Thank You, Odyssey

Thank You, Odyssey

I will always treasure my time as an Odyssey Creator.
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As I type my last 500-word article for the Odyssey, I want to take the time to reflect on what writing has done for me and how writing for this platform has impacted my life.

Writing has always been one of my passions. I have been journaling since I was in 6th grade. Just freshman year alone, I have filled five journals with my experiences and thoughts. For me, I have always preferred writing about personal stories over political op-eds.

Ever since I was in high school, I have enjoyed reading Odyssey articles. There have been so many articles that have caught my eye whether they are about my favorite TV shows, relationship advice, or news stories. Last July, I became interested in writing my own Odyssey articles.

Getting involved with this platform was super easy and streamlined. I think writing around two to three articles per month was very manageable and enjoyable. I am so glad I was able to turn a simple hobby into something more impactful. Thank you to all of the hard-working editors, especially Ryan Fan and Emily Sharp, who helped improve my writing and always provide support.

I am so grateful that Odyssey has given me an opportunity for my voice to be heard. Writing for Odyssey has provided me with an outlet to talk about my interests. I am thankful for everything that it has taught me. From learning how to write more organized and descriptive articles to mastering how to properly format a listicle, I learned so many valuable lessons. Most importantly, it has taught me how to be a more confident writer. It gave me the courage to open up and be able to tell others the best parts of my life. I love being able to share stories about college and my travels.

I also love reading articles written by other Odyssey creators and being able to gain more insight into their personalities and lives. I am so fortunate to go to a school with people with such exceptional potential.

My decision to stop writing for Odyssey has absolutely nothing to the platform. This is entirely my decision. While I will still continue to write, I think it is time for this chapter of my life to end. The past ten months included some of the best parts of my life as I was able to meet some of my closest friends at a college I love so much. The fact that I was able to share these moments with the world through the past twenty four articles only made them even more special. This is a very bittersweet moment. I will always treasure my time as an Odyssey Creator.

A special shout out to everyone who has read, shared or supported any of my articles over the past ten months! You guys mean the world to me! I am so lucky to be surrounded by such encouraging and inspiring people. Thank you, Odyssey, for everything!

Cover Image Credit: Hannah Olinger

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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