Why I Write For Odyssey

Why I Write For Odyssey

Insight into why I decided to begin writing for Odyssey.

My first exposure to Odyssey came during my senior year when many of my friends who graduated the year prior began either writing or sharing stories written by their new college friends. I remember reading one of my friend's articles and then talking to her about it. She told me that she chose to write for the Odyssey because she was a fairly good writer in high school and loved to write. I thought about doing it and ended up requesting to join about a month before I graduated from high school. I received the email that I would be writing for the Odyssey as my graduating class was coming back from our senior boat cruise in Boston the night prior to graduation. I was beyond excited.

So, why did I choose to request to join Odyssey? I love to write and it is as simple as that. Throughout high school, I took many advanced English courses and my senior year I took AP Literature and Composition. It was during this class that I really found that I enjoyed writing. During this class we did the stereotypical literary analysis pieces that all high school students are forced to do. We also had the opportunity to write many reflective and personal pieces. I loved writing these pieces and being able to share my opinions. I planned on majoring in communication in college and began to toy with the idea of possibly having a concentration in journalism. I still am not entirely sure, but I figured Odyssey was a great place to explore that option.

I began writing for Odyssey the week after I graduated from high school and this major transition became the topic of many of my articles. This platform allows you to share your advice about events that you have gone through and help those currently living through similar situations. You are able to write about whatever you want when it comes to Odyssey and I love being able to write about a myriad of topics. I have written about topics ranging from where I grew up to how to help a friend in a bad relationship. Your articles can be as serious or lighthearted as you choose. My favorite article that I wrote so far would have to be “The 10 Commandments of a Cape Codder During the Summer.” This was my fourth article but it was the first one that received more than 50 shares. This article received a total of 11,905 shares and over 80 comments. A local radio station even talked about it on their morning show. This was a surreal experience and it was very unexpected. I love being able to write for a public audience and receiving feedback about my writing.

Odyssey provided me with a group of people that I already knew prior to college, while also providing me an outlet to express my thoughts and opinions. Writing an article every week can be tough because writer's block is not a myth. I find myself pushing off writing my article, but once I pick a topic and begin, I enjoy every second of writing it! Odyssey has given me a place to explore my potential interest in journalism and write about whatever I want.
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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life


When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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