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The Club Chronicle Interview #30: HerCampus
Can you tell me about yourself and HerCampus?
HerCampus is basically an online blog written by women for women, but we do accept people of all genders, everyone is welcome. It’s very low key. You can write about anything you want, whatever you are passionate about. You don’t have to be an English major and you don’t have to have a background in writing. We have every major you can imagine in this club. It’s just full of people who love to write. Articles range from a day in the life to reviewing the Ted Bundy movie, so anything can go. A little bit about me, this is the first organization I joined because I love writing. It let me meet a lot of people but it also allowed me to get involved in leadership positions. There are a lot of leadership positions in Her Campus. It’s very good experience. We have roles from marketing to editors to president. It’s easy to get involved in Eboard, which I don’t think a lot of clubs are. I got involved freshman year on Eboard and now I’m president. It’s very accessible. It’s also a really good resource for anyone not in the club to read about everyone’s experiences. Especially if you’re new to Northeastern and you don’t know a lot about Boston or the school, reading people’s real experiences and tips and advice can be very helpful.
How would students go about becoming a writer?
You can email email@example.com. Basically the email would say you’re interested in writing and I’ll reply with next steps on how to join. We meet biweekly every Monday at 6pm in 235 Richards. In the meeting we will go over if we have any events and we’ll sign up for articles for the week. It’s so easy to get involved. If you can’t make the meeting you can still write for the club, I can add you to our Google Drive and you can put your articles there. A lot of people have other commitments but we want them to be involved. You don’t have to physically be there to get involved.
How does the process of getting an article published work?
Every week you write what you would like to write about in our spreadsheet on our Google Doc. You submit the article by Friday to go out the following week. Basically all you need to do is put it in our Drive and our editing team will edit it over the weekend. You then get a notification when your article goes live and it’s very exciting.
Photo from HerCampus team photoshoot
How long has HerCampus been at Northeastern for?
I like the origin story, the club came to be because women didn’t feel like they had a voice at Northeastern so they created this club to share their voices.
You mentioned events before, what kinds of events do you put on?
HerCampus works with a lot of brands. They send products and we write reviews about them then we table and give out free samples to people. So we have brand events like with Primark. We go to their stores and they give us credit to buy some things then talk about them. We worked with Garnier, they sent us their back to school products and we wrote articles about them and tested them out. We also go to college fashion week and do a live coverage on our socials and someone will write about it after. We worked with the NY Times for a ‘Get With The Times’ event where we listened to Ashley Graham give a speech. We’ve had a lot of fun events and this year we’re looking to do even more. We just started an event planning team, so they should be coming up with a lot of brand events and bonding events. We’re planning an ice skating excursion, so that should be fun.
What is your website and social media accounts?
The Northeastern chapter’s website is hercampus.com/school/northeastern. You can find us on Instagram @hercampusnu and Twitter @hercampusnu and Facebook is Her Campus Northeastern. Those are all run by Eboard members.
What is your favorite event you’ve participated in?
I liked the Get With the Times event because Ashley Graham was talking about body image and her career and I thought it was very important and relevant. It was really fun to also just get everyone together. We had food, prizes, and merchandise. I felt like it was an important event and we did it in a fun way.
Photo from Primark Student Night
How many students are involved in your club?
This year we tripled our members, we had 6 pages of sign ups at the involvement fair. I think probably around 50 members are active, they don’t all come at the same time. It is a huge club but it feels small especially if you’re on Eboard, which is an even smaller group. But yeah there are a lot of people involved.
How frequently do you publish articles?
Every week, we try to get at least 6 up per week. We take breaks for Christmas and Summer break.
What’s one thing you wished people knew about HerCampus?
A lot of people assume that any writing publication club is very intense. But this really is not, it’s what you make of it. You can write an article a week or an article a month. It’s based around your schedule. It gives people a creative outlet, probably one they don’t get in most classes. I think it’s a good release because you can write about anything. It’s been a good release for me if I’m frustrated or if I know I can give advice so people don’t go through the same thing I did. I think it’s really helpful, and it’s not stressful.
What is your favorite part about being involved in HerCampus?
Like I said before, it’s being able to give new people advice. I write about that a lot. I wrote about my experience auditioning for groups here, taking classes, things to do in Boston in general that I wish I would’ve known. Before I came I didn’t know about HerCampus articles and if had them I would’ve been more prepared as a freshman here. Being able to talk about my experiences and not write about the big news or current events, it’s just about me and my experience it’s almost like a personal blog. Having that creative outlet when classes get stressful is very fulfilling.