Meet Our Team: Diana Beninati, podcast co-host

Diana is one of our OG members and has been with us since the relaunch. This semester she’s taken on the Senior Editor role and has been a tremendous help in keeping our website running. I don’t know what I’d do without her! But besides Her Campus, Diana also has some cool projects of her own. Keep reading to find out!

Photo courtesy of Diana Beninati

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English

Minor: Gender and Sexuality Studies

Class: 2021

What’s something people should know about you?

I'm a big fan of musical theater, even though I can't sing, dance or act; if you ever see me around campus, I'm probably humming along to a show recording!

What are some of your favorite musicals?

I love so many musicals, but Rent, West Side Story and Newsies. My all-time favorite musical, and soundtrack, is Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I'm usually listening to any one of these, but I've been meaning to listen to/watch the musical adaptation of Heathers!

Why did you choose Bryn Mawr?

I love the community of support and acceptance that exists at Bryn Mawr; it's unlike any other school, and that was a huge part of my decision.

What made you interested in Her Campus?

I love writing and journalism and wanted to learn more about the media production and marketing aspects of those fields!

What are some of your hobbies?

I love exploring Philly with friends and finding new favorite cafes, stores, and museums! If I'm at home/on campus, I'm usually reading!

What are some of your favorite cafes, stores or museums in Philly?

One of my favorite places in Philly is the Kawaii Kitty Cafe! It's a great place to grab some coffee with friends and play with some cats for an hour or so. I also love going to the Philadelphia Art Museum on rainy afternoons. I'm still in the process of finding more favorite places for weekend adventures, but I'd highly recommend weekend wandering trips around new neighborhoods; you find the best places when you're not looking for any!

What are you currently obsessed with?

I've just started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I already love it!

What’s your favorite way to relax?

I love setting aside time to cuddle up in bed with a cup of tea and a book, music and Netflix.

What are some things you’re up to and how can we support you?

I'm currently in the process of creating a Podcast with my friends about life at Bryn Mawr!

Some things I know about your podcast is that 1) you’re working on it with another one of our team members, Belle, 2) it’s called “Bradcast,” 3) some topics you talk about include your experience at Bryn Mawr, as well as your experience at a women’s college in general. Could you tell me more about your podcast? For starters, how did you and Belle meet, how did the name of your podcast come about, what about women’s colleges interests you, and what tips do you have for prospective Mawrters?

Belle and I first met during Customs week, but we didn’t become close until my roommate, Ruby, planned a trip to Philly with the three of us and our other friend, Ashley. Since that night, the four of us have become really close. We came up with the idea of doing a podcast one night during the beginning of the fall semester. We originally wanted to make a YouTube channel, but then decided a podcast may be more interesting and fun to create. We mostly just wanted to share our conversations and debates with a larger audience; the idea is still in the works, but we hope to share some recordings before the spring semester ends!

The name bradcast comes from our nickname for our friend group: BRAD. It's the initials of all our first names (Belle, Ruby, Ashley, Diana)!

Actually attending a women's college has taught me a lot that I didn't ever expect to learn and has exposed me to a whole new world that I love. We often have conversations about how different our school is from the outside world, and how that could partially be because it's a women's college, and I love sharing what insight I have with others--hence the subject matter of the podcast!

I'd advise future Mawrters to start with the acceptance that you may change once you start college and that's okay! It's a very immersive experience--there's a lot to see, a lot of people to meet and a lot to learn; be open to seeing it and learning and to trying new things, and it will pay off. Also, try not to be as scared as I was when I started at Bryn Mawr. It may take some time, but you will find your people and find places and things you love here, and it will become your second home!

Thank you for your time Diana!

Keep up with Diana on Instagram!