Bella Dahlquist

By: Hayley Jackson

Through her life so far, Isabella Dahlquist has been exposed to many social inequalities. Despite these issues, she has decided that she wants to make an impact on the world.

In middle school, she immediately was exposed to the unfortunate gender inequalities that we face in sports. More than anything she wanted to play football like the guys. She was told repeatedly that she wasn’t eligible because she was just a girl. “I just wanted to play football with my friends, and they kept telling me that I couldn’t, and I didn’t understand why,” said Dahlquist.

Her mother also got informed on the issue and discovered that they were wrong.

“According to a law called Title 9, you aren’t allowed to discriminate against gender concerning academics and sports.” This argument worked for a while, and Isabella was allowed to play the game until high school.

However, this sparked Dahlquist’s love for the news. She wanted to know what was going on in the world and become informed about news other than the United States.

Today, she has a dream of becoming a successful political analyst or a traveling field journalist.

A way she likes to stay in the loop of current global issues is by reading. One of her favorite stories she’s ever read was during her junior year called Missoula by Jon Krakauer.

“I wanted to become more involved in politics and wanted knowledge on rape culture. This book is about the rape culture on college campuses, and it follows the story of one woman raped. It really displays the stigma of rape culture, and I found it very interesting,” recalled Dahlquist.

Through different stations like CNN or ABC, Dahlquist watches the daily news and special segments. She finds the foreign documentaries the most interesting because they show what’s going on outside the United States and it keeps her informed about foreign affairs going on.

One fond memory she has had in her life was when she went to Hershey Park last summer. Her family decided to go after she attended a journalism conference in DC. She said this vacation was so close to her because there was “so many walks of life” in one place and it was intriguing to see everyone.

The funniest part of her trip included “a group of people dressed as anime characters and some dressed like a dragon. It was around 90 degrees that day which was insane on why they would wear those costumes, but I just thought, ‘you do you!”’ says Dahlquist.

These experiences have pushed her passion for becoming a journalist. She is a very charismatic individual, and I look forward to seeing what she produces in the future.


Bella Dahlquist, Staff Writer