Student-led website encourages community among female students

By Savannah Delgross

Special to the Denisonian

The next time you’re browsing through your Facebook timeline, procrastinating on all of your schoolwork, open a new tab and type in HerCampus.com/Denison. You’ll find articles like “The Best Taylor Swift Songs for Every Occasion” or “5 Things Every Girl Experiences on Tinder” gracing your computer screen. The more you read, the more you’ll feel like you’re having a late-night conversation with your best friend.

Denison’s very own “collegiettes” are the women behind your screen who you find yourself relating to. Yes, “collegiette” might become a new, popular term. The word, legally trademarked by Her Campus Media, accurately defines the community behind HerCampus.com. “Collegiette™ – a college woman who is on top of her game — strategically career-minded, distinctly fashionable, socially connected, academically driven and smartly health-conscious, who endeavors to get the most out of her college experience on every level.”

Denison’s “collegiettes” are producing content ranging from life advice to style tips, to interviews with Denison students, on this online magazine that is bound to be your new Internet obsession.

This is only just beginning to blossom. Only 15-20 writers are making Denison shine on the global website. “This year, we really want to focus on expanding the chapter,” says Co-President Kate Kosnoff ’17 of Indianapolis Ind. Denison is just one of 230+ chapters part of the Her Campus community.

“We focus on writing for Denison women and being part of a national organization but still talking about life on the Hill,” Kosnoff says. Every week they interview a “campus celebrity,” a student who has recently done something exciting on campus. “It’s my favorite part because it’s a great way for people to get to know their peers in a way they wouldn’t otherwise,” Kosnoff says. Of course this intimacy is what makes the website so special, but it’s not an easy task to keep content fun and fresh.

Maintaining the website is a job of a journalist. Vice President Niyah Miller ’16 of Kansas City, Mo. recognizes how her role can be challenging.

“We have someone who oversees our organization but for the most part, we do everything ourselves. We have to meet deadlines, create fun, exciting and new content every week, send our content in to our Her Campus advisors and so much more,” she said.

Members are able to explore what it’s like to have a career in journalism. It helps them develop the necessary tools they need to succeed in fields such as social media, journalism and broadcasting.

Her Campus offers a fun community filled with “collegiettes” sharing their wisdom and wit and exposing the quirks of being a student. Members write about anything from binge-watching Netflix to advice on how to de-stress during midterm season.

The content will leave you wanting more, and will only get better as the chapter expands its size. As members are following their passions, they are also preparing themselves for possible careers. It truly is a special organization that Denison offers. Keep a lookout to see what Denison’s “collegiettes” will write about next.

Photo Courtesy of hercampus.com/school/denison