Goodbye from Our Founding Campus Correspondent

Dear Oregon State University Collegiettes,

Words cannot even describe the wild ride the past four years have been.

When I started out at OSU in the fall of 2012, I had actually come in as an undeclared Environmental Science major. After a few months, that career path just didn’t seem right to me. I spent that first year writing for the Daily Barometer and trying to find myself while not failing Calculus… and then I switched into the New Media Communications / Digital Communication Arts major.

This switch was honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It opened my eyes to a career path of doing what I love, which is the only way to live in my opinion! My time working at the Daily Baro was definitely valuable, but I knew that hard hitting news wasn’t very fun for me, so I began exploring avenues for pursuing a career in entertainment journalism. Cue Her Campus!

I can still remember waiting and waiting for somebody to start a chapter here at Oregon State so that I could get involved. I had friends who wrote for Her Campus at the U of O, and it looked like a ton of fun. I waited and I waited, probably a little too long. And then, during the summer between my sophomore and junior years, I figured why not start it myself? I knew that there had to be others on campus itching to get involved as well -- and there were!

Starting Her Campus at Oregon State was one of the most incredible, eye-opening, rewarding experiences in the world, and I’m so happy that I decided to go for it. The main lesson I can give you from my college experience is to always chase your dreams no matter how crazy they seem, and to make your own opportunities because nothing comes easy. Trust me when I say that it will definitely be worth it.

Leaving this chapter as a Gold Level organization after just two years of operation is simply amazing, and I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of our incredible staff. Whether you’ve been with us since day one or are just tuning in -- thank you! There are already so many amazing things in the works for next year, so don’t go anywhere.

Next up, I’m excited to say that I have accepted a position with StyleHaul in the amazing New York City! Moving to the city that never sleeps has always been a huge, farfetched dream of mine, and I can’t believe it’s actually happening. I am so grateful for all of the memories, experiences, and lessons that my time as the Editor-in-Chief and President of Her Campus at Oregon State has taught me over the past two years, and I’m so excited to see where the future takes me.

 

Your Founding Campus Correspondent, signing off!

HCXO!

Lara von Linsowe-Wilson

Oregon State University ‘16