I started writing for Her Campus in Fall 2015 to try my hand at the more journalistic side of creative writing, which I hadn’t done since high school. The organization aimed to provide a space to female writers who might not feel comfortable writing in other, often male-dominated, venues. I quickly found my interest field, which was writing reviews for anything I could get my hands on, whether movies, videogames, books, or even theatrical productions. I did an entire series reviewing the big movies of Summer 2016: Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, Star Trek Beyond, Suicide Squad, and Kubo and the Two Strings. I’ve looked at the indie game Undertale and Naomi Novik’s book Uprooted, as well as the recent theatre production put on by Davidson College: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Skin.
Outside of reviews, my writing often took a political stance, commenting on representation of certain minorities in media or on issues that effect minorities. I wrote a short series of articles regarding how women get presented in major media, looking specifically at Emma Swan from Once Upon A Time, Nyota Uhura from the Star Trek reboots, and Black Widow from the Marvel film franchise. I also looked at positive queer representation in television shows. Outside of media, I addressed discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in my article on North Carolina’s controversial HB2 and the treatment of LGBTQ+ athletes during the Rio Olympics.
In addition to writing weekly articles, after my first semester as a writer, I joined the leadership board of the organization as secretary. This role required me to take organized notes, send out weekly reminder emails to members of Her Campus, and facilitate communication between the board and members.