Meet The Odyssey Ambassadors

Meet The Odyssey Ambassadors

Odyssey's best wants you to join our platform.
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About a month ago, we set out to find the most passionate, driven, bright Creators to grow Odyssey's company. We found them! We think these Odyssey Ambassadors have the ability not only to succeed in their own personal goals, but aid in the continual and ever-changing growth, success and expansion that is Odyssey.

Narrowing down our search was not an easy feat, however, we are confident these standouts will be nothing short of exceptional. We'll let them introduce themselves. Get to know the new faces of Odyssey.

1. Sakura

I am from Houston, Texas. I attend the University of Texas at Austin as a radio/television/film major! I am a dancer on the Texas Pom Squad and am beyond excited to cheer for the best school in the world. I love writing for Odyssey because instead of ranting to the “notes” section of my phone, I am able to share with the world my experiences as I live my life!



2. Mikaela

I'm an Illinois native-turned Hoosier and I attend Purdue University. I'm a senior studying agricultural communication with a minor in international agriculture. A fun fact about me—aside from the fact that I grew up in a family of seven kids—is that I'm low-key obsessed with apples (both the fruit & the technology). I believe in Odyssey because I believe that everyone has a story to tell. I think Odyssey does a great job of giving a platform for millennial thoughts while also giving its creators the chance to develop both personally and professionally.



3. Monica

Hey, everybody! I am a third-year student at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. I am currently studying sociology with a minor in women and gender studies. A fun fact about myself and why I choose to write for Odyssey is one in the same. I am a writer who has dyslexia. I love writing for Odyssey because it gives me the chance to improve my writing and it truly shows me that you don't have to be a perfect writer to become a writer. All you have to do is have a love and passion for writing.



4. Matt

I am a junior and a secondary education major with an emphasis in theater, English, and English as a second language. I go to the University of Nevada, Reno. I have performed in over 30 theater productions! I love Odyssey because it provides a voice to a generation to have opinions on so many topics that actually matter to them. It also provides opportunities to grow professionally on a platform where it is difficult to get your voice out there in general. Click here to learn more about me.



5. Brandon


I am a senior double-majoring in history and political science. Fun fact about me is that my favorite drunk party trick is to recite the entire Gettysburg Address. I love Odyssey because, to me, it has the potential to be that great 'marketplace of ideas' that we hear so much about in the structure of democracy. Nothing makes me feel more alive than contributing to the discourse of my country and helping us move forward one thought concept at a time. Odyssey has the power to become one of the prime platforms of influence for millennials, and I want to work to help Odyssey get the greatest variety of viewpoints and life stories as possible. Click here to learn more about me.

6. Luke


I'm a sophomore journalism major at the University of Oklahoma. When I was 8 years old, I won a hula hooping content at Sea World in San Antonio. I love Odyssey because there are many untold stories within our society and Odyssey is a platform that allows for those stories to be brought to light. Click here to learn more about me.

7. Meredith



Hey y'all! My name is Meredith Scroggin and I'm a junior at the University of Richmond, but originally from Lexington, Kentucky (go Cats!). I'm super passionate about writing and blogging, hoarding nail polish, laughing at my own bad jokes, monogramming everything I own, finding good deals, and talking too much in group texts. I love Odyssey because it opened up so many doors for me and I love being able to bring that to so many different people! This summer I worked in Odyssey's editorial office as an intern and loved it. I can't wait to show more people how incredible Odyssey is! Click here to learn more about me.

8. Laura


I'm a junior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette studying child and family studies with a minor in law. Spanish was actually my first language, and I'm still pretty fluent in it! I love Odyssey because it gives me the opportunity to speak my mind and connect with people from all over the country. When I see an article that I absolutely adore, I make sure to reach out to the content creator via Facebook or Twitter. I have made so many Facebook friends and connections this way. They are always there to encourage me to be the best content creator that I can be. Click here to learn more about me.

