Why I Started Writing For Odyssey

Why I Started Writing For Odyssey

The Odyssey has become my lifeline this semester, and I am so thankful I found it.
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I want to share my story of why I began writing for the Odyssey at my school. I have always had a passion for writing. From an early age, I loved to write, whether it was creatively, expressively, even narratively. Now, I find that my primary form of expression comes from writing. I enjoy purging my feelings, emotions, and thoughts onto a blank page, whether it's a seemingly insignificant detail about my day or a profound revelation. Sometimes I want to write down a quote I heard or a fact I learned that I want to remember. I’ve always loved to write, but I have done nothing public with it. This year I made a pact with myself to get more involved at school: join at least one club in the Fall semester. I had not heard about the Odyssey before this year, but when I coincidentally came across their table at the Involvement Fair, I knew I would fulfill my pact.

My favorite part about the Odyssey is its freedom. I am able to write about whatever I want; whatever is on my mind. It can be something I want to share with the community or simply something I personally find interesting. I find writing to be liberating and refreshing, and it can be a very powerful form of making connections and facilitating change. If I can write something that positively influences or effects just one person, I feel as though I am making a difference in the world in my own small way.

The Odyssey as a whole is a community with hundreds of smaller ones embedded within. Everyone has a voice, and everyone’s voice can be heard. I don’t feel judged for what I write or pressured to write about a specific topic. The expression aspect of this community is profound, and I encourage anyone who has an interest in writing to consider joining their own Odyssey community. It’s not about how popular your article is or how many people share it, but that the content is valuable to you and has the opportunity to also become valuable to another person. That is why I started writing for the Odyssey at Merrimack College.

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The Struggles Of Being Sick In College, Away From Home, Without Mom

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You also have to go to class no matter how sick you are. Some teachers understand that students get sick, but unfortunately, a lot do not. And honestly, why would you want to miss class? This means missing a lecture, a quiz, or a test, and there is no chance to make up any of those.

On top of that, since everyone goes to class when they’re sick, they get everyone around them sick as well. It’s inevitable. Sickness spreads like a wildfire in college and the cycle is never going to end. The only way to avoid this is to keep washing your hands and hope for the best.

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Freshman Year As Told By "FR.I.E.N.D.S."

The cruel realities of the best experiences.
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Apart from being your first year in college, freshman year is the year for many other firsts, as well. For many, it is the first time living away from home, first time with a roommate, first time having this great amount of responsibility. But, to not give much away, here are the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. gifs depicting freshman year!

1. Orientation

You could be the biggest social butterfly and you would still find orientation to be one of the most awkward experiences there are. The good thing about it is everyone is on the same boat, so (hopefully) it can’t get any worse than that.

2. 8 a.m. classes

Waking up at 6:30am everyday for high school is not enough to prepare you for college. Your sleeping schedule will always be a mess, you’ll never feel well-rested and your super power will be not falling asleep during the early morning classes. Also, coffee, lots and lots of coffee.

3. Naïve teenagers

Somehow, living without adults telling us what to do becomes the synonym of adulthood. However, it doesn’t take long before you realize that isn’t true and find yourself calling your parents asking something about the laundry or if it really is necessary to go to class because it’s raining and you don’t have an umbrella.

4. Stress becomes a lifestyle

You walk around trying to hide the fact that you’ve just had your third mental breakdown in the bathroom, waving any and all concerns away with a façade of mental stability. Everything will be alright though.

5. Due to #4, parties become stress relievers

And by alcohol, I mean Capri Sun’s, of course! Yeah, I don’t think this needs any more explaining.

6. Teachers expect too much

Let’s be honest, not even in high school did we do anything during break. I feel like professors should know by now that if they get to spend time with their loved ones without any care in the world, we’ll be doing the same.

7. Freshmen 15 fears go out the window

Probably the most common fear of all students their first year, yet there is no hesitation in ordering a pizza with your friends and eating it all in one take without a care in the world. No regrets, no nothing, just a full stomach and a whole lot of happiness.

8. Friends become family

Probably the most important part of freshman year: you meet the people that will become lifelong friends.

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