For me, Her Campus is a place of refuge from an otherwise wild world. It’s a safe space where I have never felt inadequate or simply not good enough. We are a gang of girls, a band of best friends and I am so incredibly pleased I have the opportunity to write and express myself.
To say this past year has been hard would be an understatement. I have lost friends, I have lost family and I lost my childhood home. That may sound like it would crush a person, and let me tell you that it came close to destroying me a few times. I like to think it is because I had the chance to write for an online publication like Her Campus that I didn’t let the darkness consume me. That’s what this year has been though, pure darkness. The guiding light for me has not only been the chance to write, but the women that make up Her Campus, not only here at Laurier Brantford, but elsewhere too.
Her Campus changed my life when I first reached out in January 2019 to write for the group. Her Campus changed my life by connecting me with incredible women all over the continent. I have made friends from all over the United States of America and Canada just by writing for Her Campus at Laurier Brantford. It’s like a global hug from women of all backgrounds and all walks of life. It’s like meeting your new best friends, and then their best friends, and their best friends until everyone is best friends.
Her Campus, in my opinion, is so much more than the Instagram memes of “What kind of bagel you would be?” (you know I’m an everything bagel, right?). It’s the power to choose how and what you are going to say. It’s the power to be seen and heard. It’s the power to walk around campus and have people tell you they loved your latest article because they have always wanted to bleach their hair but just couldn’t bring themselves to do it. It’s the power of the pen, or in this case, the keyboard, being mightier than the sword.
I am pretty involved on campus. I am an important part of the Criminology Student Association and I’m on the Peer Wellness Educator team. There are so many ways to get involved on campus and I love that there is something for everyone. If I didn’t take a chance and apply on a whim, there would be no Meghan with her bleached hair, no Meghan auditioning for the J Force and no Meghan meeting Antoni from Queer Eye because I needed to take the chance and apply in order to gain the confidence to try and do everything else. I needed Her Campus to help me grow.
Her Campus: it’s my happy place, my safe space and a warm embrace. It is everything to me and I could not be happier that I have had the opportunity to write about one of my favourite groups on campus.