Thursday, September 8, 2016

Explore your interests and major to pinpoint what your aspirations are.

Her Campus is one of my absolute favorite things on the planet. It's a publication that has helped me grow as a writer and editor. It's an organization that has helped me develop my leadership skills. It's a brand that promotes just good old girl power. I absolutely love Her Campus.

Last week my relationship with Her Campus developed even further, so I decided that for the blog this week, I'm going to look at the evolution of my relationship with Her Campus.

In a previous post, I reflected on my experiences as a contributor who first joined Her Campus Iowa and my first semester as Campus Correspondent: Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Iowa. I wrote that post in February, which was a little into my second semester in this position. I'm going to pick up my story where that post left off...

My second semester as Campus Correspondent and Editor-in-Chief, also my fourth semester at the University of Iowa, absolutely flew by. I continued to grow as a leader and team member and writer and editor. I continued to grow just as a person, which was, and continues to be, scary and exciting, as it's supposed to be.

Our team grew to 50+ girls last semester, which still just boggles my mind. Something so minuscule about that, but something that I find just so cool about it, is that we had to change which room we use for meetings at the Iowa City Public Library. We used to meet in Meeting Room B, which is a long, narrow room with a single long table. The whole room fits about 25 people. Obviously that wasn't going to fit our whole team, which had grown to double that number, so we had to start using Meeting Room A, which can fit up to 100+ people, depending on the setup and event. Meeting Room A has a huge screen and projector and a podium and mic system. It's just all very meeting-y, which I just totally geeked out over. After all, I do really love PowerPoints.

Also during that spring semester, a couple of us decided that we wanted to attend Her Conference, which is the annual conference Her Campus puts on in New York City every year. I wrote a little bit about the conference and my trip to NYC in a post back in July. But to reiterate, it was such a fun trip with girls who have become close friends and a conference full of powerful and inspiring women. It was amazing, to say the least.

Over the summer I also watched on social media as some of my HC friends from other schools across the country traveled to Boston, where HC headquarters are, for summer internships. It was so cool to watch them all get closer and accomplish so much in their time in Boston.

I had heard about the HC internships before but had never really considered them since I figured I was already immersed enough in the HC world. However, watching all of these girls go through this experience really inspired me and made me want to intern for HC myself. However, I wasn't sure how I would do it. Summer was over, and I would have to wait until next summer, my last summer as a college student, my last chance to accept a longterm internship anywhere.

And then I received an email from Her Campus Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Kaplan Lewis (total girl crush). It was an all-team email encouraging people to apply for their Boston and remote internships. Total sarahndipitous moment. I applied the next day, completed an edit test the next week, and had a phone interview a couple of weeks after that (just last week!). The day after my phone interview, I received an email offering me the internship. And now I am proud to say that I am one of two remote editorial interns for Her Campus Nationals this semester!

It's crazy that I have been a Campus Correspondent and Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Iowa for an entire year now. I'm so proud of all that we have accomplished as a chapter and how I have grown in this position. I can't wait to see what this year holds for the chapter and for myself. Stay tuned!

Lots of love,

Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, Annie Chandler Wang, Windsor Hanger Western, Her Campus Editors, "The Her Campus Guide to College Life: How to Manage Relationships, Stay Safe and Healthy, Handle Stress, and Have the Best Years of Your Life"