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Honoring HCAU’s President: Abby Henry

Her Campus American is so incredibly proud of our President and senior graduate for Fall 2020!

Abby Henry currently serves as our President and we are honored to be a part of her executive board. Abby is a ray of sunshine and she is a wonderful writer, leader, mentor, and friend. She continues to amaze us in her leadership role in HCAU and we are so excited to witness a world leader in the making. Congratulations Abby, you are truly extraordinary! 

Major/Minor: Double Major in Women's Gender Studies & Sexuality and Sociology

Best memory at AU: All of HCAU going to AU's Founder's Ball together.

Favorite memory in HCAU: Bonding with our executive board in the Spring 2020 semester.

Plans after Graduation: I have a job starting in January at Sapphire Strategies as a Digital Strategiest. It is a digitial political fundraising firm, so I'll be doing email and social fundraising for progressive candidates. I have also applied for a PhD program for Sociology in Ohio.

How did HCAU change your college experience?

I transferred to AU my second semester my sophomore year and I was nervous because I didn't know anyone and I didn't think I was going to make any friends because it’s hard to make friends in college, especially when you transfer in the middle of the year. But Her Campus gave me something to look forward to and it is an activity that that made me feel like I was part of some thing and it was someting I'm proud of. It also made me feel like I was a part of the AU community which was really awesome. It just made me feel really at home.

Any advice for underclassmen?

Don't be afraid to transfer if you hate your university- I was so unhappy at Syracuse and transferring was the best decision I ever made. Even though it seems really scary experience, it was worth it. Also, take advantage of all the opportunities in college and in HCAU. Attend all the free lectures with people like Angela Davis and Julian Castro. Lastly, don't get too caught up in doing a ton of internships and having a ton jobs and being in a ton of clubs because I’ve done it and it’s really tiring and I wanted to relax more and have more fun. So relax and have more fun, don’t feel pressured in internship culture

The most important thing you learned during your undergrad career?

The most important thing I learned was to believe in myself. I always have imposter syndrome and thought I wasn't good enough. Even when applying to AU in high school, I didn't get in and when I applied to transfer I felt like I was good enough. I felt that I wasn't good enough to write for Her Campus and I was worried about how I would sound and how people would perceive me or if my articles were good enough. But I took these chances all of these things were great opportunities for me so I learned to take chances and believe in myself. 

Here are a few kind words our Executive Board has to say about Abby:

Photo Credit: Abby Henry, Her Campus Media Library

Hannah Andress

American '21

Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus American. Currently an undergraduate student at American University involved in the Global Scholars program studying International Studies and Arabic. Preferred gender pronouns are she/her/hers. Her interests include national security, women in politics, international human and civil rights, and creating an impact that is long-lasting and sustainable.
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