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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF: HELLO

Hi Friends!

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Melanie Hamner. I have been writing for Her Campus ASU since my sophomore year, now going into my fourth and final year of university!! I am majoring in Journalism with an emphasis on Public Relations. I have had a  passion for photography and writing ever since I was a child. Many would say, I’m a storyteller at heart. My purpose has always been to tell someone’s story, whether it is through my photos or writing.  

Growing up as an only child, I was surrounded by my large family: my parents, my grandparents, my aunts, uncles, cousins, and best friends. They have always supported me through thick and thin. I was taught to be independent and never rely on anyone. But to always remember that at the end of the day, know they will always be there for me. I was taught to face my fears head-on and don’t stop and wait for something to happen. That support is something I will forever be grateful for. 

That’s also what Her Campus ASU is to me, they are my second family. It will always be a safe place for anyone. It was for me during my darkest of times. I joined Her Campus ASU around the same time as my first “breakup”.  I had little to no experience in writing and I only knew one of the members prior to joining. Everyone took me in with warm and loving arms. They’ve helped me and never judged me. I was able to grow as a human, but also as a writer. 

During my junior year, was when my first REAL breakup happened. To say the very least, I was broken, but the team of amazing women helped me through it all. I was taught to finally put my mental health first. The support is something I will never forget. 

For those of you who are thinking of joining this amazing team: I will do my absolute best to give you the support as a friend, a colleague, and your president. I will encourage you to grow as a writer or editor and I will make sure to get you out of your comfort zone. I will always support you no matter what you face. 

To my current HC ASU lovelies: I will continue to be there for you, listen to your ideas, help your writing skills improve, and make sure this year is the best one yet. 

To Daria: The former editor-in-chief. Thank you. You have truly prepared me for this next big step, as a member, and now President. I remember the day you asked me over zoom, I was so excited but nervous that I would never be ready. As the school year is now here, I know that I am. You’ve taught me to always listen to my mental health before anyone, to not stress over the tiny things, and most importantly, just be myself. 

As the new editor-in-chief, I promise to anyone who is a part of Her Campus ASU, this club will be a place for strong independent women and non-binary friends. We will always support you no matter who you are. I promise to encourage you to only ever be the best version of yourself. 

With that being said, 

I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us. 

Love you all always, 

Melanie xx

Fun Facts about Mel: 

Favorite Color: Red

Pets: a dog named Finnegan 

Roommates: 3 of them!!! 

Favorite Sport: Baseball 

Favorite Song: “Where’s my love” by SYML or “Turning Page” 

Go-To- Meal: Mac & Cheese or Quesadilla w/ Sour Cream 

Single or Taken: I have my eye on someone ;)

Spotify or Apple Music: Spotify 

Favorite Movie: Safe Haven

Hello! Melanie is from Southern California, more especially Indio & yes, that is where Coachella Fest is located. She is majoring in Journalism with a focus in Public Relations as well as perusing a minor in Women and Gender Studies and another minor in Art History. She enjoys going to the gym, listening to podcasts and watching youtube. Some of her favorite things in life are interior designing/decorating, coffee, plants and astrology. LOL what a Leo :)
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