There seems to be endless possibilities when it comes to student involvement on college campuses, but every once in a while a student may find himself or herself struggling to find the perfect activity even though hundreds are at their disposal. When this happens, it’s time to get inventive and bring the opportunity you’ve been looking for to your campus.
Meet Kelsey Roadruck. She’s a sophomore here at IU from Lowell, Indiana, studying journalism and informatics. When she’s not in class, you might find her ushering at the IU Auditorium or writing an article or two for HerCampus or Uloop. Her dream job would be to work for any magazine, but to write for Nylon in New York would be the icing on the cake.
Nylon may be her goal, but in the mean time, Kelsey is setting the stepping-stones to her future by taking some initiative and grabbing the journalism bull by the horns. She interned as a writer with College Lifestyles, a blog turned online magazine, this summer. “Any place for me to get my work published was important to me,” Kelsey said about advancing her journalism skills.
College Lifestyles was founded in 2003 by Shelly Redmond as a blog and is now an online magazine serving college campuses nationwide. College Lifestyles has three satellite campuses, Penn State, Duquesne University and Indiana University. The online magazine has a number of categories that its contributors can write for. Style, Career, Health and DIY are just a few of the topics available.
When it was time to return to Bloomington, Kelsey asked what she could do to remain a part of the magazine. “I decided to ask Shelly, College Lifestyles’ founder, if I could join the team in personalizing and promoting the College Lifestyles brand on my campus.” She was given the green light to start a chapter of College Lifestyles here at IU this fall semester. The staff is currently made up of 8 people and anyone is welcome to join. The environment is relaxed and laid-back and allows students to take time off if balancing class and writing for the magazine becomes too much to handle. The types of positions available range from photography to marketing to writing. Getting involved is as easy as pie. Just email Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you’re interested.
College Lifestyles at Indiana University is waiting for you to join. All you need is a passion for writing and an eagerness to learn! “I can’t wait to see what CL IU looks like by the end of the semester,” Kelsey said.