9. Priya

Hey everyone! My name is Priya Patel and I'm from a suburb in Illinois known as Hanover Park. I'm a suburb-ian who took her passions to the beautiful city of Milwaukee in the cheese lovin' state of Wisconsin. Along with my love for writing, I'm majoring in biomedical sciences at Marquette University with minors in business administration and Spanish for the health sciences. A not-so-low-key fact about me is that I'm a country music fanatic and a lover of puns. I write for the Odyssey because it is the perfect platform for me to influence a wide scale of individuals around the world through the power of words, because the pen is mightier than the sword-- and it always will be. Click here to learn more about me.

10. Mackenzie

I'm a sophomore communications journalism major at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. I couldn’t function without my friends, books, coffee and peanut butter, and love anything and everything about the Blue Ridge mountains. I write for Odyssey because being a part of something as revolutionary as Odyssey is special. Odyssey has provided me with an abundance of opportunities to develop my voice as a writer, as well as a human being, and I’m forever grateful for that. Click here to learn more about me.

11. Whitney Waxler


I'm Whitney Waxler! I'm a junior at University of Colorado, Boulder and I'm majoring in international relations and history. I love Odyssey because it gives me the ability to have a voice and spread my ideas and awareness. I have written for Odyssey for two years and this summer I was an intern in the New York office. I had the best summer with Odyssey and was able to meet the incredible NYC team and gain priceless experience.


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20 Things That Happen When A Jersey Person Leaves Jersey

Hoagies, pizza, and bagels will never be the same.
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Ah, the "armpit of America." Whether you traveled far for college, moved away, or even just went on vacation--you know these things to be true about leaving New Jersey. It turns out to be quite a unique state, and leaving will definitely take some lifestyle adjustment.

1. You discover an accent you swore you never had.

Suddenly, people start calling you out on your pronunciation of "cawfee," "wooter," "begel," and a lot more words you totally thought you were saying normal.

2. Pork Roll will never exist again.

Say goodbye to the beautiful luxury that is pork roll, egg, and cheese on a bagel. In fact, say goodbye to high-quality breakfast sandwiches completely.

3. Dealing with people who use Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, or Dominos as their go-to pizza.

It's weird learning that a lot of the country considers chain pizza to be good pizza. You're forever wishing you could expose them to a real, local, family-style, Italian-owned pizza shop. It's also a super hard adjustment to not have a pizza place on every single block anymore.

4. You probably encounter people that are genuinely friendly.

Sure Jersey contains its fair share of friendly people, but as a whole, it's a huge difference from somewhere like the South. People will honestly, genuinely smile and converse with strangers, and it takes some time to not find it sketchy.

5. People drive way slower and calmer.

You start to become embarrassed by the road rage that has been implanted in your soul. You'll get cut off, flipped off, and honked at way less. In fact, no one even honks, almost ever.

6. You realize that not everyone lives an hour from the shore.

Being able to wake up and text your friends for a quick beach trip on your day off is a thing of the past. No one should have to live this way.

7. You almost speak a different language.

The lingo and slang used in the Jersey area is... unique. It's totally normal until you leave, but then you find yourself receiving funny looks for your jargon and way fewer people relating to your humor. People don't say "jawn" in place of every noun.

8. Hoagies are never the same.

Or as others would say, "subs." There is nothing even close in comparison.

9. Needing Wawa more than life, and there's no one to relate.

When you complain to your friends about missing Wawa, they have no reaction. Their only response is to ask what it is, but there's no rightful explanation that can capture why it is so much better than just some convenient store.

10. You have to learn to pump gas. Eventually.

After a long period of avoidance and reluctance, I can now pump gas. The days of pulling up, rolling down your window, handing over your card and yelling "Fill it up regular please!" are over. When it's raining or cold, you miss this the most.

11. Your average pace of walking is suddenly very above-average.

Your friends will complain that you're walking too fast - when in reality - that was probably your slow-paced walk. Getting stuck behind painfully slow people is your utmost inconvenience.

