Have you noticed there have been some new voices on the blog? We have three new team members who are making excellent contributions to our blog. First, we wanted to introduce you to Stefanie Dyga, from Grand Rapids Michigan. She just graduated Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Read on to learn more about Stef!
What drew you to wanting to write for our Sunday Club blog? Social Sunday is for women, by women, and right away I knew that this was my kind of company. Even though I'm not physically in the New York office, I could feel the happiness and love spilling out of every single product and page on the website. Coming from an all-women's college has prepped me for finding the right environment surrounded by strong women who lift you up no matter what, because let's face it, being a woman in the real world is tough. But I already know that Social Sunday's got my back, and I'm ecstatic to be a part of such a kickass team of ladies.
When did you start writing, and why? I've been writing since I was a little kid. I was always lost in my own little world, creating stories and printing out page after page on my dad's old computer, and I never knew how much I really loved it until college. I started writing for publications my junior year of college, being a content creator for Odyssey. as well as submitting pieces to be published on Thought Catalog. As soon as I held an Editorial Director position for my school's chapter of Spoon University in November of 2016, I knew writing and editing was what I wanted to do with my life. The rest is history!
What's your favorite topic to write about? I love writing about mental health, wellness, and personal self-care because the most important thing you can do is care for yourself – physically, mentally, and emotionally. What you need matters. I want every single person reading my work, woman or man, to feel loved and important. I love the work that I do and I'm excited to keep writing about mental health, but I'd also love to talk about music and ESPECIALLY literature (huge book nerd here).
Can you tell us some more about your work being a mental health advocate? I'm very open about my struggles. I've been told that I should hide that part of my life, especially from potential employers or co-workers, but I don't want to act like I haven't experienced any of these things. That would be dishonest, not only to myself, but others around me. I love that Social Sunday gives me the freedom to discuss my past while also looking towards the future. I want to speak up, even if my voice shakes. I am strong, and hopefully through my writing, I can inspire others to open up, talk to close friends, or even look into possible symptoms of mental illness. Baby steps are still steps.
What are your goals now that you've graduated? My goals are to keep pursuing writing opportunities as much as I can, mostly through remote work, but I hope to have a writing internship or full-time job this fall where I currently live, in South Bend, Indiana. I'm also working to take care of myself more and not putting my mental or physical health on the back burner. I deserve happiness and days filled with love and laughter, so I'm going to cultivate a beautiful life for myself!
What's your dream job?
My dream job is working as an editor for one of the Big Five publishing houses (Simon & Shuster, Macmillan, etc.) in New York City. I've been dreaming about NYC for as long as I can remember, and I hope to move out there by the beginning of 2019! But I need some more experience first. ;) Baby steps!
Check out the blog for weekly posts from Stef and follow her on Instagram here.