It’s hard to believe that this is already my fourth semester of writing for Her Campus! I joined the University of Iowa chapter in the spring of my freshman year after being a fan of the site for… probably six or eight months? I joined pretty much on a whim and it’s ended up being one of the best decisions of my college career.
Her Campus, if you’re not familiar with it, is an online magazine produced by female undergrads – “collegiettes,” as HC calls them – that was launched in 2009. While most of its chapters are based in the US, there are groups at universities and colleges all over the world! They run a mix of fun and serious articles about every topic under the sun.
I’ve prattled on for long enough. Let’s get started!
1. It’s a lot like blogging
And you know how much I love blogging! The overall tone of HC is pretty informal, which is a nice change from some of the stuffier articles I have to write for my journalism classes. We’re encouraged to write about whatever we want and to keep articles short and to the point, so writing for HC never, ever feels like a chore. It honestly feels like I’m working on a blog with a bunch of different contributors. Sooooo relaxed and fun.
2. I get to talk about college and more specifically UI
I mean… you and I both know that I do that on this blog as well, but it’s an entirely different feeling when I know that 99% of the people reading my content are not only in college but attend my college. Whether listing the best places to study on campus or discussing how mental health issues are approached at the University of Iowa, it’s nice to be able to get specific.
3. I get to put it on my résumé
When you stumble across some sort of activity that is not only fun but looks great on a résumé, HANG ONTO IT FOR DEAR LIFE. Those kinds of activities are the actual best. Not only are you having a wonderful time doing the thing, but the thing will hopefully go a long way in persuading employers, grad school admissions people, et cetera that you’re worth their time.
4. It opens up a world of opportunities
…which I have not take full advantage of yet, oops! But that’s OK: I want to find my feet and make sure I’m giving my current HC responsibilities my fullest attention before I take on any new projects. Buuuut anyway here are just some of the opportunities available to me as a member of Her Campus:
- Writing for the main website (definitely want to do this!)
- Holding a leadership position in the UI chapter (don’t want to bite off more than I can chew, but it certainly sounds interesting)
- Attending Her Conference, the annual summer gathering in NYC (just don’t know how I would ever pay for this!)
5. It’s a great way to meet other girls studying the same things that I am
Many of the girls in my chapter are majoring in either Journalism (like me!) or Communication Studies. Some are also majoring in English, or English & Creative Writing (hey, me too!). While Her Campus welcomes students from all majors, many have interests and career plans very similar to mine. I love meeting girls who are in the same programs as I am outside of the classroom!
6. GIRL POWER
I love love love being in an all-women organization! Prior to joining HC, I hadn’t been in one since Girl Scouts way back in middle school and I missed it so much. I love the girls in my chapter; hearing what they’ve been up to and where they’re going in life is amazing! Whether at meetings or fun get-togethers (such as apple-picking or movie nights), they all have so much enthusiasm for what they do. Which encourages me to be my best collegiette self!
Do you read Her Campus? Have you ever worked on a paper-based or online magazine, either during college or at some other time in your life?
P.S. If you’re thinking about joining Her Campus… I mean, obviously I’m going to be a little biased, but I’d be super happy to answer any questions you may have so just hit me up whenever!