10 Awesome Reasons Become A Creator For Odyssey Online

10 Awesome Reasons Become A Creator For Odyssey Online

Odyssey is one of the best writing outlets for young writers who are looking to explore new horizons.


Although Odyssey is not, in any way, perfect, it is a great experience and the resources it offers are extraordinary. If you are on the fence of joining Odyssey, I hope this article guides you in your responsibilities as a creator but also shows you how much of a great experience it is.

1. Creative freedom


Usually, when you are a part of a writers group, there is a specific guideline to what you can write about and what you cannot. On Odyssey, you can write anything from a list of shows you would recommend to an article talking about the struggles of public school education.

2. Explore your community


Sometimes you won't know what to do your articles on. Either you have run out of ideas or you have writer's block. Whenever this happens to me, I explore upcoming events in my neighborhood and either do an article explaining why you should go or after the event, explaining what I learned. You can also meet local artists and do articles about them.

3. Writing outlet


It can be extremely difficult for some people to find time to write in a journal or brainstorm ideas for their next short story. However, considering Odyssey has deadlines, you have to make time to explore something to write about. This can be extremely helpful in allowing you to put your week on paper. It will also allow you to speak out about the issues that plague your community. This outlet could help you reach the world.

4. No meeting requirements


Odyssey is not like any usual clubs on campus. You are not required to meet weekly or have to put time aside to get together with your editor in chief to go over the weekly article. Odyssey is purely online and it makes it super easy to simply put some time aside, simply to write and edit your article.

5. Enhance your photography skills


If you decide to explore your community, you will probably want to get some pictures to place as your cover photo. Over time, you will become more picky with which picture you choose to display.

6. A way to make new friends


Odyssey has many creators, you are bound to meet one on campus someday. Whether it be at the optional hangouts or at the bus stop, maybe even in class. Regardless, Odyssey does help you navigate college life a little easier.

7. Share your message with the world


Your articles are your way of telling the world what's important to you. Of course, some days I like the freedom of doing fun and short articles but at other times, I get to tell the world what I think of it. I get to speak out on the English only movement or write letters for my mom and how much I love her.

8. Publish your articles online


Generally, in writing clubs, your publications stay pretty local. Whether it be the school paper or restricted to those in the club, but Odyssey allows you to publish your articles online. It allows you to share your opinion with the rest of the world. The world may not always agree with you, but it does sure feel nice getting that opportunity.

9. Variety in creators' tasks


Odyssey creators DO NOT just have to be writers, there is also a need for photographers or other tasks. Creators freedom is not just granted to writers, which is honestly amazing.

10. Your Editor In Chief (EIC) and president


These people are your leaders, they help you come up with ideas for articles or resolve problems. Honestly, without them, your Odyssey community wouldn't be as successful. They send you weekly emails checking in on you and they are also college students, just like you.

My EIC and president are amazing. They are always connected with us, plan monthly hangouts, help us with anything, and my personal favorite: Bingo.

I love having them as guides to my writing and if yours are as great as mine, then joining will be even better.

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R. Kelly Faces New Accusations And Hopefully This Means The End Of His Reign Of Terror

"Surviving R. Kelly" helped to shed light on what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have been dealt.


R. Kelly is one of the most prominent R&B; artists of the '80s and '90s. However, his business as an artist is not the main reason his name is now resurfacing. Due to the attention brought on by a documentary, "Surviving R. Kelly", many started realizing what others tried to mention years ago.

In the documentary, the stories of numerous women who all have had contact with him talked in great detail about the terrors they encountered and horrors they still face. Included in those who took part in the documentary are Sparkle, Wendy Williams, Tarana Burke, and 50 others. Many talked about his obsession with pedophilia while mentioning his and predatory behavior toward women and abuse (physically, verbally, and sexually).

As of February 22, 2019, Robert Sylvester Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

These charges are criminal, felonies, and were filled through Cook County in Illinois. "Surviving R. Kelly" shed light to what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have just been dealt.

In the past, R. Kelly and his team have been able to slip through the grasps of justice. He was acquitted in 2008 for child pornography charges and numerous other incidents throughout the years. This time around, the R&B; artist is being investigated by three different federal law enforcement agencies surrounding evidence, testimonies, and statements made by those involved in the filming of the documentary.

