Emily Murphy, President of Her Campus Media at Winthrop University
Emily Murphy, a graduating senior at Winthrop University, has been involved with Her Campus Media since her second semester of freshman year. Starting out as an ordinary staff writer, she eventually progressed to editor-in-chief, and then president of Winthrop’s chapter of Her Campus Media.
Originally from Fairfield, CT, Emily found Winthrop while searching for a school that would allow her to pursue a career in Education. However, her plans changed when Murphy decided to switch gears and venture down the path of Mass Communication. After having her information given to the organization from her boyfriend at the time, she attended a launch party and was instantly hooked. She dove right into the organization, becoming a co-campus correspondent after just one semester in the organization.
As a staff writer, she attended meetings, planned events, and wrote articles that appealed to the school. As Editor-in-Chief, she helped manage the whole team, promoted the organization, reviewed applications for writers, helped brainstorm ideas during meetings, and was in complete control of the editorial calendar and article submissions. At the peak of her Editor-in-Chief role, she was editing and publishing about 24 articles per week to their website. Since becoming president, she has work closely with the women of National Her Campus Media. Each week, she creates weekly reports about the organization, communicates directly with the founders of Her Campus Media, and oversees her team of 83 members and the Executive Board.
In addition to Her Campus, Murphy has been involved with countless other organizations. She has been a contributing writer for The Johnsonian and The Roddey McMillan Record, was Pi Kappa Alpha’s social media and graphics director and photographer for a year, and also assisted with their events. She has also been a model for the Art and Photography Department at Winthrop in her spare time, is the social media director for the Society of Professional Journalists, and is on the Mass Communication Student Advisory Board.
Murphy wears many hats; it’s a wonder how she does it all. She also accredits Her Campus for teaching her how to become more organized. “I’m pretty unorganized for the most part because there’s always a new project I’m starting on, but Her Campus has taken that flaw of mine and enhanced the positives in it. I’m still not the most organized person, but now I’d say I have an organized mess.”
One piece of advice Emily has for Her Campus members is to never give up. “There are going to be times when you hate what you’re doing, you’re going to question your major and the activities you’re involved in and you’re going to be so unmotivated, but don’t give up. Just keep pushing because one day you’ll be reminded about why you’re where you are in the first place. You’ve got this!”
Winthrop will be losing an exceptionally involved student this May, but luckily other students have stepped up to fill her very large (size 6) shoes. Itzel Lara and Nicholle Lewis are the new President and Editor-In-Chief and are eager to live up to the high standards Emily set during her time with Her Campus.