Why I Love Writing For The Odyssey

Why I Love Writing For The Odyssey

And Why You Should Too


When I was first messaged about joining The Odyssey by my school's president, Emily, I was both extremely flattered and a little nervous.

She decided to recruit me due to my Twitter presence (never shutting the fuck up, basically) and the way I seemed passionate about things online and encouraged me to just go ahead and make the dedication, talking me through the process.

Shortly after, I was launched into the full force of things, with a deadline, an article idea, and a then-overwhelming group chat of about 12 creators.

After some technical snafus, I was finally able to post my first article about a week into my Odyssey career, and when it went live shortly thereafter and I heard my friends', family's, and fellow creators' feedback about it, I was inspired and felt more on top of the world than I ever had before. So I decided to keep at it from that point, and at the time of writing I am on my 8th month of writing as part of this team, Odyssey and I almost have a baby together.

Not every week has been easy, sometimes I am completely burnt out and at a loss for ideas and staying up late to finish before the deadline and stressed with school on top of all of that, but my fellow Creators are always there to help build each other up and to provide some free headlines or cool topics to have me write about when I'm stuck, and vice versa.

Since joining, I have published about 30 articles, stemming from political topics I am passionate about to personal poetic musings to fluff articles about relatable topics to messages to my friends and fellow creators, and I have so many more fields I want to branch into in the future.

And being part of The Odyssey means I can do that, one of my favorite parts of writing for this team is that there is no limit to what I can write, and I don't have to be put in any sort of category or niche when it comes to topics, unless I myself willingly enter them.

So I will continue to write about any and everything I feel is worth my time, week after week, because it's such a rewarding experience to see something you spent a week working on start being read and shared by your friends.

Beyond the actual content, I love writing for The Odyssey here at Missouri State University because our team feels like a family. Remember when I mentioned the "overwhelming" 12 member GroupMe earlier? As of right now, our team has exploded into a 45 member team, churning out loads of new content of all sorts every single week. And even better than that? We are constantly onboarding more and more people if you follow our Instagram you can see new creators being added every few days!

We are a constantly growing family and we are also constantly chattering away in the GroupMe about our lives, getting to know each other, joking around with each other, making plans for creator hangouts, talking about loves and losses and achievements and goals and any and everything, becoming closer friends by the day as we continue to be part of this great team together. I wouldn't trade my fellow creators for the world.

Our Editor In Chief, Allison, works her butt off more and more each week as we continue to expand, reading and editing dozens of articles and making sure we haven't absolutely messed everything up.

And of course I have to give a shoutout to our queen, our Head Bitch In Charge, Emily, for bringing us all together, whether by just being there to handle debriefing new creators or to hound people to join our team (or tell us to do that for her) or to be a confident and a hugely loving supporter of us as both creators and people or to just remind us of our deadlines, Emily is the glue that holds our Odyssey team together!

I adore writing for The Odyssey for so many reasons, and every one of these will be felt by you, too, so if you are at all inclined to write, even just for fun, you should contact your school's team and try to join (but more importantly, if you're a Missouri State student, contact our team to join!) and you just might find a hobby you love, viral fame, a way to keep busy, and a new group of friends beyond your wildest dreams.

Apply to join The Odyssey today!

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.


In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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