In the summer of 2015, I stumbled upon Odyssey and requested to sign up. I didn't really have much of a background in writing besides school work and the occasional poetry I would write when I was little and, to be honest, I hated writing. A few days later I got the notification that I was now a creator on the FGCU Odyssey team and I was really excited. I still can't tell you what prompted me to join, but I'm so glad I did.
As a content creator, over the past 3.5 years, I have been able to write about anything and everything. I've gotten personal, I've written comical listicles, but what I loved the most was that I finally had a platform to share my thoughts and opinions on. I was able to voice my inner thoughts and share them with friends, family, and strangers. And it turns out, I LOVE writing very much.
What really makes me so grateful is that I have been able to reach others with my writing and people are able to tell me that my writing resonated with them. It's comforting to be able to hear that someone felt the same way as me in my articles. I even had a few people tell me that they cried reading my work. I didn't think I could make that much of an impact.
Three other moments that I'll never forget is when a coffee company contacted me and sent me a box of coffee beans so I can write about them, a poet reached out to have me review her poetry book, and when I wrote about the character, Michael, from "Jane The Virgin" and the actor who played him read it and tweeted me about it.
Odyssey has given me so much experience, not only with writing but with editing as well, having been editor in chief of the team for a year. I managed a team, I watched us grow and learned to be a leader. With over 200 articles later, it's time to say goodbye.
Thank you, Odyssey, for giving me a voice, for giving me skills, for giving me friends, and for helping me discover my passion.