Is The Most Relatable Character I Know

Why Jessica Day Is The Most Relatable Character I Know

Honestly, I think we can all find something in common with her.

Hey Girl! My name is Terri Crowell, but you can call me New Girl. No, sadly I am not Jessica Day, but I'll get to that in a moment. I want to begin by expressing how excited to have this opportunity to share my thoughts through Odyssey. This will be an experience. I’ve always loved to write, but I’ve never publicly shared my material to this extent (unless you count assigned articles in high school yearbook). Hopefully you guys enjoy what I share in the future, as I continue to lay out my life, my stories and my ideas for the world to see. As for now, I'd like to introduce myself. The best possible way I could think to do that, as the New Girl, was to relate my life to Jessica Day's. I apologize for the following cheese-factor, but please get used to it because it's kind of my thing. Here are 11 ways I relate to the wonderful Jessica Day (also, I had bangs for a solid week back in December, so really we're twins).

1. The Roomie Situation Is Ideal.

Instead of three eccentric male roommates, I have my wonderful mom, my younger brother and my cats. I have to say, I enjoy living with them because as a college student it's hard to adjust to life as it hits you in the face and they make it a little bit easier. My mom is my best friend that I get to come home and vent to everyday. My brother is the guy I can drag to Disney World when we score free tickets. My cats are my little babies that I can keep fat and happy. The best part about living at home, I have to say, is that it’s free (!!).

2. I've Got A Bestie For Life.

She may not be Cece but Rachael Tse is a real life goddess; the kind that brings me Gatorade when I’m sick, buys me Jeremiah’s when I’m heartbroken and kindly tells me to shut up after my tenth pun of the day. She’s always there for me and she always has my back. Most importantly, she’s my right hand woman and I couldn’t imagine doing life without her. Jess and Cece have an incredible friendship, but me and my girl Rachael have them beat.

3. Singing Is A Thing. Always.

Singing is never unwarranted. Jess’s voice is quite wonderful whereas mine is better off in the car, but this is still okay. Singing helps to get the emotions out. Singing makes you feel like a rockstar. Singing is always okay.

4. Taylor Swift Is The Real MVP.

Lets get real, boys continuously prove to be a disappointment no matter what age you are. Taylor Swift has written multiple ballads on the topic (and she is a legend). Jess and I cope the same way (except as a 19-year-old my glass is full of pink lemonade, not her sparkling pink wine).

5. It's Hard To Figure Out How To Life.

Granted, Jess is in her 30s and has a real person job as a principal whereas I work part-time at American Girl and haven’t even hit my 20s, but we both have struggles. What's cool is that we take life a day at a time and we’re really good at understanding that everything will work out in the end even though it doesn't always seem like it. There are bad days and there are good days, but all days are worth it.

6. There Is Always Time For Dancing.

Happy times, sad times, any time, dancing is always welcome. Trust me I'm not always good at it, but neither is Jess, and that's okay. Dancing is another way to feel like a rockstar on any occasion. It's always okay to jam out for a second.

7. Athleticism Doesn't Come Naturally.

Yes, I have played my fair share of sports. Tackle football, tennis, volleyball and baton twirling all had my heart at some point. You can ask any of my previous coaches how gracefully I took on each sport I tried; it took hard work and dedication to refrain from consistently falling on my face. Most times, I was like Jess.

8. Self Given Pep-Talks Are Always A Must Do.

Hey, there's no shame. We all have those days when we need a little pick-me-up. Listen, we're all fabulous human beings and telling ourselves that we're fabulous doesn't hurt anything. In fact, I think it just makes us even more fabulous.

9. What Are Boys?

If you've ever seen the show, you know Nick and Jess have some serious chemistry but never found the right time to be together. It's a struggle that resonates with everyone because, let's be honest, we know they should and it kills us inside knowing that they don't see it. Now, I don't have a Nick in my life (maybe I do) but Jess and boys is how I always feel; awkward, failing, and better off on her own.

10. Making Actual Decisions Is Found To Be Quite Unnecessary.

Ask any of my friends. If I have to choose the restaurant, we aren't eating. If I have to make the plans, we aren't doing anything. It's hard enough to choose which of my five pairs of black leggings to wear in the morning. There are too many decisions to make in life so the simple things are better left undecided.

11. Jess Knows Who She Is, Loves Who She Is and She Is Always Herself.

I’m proud to say I strongly stand by that mindset, and hope to encourage others to do the same. We could all use a little self-love in this world. I think that’s the most important, especially when you love others just as much.

Cover Image Credit: Terri Crowell

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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If You Think Belly Dancing Is Sexual, You're Missing The Whole Point

Believe it or not, exposed stomachs aren't inherently sexual.


What we know as belly dancing here in America started in the middle east as a way for mothers to teach their daughters how to isolate certain muscles that they would use in childbirth, thus making the process an easier one when it was their time to go through it.

This cultural dance began with mothers teaching daughters behind closed doors where men weren't allowed to watch. It's possible that this fact helped cause some of the negative stigmas behind it by people who do not know its true origin.

Long story short (because I'm not looking to place false facts in this article), belly dancing moved over to America after a while and it wasn't necessarily accepted at first. Today, there is a multitude of belly dancing styles, including belly dance fusion which combines more traditional dancing with modern takes on it by blending multiple cultures or dancing styles.

You're probably wondering why a white girl such as myself is trying to educate you on something that clearly isn't a part of my own culture. Well, for those of you who don't know (or who couldn't recognize me from the cover photo), I belly dance at my university as part of an extracurricular club.

This club is easily one that I am most passionate about. I joined the club in my first semester as a freshman and have stuck with it for the past six semesters, and plan to stick with it for my last two. I came into the club with little previous dance experience and no previous belly dance experience, much like almost everyone else I've seen come and go.

I've heard of professors at my school who said they wouldn't go to our shows because it "made him uncomfortable." Why? Because our stomachs are out and we're moving our hips? That doesn't make our dancing inherently sexual.

We have a rule within our club that if any of us go out to parties, we cannot use belly dancing moves to try to woo guys or girls. Because guess what? That's not the point of belly dancing.

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