Social Media And The Damage It Causes

Social Media And The Damage It Causes

From Orlando to Hambre the gorilla.

In today's world, our lives revolve around social media. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or even Tinder. If we need to know where the parties are or what's going on in the news or who is dating who, all we have to do is log onto the internet. This is creating problems in our society. People are losing social skills and having less social interactions. The main problem with this is that rumors and scandals get around the world in a matter of minutes, and the media can portray these things to be something they aren't or to stray away from the actual truth.

With all the recent drama in the media about terrorism, hate crime, police brutality, and animal brutality, all of my newsfeeds have been blowing up with everyone's opinion and side they choose to take on these topics. I can't speak for anyone else, but I am so tired of hearing about it all. Everyone has their opinion and which side they want to take, but how do they decide this? Based off of things they have seen on the news or the internet.

Yes, it is a tragedy that a Gorilla had to be put down and that a family had to go through what they did seeing their child being in the gorilla exhibit, but all the things posted on social media about it are making the story worse and worse. Parents are being shammed with child neglect, the zoo is being shammed for not controlling their environment as well as killing the gorilla. In the end, is a gorilla's life more important then a child? After reading all the blogs about how the mother should have been watching her child and it's all her fault, it makes me furious. Everyone knows kids wonder and parenting is not easy. No one is a perfect parent so this needs to stop. The media has ruined these peoples lives by posting their pictures everywhere and all these hateful articles. Unless you were actually there watching, you have no idea what happened that day and should not be basing your opinion about what the internet says.

Also with the Orlando shooting, everyone is blaming Muslims or guns. I have even seen articles about people blaming his family or the security at the night club. All this hatred needs to stop. It was no ones fault but the shooter himself. If you were not in that night club, you don't know what actually went down. If it was a terrorist attack, then we need to stand together and protect our citizens instead of playing the blame game and fighting with each other. If we have a huge target on our back, then why are we fighting ourselves.

This is the kind of things that social media causes. ISIS is probably sitting back and laughing at us for how we treat each other when it comes to these things. We need to put an end to the drama on social media and all the fighting about these events. If they were not getting all the social media attention some things might not escalade.

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Finding Inspiration As A Writer


Odyssey is fantastic. I love writing, so I can write something fun or silly, or do a list of something if I experience a brain fart.

However, with million of writers posting articles everyday, how do I create original content? Yes, there are endless things to write, until you realize that four other people wrote about the same topic, with the same title.

The articles posted on Odyssey's Facebook page are very creative, and I struggle with that. Before I plan to write any article, I think about "Is this a popular topic and are there similar articles published?" 90% of the time, it's a yes. I only began writing recently but how does one get acknowledged in the remaining 10%?.

1. Will it appeal to my audience? What is the intended audience?

2. Why does this matter? What type of message does it send?

I wish I had more of an exciting life, so I could write about my extravagant adventures and greatest accomplishments.

I overthink a lot and put a lot of energy into what is something my audience would be interested in. How can I expand my horizons as a writer?

My first article was a listicle, because I was just getting started, until I found more ideas related to family, culture and concentrating on what makes me 'unique'. I hope that my future articles will continue to reflect the kind of person am I and that my experiences can inspire/bring change in a positive manner.

Don't get me wrong... those listicles are great for a good chuckle, but it doesn't leave you with anything life changing. In that manner, I love that Odyssey challenges me to expand outside the box and bring new ideas to the table, with every article.

It's not impossible, but it does require planning ahead and communicating with others to understand what they are interested in and what questions they would want someone to answer.

In the end, Odyssey is fun and my team at Syracuse is extremely supportive. As I publish every article, I see myself getting closer to my dream to build a career in Journalism.

On that note, thanks Odyssey for allowing others to share their voices with everyone and for pushing me every week to become a better writer.

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5 Reasons Joining A Sorority Was The Best Decision I Made


I’ve never been the sappy type.

I absolutely hate corny sentiments, and I am the last person you want to come to if you are having an emotional day. So naturally the idea of “sorority sisterhood” confused me. I was nauseous at the idea of “joining a sorority to meet my future bridesmaids” and “being sisters for life.”

It seemed as if the relationships were artificial and being formed for appearance. Were these girls that you called your “sisters” really the ones that you went to for advice, or was it just a façade that covered up all of the drama that truly went on?

Regardless of my skepticism I decided to participate in rush in hopes of trying to find my niche on Villanova’s campus. After the draining process, I decided to rush Kappa Delta, and it was the best decision I made in my college career thus far. All the preconceived notions about sorority life flew out the window the second I opened my envelope and rushed home to these girls.

1. Things get weird: and that is OKAY.

Stuffing our faces with five slices of pizza, bowling very poorly, or talking about our weird eating habits is how we do our sisterly bonding. We sit there laughing at the ridiculous moments we all have experienced, feeling completely comfortable around each other. These conversations are pure and genuine and allow new friendships to form out of fun experiences.

2. Big Little Week: only the BEST WEEK OF YOUR LIFE

You walk into your room to find your entire bed decorated with fun goodies. Free t-shirts, fun foods, and sorority décor are carefully arranged on your bed every day by your future Big. Sure, the free items are cool to receive but there is something else that is so special about this week.

Without even knowing the sister that will be your future Big you develop a special connection through seeing how much she cares about you. You immediately feel comfortable around this girl, able to go to her with the smallest concerns. This week is the beginning of a great future of a strong friendship, great laughs, and irreplaceable love.

3. Service Opportunities: DO IT FOR THE GIRL SCOUTS

I love to get involved in helping out the local community, and a sorority was the perfect way to do that. It allowed me to become a part of something bigger than myself and support causes that might not have impacted me, but definitely affected others. I am now actively trying to alleviate child abuse, as well as incite confidence within young girls.

4. New Friendships!

A group of 47 girls were all bound together by one thing: sorority sisterhood. We didn’t know anything about each other yet we immediately started saying ‘hi’ to one other everywhere on campus, supporting individual successes in academics, and giving advice on any conflicts. I now have an amazing group of women there for me no matter what difficulties I face, and I know I can always rely on them when I need them most.

5. Confidence: YOU. SLAY. GIRL.

Although I may be obnoxious and loud at times, I am a very self-conscious individual. I never thought I was pretty, always worried about how white my teeth were, and don’t even get me started on what I think about my nose. However, joining a sorority allowed me to feel comfortable in my own skin. I could have a bare face, my hair up in a bun, and sweatpants on, and the only thing the girls would be worried about is the words coming out of my mouth. I don’t need to put on a façade in order to be in front of these girls. I can just be myself.

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