Hello friends! This week’s profile is none other than our very own Campus Correspondent, Terri Ling!
Terri brings with her a vast communications background, an enthusiastic attitude, and a strong executive team. We are all looking forward to seeing what Terri and her team have planned for the year ahead, including Her Campus events, outreach and more articles written by talented SFU students.
Make sure to continue reading to find out how she meets deadlines, her tips on boosting self-confidence, and her favourite Cartems donut flavour.
Name: Terri Ling
Hometown: Hong Kong
Program of Study: Communication
Year: Entering 4th year
Social Media: Instagram and Twitter @terriling
What we would like to know
What made you apply to be Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus SFU?
It all started while I was halfway through my exchange program this year. I remember checking my SFU email, sorting through the junk as I normally did, when I came across an email recruiting for the Campus Correspondent position. Initially, I didn’t think much of it, but as I read more about what the role entails, I decided to give it a go. A huge part of it at the time was definitely my own attempt in “transitioning” early for my return back in Vancouver. I knew how hard leaving a place I’ve called home would be so I wanted to put myself out there for once and see if I could get the position. Never would I have thought that it would allow me to learn so much (in just a span of a few short weeks) and meet so many wonderful people!
Have you faced any difficulties in your new role?
Yes and no. No matter what kind of leadership role you’re in, there’s bound to be complexities such as time conflicting schedules and miscommunication. But so far, I’m lucky to have an executive team and Chapter Writers who are extremely initiative and supportive of what we’re doing.
How do you keep track of all your Writers while ensuring that you meet all deadlines?
Once I stepped into the role, I did a bit of (researching) to see how things ran for last year’s chapter. Right away, I began creating the monthly writing schedule with deadlines for each Her Campus week. Luckily for me, our chapter also has an amazing Senior Editor. We split up work and constantly communicate with the rest of our Writers to ensure all deadlines are met!
If you were a Cartems donut, what flavour would you be and why?
Great question. And that’s definitely the Earl Grey donut. Why? Because I love Earl Grey tea! And it’s actually the only donut that I’ve ever tried from Cartems but I can still remember the exact day I tried it… even to this day I can’t un-taste it. It was just that good.
What advice can you give to students who are interested in being an Editor?
Two words. Get organized! I find that being an Editor requires immense time management skills. If you love to read and write, and your room, agenda and well.. Your life is to some extent organized, why not give it a try?
Do you ever doubt your own abilities? If so, do you have any tips on how to boost confidence?
Definitely. I’m that girl who asks too many questions, afraid that I’ll make even a tiniest mistake. The best tip that I can give is to stop doubting and start doing. Running SFU’s Her Campus chapter taught me a lot in terms of delegating (something that I was never used to), and making decisions without confirming with others.
What are your plans for Her Campus SFU during your term as Editor-in-Chief?
I really just want to create both a strong online and offline community with passionate, like minded SFU students. A huge goal of course is to create valuable and quality content for SFU readers, but other than that I’m aiming to create a happy, growing Chapter.
How and when did you begin to get involved with Her Campus?
I only returned from Europe in late June, so early July was when I really started getting in contact with the past Campus Correspondents and recruiting for the 2016/2017 executive team. As much as I wanted to stay in Europe longer and travel and what not, my flight unfortunately was booked, but getting involved with Her Campus was something that really kept me going for the rest of the summer and I’m grateful for that.
A student comes up to you and says that he/she prefers reading The Peak newspaper over Her Campus. How do you respond?
I say that’s great! As a fellow SFU-er, I’m happy for any organization or club that’s doing well. It’s not a competition after all.
You are stranded on a desert island. What three items would you like to have with you?
Lighter, knife.. And a coffee maker? I’ve watched enough episodes of Lost to technically know what I should and should not bring, but I definitely can’t do without coffee!
Welcome to the team, Terri!