Tell us about your organization:
VALLEY Magazine is Penn State’s only student-run life and style publication. We post daily content on our website and have a semesterly print edition that focuses on our five sections: Beauty & Health, Self-Improvement, Campus Culture, Fashion and Entertainment. Our Editorial staff is responsible for our content creation in regards to the writing, photography, design and video, and our Business staff is responsible handles all the logistics and representation of our brand with advertising, events, finance and public relations. Our goal is to highlight relevant topics within pop culture and relate them back to students within the Penn State community.
Why do you think your organization is important and meaningful on campus?
We go to school in the middle of Pennsylvania, and to me, VALLEY brings a little bit of that New York style to State College. There’s nobody else out there who’s reporting on trends that all college students should be aware of while also highlighting some outstanding students for their achievements.
How did you decide to take on your role as director of your club?
I have worked my way up the ranks from web writer to print writer to Beauty & Health section editor to web director. For this semester, I had originally asked to be considered for the role of editor-in-chief, but was offered my current role as Business director in place of it. I accepted the position because I felt that there was always room for improvement on the business side of things in VALLEY. As a member of staff on Editorial, it always seemed like there was something for us to be working on, whereas Business seemed to lack some structure. I decided if I couldn’t be editor-in-chief, then I’d like to leave as much of a positive impact on this organization as I possibly can. I took on this position as a completely blank slate and picked directors to work with so that we could collectively create a more efficient and effective business staff.
How does your work with VALLEY Magazine give you the opportunity to use your gifts and passions?
VALLEY Magazine is all about using your vision and creativity to produce physical work. I love being able to hand VALLEY out to students on campus and be able to say, “I did this — I helped to make this into a reality.” When I take more responsibility, it means that I get to have a bigger hand in the production of the magazine and the success of the entire organization as a whole.
Why do you think your organization makes a difference in this world?
As college students, it can be easy for us to get lost in the shuffle, especially when you go to a school as big as Penn State. VALLEY gives college students the platform to let their voices be heard, their work be seen and to give them the experience they’ll need after college. We, as a publication, strive to share all of the wonderful things that students at Penn State do — things that would otherwise go unknown.
Anything to say for students who might want to join this club?
VALLEY is a great organization to join even if you don’t think you have much experience. I could never have even imagined the impact it would have on my life. It really just goes to show you that the more you involve yourself in an organization, the more you enjoy yourself; you truly do get out what you put in. I have been involved in plenty of things throughout my five years at Penn State, more than I can name, but none that I feel have really prepared me for post-college life like VALLEY Magazine has.