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Lena Lahalih

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Bachelor of Arts - English (3rd year)

Biography:

Favourite class/professor you have had?

One of my favourite courses that I’ve taken so far at Ryerson was ENG 416 American Literatures taught by Dr. Laura Fisher. She does a phenomenal job of framing the course as an ongoing conversation regarding race, culture, and American identity that transcends time periods. I finally got a chance to read Hemmingway, something I hadn’t done prior to taking the course. But my favourite read was “Quicksand” by Nella Larsen— Helga (the book’s main protagonist) has ended up being one of my favourite characters in fictional literature.

Favourite book?

“Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab‑American Family” by Najla Said. It’s a memoir that explores Arab identity in America and all of the challenges one might face. I think many Arab Americans/Canadians can relate to the feeling of feeling confused and frustrated growing up, I know at one point I did

What is Her Campus Ryerson?

Her Campus Ryerson is a chapter of a larger online publication in North America. It features articles on fashion, food, DIYs, news, and everything in between. The best thing about having a chapter on campus is the opportunity we have to tailor the content to serve local students. One of the biggest goals we’ve had at Her Campus Ryerson is creating a platform that is intersectional. There isn’t one ‘uniform’ Ryerson experience, just as there isn’t one way to navigate Toronto. We can only hope that we create content in which readers can “see” themselves in and can relate to.

What does your job entail?

As an Editor-in-Chief, I oversee all of the editorial and executive departments. Because our chapter is small, I interview potential candidates, connect with headquarters in Boston, lead team meetings, and I’m usually the first point of contact with individuals looking to collaborate with the publication. Most recently, I’ve started to work alongside our Senior Editor Vicki Lee to assign weekly topics and edit articles on a weekly basis. It’s a lot of work, but I think when you enjoy what you do it becomes worth it in the end.

How can students get involved writing for the website?

Usually a writing opportunity is an email away! Simply email ryerson@hercampus.com or lenalahalih@hercampus.com expressing your interest & you will be linked to an application. There are also opportunities to work outside of editorial including event planning, student recruitment, and social media coordinators.

What is your favourite thing to write about? (For website and for fun)

Much of my writing is kept private, I like to write a lot of prose poetry on whatever inspires me that day. I am one of those people who keep a daily journal to track my self-growth, which seems sappy at face-value, but it’s always rewarding to look back and see what you’ve accomplished. If you look at my online work, they tend to be pieces about sociopolitical issues or interviews I’ve conducted with distinguished students over the years. Since my time at Ryerson & Her Campus Ryerson, interviewing people or even just talking to people has taught me so much— learning about their passions and their outlook on life has to be my favourite part.

 

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Her Campus Ryerson Editor & Chief