A Letter Of Thanks To The Miami University Odyssey Team

To The Miami University Odyssey Team, From Your President

All good things must come to an end.

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I joined Odyssey in the summer of 2016, just before my sophomore year of college. I had always loved writing, but as a marketing major with my schedule packed full of business classes, I was finding that I didn't have much of an outlet for creative writing, and I really missed it.

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from Odyssey, but I hoped that it would become that creative outlet for me.

Odyssey turned out to be exactly that and so much more. Odyssey became part of my identity and the team at Miami turned into my community. I became a better writer and editor, I got experience with the intricacies of social media marketing, and I had the opportunity to grow my leadership skills. I met so many wonderful people that I probably never would have known and had doors opened that wouldn't have been otherwise.

I still remember the first article I ever wrote, a letter of advice to my friends starting college. I remember the first time one of my articles broke 10,000 views (now at 80,000) and the first time one broke 100,000 (now at 650,000). However, the most memorable part of my time with Odyssey has been the feeling of getting to share my voice and passions with people from all over the country.

Almost three years later, it's finally my time to say goodbye to the team that means so much to me. While I've known this time was coming (after all, my parents informed me very early on that taking more than four years to graduate was not an option), I'm still a little surprised by how hard it is going to be to say goodbye. It hasn't always been easy. There have been days where I've felt a little bit like I was drowning in responsibility, days when the last thing I wanted to do was write another article, and days that have been just plain frustrating.

However, the joys I've gotten to experience vastly outweigh the difficulties I've faced, and for that, I owe it to all of you.

To my team members, both past and present:

None of this would have been possible without all of you. I've enjoyed seeing all of you experience the same joys that I've experienced as a writer. I've loved helping you whether it's been coming up with a topic idea, editing your articles, or answering your questions. It's been an honor to work alongside you as a fellow writer as well as to work for you as President. I look forward to continuing to read the wonderful content you produce and seeing all of you succeed as writers.

To Amanda:

I couldn't have asked for a better Editor-in-Chief to work alongside. You have done so much for me and our team and I'm so glad that I've gotten to experience all of it with you. Hollan always called us the dream team, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

I hope you all know how much Odyssey and our team has meant to my college experience. It has been an enormous privilege to serve as your President and I can't thank you enough for the role that each one of you has played in this experience.

Sincerely,

Your President

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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Writing Is More Than Just A Hobby

It's something that I want to make a part of my career.

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As a second-semester freshman who spent most of their first year in college as an undecided major, I can say that I have explained what I was considering doing and then receiving feedback as to what others believed that I should be doing many times. Now, I finally have an idea of what I want to do, but it's not a plan that many people agree with.

I have finally decided that I want to double major, which seems to impress a lot of people. That is until I tell them that one of those majors would be professional writing.

I have answered the question, "So, what do you plan to do with that?" more times than I can count, and I'll admit, it is a fair question. I think that many people are under the impression that writing is just something to do on the side; it isn't viewed as something to make a career out of.

To me though, writing is so much more than just a hobby. When I write, I'm not just doing it for fun. I do it to voice my thoughts and express my emotions. While some people turn to exercise or music when they are stressed, I turn to writing. It never fails to make me feel better after a long day.

I get where people are coming from, though. I know how difficult it is to make it as a writer and how dedicated I have to be to make sure that I end up in a career that offers me financial stability. But I also know how rewarding it would be to find myself in a career that suites me perfectly rather than one that only offers me monetary gratification.

I'm hoping that my love for writing can translate into a career in law in the future, which would both suit my interests and offer me the financial support that I need. Wherever I end up though, I'm hoping that my love for writing can extend beyond just a hobby, because to me, it's so much more than that.

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