For two and a half years, I’ve been a part of Her Campus here at MSU. From my first semester my freshman year, being too intimidated and too nervous to walk up to the booth at Sparticipation to now going into my second semester of junior year as chapter president and campus correspondent, I have loved every minute of it.
I was extremely involved from the start, even joining e-board as the events director during my first semester. I went from trying to learn how to plan events and connect everyone in person to trying to figure out how to connect everyone through a virtual environment only a few months into my position. Virtual is more convenient, but it makes trying to feel connected and trying to build bonds much more difficult.
And then a few months after that having to adjust from about 20 members to maybe 120. So not only did I have to figure out how to connect members virtually, I had to figure out the best way to accommodate events for that many people and try to build connections between that many people.
It’s insane to think that far back when first I joined, when we were such a small chapter with only 20 or so members. Now, that’s how many people we have on e-board alone.
From the start, I found a home in Her Campus as whole and in HCMSU. Leaving high school, I had left behind years or memories and activities. Leaving behind cheer, countless friends, and my high school newspaper that had all controlled my life.
I was desperate for something to be a part of, but not just a club that met once a month and didn’t do anything. I wanted to be an active member of something with a group of people who were passionate about the group.
I found that and much, much more.
Sometimes it feels like too much on those countless hours spent cleaning up the drive, creating and sifting through forms, preparing for the meetings, and everything else that goes on behind the scenes.
My entire winter break was even consumed by trying to finalize everything from the previous semester and prepare for the next.
Nevertheless, I am so grateful for this wonderful group of people and everything that this organziation has given me. I’m beyond excited to see what I can accomplish as president even though it’s going to be a work in progress trying to learn how to be the best leader for our chapter. I love being able to give back to the one student organization that gave me everything I was looking for and more. Even though it can be a lot at times, I wouldn’t change any of it.