SUNY Old Westbury Content Creator Spotlight: Molly Bastow

SUNY Old Westbury Content Creator Spotlight: Molly Bastow

Just another one of our amazing content creators!

People of the internet, we meet again.

As you know, I've been the EIC (Editor-In-Chief) of Odyssey at SUNY Old Westbury. Maybe you've read some of my work, or maybe you haven't. Odyssey has over 1,200 communities across the nation and 1,400 content creators, so it's pretty easy to miss some amazing content.

Having said that, every week, I will be writing an article which spotlights one of our amazing creators, in hopes to draw more people onto our team. Check out last week's content creator spotlight here.

Going forward, I plan to highlight someone from time to time that I think is creating exceptional content to ensure you're not missing any amazing talent we have on our team!

This week, that person is Molly Bastow.

Molly has asked me to use her first article that she wrote for Odyssey because it's her favorite.

Have you read it? You can check it out here!

Molly has been writing for Odyssey for about three months, and I recently asked her what she has gotten from writing for Odyssey. Here's what she said:

" Because I'm a science major I never get to write, and this gives me the ability to express myself through writing when I wouldn't have been able to otherwise!"

Are you interested in becoming a content creator for Odyssey? It's an opportunity that you won't regret! You can join today at:

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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Working with Academic Advisers and 5 things I Learned From it

Getting the opportunity to work with some of the best advisors in my field of study and what I have learned from it


This past fall and spring semester I received the amazing opportunity to work with academic advisors for the college of nursing as one of their secretaries. I hold a lot of great memories from this job as well as some viable lessons I learned while working there.

1. You see a lot of stuff from a different point of view


Helping the advisors versus actually getting advised from these people is a whole different ball game. Being at a different perspective really allows you to relate to what they go through on a day to day basis.

2. They deal with a lot more than you know


Not only do they deal with students but as well as events and meetings. This makes you think a lot about getting frustrated with advisors. Most of the advisors have well over 200 students to attend to each semester so you should definitely think twice about getting upset at their response time with how many emails they can receive each day,

3. They have a lot of patience

This is one of the biggest things I have been taught by this office. People will come in and treat advisors like the scum of the earth and these people will stay perfectly calm and collected like it's nothing. Some true compassion comes from these individuals I tell you.

4. Advisers like to have fun too


Never have I seen so many events held for university faculty. From faculty parties, to free food, to fun events; there is never a boring time at the office. Most people think they act like dull individuals within an office job but that is definitely not the case.

5. They are students' number one fans

The main reason they are in the current position that they hold is because they want to see you, the student, succeed at what they came to school for.

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