Her Campus now for Colby students
Her Campus Colby will soon be only a click away for students seeking to find out about College-specific events and trends and receive the latest news on lifestyles, fashion and pop culture.
Her Campus is “a national online magazine for college women, covering topics on Style, Health, Love, DormLife, Career and World,” as stated on its Twitter page. Founded by three undergraduates on staff at Harvard’s online lifestyle and fashion magazine, the website has expanded and now includes “MyCampus” branches at colleges and universities across the nation. The Colby branch launches November 2.
Brett Depper ’13 and Kassy Sullivan ’13 are the “campus correspondents” for the Colby branch of Her Campus. They are responsible for publicizing the website to other students and have worked to develop a team of student writers and public relations and events coordinators at the College. Depper and Sullivan will also serve as the editors of the Colby website and write its news section.
Depper and Sullivan initially sent in an application to Her Campus because Sullivan had heard about other colleges starting their own branches. “I knew about the website hercampus.com and started looking at the different branches at other schools,” she said. “[I] saw how easy it was to start up a branch at our school and just thought Colby would be really receptive to something like that.”
The main sections of the Colby branch include News/Lifestyle, Campus Celebrity, Campus Cutie, Campus Poll and Upcoming Events.
Depper, who worked as a personal trainer at a gym over the summer, is also writing a blog for Her Campus Colby on fitness and health. “I used to love working out, and then this summer I watched so many people work out [that] I got bored with it,” she said. “The fitness blog is a way for me to have fun at the gym again.”
Depper will update her blog twice a week. The rest of the website will be updated once a week on different days so there is always something new for students to read. “The big thing is we want to write about what people want to hear about,” Depper and Sullivan said. Every article will be accompanied by a comment box, and Depper and Sullivan highly encourage feedback from students.
In the meantime, students can visit the “Her Campus Colby” Facebook page and Twitter to offer their own suggestions and receive updates from the team.
Depper and Sullivan hope that Her Campus Colby will bring the College’s students closer together. “We just want to stress how much we want to be part of the community,” Sullivan said. “We don’t have sororities so it’s important to have a way to do fun stuff that Colby wouldn’t fund otherwise and to stretch boundaries of friendships.”
The girls are currently trying to become a registered club at the College and thereby receive funding for events. They hope to bring a M.A.C. makeup representative to campus and invite athletic-apparel company lululemon athletica to have a trunk show at Colby. They encourage their peers to suggest other event ideas.
Depper and Sullivan invite students to meet the Her Campus Colby team at a launch party in the East Quad common room on November 2. This open-house event will feature food, Campus Cutie nominations and a contest to win a free Her Campus t-shirt.