Her Campus is a safe and creative online media outlet for college women to enhance their writing skills and share information with those at their school and beyond.
This is not a ladies-only website; male authors have the same free reign to share their ideas. With more than 300 campuses participating, many different articles from various perspectives are offered. Her Campus is international, and includes all who would like to be a part of this organization.
St. Ambrose University in Davenport has a section on the Her Campus website. As co-campus correspondent, I spend a great deal of my time contributing to articles and working behind the scenes. Every week, student writers are able to choose a category or are assigned one and then write about anything that fits the category. These categories vary from feature articles dealing with topics relatable to women at St. Ambrose to blogs that are more opinionated and related to the audience reading them.
As a growing chapter, we publish as much as we can each week during the school year. Along with blogs and features, we offer snapshots, events and news about celebrities to give a broad range of information to our readers. We interview teachers, current students and those who have graduated, giving readers a look into our school and the commitment of those who are a part of it.
Some articles that our contributing authors chose to do last semester included a Q&A with SAU Coach Ray Shovlain, a couples Q&A section, and a Mother’s Day letter to all moms reading. The article about Coach Ray asked some fun questions about his life. The Ambrose community was able to see a different side of him from this article, along with his accomplishments and goals.
Couples Q&A was a feature we added last semester. Being able to showcase some of the cute romances on campus made for a fun little series. It’s something we can continue in semesters to come. Our Mother’s Day letter was a way to say thanks to the moms in our community and all moms reading our articles. These wonderful women deserve our recognition and this author was able to show her feelings in a way that could benefit so many students and mothers.
Her Campus as a whole covers many different topics including body positivity, different scandals and national issues along with health and career topics. This is not a site dedicated to just fashion and makeup explanation. It is designed to support women and discuss current news events and different trending topics of interest to women in college.
Contributing to Her Campus makes me feel like I am making a greater difference in life. I am able to contribute news and information in different, creative ways. As a writer I get to share information about topics I like and about things that are important to me in the Quad Cities and beyond. As a co-campus correspondent, I get to work with another wonderful leader and help a team of writers to brainstorm and inform women on our campus and beyond about so many different topics.
Besides the fun that campus and national giveaways bring, Her Campus helps to build confidence and writing skills. The inclusiveness of the St. Ambrose team makes for a fun environment and a great way for college women to get together and discuss some serious issues in our society. We get to inform others in the community and potentially the world about what is important to us and to women everywhere.
(Kat Gay is a freelancer for The Catholic Messenger.)