UCSB Student Published in National Magazine

Reveals Secrets in Annual College Survival Guide

Elizabeth Wagmeister, a third-year UCSB student, is one of 17 college contributors featured in Seventeen Magazine’s October 2010 installment of “17 Secrets to Surviving College,” which was released last week.

Wagmeister’s contribution focuses on a disaster-free relationship with roommates. Since she is also vice president of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Wagmeister has plenty of experience to draw from. An Isla Vista resident who lives with 40 other sorority girls, she said she has been very lucky in her living situations because she and her roommates avoid the chaos of co-habitation by following the guidelines laid out in the Seventeen piece.

Seventeen Magazine partnered with Her Campus, a team of college representatives spread out over 50 campuses throughout the United States, in creating the magazine’s annual college survival guide.

In 2009, Wagmeister, 20, applied to start a Her Campus branch at UCSB. She is now the branch’s president and campus correspondent. After hearing about this opportunity to write for Seventeen, Wagmeister was persistent in submitting pieces to the national publication.

Stephanie Kaplan, Her Campus co-founder and CEO, says the UCSB branch is one of the best in the organization. In early 2010, UCSB’s branch won the Her Campus Award for Best On-Campus Publicity.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Elizabeth and the UCSB branch. I was thrilled to have her contributions in this exciting partnership with Seventeen,” said Kaplan.

So what exactly does the future hold for Wagmeister? “Journalism: television or print,” Wagmeister said. “I’ve always loved public speaking and writing was always my passion. I love the media and am interested in how it’s always on the edge. I love being the first to know things and educating people.”

A Calabasas native, Wagmeister is a communications major who is also attempting a minor in professional writing. In early September she completed a summer internship with Good Day LA at FOX KTTV 11 in Los Angeles.