Juli Cehula, a senior psychology major, has helped to grow Saint Vincent’s Her Campus chapter and gain recognition on the national level.
Cehula started working for Her Campus, a medium for women in college to share articles, as a writer her sophomore year. She found that she was a good fit and that she enjoyed participating.
“My favorite part is getting to know a lot of different girls that I might not ever have met otherwise. They're all very approachable and a blast to spend time with. It’s also nice to have a creative outlet to have fun with,” Cehula said.
Saint Vincent’s chapter was founded two years ago by alumna Kaura Bassegio, who became the chapter’s first campus correspondent. Before she graduated, she passed the role down to Cehula.
Bassegio was confident in her decision to have Cehula follow in her
“I chose Juli to take over Her Campus Saint Vincent because from the moment she joined, she gave it her all. There was not something she would not do. Juli is extremely creative and organized so I knew she would do well and hold the Her Campus name high. She’s a great person with an amazing personality and having her was just what Her Campus Saint Vincent needed to continue to grow,” Bassegio said.
And Cehula has helped the chapter grow. Her Campus Saint Vincent has been ranked in the top 25 chapters out of approximately 300 colleges worldwide. Chapters are ranked by earning points based on the number of articles published, their social media presence, number of team bonding events and participation in community service and fundraisers.
As campus correspondent, Cehula is responsible for editing all of the articles and managing the team of writers and public relations staff.
Each week she sends writers a list of potential article topics, often including ones sent to her by national Her Campus correspondents.
The chapter’s articles get around 3,000 views. Sometimes, the articles are shared to Her Campus’s national page and receive even more recognition.
Cehula wants to encourage more women to get involved with Her Campus and explains that many of the articles offer advice and tips that can be extremely helpful for Saint Vincent students.
“Something that gets written about a lot is self-esteem, how important it is and how we can all paint a more positive picture of ourselves. Many girls our age struggle with their self-esteem from time to time, so these resources can be very constructive,” Cehula said.
Cehula explained that working for Her Campus also brings its own sets of benefits.
“Being able to put on a resume that you worked for a 30 under 30 company can help you stand out. It also allows an outlet for girls to express their ideas. Everyone’s work is appreciated and we’re doing this for a good cause,” said Cehula.
Cehula’s desire to help others through Her Campus ties back to her motivation to pursue a degree in psychology. Ultimately, she wants to help others with their mental health and counsel children. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for a master’s degree in counseling, and to one day obtain her PhD in psychology.
Cehula is originally from Uniontown and is a graduate of Laurel Highlands High School. She loves spending time outdoors as well as hiking, kayaking and skiing.
Her Campus Media LLC is a multi-platform brand built for college-aged women across the world. The content on hercampus.com covers a variety of topics that interest college women, ranging from beauty and health to career advice and news. Articles are written by members from over 350 chapters that belong to Her Campus.
Saint Vincent’s Her Campus chapter page can be found online at www.hercampus.com/school/st-vincent.
Photo: Juli Cehula