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Staff Spotlight: Meet HCSMU Senior Editor Moriah Raisis

Our writers spend their days writing about the many opportunities on campus, the nuances of college life and some of the coolest people to meet here at SMU. Today, our team is excited to let our readers get to know more about one of our own, HCSMU senior editor Moriah Raisis.

HCSMU: What are you studying? 

MR: I am an English and psychology double major!

HCSMU: What year are you? 

MR: Sophomore

HCSMU: What do you do with Her Campus SMU?  

MR: I am a writer for Her Campus, and I am also the senior editor, which is a position that handles a lot of the content and editing. In the past, I have also been the profile editor and the associate editor. 

HCSMU: What other organizations are you involved with (Greek life, volunteering, clubs, etc.)?

MR: I am a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and am also its Panhellenic affairs vice president. I also work as an associate at Madewell in NorthPark, which is a lot of fun. I volunteer at Dog and Kitty City all the time, which I definitely recommend if you miss getting to play with animals and you need some volunteer hours!

HCSMU: What has been your favorite class at SMU? Why?  

MR: It was most likely Renaissance Writers with Timothy Rosendale (ENG 4330). It's also one of the hardest classes I have ever taken, but Big Rosie reads poetry like it should be on an audiobook. The discussions are really thought provoking and you can tell he really knows his stuff. Rosendale is definitely one of those cool professors you feel like you could be friends with-- he has an earring!

HCSMU: What does your dream future look like? 

MR: I want to combine my two majors-- English and psychology-- and write books about mental health. I feel like our cultural discourse on mental illnesses is terrible, and I would really like to write in a way that can help decrease that stigma. I am considering going to graduate school to become a therapist. In my dream future, I also will own a corgi named Roomba, and a tabby cat named Odysseus. Not that I've planned that far in advance, or anything. 

HCSMU: What has been your favorite adventure to date? 

MR: One of my best friends and I recently went to Possum Kingdom lake for spring break, and we got one of those big blow up flamingo floaties so that we could be "Insta Ready." We had tethered the flamingo to the boat with a rope so we could safely photograph, and while I was on it, the rope broke! I started drifting away on the lake sitting on this huge flamingo, and the boat wouldn't start to come rescue me! I was about this close to paddling the flamingo back in when the boat started back up! That's the kind of disaster that would only happen to me!

HCSMU: What's the biggest thing on your bucket list right now? 

MR: I want to go to Greece before I die- I have a lot of heritage there. My last name, "Raisis" means "roots" in Greek, and it would be so cool to see the art, the history, and the beauty that is in my roots. 

India is a former campus correspondent at Southern Methodist University and a former national news blogger at HerCampus.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @IndiaPougher!
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