I was so fortunate enough to have the opportunity to chat with Isabelle Conway, a freshman Elementary Education major at Lasell University for our “Thankful for our fellow Her Campus Chapters” collab with HC at UPR, HC at Lasell, and HC at UMich. We chatted via Zoom for about 40 minutes or so, and had a blast learning a little more about one another. We chatted about our favorite things about Her Campus, and even bonded over being major #Swifties. I hope you enjoy reading and learning a little more about Isabelle, because I know I sure did!
Question: What made you want to join her campus?
Isabelle said she always loved writing during high school, so when she got to Lasell she knew she wanted to find a way to continue writing. When she found Her Campus, it was a no brainer for her to join. She said that Her Campus has given her plenty of benefits, from improving her writing skills, being in a great environment of smart women, and has given her an outlet to have fun and make new friends.
Question: What is your favorite her campus article you’ve written?
Isabelle is a freshman at Lasell, so she explained that she has not written a ton of articles during her time in HC, but she has recently wrote an article titled “Why Taylor’s Version is so Important” where she dives into the symbolism of Taylor’s decision to re-record all of her albums that are owned by Scooter Braun.
She writes, “Even more important to the anticipation is the importance of Taylor’s Version as a statement for women in the music industry. Swift was age 14 when she signed her recording contract with Big Machine Records. Her naivety was exploited. Swift’s recordings send a message to all young, female artists to be strong and well-informed when making deals. The re-recordings also display self-advocacy. Swift is sending an important message to the patriarchy that she, as a woman, can reclaim her work.”
Isabelle did a fabulous job explaining the excitement we’re all feeling as a result of these re-recordings, but also explaining the importance of women standing their ground and being self-advocates.
Here is the link to Isabelle’s article if you’re interested in reading it.
Question: Why are you thankful for her campus?
“I am thankful for HerCampus because as a freshman it was really intimidating coming to a school where I didn’t know anyone and I found a great community of strong, young women who are insanely supportive and want to constantly help me all the time, and they have the best ideas. On top of that, it gives me a place where I can literally write about whatever I want, and they’ll support me in any way I need it. Her Campus gives me a creative space where I can feel comfortable and know my ideas are accepted, as I am around women who are like-minded and feel incredibly safe.”
Question: what skill have you learned the most from her campus?
Isabella explained that during her time being a member of Her Campus, she has really began to understand the importance of team-building. When her chapter decided to throw a concert event at their school, she said that it required a ton of organization and collaboration with her other chapter members. While she was used to independently writing her articles on her own and keeping herself accountable, planning an event definitely encouraged her to work with others and collaborate with her chapter members.
She additionally noted how she’s learned that it’s okay to ask for help if you’re confused or need something. When working on her articles and event-planning, she has had the opportunity to work with other members and the E-Board, and learned to become comfortable with approaching them to ask for help.
Question: WHat is your favorite thanksgiving food?
“Mashed Potatoes, no doubt… even though I’m lactose-intolerant.”
Question: what’s your favorite thanksgiving tradition?
“My family and I always watch the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special the night before Thanksgiving every year.”
Question: what’s your favorite class that you’re taking this semester?
Isabelle is an Elementary Education major, and for this major she is taking a class called “Behavior and Culture,” that dives into the backstory behind certain children’s behavioral actions in classroom settings, and looking at the environmental causes that may be leading to them. She said that while it relates to her interest in education, this class’s approach can be applied to multiple disciplines and aspects of life.
Question: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE “TREND” RIGHT NOW?
“Recently I’ve been loving the brown eyeliner/eyeshadow trend, I’ve been doing it practically every day because of how natural yet flattering it is.”