Thank You, Odyssey, For Being An Eye-Opening Community

Thank You, Odyssey, For Being An Eye-Opening Community

You've shown me a new perspective.


I first discovered Odyssey a number of years back, shortly after entering the English program at West Chester University. Another English major posted an article on Facebook. I don't remember the story, but I do remember thinking, "Wow, I'm in a good program. This writing is awesome." After scrolling through a few more stories on the website, another thought rolled through my brain: "I love writing, but I don't know if I'll ever be good enough for this..."

Sadly, I didn't apply to be an Odyssey writer. Instead, I focused on my studies for a couple of years.

Until one of my sorority Sisters joined Odyssey as a brand new English major... Her success and her stories inspired me to apply...finally.

And guess who became a Creator!

In the past year and a half or so that I've been writing with this crew I've learned more than I could imagine about my peers. Millennials might have a bad reputation, but we're some pretty motivated and stubborn people! We have a lot going on in our lives... pressure from society, studies, family issues, future careers, mental health, and general happiness with our lives. That s**t takes a lot of work! So come on Baby Boomers, give us some credit. We're doing the best we can!

But anyway, the West Chester University Community of Odyssey has given me a new perspective on the people in this world. I might not agree with all of you, but you've made me realize how the opposing team feels. I thank you for all the encouragement you've given me as well as the forgiveness for those times when my articles were a little late.

With that being said, I must bid farewell. I am launching my own freelance editing business this year and I need to put 1,000% focus on it. As much as I love Odyssey, I must part ways and dedicate that time to my editing. I have all the confidence in the world that the WCU community will thrive and grow to new heights. You are a group of beautiful writers and I wish you the best.

Farewell and good luck!

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Top 20 Hottest NHL Players

Whoever said hockey players weren't hot?

Hockey is my favorite sport. I grew up in a Chicago suburb where hockey fans run wild, so it is literally impossible to grow up here and not be an NHL fan. For some reason, it seems to be believed that hockey players are all ugly with missing teeth, and I could not disagree more. Here is my pick for the 20 hottest players in the NHL.

20. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens

Maybe all of the hours I spent studying French weren't a waste, off to Montreal!

19. Alex Wennburg, Columbus Blue Jackets

He has the power to make the whole world believe in love at first sight.

18. Alec Martinez, Los Angeles Kings

Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, whatever you know the song, call me!

17. John Tavares, New York Islanders

The Islanders did not waste their first overall draft pick in 2009 in the looks (and skills) department.

16. Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche

Is it just me or does he look like a Disney Prince?

15. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

Bonus: He admitted to watching "Pretty Little Liars" with his wife, so he's basically perfect.

14. T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals

If pictures of him holding his daughter Lyla doesn't steal your heart I don't know what will.

13. Beau Bennett, Pittsburgh Penguins

All-American looks, all-American charm.

12. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

There's some beauty behind that goalie mask for the 2015 NHL MVP.

11. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Remember the boy you were told to stay away from in high school but you couldn't because he was so magnetic? That's Patrick Kane for you.

10. Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks

If you don't already have a hot dad crush, this isn't a bad one to start with.

9. Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Chicago Blackhawks

Bonus: He's only 24 and single.

8. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

His gelled back hair *heart eye emoji*.

7. Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks

Whoever said Russian guys weren't hot?

6. Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

I'm usually not one for a lot of tattoos and like to think I'm done with my "bad boy" phase, but Tyler changes it all.

5. Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks

Usually isn't considered one of the better looking players, yet I disagree entirely.

4. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

If all guys in Sweden look like this book me a ticket ASAP.

3. Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets

Sexiest eyes in the NHL, and his smile doesn't hurt either.

2. Patrick Sharp, Dallas Stars

There isn't such thing as a hot hockey player list without Patrick Sharp in the top five.

1. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Great player, great captain, great person, great looking; everything you can want in a hockey player.

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4 Ways To Combat Writer's Block

Lol I have it right now


Ah, writer's block, makes me wonder why I love writing so much when it can get SO. FRUSTRATING

1. Research, research, research

Sometimes all it takes is a quick internet search to jog your mind. Don't know what to write about? Why not politics? Why not some celebrity gossip? The world is your oyster, just appreciate the technology we have and search for it

2. Look at your surroundings


I was going to write about these YouTubers, considering I'm watching YouTube. However, I may do that another time.

3. Start writing, and then delete everything


Also what I did to make this article, I couldn't bring myself to stick with one topic.

4. Think about someone specific


They say home is sometimes two eyes and a heartbeat, instead of four walls and a door. Maybe write about that person.

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