I recharted the Her Campus chapter at Agnes Scott in my sophomore year. One of the main reasons I wanted to recharter this organization was to help create an online platform for ASC students that emphasized campus life and activities through their words as opposed to what I was seeing on Agnes Scott College affiliated platforms. I think the publication is doing just that. But it has also tested my leadership skills and capabilities.
Her Campus is an online magazine for college-aged individuals. The Her Campus at Agnes Scott chapter is connected to a national organization. We are required to meet weekly regulations to be considered an active chapter through national standards. It took me a while to recharter the organization because I didn’t want to do it by myself. I just so happened to find another student who was also interested in bringing another publication to Agnes Scott’s campus. We both went in with cold feet, not very sure of what we were doing. Together, we formed the chapter and became co-presidents
Last semester, due to unforeseen circumstances, she was unable to continue working with me on the executive board of this organization. I was devastated when I found out. I really didn’t think I could do it by myself and I almost quit because of it. But I held on to the reason why I even started in the first place; to give the Agnes Scott students a voice through their perspective. Therefore, before the school year ended last semester, I sent out a satisfaction survey. The key component I got from the survey was that the members were not fully satisfied. I gained some great skills managing a team, but I had to be mindful of how they were feeling. There would be no Her Campus without the commitment of the writers producing content.
Fast forward to this semester, I am working to ensure that the writers are not feeling like I just want content from them when I ask. For the first meeting of the semester, I celebrated the two year anniversary of the chapter and I created gift bags for the team members to show my appreciation for all of their hard work. I also had everyone vote on some items so that they didn’t feel like I was just talking at them (a critique found in one of the satisfaction survey responses). We voted on changes for the Her Campus logo and themes and to create a group chat for more personable messages.
I am still learning as I go, but I know for a fact that a team, project, organization, etc., will fail when the group does not feel appreciated or valued. I think having this experience has been one of my most profound yet.