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Manishka Daryanani (‘20C): The Heart Behind Her Campus Emory

Year: Senior

Major: Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Minor: Sociology

Campus Involvement: Praxis Feminist Leadership Board, VP of Communications for Emory Media Council, President and Editor in Chief of Her Campus Emory!!!

Q: How has Her Campus, specifically your time as President,  shaped your Emory experience? 

I have been involved in Her Campus my whole college career. As a first-year, I was a part of the marketing and events team, and it’s been leaps uphill ever since. I’ve actually been president since my sophomore year (that’s five semesters!) and plan on “retiring” this December so I can focus on post-grad life. To merely say Her Campus “shaped” my Emory experience would be an immense understatement. Her Campus pretty-much WAS my college experience, and anyone who knows me would agree in a heartbeat. Let’s just say that I’d be rich if I had a dollar for every time I said: “…sorry I can’t I have to do stuff for Her Campus!”

Q: What is your favorite article that you’ve ever written for Her Campus?

Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to write for Her Campus throughout my college career as much as I would’ve liked to. As President and Editor in Chief, a majority of my time is spent working with writers (editing and fact-checking their articles), with the events team (planning events for the team and members of the Emory community) and working to promote Her Campus’ national sponsors! 

Q: How do you like to treat yo’ self?

Well…a majority of my time is spent on the computer trying to do homework and edit articles, but you know what else is on the computer – the internet! It’s actually really bad, I can be reading an article, learn about a new beauty product that seems interesting, and spend hours falling down the Sephora rabbit hole until I’ve pretty much bankrupted myself. But retail therapy, am I right? 

Q: What do you think is the most important issue for college-aged women right now?

I think a common issue college-age women are often facing is finding the right balance between being a feminist and being “well-liked”. Society has created this huge stigma around what it means to “be a feminist” and what the word “feminism” even entails, that women are often afraid to be associated with the cause – even if it is something they feel strongly about! In reality, everyone should be a feminist – all it means is that you want men and women and everyone in between to have equal rights and be equally valued by society! There shouldn’t have to be a trade-off between being a feminist and being liked!

Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Mindy Kaling

Q: Who are the most influential women in your life?

I hate to be that cringey girl who says “my mom”, but my mom is definitely the most influential woman in my life. She is my best friend, and I have been blessed to have the close-knit relationship we have. It will be three in the morning for her (because the time difference between Hong Kong and Atlanta sucks), but she will stay up to talk to me and see how my day was, comfort me when I’m freaking out and get updates on the latest drama occurring in my life. We have no secrets which often leads to disagreements, but at the end of the day, we listen to, learn from and love one another. 

Delaney is an English major who can be bribed with good books and good tea. When she's not studying, you can find her cuddling with her dogs and listening to Hozier. She describes herself as a mixture of Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation and Erin from The Office, and is a lover of all things Fall.
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