One Year of HC UMKC: A Reflection

October 16, 2018 was the day the Her Campus chapter at UMKC officially launched. It has now been a full year since our chapter has been established and I’m immensely grateful for everyone who has played a part in making the chapter into what it is today. Through this journey, I’ve definitely grown as a person. These are some of the things that I’ve learned:

  1. 1. Find Your Support System

    Before HC UMKC, I was not involved in any organizations. This meant that I barely had any friends and would mostly spend my time cooped up in my dorm studying. Now, don’t get me wrong, studying is important and it is the reason why we’re all here in college. However, having a group of friends allows you to take a break every now and then to enjoy life. It is important to have a healthy balance of work and play in college. Activities that you can indulge with friends include studying at coffee shops, going grocery shopping and exploring the city together. College is hard, but having a group of people you can count on will make the experience much easier. The members in HC UMKC are the sweetest and have made me feel like I could always reach out if I needed someone to talk to.

  2. 2. Don’t Overwork Yourself

    There have been days where I’ve had too much on my plate. This includes homework, studying for tests and editing articles. However, I am grateful to be a part of an organization that notices when I’m overworking myself. I’ve received texts telling me that I need to rest or that members would be understanding if I had to take a day off for myself. These little reminders have encouraged me to take time to myself when necessary to ensure that I am not overworking myself. With this, I’ve noticed that the work I produce when I’m not sleep deprived and running on three cups of coffee is noticeably better. Not overworking myself has also allowed me to spend quality time with the people I care about. 

  3. 3. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Before officially launching the HC UMKC chapter, I was absolutely terrified. I didn’t know if I would be able to lead a chapter and doubted myself. I was an introvert but knew that if I wanted HC UMKC to be prominent on campus, I would have to step out of my comfort zone and be vocal. I’ll admit, it was easier said than done. However, looking back, I have no regrets. I’ve grown so much as a person and can say that I’ve become more confident and passionate. Saying a simple “yes” has completely changed my life and shaped my college experience into what it is today. I now make it a point to say yes to the things that scare me (except for watching horror movies). You never know how one decision can completely change your life, like the butterfly effect. Taking a few risks will make your life much more exciting and unpredictable. 

To everyone who is/was a part of HC UMKC, thank you. You’re the reason why our chapter is where it is today and I am grateful that you decided to join an organization that allows you to creatively express who you are and explore your passions. I am thankful to be able to say that I am surrounded by strong, confident and passionate womxn who inspire me to be better everyday.