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Odyssey: Summer Wrap-Up

This summer has been full of transition and busy times. I’m adjusting to post-college life, researching different kinds of jobs, and figuring out what exactly is next for me.

I’ve also been continuing to write for Odyssey. Here is my summer wrap-up!

Your Friendships May End, But You Can Still Celebrate “National Best Friends Day”

Apparently, June 8th is “National Best Friends Day.” It may not be a scam from card companies to sell more cards (like birthdays, according to Ron Swanson), but it’s definitely not an official holiday. It’s a ploy of social media to get more likes or shares and an excuse to post more pictures from that cute photoshoot. (See also: “National Cheese Day,” “National Donut Day.”)

Owl City’s “Cinematic” Proves Adam Young Is So Much More Than Just “Fireflies”

Owl City fans, or “hootowls,” have learned to be a very patient fandom. There was the “I Hope You Think Of Me” and “Hey Anna” mystery finally solved in 2013, the pushed releases of “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “The Midsummer Station” and the finally announced “Cinematic” after a year of hiatus following the Adam Young Scores.

This NYC Bakery Has Gluten Free Goodies For Everyone At Disney Springs

I’ve probably walked by the Erin McKenna’s NYC bakery about a small thousand times before realizing they served only gluten free and vegan products. However, these facts are not what stopped me from trying the bakery. I don’t need to go to a gluten free bakery because my wonderful friend Caleigh Stokes makes the most excellent gluten free baked goods. Caleigh is driven, clever, and kind—and totally rocks the pre-“1989” Taylor Swift curls. She has stocked the counters at past birthday parties and school group events with the most dreamy cupcakes that taste so delicious, you wouldn’t know it was gluten free if she didn’t tell you.

8 Coffee Questions You’ve Always Wanted To Ask Answered By Your Former Barista

Believe me—I’ve done my time as the too-proud-to-ask-questions coffee drinker. I liked looking like I knew what I was talking about at Starbucks or any local coffee shop. I perused the menu confused as heck, but ordered something that sounded like I was a real coffee drinker.

We Need To Tell Our Congressmen And Women That They Need To Show Up For Work

This summer, my family and I went on a week-long vacation to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. We rode the metro, visited some Smithsonian museums and, of course, saw the buildings that house the three branches of government.

Your Wait Time At Theme Parks Is Not Unfair, You’re Just Impatient – my most popular article yet!

Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios “unboxed” on June 30, 2018. My friend and I decided to brave the crowds on opening day. We got to the park around 7 AM only to find out that the park opened around 6 AM. Upon some more scrolling through multiple Disney Annual Passholder Facebook groups, we discovered that people were waiting outside the park as early as 1 AM.

I Can’t Let Fear Of My Future Control Me, And Neither Can You

Throughout high school and even most of college (especially towards the end #senioritis), I felt like I was just biding my time. I only needed to make it through this week, this project, this semester, this year so I could move on to the next thing to propel my life forward. I wanted to get out of school, out of the situation I was in or out of that particular stage of life.

Parents Don’t Deserve Your Judgmental Stares At Their Loud Kids

We’ve all been here.

You’re at a restaurant just minding your own business, when suddenly—

9 Thoughts About Post-College Graduate Life As Told By April Ludgate

I graduated from college in May. Most people in my life know I have an English degree, but that doesn’t stop them from asking questions like, “So what do you actually plan on doing now?” Truth is, I know what I’m doing, but in a much more real sense, I have no idea what I’m doing. Post-grad life is different. It’s liberating and exciting, but also a bit scary. I have long-term goals in mind, but I’m still taking it a day at a time.

Lauren Alice

Lauren is a writer and editor and has a Bachelor’s in English with a focus on creative writing from the University of Central Florida. Science fiction is her passion and she believes coffee is better with cream.

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