Ariel, HCWO Campus Correspondent 2016-2017's Final Column

I wanna keep it real with you guys, cause realness is what I do best.

This year has been hard. There have been moments where I’ve thought, “this sucks.”

And honestly, that’s normal. Sometimes life is shitty and that’s normal, and it doesn’t make you a bad person, or worthless, or anything else. It’s just shitty and you have to get through it. And since it was my fourth year, I definitely had a lot of life crisis, “what am I doing with my life” moments. There have also definitely been times where I wasn’t sure that HC was the best use of my time, where I doubted the impact that I was making, or where I blamed myself for things in the chapter that weren’t as successful as I had hoped. And that was rough because I placed a lot of pressure on myself to make sure that our chapter was the best it could be.

And on those days where things weren’t going so great, I knew that I had an obligation to a team and a group of people, and I couldn’t let those people down.

HerCampus has been such a great part of my life. Being CC of HCWO has been such an amazing opportunity for me, and it has always been my favorite way to procrastinate. It’s something that I look forward to, and I love talking to my team and helping them with whatever they need help with. I have met so many women that I might not have met had it not been for HerCampus, and some of my best friendships have come from HC.

I am very grateful to all of you, for coming up with amazing articles, and putting up with our editing process, and being dedicated to our team. HC is something that you all chose to do and decided that you wanted to be a part of, and that is so cool to me because I love HC so much already, and I’m so happy I can share that love with all of you. Thank you all for listening to me, and working with me, and making our chapter the best it can be.

Good luck with everything that you do! I know that all of you will achieve great things, and I want you all to know that I am here for you anytime—I’m only one Facebook message away, as Charlie Puth said.