Brisel Lindquist – Ohio Nomination & Photography by Eyes of Joe Photography Issue 58 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: BriselLindquist is a compassionate, determined teen who is driven to achieve her goals. Brisel enjoys helping others and children. She spread flyers around her neighborhood asking for extra cans/foods and collected over 100 of them, then opened her church for struggling families to collect as many as they wanted. She plans to extend her love for contributing to those in need by majoring in Nursing in hopes to become a pediatrician.
Photography by Eyes of Joe Photography
Tell us about your service work. My first food drive was in 2019. At first, I was very involved with my Church. I helped volunteer at Sunday School, then later decided to take part on the food drive they were doing!
How often do you do it and who do you get to help you? I try to do it every two summers. My mom was a big help on it as well, together we collected lots of food cans by posting on our social media's to see if anyone would like to donate, and we were very successful!
What have you learned about yourself through this endeavor? I learned that nothing comes easy at first, and God puts us on a certain path in life so that we learn from all the things He has planned for us. I feel that the most important thing being a leader is to bring others up while being kind.
Photography by Eyes of Joe Photography
How did you find and why did you choose Eyes of Joe Photography for your senior photographer? I found Joe by being active on social media and looking at photography accounts. I wanted a photographer for my senior pictures who made me feel confident in myself, and he does just that.
What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? He is incredibly fun to work with. He brings out confidence in me and makes me feel amazing about myself. He may be my Senior photographer now, but I know after high school! I'm going to continue to work with him and his amazing work!
Why do you want to become a pediatrician and what are you most looking forward to in getting to that point? When I'm older, I want to take my love for children and passion in helping others to become a pediatrician. I'm most excited for the learning experience and getting to know the families I'll be working with!
What state did you move from, how old were you and what was the hardest part about the move? When I was 7, I moved from Indiana to Ohio. The hardest part about the move was leaving friends and family behind, and adjusting to the new people that I was surrounded with. Being a very shy, closed-off kid, it was hard making new friends at school.
What is the best part of the move now that you're older? The best part of the move is I'd never thought I'd be where I am now. I broke out of my shy, awkward self to cheering and dancing in front of audiences with my cheer squad. I made lots of friends and created many bonds with people in my community today. I couldn't be happier!
Image taken by Tami Ortman
What are your higher standards? Growing up here in Ohio I knew God had put me in this spot in life, and I had to make the most of it. I started creating higher standards for myself by being more productive and becoming a hard worker. I started putting that mindset into school, work and sports.
What will you miss most about your small community environment? I'll definitely miss all the memories I had created with my community. To booster drives, Friday night lights, and even the small get togethers all around town- I’ll miss it all. I now know what it's like to live somewhere where people are proud of where they're from and I can say the same.
Tell us about your cheer career - how you got started and where are you with it now? I first started cheering in middle school, now I’m on my high school's varsity cheerleading squad. I've cheered for football, and have even participated on my high school's competition cheer team which made it to state!
What is a favorite memory teaching younger children about cheer? My favorite memory has to be seeing all the mini cheerleaders super excited to cheer at football games. I enjoy seeing them look for their parents in the stadium to show them the hard work they've put in during our cheer clinics.
What is your team like and where do you fit in? My cheer squad and I are like sisters. From practicing up to four hours a day, to doing each other's hair before a football game. We've gone through it all together. The bond we have altogether is super special, and most of the friendships I have now were created while participating in cheer!
Image by Brisel's iPhone
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? The hardest thing I have ever accomplished was witnessing lots of families being separated by restrictions, then helping by asking for donations and being able to provide for them in their time in need.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Stay true to yourself, do what you love the most, and to never doubt yourself or God!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? I see myself starting my career into healthcare. My plans are to become the most hardworking self I can be, while becoming a pediatrician.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? My favorite activity is to spend time with my family and friends, and to make the most out of it. It doesn't matter what we're doing, as long as I'm with my people, I'm the happiest.
3 Things on your bucket list Three things on my bucket list are to raise a family, visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and to cook with Gordon Ramsey. I feel like that'd be fun.
Who do you find inspiring? The most inspiring person in my life is my mom. Seeing her move to America from Monterrey, Mexico at the age of 17, and learning a new language while battling the differences in countries inspires me every day.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us? The last thing I'd like to say is how grateful I am to be a part of this experience, and how happy I am to voice in something so special for everyday teens like myself.
Look for Brisel In Issue 58 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!