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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at IUP chapter.

Meet Emine Boz a Communications Media major with a focus in Production from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania! Emine is a junior, which makes her a member of the Class of 2020. She chose IUP because she loved the atmosphere and felt that it had really positive energy when she visited.


Here at IUP, Emine is a member of Residence Hall Association (RHA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), and is a Community Assistant (CA) in Ruddock Hall! When asked about her organizations, Emine said, “I enjoy both of these organizations and I would recommend them to everyone who lives on campus. Both give you opportunities to make connections around campus while meeting new people and having your voice heard.”

Emine explained to me that her favorite memory of IUP so far would be when she went to the conference for National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) at Arizona State University this past summer. She went with a great group of student leaders from around our campus and described the experience as an amazing learning opportunity.

(Emine and the 2018-2019 RHA E-Board)

IUP offers students the chance to grow in multiple ways. I asked Emine if she felt she had grown as an individual since coming to IUP and she responded with “I do feel like I have grown while being here at IUP. I especially see my growth in the social aspect. Coming from a smaller town, I wasn’t too active or outgoing when I first arrived here, and now I voice my opinions and concerns around campus in my organizations and as a Community Assistant.”

With her remaining time at IUP, Emine is excited to meet new people through her role as a CA and all the other opportunities IUP still has to offer me.

As such an active member of the IUP community, Emine highlighted the importance of utilizing self-care to get through her tough days, “Just relaxing in my room while listening to music is such a stress reliever for me.”

(Emine and friends)

Emine’s advice to underclassmen: “Go to class! Even if the professor does not take attendance, still go. If you don’t, you will fall behind and have the risk of failing the class. I had a class last year where the teacher did not take attendance and I didn’t attend all the classes and I ended up almost failing the class. Also, take advantage of all the opportunities IUP has for you, from free cups to giving you an outlet for your voice to be heard.”

Emine’s favorite quote, by April Heinrichs, is an important reminder for all of us, “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.”

If you see Emine around campus, be sure to say hi and wish her luck in all that she does!


(All photos via Emine Boz)

Danielle Jones is from Jeannette, Pennsylvania--a small town with big pride. As an English, Writing major with a minor is Business Administration she loves words and truly believes in their power. She is currently one of two Campus Correspondents for Her Campus at IUP. In her free time, Danielle enjoys reading, writing, and all things Shonda Rhimes.