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Writing For Odyssey Changed My Life For The Better

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved to write. Whether it be fictional stories, essays for school, or even just random thoughts that come to my head, I loved to write everything. It all just came easy to me, and it was therapeutic as well. Last summer, I started to write a lot in my spare time between working. Nothing out of the ordinary -- just my random thoughts or about my day. I did this just about every other day for two months, and it calmed me a lot.

Once the end of August 2018 came around, I took a break from writing. Being a first semester freshman isn’t easy at all; it takes a lot of time to get used to the homework load and stress that college throws at you. The only things that I could write under these circumstances were essays. I had no clue how to do time management until my second semester, and it was extremely rough.

The second semester of my freshman year is when I started to really get focused and start bettering myself as a student. I got involved into two clubs: PRSSA, and Odyssey, which I will be discussing with you today. I remember when I first knew that I could write for them; one of my friends posted one of his articles to his Instagram story, and it was insanely inspirational to me, and I knew then that I wanted to continue my passion for writing.

I’ve been writing articles for Odyssey every week since February 2019, and I absolutely fell in love with it all. Once I got accepted into the club, I made sure that I squared away time just to write for Odyssey; just a half hour of my time--or more if I felt really inspired to write more. Being able to write one blog post every week helped put my mind at ease. I wrote what I was feeling a lot of the time, and it relieved a lot of stress. I also wrote about tips for school and life for others to follow (that, quite frankly, I should be following myself).

Being able to write for Odyssey has definitely changed my life for the better. It’s taught me so many things, from how to become a better writer, how to promote all of my work better, and to not care about how many views I get on an article. The number of views don’t matter on the articles; what matters is that you love doing what you’re doing, and there’s at least one person who enjoys reading each one every week. I’ve loved writing for as long as I have been able to do so, and I’m so glad I found a platform that allows me to express myself freely every week through my passion for writing.

This blog was written by Christina Billie, Digital Publications Editor.

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