12. You're asked about "Jersey Shore" way too often.

No, I don't know Snooki. No, our whole state and shore is not actually like that. We have 130 miles of some of the best beach towns in the country.

13. You can't casually mention NYC without people idealizing some magical, beautiful city.

Someone who has never been there has way too perfect an image of it. The place is quite average and dirty. Don't get me wrong, I love a good NYC day trip as much as the next person, but that's all it is to you... a day trip.

14. The lack of swearing is almost uncomfortable.

Jerseyans are known for their foul mouths, and going somewhere that isn't as aggressive as us is quite a culture adjustment.

15. No more jughandles.

No longer do you have to get in the far right lane to make a left turn.

16. You realize that other states are not nearly as extreme about their North/South division.

We literally consider them two different states. There are constant arguments and debates about it. The only thing that North and South Jersey can agree on is that a "Central Jersey" does not exist.

17. Most places also are not in a war over meat.

"Pork roll" or "taylor ham"... The most famous debate amongst North and South Jersey. It's quite a stupid argument, however, considering it is definitely pork roll.

18. You realize you were spoiled with fresh produce.

After all, it's called the "Garden State" for a reason. Your mouth may water just by thinking about some fresh Jersey corn.

19. You'll regret taking advantage of your proximity to everything.

Super short ride to the beach and a super short ride to Philly or NYC. Why was I ever bored?

20. Lastly, you realize how much pride you actually have in the "armpit of America," even if you claimed to dislike it before.

After all, there aren't many places with quite as much pride. You find yourself defending your state at all necessary moments, even if you never thought that would be the case.

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The Evolution Of The Definition Of Nerd Is Interesting

What defines a nerd now, and what defined a nerd before.
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In the last ten or so years, well ever since the existence of "The Big Bang Theory," there's been a new fascination with nerds.

When I was growing up in the 1990s, the nerds were the kids who were smart, the kids who the popular crowd cheated off of during tests. At other schools, nerds were the ones constantly bullied and manipulated.

Popular movies of the time gave all nerds certain looks and characteristics. Nerds wore glasses and metal braces. They had a wardrobe full of polyester, wool, plaid, and suspenders. They used pocket protectors. They had no social skills. With the onset of movies like "American Pie," nerds could now be male or female. However, last but not least, nerds were always white and they retained that label for the rest of their lives.

It wasn't until about five years ago that people of color started identifying themselves as nerds as well. We had Steve Urkel from the TV show "Family Matters," but he was often described with every other adjective but what he was: a nerd.

Currently, black nerds are different in that they claim the nerd identity for being smart in one subject. For example, a black person who reads large quantities of comic books as a child now calls themselves nerds.

The definition and presentation of a nerd have changed. The longevity of being a nerd has changed as well. One can trade in the nerd title once they achieve success in STEM fields. They are then known as their field title instead of being coined a nerd. However, for those who don't find commercial success because of their knowledge are still nerds.

I think one reason for the change in definition is time. As time passes the meanings of all words change to reflect a new generation. I believe the other reason for the change is the new generation themselves redefining a word that left them out of its original definition.

With the word nerd, I believe both forces are at play. The arrival of the 21st Century changed the meaning of many long-held definitions. In the 1960s and 1970s, we had Squares. Those puritan straight-laced kids from movies like "Pleasantville" and "Cry Baby" who upheld the status quo no matter what.

Then the 1980s and 1990s came from Nerds. Showcased in movies like "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," and shows like "Saved By The Bell." The 2000s brought forth Introverts. Smart people who spent their lives bullied by the popular kids until we started writing inspirational books like "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" and get high powered jobs to justify the social rejection we always faced.

No matter how one comes to be a nerd, nerds have taken over popular culture for a change. Every superhero movie that comes out? A nerd created those characters. Every show that comes out? Marketing Execs slaved over endless numbers to satisfy the payout. Every Doctor that treats you? Had their noses buried in books to get that far? Nerds are everywhere.

The only questions now are what kind of nerd are you, and what will you be called 20-40 years from now.

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