#HerCampusWeek: Meet the Executive Board

Executive Team

Campus Correspondent/ President & Editor-in-Chief

Name

Maurianna Dinkins

Year

Class of 2018

Major

English and Comparative  Literature major with a Writing, Editing, and Digital Publication concentration

Hometown

New York City, New York

How has leading a team helped you grow?

Starting out I was absolutely terrified! In the beginning, we had just relaunched in March 2018 and there were only 7 of us and another CC so we were co-leading it was less intimidating. Fast forward to now there are 32 of us so leading a team solo was a huge task that I knew I had to overcome especially since public speaking is not forte and I usually shy away from leadership positions. I think what helped was how passionate I was about Her Campus and Her Campus at Chapel Hill. I wanted to see HCCH grow and I knew from the applications we had an amazing group of ladies who’d be able to help us do this!

Favorite Greek goddess? (or any goddess really)

Athena for sure! Besides being the goddess of wisdom, courage, law and justice, and a plethora of others, she's the goddess of war. Move over Ares! 

If you could live in any other time period, would you? Which one?

 I’ve recently been watching Outlander so I’m tempting to say 18th century Scotland (I’m looking at you Jamie Fraser), but I’d have to during Ancient Egyptians times! I mean who didn’t want to be Cleopatra, save for the Julius Caesar stuff but Ruler of Egypt? I’d take it. Side note, I’d really want to watch the pyramids being built too!

What cartoon character do you relate to most?

The cartoon Lizzie McGuire monologue! I feel like I'm constantly going 'why did you just say that?' or being overly dramatic about stupid things and thinkings my life is over. 

 

Senior Editor

Name

Natalie Plahuta 

Year

Class of 2020

Major

English

Hometown

Knightdale, North Carolina

How has leading a team helped you grow?

How did you get into editing?

My friends started asking me to edit their college essays.

What’s your number one editing rule/what drives you crazy to edit?

Your vs. You're and Its vs. It's

Do you make art? How? What kind?

I draw, mostly people.

If you could go to any concert - at any point in time - who would it be?

I would love to go to a Marina & The Diamonds concert.

You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick?

If I had to pick a song to sing for karaoke, I'd sing "Like Lovers Do" by Hey Violet.

 

Content Director

Name

Casey Crisp

Year

Class of 2019

Major

English and History double major

Hometown

Lexington, North Carolina

How has leading a team helped you grow?

Why do you write?

Writing allows me the opportunity to express my creativity and it helps me de-stress.

What makes Her Campus such a great platform to write on?

The freedom to write whatever you want write.

What has been your favorite experience writing for Her Campus so far?

Being chosen as Content Director.

Favorite Greek goddess?

Artemis

If you could go to any concert - at any point in time - who would it be?

BTS

You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick?

Take on me by Aha!

 

Events Director

Name

Raina He

Year

Class of 2021

Major

Psychology and Economics double major, English minor

Hometown

St. Louis, Missouri

How has leading a team helped you grow?

I think leading a team has helped me grow because it allowed me to work with a lot of different people and ideas, and taught me how to bring all of them together to work on something we're all passionate about.

What’s your dream event to put on/host?

A college version of the classic childhood slumber party.

What celebrity would you like to throw/plan an event for?

Taylor Swift

Favorite Greek goddess? (or any goddess really)

Hestia, goddess of the hearth. She's the chillest of all the twelve Olympians and the only one who rarely got involved with all the godly drama. Because of this, she's not as well known as the others, but I think not being dragged into the reality show-level craziness of Mount Olympus is well worth the trade-off. #NoDramaGoddess

Current Obsession?

Spicy shrimp crackers from the Asian grocery store. Just the amount of spice, seafood flavor, and crunchiness, while being far more addicting than potato chips.

What advice would you give to yourself at age 8? 12? 16?

Don't sweat the little stuff and don't worry about making mistakes! Imperfection is part of life, and eventually, everything passes.

 

Co-Marketing and Publicity Director(s)

Name

Mary Chiappetta

Year

Class of 2020

Major

Media & Journalism - Public Relations and Communications and Interpersonal & Organizational Communication double major

Hometown

Charlotte, North Carolina

How has leading a team helped you grow?

Leading a team has helped me grow because I have learned how to better resolve issues when they arise. I have also learned how to make plans and set goals for my team according to the strengths of those around me to make things go as smoothly as possible.

What cartoon character do you relate to most?

Candace from Phineas and Ferb because I have two younger brothers

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this year?

My internship at Mower in Uptown Charlotte. I got to work in PR and I loved it!

If you could bring back any fashion trend what would it be?

When I was in preschool and it was socially acceptable to wear princess dresses wherever I went!

 

Co-Marketing and Publicity Director(s) & Treasurer

Name

Julia Slawek

Year

Class of 2020

Major

Media and Journalism major - Strategic Communication, Social and Economic Justice minor

Hometown

Hendersonville, North Carolina

How has leading a team helped you grow?

It has helped me with communicating ideas and exploring solutions for problems that come up. Also, it has improved my overall leadership skills.

What’s your favorite Marketing and PR campaign? 

Nike’s Just Do It

What's your dream company to work for? 

Ogilvy & Mather

What cartoon character do you relate to most?

Cinderella

Favorite way to eat a potato?

French Fries!

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this year?

Buying my car!

 

Social Media Director

Name

Raquel McLeod

Year

Class of 2021

Major

Media & Journalism Major - Advertising/Public Relations

Hometown

Davidson, North Carolina

How has leading a team helped you grow?

Leading a team has helped me grow because it forces you to learn how to delegate and pay attention to other people’s needs. Sometimes you have to take things on by yourself if you know one of your members has been having a tough week and could use a little weight lifted off their shoulders.

What’s your favorite social media platform? 

Instagram

If you could create a new social media app what would it be? 

An app for dog owners to arrange puppy play dates or an app to plan an entire trip based on things you like (food, stores, etc).

Favorite/most used emoji? 

🙃

Current obsession?

Using yelp to find a new restaurant to try/Black Friday online sale shopping

What advice would you give to yourself at age 8? 12? 16?

At 8, don’t worry about anything and be nice to your siblings.  At 12, stop trying to grow up so fast. At 16, stress less and take life less seriously, enjoy being young.

Celebrity crush and why?

Michael B. Jordan because he is motivated and humble yet confident.

 

Community, Philanthropy, Outreach Director

Name

Bianca Andreu

Year

Class of 2021

Major

Business, Psychology/ Entrepreneurship

Hometown

Charlotte, North Carolina

How has leading a team helped you grow?

Leading a team has taught me how to manage my time and talk to other organizations about fun events.

What philanthropic organization(s) are you most passionate about? 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Thorn

What's your dream partnership? 

Thorn

Favorite Greek goddess? (or any goddess really)

Aphrodite

If you could remake a movie from your childhood what would it be? / If they’ve already remade it, what would you do differently?

Elf

Favorite way to eat a potato?

Fries