To The New Girl In My Old Jersey

To The New Girl In My Old Jersey

(Odyssey Article 29)

Make it legendary.

This time of year brings the start of the season for collegiate softball. It’s time to lace up the new cleats, grab the old glove, and run out onto every ball girl’s favorite diamond.

Even though a year passed since graduation, I don’t miss the game any less, and my passion for it hasn’t extinguished. By the end of my senior year, many people were ready to hang up their cleats, but I’ll always keep mine in the back of my car just in case. I know five, ten, even twenty years from now, softball will still be something near and dear to my heart.

So, as the season begins, I can’t help but reminisce, and there are a few things I want the new girl to know.


First and foremost, congratulations. You made it to the college level, and that’s an accomplishment in itself. I know how hard it is balancing school and a job, so adding a sport (and everything coming with it) on top of those is something worthy of praise.

Anyhow, as you put on y(our) jersey for this season, you’ll see a few obvious things… The number, most importantly, maybe a leftover stain or two (for which I apologize), and the school name and colors now making up a large part of your identity.

However, what you don’t see are the minutes spent soaking in fresh, spring air, warm sunshine, and the smell of mowed grass.

You don’t see the dried tears wiped away on disappointed car rides home.

You don’t see the smiles in the stands from parents and in the dugout from teammates after a big play.

You don’t see the friendships on and off the field.

You don’t see the flashes of doubt in worth and confidence.

You don’t see the hours spent icing stiff knees and elbows.

You don’t see the post-season wins, the seventh inning losses, or the firsts frozen in history.

You don’t see the moments worth a lifetime of backyard catch, early practices, late games, and unconditional love from a career now passed…

Yes, it still makes me emotional knowing my time is over, but all good things must come to an end. Yet, I am hopeful because I know you now continue the legacy.

So, like a torch, I pass this jersey on to you. It is your’s to make your own moments and your own memories to look back on for a lifetime to come. As I’m sure you already know, it is nothing to take lightly, so I know you’ll handle this responsibility with great care.

Whether you wear this jersey for one season or your entire college career, know it is not just a piece of clothing. It is a temporary burden, a beautiful blessing, and an inseparable bond… Because in your moments of doubt, you can look down at your jersey and know you’re not alone.

I wish you the best of luck in all you do, and may you hit the ball as deep as your love for the game. The moment is your’s now… Make it legendary.


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The 7 Stages of Writer’s Block

The 7 Stages of Writer’s Block

(Odyssey Article 28)

“Maybe next week.”

Whether you write for pleasure, publication, or education, we all run into the dreaded writer’s block from time to time, and when it rears its ugly head, we have no choice but to push through the wall and hope for the best.

Though writer’s block is inevitable, there’s always a light at the end of the literary tunnel.


1. Shock or Disbelief

“My deadline is in 30 minutes… This isn’t happening.”

2. Denial

“I’m perfectly fine. I will finish. I got this!”

3. Anger

“BRAIN, WHY WON’T YOU &@#$% WORK?!”

4. Bargaining

“God, if you let me finish this, I will never curse again.”

5. Guilt

“Why did I wait so long to start this…”

6. Depression

“I’m worthless… Why did they even choose me for this?”

7. Acceptance and Hope

“Well, I’m definitely not meeting deadline… Maybe next week.”


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10 Signs You Conquered The Snap Game

10 Signs You Conquered The Snap Game

(Odyssey Article 27)

And you ALWAYS keep your streaks.

As millennials, we went through the run of social media platforms. From Myspace and AIM to Facebook and Twitter, we saw it all. However, the newest craze of networking allows us to show off our lives more than ever, and the best part… your messages and pictures disappear.

Snapchat not only gives others a way to view your world from a whole new perspective… It helps you slay the selfie game, as well.

Without further ado, here are ten signs you finally conquered all Snapchat has to offer.


1. Your selfies are straight fire.

“Snap saw it first.”

2. Your stories are hilarious.

Whether it’s just you re-watching yourself all over again (and cackling), or other people sending you laughing face emojis in response, you know you’re hysterical.

3. Filters are a MUST.

From flower crowns to dog ears, you use them all with no shame.

4. You mastered the “creeper pic”.

No doubt your bestie will know EXACTLY what the hot guy at the grocery store looks like.

5. You take the best snaps while driving.

Although it’s definitely not safe, you just make it look so easy.

6. You have perfect timing.

You have a sixth sense for when something is about to go down, so you always capture the best moments.

7. You use angles to your advantage.

Even when you accidently flip on your front facing camera, you still look flawless.

8. Your captions make your snaps even better.

*insert pun here*

9. You draw better on your snaps than you do in real life.

Just call you Picasso!

10. You don’t know how you ever survived before Snapchat…

Because Snap is life.


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