Isabella Rolz Lets Us in On Her Love for Journalism and Women Empowerment
Ambitious and wise are just a few words I would use to describe today’s feature, Isabella Rolz. Growing up in Guatemala forced her to overcome many different obstacles. As a young girl, she was judged because her upbringing in Guatemala was quite different than that of others. But Isabella didn’t let her differences defeat her, she used all of the experiences she had growing up in a different country as motivation.
Check out more from her interview below.
You’re originally from Guatemala, how was your childhood growing up in Guatemala?
Driving every day through Guatemala’s unpaved streets and noticing the enormous prevalent gap that exists between the rich and the poor made me realize at a very young age the importance of being grateful for what one has. I graduated from a very privileged high school. There, I had opportunity to take classes where I learned more about third world countries and Latin American history. It was during my senior year of high school that I decided to major in Political Science.
During my sophomore year of college, I did an internship with an organization that works to empower mothers from impoverished communities and helps their offspring receive proper education. During these couple of months, I realized I had to do something to help my country and recognized that my childhood was very different from others due to the severe social, political and economic contrast that I experienced growing up in Guatemala.
Did you experience any insecurities growing up? If so, how did you overcome them or how are you dealing with them today?
Growing up in a very conservative country actually made my teenage years a bit rough. Half of my family was born and raised in the United States, thus I was always exposed to a more liberal way of thinking. Consequently, I was severely judged by a group of people for various months because I was thinking and acting in a very different way. Actually, my first two years of college I was bullied by a group of boys who called me hippopotamus. Looking back, I regret getting trapped by their insecurities, which made me more insecure and made me believe I looked bad. When really it was them who looked bad, bullying other people. Nonetheless, I learned throughout this period to love myself and respect every individual’s body.
What impacted your move to the United States?
I’ve always been very familiar with American culture. After taking various classes in English during high school and having an American family, I always had an enormous desire to move to the United States. Thus, during my senior year of college I decided to get some work experience related to the fields of Journalism and Political Science. Since then, I have been an intern for a couple of companies.
You are an advocate for women empowerment. What experiences, negative or positive, inspired you to become so passionate about women empowerment?
I grew up in a country surrounded by a machista culture, where gender inequality is a current social concern because unfortunately the female population does not get the same opportunities as males. Consequently, I took various classes in college related to this topic and got the opportunity to work for a local NGO striving to empower women and reduce the prevalent gender gap in Guatemala.
In the long-term I plan to work for the Ministry of Education in Guatemala, to help women get access to education and lineally reduce gender inequality.
You're also a blogger for Pink Productions, when did you discover your passion for writing?
Two years ago. I went abroad and studied in Liverpool, United Kingdom for a couple of months and discovered I was very passionate about travelling and meeting new places and people. So I decided to apply to a Travel Writing Blog and got in. My first articles were mostly about travelling throughout Guatemala and during the process of writing, editing and publishing them I fell in love with the journalism field. It was love at first sight I guess.
What are your goals for 2016 and what do you hope to accomplish in the future?
In 2016, I plan to publish as many articles as possible related to women empowerment, politics and international news. I still got to finish some college credits and expect to graduate this fall. I am also planning to get involved with Guatemalan Public Policy regarding education of women this summer.
In the short-term I plan to get a full-time job in the journalism industry. Nonetheless, in ten years I see myself working with education, women empowerment and public policy.
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