This Is Why I Write For Odyssey

This Is Why I Write For Odyssey

The fact that writing has that power to build connections between people is incredible.

About a year ago, I decided that I need a new creative outlet. I felt stuck in a rut, which sometimes I still do. I needed a place to write down some of my thoughts and get experience writing for a current, modern platform. On a whim, I applied to write for Odyssey and got accepted to my team. My content focuses on the eclectic thoughts that I have in my head.

Writing for Odyssey is not quite what I expected (I'm not sure what my expectations were, exactly), but I'm glad I joined. It seems like there are a lot of reasons I write for Odyssey, but my reasons are actually pretty straightforward.

Throughout college and graduate school, I came to discover that I have a passion for writing. I did an intense amount of writing, which was mostly academic research. I also grew a love for playwriting, which is an entirely different style of writing. I think that writing is how I communicate best. I have a deep love for telling stories and reading stories. I also currently teach a writing class!

Writing is so ingrained in my life, and this is part of the reason I write for Odyssey.

When I started writing for Odyssey, I wasn't expecting to have quite so much creative freedom with what I write. The freedom makes it thrilling and frustrating at the same time. Sometimes I feel as though my articles are not as deep or profound as I want them to be. At the end of the day, what matters is that I am still writing.

I don't write to get recognition. I don't write so my articles go viral. I write for me.

I'm thankful whenever someone mentions to me that they've read one of my articles. It means the world to me that someone would take the time to get to know what's in my head. I think if you read my articles, you're learning a piece of who I am. The fact that writing has that power to build connections between people is incredible. If someone is positively impacted by the thoughts that are swimming around in my head on a weekly basis, then my expectations are more than exceeded.

Writing is a process that takes away stress and allows me to share my thoughts in a way I wouldn't be able to otherwise. Words are the most powerful tools we have to change the world and impact each other. The words we use matter. How we talk about people and each other matters. I think we all need to be more aware of the impact that the words we use and write have on each other. I want to be supportive of those around me. I hope that my articles at least let someone feel a little less alone in the universe.

That's why I write for Odyssey.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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Short Stories On Odyssey: Roses

What's worth more than red roses?


Five years old and a bouquet of roses rested in her hands. The audience-- clapped away her performance, giving her a standing ovation. She's smiling then because everything made sense, her happiness as bright as the roses she held in her hands.

Fifteen now, and a pile of papers rested on her desk. The teachers all smiled when she walked down the aisle and gave them her presentation. She was content then but oh so stressed, but her parents happy she had an A as a grade, not red on her chest.

Eighteen now and a trail of tears followed her to the door. Partying, and doing some wild things, she just didn't know who she was. She's crying now, doesn't know anymore, slamming her fists into walls, pricking her fingers on roses' thorns.

Twenty-one and a bundle of bills were grasped in her hands. All the men-- clapped and roared as she sold her soul, to the pole, for a dance. She's frowning now because everything went wrong, but she has to stay strong, for rich green money, is worth more than red roses.

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