I'm Taking A Hiatus From Odyssey

I'm Taking A Hiatus From Odyssey

Kind of like the Hamilton song
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Dear everyone who has supported me along the way,

As sad as it is to say, this is my last Odyssey article for awhile. I am truly grateful for the people who have watched me grow along the way, but I have decided to take a hiatus.

This summer, I will re-evaulate my life, my relationships, and where I stand as a writer. In the fall, if things work out the way that they are supposed to, I will come back, and I will come back stronger than before.

The reason for this hiatus is not only because of a rift in my life, but with Southern Miss. A few months back, I wrote an article, "35 Questions I Have For Southern Miss." It was then that I realized that my articles are a representation of my university. While originally intended to be a lighthearted piece, it polarized people. I did not mean for that to happen, but it did. It showed the effects of my writing and how it can have different meanings to different people.

I know that we all have different opinions, and I tend to joke about other people's opinions. Maybe it is my maturity level that seeps through, but I never mean to hurt people when I joke. I'll take a note from Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler and Joan Rivers in not apologizing, but I do mean no harm in the occasional terrible joke.

Drama in college should be limited to the walls of the theatre department. I was not prepared for the drama to come out of the past few weeks. It's petty, it's immature, and it makes those involved look like hypocrites. In a community where people pride themselves on being "petty queens," where does the drama stop? The simple fact is that I know I have hurt people in the past, and it eats me up inside. The constant "you are (insert here) because (insert here)" has got to stop. If not for my sake, for the sake of holding communities together.

Writing has always been my salvation. In the past few months, I did not feel like I was able to express my opinions because I was worried about what others might think. This is where my hiatus project comes into play. I have decided to create a blog where I can get a fresh start and hopefully reinvent myself. Establishing myself not as a person, but as a brand, is essential for me to move forward in my personal aspirations.

I have written before that I am a complicated person. I know that I can be hard to handle and deal with. I want to take this summer to figure myself out. Hopefully, as stated before, I can come back in the fall a stronger, better writer with a whole new fire ignited under my buttocks.

Thank you to everyone who has read, shared, and supported me along the way. The support and shares mean the world. I love you all.

Thanks for being the best,

Emily Rasch


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Dear Dad, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that you are my best friend.
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Dear Dad,

I hope you know that I love your silly jokes, even when I say I don't.

Throughout my entire life, you have always managed to get on my last nerve with your countless jokes and teasing. However, now that I'm older, I realize you do it all out of love. So for that, I thank you. Thank you so much for always knowing how to make me smile or laugh, even on the worst of days, I know I can always count on you to have my back.

I hope you know that I'm so incredibly thankful for you and everything you do.

You always work your hardest to make sure you provide for our family and then, to top it all off, you're still there at the end of the day supporting us in all that we do. From sporting events to dance recitals and even to sorority banquets, you're always sitting in the front row cheering us on to reach our full potential.

I hope you know I'm so appreciative that you're the best mechanic around.

Because my car has been through the ringer too many times to count and you're always there to figure out what went wrong. Not only that, thank you so much for always changing my oil or replacing my brake light when it went out. I know I may not always act like it, but I'm so appreciative of all the little things you do for me.

I hope you know that I'm sorry.

When I was younger, I wasn't always the most pleasant daughter, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for not listening to you when you told me to take out the trash or to clean the kitchen. I'm sorry for yelling at you, talking back to you, and being a big pain in the butt, but I'm so thankful that you still love me anyways regardless of how many times I screw up.

I hope you know that you inspire me.

Not only does your hard work and dedication to your work and your family inspire me, but your overwhelming sense of love and gratitude you have for everyone around you does as well. Even though you try and act tough, you're such a big teddy bear and all of your friends and family love you for that.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

And for right now, the only man in my life that I need. I pray every single day that I can find half the man to marry that you are. Thank you for always being that example for my sisters and I to look up too.

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

So I know I stole this line from my article to Mom, but I want you to know that it still applies to you and I mean it wholeheartedly. I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- and I'll laugh at you if you are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Dad, I can't imagine my life without you. Thank you for being YOU.

I love you,

Your daughter.

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Stop Assuming Your Queer Friends Are Going To End Up Falling For You

News flash: if you're my friend, the chances of me falling for you are slim to none.

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Ever since I came out my senior year, I've encountered bumps of my friendships due to my sexuality. I think people understand gay, lesbian, and bisexual identities rather well. However, there are other members of the LGBTQ+ community that isn't as understood as well.

I identify as pansexual but start using the term queer. Essentially, I don't have a preference if someone identifies as female or male. When it comes to love and relationships, I care about the quality of the person and if I'm getting the love and respect I deserve.

However, to some of my friends, they seemed to become afraid. They distanced themselves in our friendships in fear I would end up falling for them.

News flash: if you're my friend, the chances of me falling for you are slim to none. You are my friend for a reason. If I liked you, I would honestly be too nervous to talk to you.

It's nice to know to have that kind of self-confidence where you think everyone has a crush on you. That's the attitude to have because you are a pretty great person. However, sorry to break it to you, but you just are not my type.

There is absolutely no reason to cut off a friendship just because you don't understand. Your queer friends would probably like you to ask questions. It can be a sign you care about them and showing support. There is nothing wrong with asking questions either. When you're in class and you don't know anything, then you ask a question. When you are getting to know someone, you ask questions. Even if you knew this person for a while, ask away!

I think there is a stigma of not knowing something and feeling embarrassed. However, it shouldn't be this way. We should embrace the unknown, learn, and grow from it. It's 2019. It's all about being open-minded to differences. We have to do better for the next generation.

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