A 45-minute tape including an underage 14-year-old girl and R. Kelly has been presented to prosecutors leading to the filing of charges. To note, this video is separate from the videos in which previously were used in cases on different charges. Along with this new video, two additional accusers have stepped forward to detail their encounters with the artist. These two women are a former protege and mother of a daughter who is presently involved with him.

Former protege, Lizzette Martinez went on to say when she was 17-years-old and forced into sexual acts numerous times with Kelly. Eventually becoming pregnant with R. Kelly`s child, Lizzette Martinez felt pressured by him to have an abortion; she ultimately miscarried later on. The other accuser, Michelle, explained her daughter`s ("N's") relationship with him. Michelle said that communication between her daughter and her is limited because R. Kelly`s enforced restrictions. R. Kelly and his team have denied all allegations multiple times as he is a "God-fearing man". While some still question the authenticity of these charges, others question if R. Kelly will actually face the consequences of his actions.

With these new charges and "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary, there is an important factor society must understand before his case continues and similar ones are filled. Between lust, fame, money, power, and more, there are hundreds of reasons why R. Kelly did not face convictions others would have easily. Yes, he is profitable, rich, and all of those hundred reasons but they are not suitable reasons that can come close in justifying these allegations.

AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT there is NO reason for ANYONE to commit such crimes.

There is also no justifiable reason for anyone to commit such crimes and be able to get away with their actions time and time again. Over the course of his career, there have always been allegations and until the documentary, no one listened. It is time to give survivors the time and our ears for their story to be told and listened to.

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From The Girl Who Has Always Been The Odd One Out

All I wanted was to be friends and all they wanted was to push me away.


Hi, I constantly surround myself with women in my life and somehow it always backfires.

So as a little girl I would constantly want to have friends and I would always be the nice girl that always tried to love everyone. Starting in elementary school I remember constantly being told that I cant play with the other girls and was always ran away from.

Being a young human I was very confused why girls never wanted to be my friend, all I ever did was tried to be nice and friendly to them. I even recall one time doing really stupid stuff on the playground for them to like me but it didn't work. I assumed I was always destined to be the odd one out with a good group of girlfriends.

This occurred when I was in dance too, I always tried making friends with everyone on the team but I was always constantly pushed away or thought of as weird because I was too nice. All I wanted was to be friends and all they wanted was to push me away and be rude, making fun of me for things I couldn't control like how skinny I was or my personality.

Going into middle school I remember being terrified of going because I was going from elementary school to middle school with no friends. I became friends with a few but slowly lost them over time because I realized they weren't good people and I didn't want to surround myself with that sort of negativity. This, of course, left me feeling lost and confused as to why I was being so kind and going out of my way to impress and make these girls like me.

There were a few months in the 7th grade that I was alone and had no friends at all, still sitting with my old friends that constantly bullied me and made me feel like shit. I didn't know what to do so I just endured the bullying from these girls that didn't understand me instead of being alone.

In all of my classes I would talk to all of the girls and try to be friends with them but I was pushed aside because they already had their friend group and I wasn't supposed to be part of it. Soon my luck turned around and I reconnected with one of my friends from elementary school and she introduced me to her friends. Those friends, though small are still together to this day 10 years later.

When I went to college I knew that I was going to experience the same thing that I experienced when I was going into middle school and high school. So, I had the brilliant idea to join a sorority because that was smart of me. I thought that since I liked doing community service and I wanted to make new friends that I would join…

The first few days were good, I felt included but very quickly I was again pushed to the side because everyone had now created their friend groups and I tried so hard to become friends with everyone. I had a very few amount of friends within my sorority and I felt like they were only there because they felt sorry for me. Now, I am no longer in the sorority or at the college I originally attended and no longer speak with anyone from there.

I just never fully understood why being a girl in this day and age was so hard for me when all I ever did was be the best person and true self I could be. I was never fake and never tried to be someone I wasn't just so I would be able to fit in. Now, I have my very few friends and I have realized that's all you really need sometimes.

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