It has to be in the present or the future though. I thin i can use fantasy!!
I have to suggest an idea for a modern odyssey, but my miond is blank.
I think there's something interesting in the idea that you have to study and pass a test to get a driver's license, but you don't have to meet any criteria in order to be a parent. How interesting would the journey be if one had to prove himself or herself worthy of great things in order to be granted the privilege of having children?
You might wish to read Michael Chabon's Amazing Adventures of Kavailier and Clay, which has elements of an oddysey to it. Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel.
As to a modern topic to suggest--how about President Obama's life?
Interesting assignment and some really helpful suggestions. I know this is kind of crazy, but I recently saw a news story about a dog who traveled something like 600 miles over the course of a few months and finally made his way home. There are plenty of movies which treat the same theme--animals who journey. I'd probably prefer to write the journey with a human protagonist, but an animal does offer a unique point of view on an odyssey. How about going with some kind of ecological issue--a rain forest that's being developed out of existence, an island where one or more of the animals or fish or whatever become extinct, or whatever might interest you in this area. Have fun!
You could write an odyssey that explores your town/city fifty years from now. How have the people and landmarks changed? What is school like? How have scientific and technological advancements helped or hurt your town? Is the future bright or bleak? This might be interesting if you are wanting to set your odyssey in the future.
Becauase you are a student think about your own odyssey through school. What are the trials and triumphs of your experience? What heroic qualities does a good student have to possess? What lessons, both academic and personal, have you learned or do you hope to learn by the time you graduate? You story doesn't have to be personal, but you can use those ideas as inspiration for assignment.
Everyone's idea for an odyssey will be different, as all humans are unique individuals. You will have to think about what inspires you most, or what your major interests are. Someone who likes to act might prepare for an odyssey to Hollywood, film capital of the world, or New York's Broadway. People who love various kinds of animals, such as a polar bear, might journey to the Arctic. A star gazer might want to meet Stephen Hawking and discuss the origins of the universe. A person from a small family might want to go into the future to meet their future generations (hopefully, there will be some). I, myself, would like to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. An odyssey will be a journey filled with stumbling blocks and opportunities to behold wonders. It's not the end of the journey that's important. It's the trip along the way.
Thank You guy for all your help!