Why You Should Write For Odyssey!

Why You Should Write For Odyssey!

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Hey! You there! How did you find this article? Probably because a friend of yours shared it on Facebook, right? What if I told you, YOU can write one of these articles. YOU can become a published author and have YOUR article shared all over social media sites, such as Facebook! It's true, it's easy, and it's fun. Come join the team and write for Odyssey ! Not convinced yet? Okay, here are ten reasons you should write for the Odyssey:

1. It doesn't take much time from your other activities

If you have time to read this article, then you probably have time to write for Odyssey. Each article is about 500 words and takes at least thirty minutes to write. That's like replacing one Netflix episode with writing an article — very doable!

2. You're a published author!

Your articles get published on Odyssey's website for the public to read. Viola! Just like that, you're suddenly a published author as a college student.

3. If you get the most shares out of your school's writers, you make $20!

You're in college and on a tight budget. Any extra helps, right? The Odyssey requires you to write one article a week, typically. That means you can earn up to $80 a month by doing approximately 2 hours of work. That's $40 an hour!

4. It's like venting to the public.

If there is ever an event, like a riot or shooting, that upsets you, and you want people to know how you feel, this is a way of getting your words heard. These articles are generally relatively editorial, so it is all your opinion.

5. Seriously, you can write about almost anything.

With categories such as "Lifestyle," "Sports," and "500 Words On," there is always a category for what you want to write.

6. It looks good on a resume.

You're a published writer-- how about adding that to a resume, huh? The Odyssey gives you work experience. You gain expertise in writing, appealing to a specific demographic, working alongside editors, and striving to meet deadlines.

7. It's fun and relaxing.

Going into college, you think you'll have a ton of free time. Less time in classes means more free time to relax, right? Wrong. You have a ton of homework, classes, sports practices, extra club activities, meetings with professors and advisors, and barely any time to sleep. In short, college is stressful. Odyssey allows you to vent whatever is on your mind into an article. It relaxes you and you can do it within the short time frame you have available.

8. It improves your writing skills.

Odyssey is not about writing essays. You already practice research papers and essays in school; Odyssey permits you to practice a different type of writing. It's similar to blogging, but a little more structured. Basically, this style of writing is somewhat unique to Odyssey.Sign up and try it out!

9. You don't always have to spend hours researching.

Like I've said-- you're busy and you've already written research papers. Articles on Odyssey are relatively editorial, meaning you can write your opinion rather than researching someone else's. However, if you *want* to do research for your article, obviously, it is allowed.

10. We want YOU.

That's right! The Odyssey is always looking for new writers to join the team, and it is easy to apply...just click on this link!

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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The 2020 Race Is Feeling The Bern

Everything you need to know about Bernie Sanders entering the presidential race.

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This morning, February 19, 2019, Brooklyn-born Bernie Sanders announced he is running for president once again.

Unlike his run in 2016, though, Sanders now joins a crowded field of progressive candidates, one of which is Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

In Sanders's own words, this campaign is "about taking on the powerful special interests that dominate our economic and political life". Sanders went on to say that this is a "pivotal and dangerous moment in American history," and "We are running against a President who is a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction".

In his interview with CBS, Sanders explained that it is "absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated", and described candidates whom he is running alongside as his "friends".

Regarding policy issues, his focus remains the same as in previous years, planning to focus largely on women's reproductive rights, lower prices for prescription drugs, and criminal justice reform.

Sanders is also widely recognized because of his goal of universal healthcare. His Medicare-for-all bill that was drafted in 2017 outlines the establishment of a "national health insurance program to provide comprehensive protection against the costs of health-care and health-related services". According to estimates, however, such a plan would increase federal spending by $2.5 trillion a year.

When it comes to education, Sanders plans to make preschool for all 4-year-olds free, aiming to fund this plan through tax increases on the wealthy as well as Wall Street transactions.

More widely acknowledged is his "College For All Act", which would provide $47 billion a year to states in order to eliminate undergraduate tuition and fees at public colleges and universities. Additionally, the act would cut student loan interest rates nearly in half for undergrads.

In terms of social issues, Sanders is pro-choice when it comes to abortion rights and opposes policies which discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, such as Trump's push to ban transgender people from the military.

The New York Times discusses the idea that the political field of the 2020 run might leave Sanders a "victim of his own success", in that the multitude of Democratic candidates are embracing policies which Sanders championed in the last race.

"Ironically, Bernie's agenda for working families will be the Democratic Party's message in 2020, but he may not be the one leading the parade," said talk show host Bill Press.

Moreover, victories by women, minorities, and first-time candidates in the 2018 midterm elections suggest that "fresh energy" is preferred by Democrats, which potentially poses a challenge for Sanders.

Conversely, though, Sanders is also starting off with certain advantages, such as a "massive lead among low-dollar donors that is roughly equivalent to the donor base of all the other Democratic hopefuls combined".

Donald Trump responded to Sanders's announcement by saying, "First of all I think he missed his time, but... I like Bernie. He sort of would agree on trade... the problem is he doesn't know what to do about it. But I wish Bernie well."

By and large, Sanders is another strong candidate, and it will be interesting to see if he can generate the same energy and support now that he did in 2016.

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