Reasons To Start Writing For Odyssey

10 Reasons To Start Writing For Odyssey, For Those Who Just Aren't Sure

I was hesitant to commit to being an Odyssey creator, but I'm so glad that I did.

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When my college's chapter of Odyssey contacted me over the summer, I displayed a great amount of interest, but couldn't allow myself to ultimately follow through at first. I figured it would take up a large amount of my time and that I'd eventually run out of things to write about. A bunch of "what ifs" flew through my mind, so I came to the decision that it wasn't something I wanted to follow through with.

A couple of months passed and I'd constantly see Odyssey articles fill up my Facebook timeline. I loved reading them and would imagine the types of articles I'd write. After contacting the Stony Brook Odyssey President, I chose to give it a chance and figured I could always resign if I felt I wasn't meant for the job.

After spending a couple months as part of Odyssey and publishing a few articles, I can't believe I ever had any doubts. I'm so grateful that I began writing for Odyssey and I have a multitude of reasons as to why I think other college students should also become creators.

1. You will meet AMAZING people

I absolutely love opening up the GroupMe app to view the discussions that my Odyssey team is having. We speak about random topics such as our favorite Netflix shows, how we feel about other people's articles, our weekend plans, and so much more. We don't speak to each other because we feel forced since we are a team, we talk because we genuinely enjoy doing so. We've all become very comfortable with one another and feel free to share all of our thoughts.

We are each other's biggest supporters when it comes to the articles we publish; when one of our articles gets posted on the Odyssey Facebook page or website homepage, we get so excited for one another.

We are also always willing to give each other a helping hand whether it's with our articles or whatever challenges life throws at us.

2. You have complete control over your articles

I feel as though there is a misconception that there are only certain topics that creators are allowed to write about, but that couldn't be more false. Odyssey writers are given the freedom to write about anything their heart desires. You can write poems, goofy articles, serious articles, or anything that comes to mind. Odyssey is a platform to let all of your thoughts come to life.

If a creator feels as though they have writer's block, their Odyssey team can give them suggestions that they can completely turn into their own. There's no limit to what you can write when it comes to Odyssey.

3. It's an easy way for your voice to be heard

I know many people that dream about starting a blog or a website so that they can share everything that they've created, but in the end, don't end up doing so because they feel like nobody will read it. When writing for Odyssey, that's really no issue. Odyssey is a very well-known publication that people enjoy exploring. Even your least read articles will reach a large number of people.

I remember being pleasantly surprised when I saw the number of views my first article had. I couldn't believe so many people were interested in reading what I had to say. Today, I know quite a few people who are my biggest fans and love to read every article I publish.

4. It could cause you to discover an interest you didn't know you had

Writing for Odyssey forced me to discover my enormous passion for writing that I didn't know existed. I never minded writing essays for school and I found free writing to be fun, but I was completely unaware that I possessed the love of writing that I do.

5. It gets you involved in school

Beginning college was really difficult for me. I knew that getting involved on campus would make my transition easier, but the multitude of clubs was overwhelming and I was unsure of which would suit me best.

When I joined Odyssey, that's when I felt like I really belonged at Stony Brook. Writing my weekly articles with a great team by my side gave me so much joy. As someone that doesn't enjoy going out and partying, I knew I needed to find something that would provide me with a fun college experience, and I found that within Odyssey.

6. Writing your articles gives you the relaxing break you need in the week

Many people believe that writing for Odyssey must be stressful because of the deadlines and the fact that it adds another task to the week, but it really isn't. Writing an article takes up a very minimal amount of one's week and if necessary, your team will usually be very lenient if you have to miss one.

I actually find writing my articles to be the most relaxing time in my week. Writing my articles gives me some me time and I can use my articles to unleash all of my inner thoughts. It forces me to forget about all of the homework or chores that I have; I'm able to dedicate that time to writing and nothing else.

7. You gain a great deal of experience


Gaining experience is so important in life for so many reasons with the two main ones being that you further your learning in certain areas of life and it can help build up your resume.

Writing for Odyssey will look great on resumes especially as a journalism or English major. It displays to possible employers that you're interested in writing and exploring an array of topics.

More importantly, you learn not only how to become a better writer, but also valuable life lessons. Writing for Odyssey teaches one time management, how to work with a group of people, how to brainstorm ideas, and so much more.

8. You get great satisfaction about publishing your articles

No matter how many articles I release, I feel such a sense of accomplishment every time one of my articles gets published and when I see the number of views they receive, I feel even prouder. Every time I write a new article, I feel like it's my favorite because they're all different in their own way. I always can't wait to post on every form of social media when I get the email that my newest article had just been published so that all of my family and friends can read it.

9. Your family and friends will LOVE reading your articles

My family and friends love to read what I write almost as much as I love writing it. So many of my friends read every article I write and can't wait until the next one comes out. I receive so many texts and Snapchats from people in my life that tell me how much they enjoyed my article and how they either agree with what I said or contradict my opinions. The best part of publishing my articles is the feedback I receive and the in-depth conversations I have with people on our viewpoints surrounding that article's topic.

10. There's literally no downside

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I've been writing for Odyssey for a few months now, and I haven't found a drawback for doing so - I highly doubt I ever will. I have never even thought about turning back, in fact, I wonder why I ever had any hesitations. All are welcome to join Odyssey and should take the opportunity at hand.

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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.

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Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge-drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100% real" and that incoming freshmen should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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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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