Writing For A Deadline

Writing For A Deadline

Where do we draw the line between content quality versus content quantity?

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As a writer for Odyssey, I am expected to write an article once a week. This seems like a simple enough task considering I voluntarily agreed to join the online writing collective for USC, in addition to the fact that I already enjoy writing. However, I would be lying if I said it doesn't bug me sometimes, especially since there are consequences to not uploading at least one article every week. Thus, like many other content creators, I am approached with the dilemma of the quality of my content being sacrificed just to meet a quota on time.

I feel like part of the beauty of writing is writing for a purpose-- for really only then is writing truly at its best. This purpose, though, should not be just to meet a weekly requirement. I agree that sometimes writing should challenge us, and that by enforcing a quota we are being challenged to "think outside the box," for new article ideas, or not, really. Many times it's easier to simply write about trendy topics in the news in order to ride a trend's wave--in fact I'm advised to, however unless something in the news strikes me on a deep moral level, I find these topics the least engaging to write about, as well as to read from other creators. At the end of the day, all of those articles mesh into one; they are designed to, whether the author can admit that or not. I can admit that I've fallen into this category at times, especially when in a time crunch, however I can honestly say those are my least favorite articles of mine. So what? That's my fault for not managing my time better, right?

Wrong. Although I do need to work on my time management, I find it a little out of line for a platform designed to give anyone the ability to write as they please, to demand content, given that this is a voluntary, non-paying site. I manage the best that I can, we all do, some better than I. That doesn't change the fact that I'm not given slack for missing a deadline in order to finish a night's load of homework, or even simply because I want to write about something I actually care about. It's still an article a week, regardless of how you feel about your work that's publicly published with your name on it. Consider this-- The Odyssey is like a YouTube for writing. Anyone can join a community and write about whatever they want, sharing their voice and experiences to a public audience the way YouTube members create videos to achieve the same goal. The YouTube creator decides their own uploading schedule, allowing them to maximize their personal satisfaction with their work, which usually attracts a larger audience since people can tell when someone is doing something they genuinely care about. Now imagine that freedom is taken away from them. Think about your favorite creators-- would their content be as good? Would you consistently watch knowing their content has become diluted? I would think not.

Of course, this may only be an issue within my community on Odyssey, but even if it is not, I know it is an issue that bleeds into nearly the entire creative community. The beauty of sites like these is the freedom they give their creators, at least it should be in my opinion. So why kill a beautiful thing? I open this question to those responsible for setting quotas here in my community at USC (if they are responsible), Odyssey itself and its creators, and anyone else with a take on this. Where do we draw the line?

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...



14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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In The Chaos of Summer, Don't Forget To Stop And Smell The Flowers

And remember, vitamin D is more important than that assignment you're stressed about.

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I have only finished three weeks of summer and I am stressed. Who let me work 40 hours a week and take 2 summer classes? Apparently optimistic April Emma was feeling like a superwoman. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my job. I love working 40 hours and doing what I absolutely love. The classes? Not so much. Those are the reason I cannot sleep at night and have oddly been at peace with turning assignments in late. Side note: when did summers become stressful instead of a break? Is this what it finally means to be an adult?

However, with all of these things (well okay, only 3 but it feels like a lot), I have been learning that it is extremely important to stop and take some time for yourself.

What does that look like? Sometimes, you just have to sleep. Take an L and try again tomorrow. Or, go for a nature walk. Or, watch that one episode of your favorite tv show that's been on Hulu for weeks and you're super behind because of your schedule. Or, try a new workout class. You can also practice some mindful meditation or try painting a picture that sparks joy. There are so many things. The most important part is that you enjoy them.

I don't think that we should ever become too busy where we forget about ourselves. I've found myself doing that lately, and I need to learn how to let myself have some downtime. And you know what that's actually going to look like? I'm going to spend some mega time with Jesus. It's been a hot minute because of life, but at the end of the day, He's more important than a math class.

Summer 2019, you might be stressing me out to the max, but I'm going to take my summer back one period of downtime at a time.

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