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If you were to tell me freshman year of college that I would be where I am today, I would have laughed. I used to be afraid of talking in front of large groups, taking initiative, being in charge of a team, and making decisions. Today, I’m not even phased by these actions; I embrace them.

A big part of how I have gotten here can be largely attributed to Her Campus Kutztown. 

When I began the process of starting a chapter at our school, it was at a time in my life where I needed direction. I needed a new purpose; something new to dedicate my time to. Once we had finally been approved to transition a chapter to my second home, my life took off. I had requirements that needed to be reached, deadlines that had to be met, and a team that I needed to recruit. Although I had a big support system behind me, it was definitely something that I would soon find out would take up a majority of my time, and thoughts.

While Her Campus has taught me how to be more personable, it has also taught me that you can, in fact, have something to do every minute of every day, and that no cup of coffee could be too dark or too tall.

I’ve learned that I love structure. I excel in situations where expectations are high and seem to have an end goal of something bigger than what may initially meet the eye. I’ve had the opportunity to interview world renowned writers, authors, and activists. The ability to delegate meetings and make executive decisions. A chance to be interviewed by newspapers, and organizations. And finally receive recognition from professors, fellow classmates, and alumni.

While I don’t want to come off too pretentious, I find it necessary to highlight just how much my life has been impacted by one very life-changing decision: the decision to bring Her Campus to Kutztown. Her Campus has motivated me to work a little harder for what I am passionate about, prepared me for working with a team in the future, and to walk confidently in the direction of my dreams. Looking back, it has been one of the best decisions I could have ever made for myself.

Thank you to all who have supported me along the way to make this become a reality.

My name is Carmelina Stolzenberg and I'm a senior at Kutztown University. I've always been passionate about writing as it has helped me through my life experiences. Being an English major- writing is a huge part of my life. You can probably find me drinking green tea with a book in my hand on any given day. My goal for HerCampus is to write about topics I am inspired by and share them with an audience that can hopefully find something to relate to in my writing.
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