Express yourself through ‘Her Campus’ — online magazine coming to UWF soon

By Mackenzie Kees

Opinions Editor

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Graphic courtesy of Her Campus website.

her“Her Campus” is an online magazine written for college students, by college students. Universities all over the world are involved with Her Campus, and now, thanks to one student’s hard work, the University of West Florida can be counted among the colleges with a localized chapter.

Abigail Megginson made this new chapter possible by reaching out to the Her Campus team to become UWF’s campus correspondent. “I had been a Her Campus fan for a few months,” said Megginson, a junior majoring in journalism and political science. “I loved the content, whether it was adding comic relief to my day or encouraging me through another person’s advice and personal story.”

“I was browsing the website one night last semester, probably procrastinating, and I found out that universities and colleges had their own Her Campus websites with localized content that was specific to that campus. I checked to see if UWF had a chapter I could write for. They didn’t.”

Megginson got to work on the application to start a chapter at UWF. “The process for starting a chapter was a bit daunting at first, so it took me a while to actually apply. But I knew the benefits it would bring to UWF and all its students, so I’m so glad I took that first step and decided to go through with it,” she said.

Her Campus was founded in 2009 by three Harvard undergraduates: Windsor Hanger Western, the magazine’s president and publisher; Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, the CEO and editor-in-chief; and Annie Wang as the CPO and creative director. The online magazine was originally created as an entry in Harvard’s business plan competition, the i3 Innovation Challenge, and would eventually grow into a global community of journalists after going on to win the contest’s investment award.

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Here’s a look at FSU’s chapter Her Campus homepage. On March 22, UWF’s site will go live, and it’ll look something like this.
Photo courtesy of Her Campus.

The online magazine Her Campus resembles popular aggregate websites such as BuzzFeed and Pinterest. For students interested in writing for UWF’s upcoming chapter, an assortment of article topics is available to choose from in a wide spectrum of fields.

Her Campus is open to all college students with an unparalleled passion for writing. “You do not have to be female to join,” Megginson said. “The content just has to fulfill the goals of Her Campus as a website geared toward college women.”

Megginson said awareness of the group is continuously growing with at least 20 women currently showing a strong interest in joining. “I see recruitment for Her Campus UWF as an ongoing process,” Megginson said. “There really are no deadlines for joining. All a student needs to do is contact me saying they’re interested, and I can speak with them more about how they would fit into the team.”

The UWF chapter of Her Campus is set to launch on March 22. That’s also when the website homepage for Her Campus UWF will go online. On that day, Megginson will host a Launch Party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of the Commons by the solar-powered picnic tables for all students interested in participating. Along with free stickers and information on Her Campus, pizza and games will be provided, courtesy of a generous contribution made by the Resident Hall Association.

If you’re interested in learning more about Her Campus, you can visit the website here. For information pertaining to the new UWF chapter, contact Megginson at abigailmegginson@hercampus.com.

“This is going to be a fun organization. Her Campus is smart and sexy. My vision is for us to become a big presence on campus and empower women, and students in general, to achieve their goals and express themselves through the Her Campus UWF publication,” Megginson said. “I can’t wait to see where it takes its members.”