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How Her Campus Made My College Experience

With my graduation date coming up in t-minus six days (yikes), I’ve taken a lot of time to reflect on the highs and lows of my college experience. In doing so, I’ve realized that the best thing that happened to me was joining Her Campus Oswego.

I found HCOZ when I was in need of a solid, supportive group of people in my life. The novelty of college had officially faded away and my friend group was changing, leaving me confused and bored. In the summer between my sophomore and junior year, I found the HCOZ website and decided to email the CCs to find out how to get involved. I attended the general interest meeting and kept up with it by writing articles and hanging out with the members as often as I could. It was a gradual process, but I slowly began to come out of my shell and get more involved with the organization.

After a year of being a member, I became the CC for my senior year. This is when my love and devotion for the organization truly grew. I learned a ton of leadership skills and became incredibly passionate, plus I met some of my closest and best friends. I started writing articles more frequently about things that were bothering me, and it became an amazing source of therapy for me. The girls I met are so beyond supportive and understanding and have been there for me every step of the way.

More than anything, Her Campus Oswego helped me figure out who I want to be in the world. By no means do I have everything figured out, but I learned that I’m 100 percent capable of being a leader and running meetings and events. I’ve become more confident in my writing skills and found like-minded individuals that brought me up every time I needed it. I’ve looked to my HCOZ girls for help and they have never once let me down over the past few years. I couldn’t be more grateful to have been a part of this organization during my college career, and I’m so happy to have served as their CC for my senior year.

To the remaining HCOZ members: thank you for everything. Our meetings were the highlight of my weeks, and I’m beyond proud of all the things we achieved as an organization throughout the years. I’ll miss each and every one of you so much, but I know you will only go on to do bigger and better things after I graduate.



Melissa Lee

Oswego '19

CC Melissa is a senior journalism major with a double minor in creative writing and political science at SUNY Oswego. She loves music, makeup, dogs, and napping. 95% of the time she can be found drinking way too much coffee or finding new music on Spotify.
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