Location: Orange, CA
Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Boyz 2 Men or NKOTB?: NKOTB (Marky Mark…hello)
What is your day job?
Chapman University, studying Television and Broadcast Journalism. To pay for that “job”, I have to work a few more. Currently I am the Payroll Assistant to the Athletic Department on campus and am wrapping up my paid internship with KNBC’s Investigative Department to work seasonally as an educator for lululemon and cashier at a local christmas tree lot!
What do you do to hold yourself accountable?
Knowing the pride I can often walk around with, I make sure I have “my people”; friends who I trust that know my inner workings and my honest desires that can often become cloudy amidst the decisions I may want to make based on societal expectations. These women are my accountability partners and the people who show me tough love when I am too ashamed to give it to myself. I also delve into the Lord’s word through scripture to further root myself in what it truly means to be kept accountable.
What fuels you to take action?
Knowing that it takes so little to make such an immense impact is what fuels me to take action. I get in moods sometimes where I want to scream at the world and say how much humanity sucks. But, in that, I have to see how wonderful people are; people who donate their time and money to better the community around them. Knowing that I can encourage those around me to make a tangible difference is beautiful. We are worth so much more than we allow ourselves to live at times and to know collaboratively, we can greatly change our communities both local and abroad, is an exciting thing. I am fueled by others who have a heart for servitude and change and who see injustice and do what they can to stop it.
How do you inspire progress in others?
Stay persistent and consistent, and you will surely see a change. For a plateau is not an improvement, it is a resting place.
This is a phrase I have molded over this past season in my life to get through some pretty rocky times. I want to give up and settle, but I remember how the tiniest of steps will lead to such immense progress. I instill this same mindset in those around me, affirming them in their ability to keep going and staying persistent. Consistency does not have a maximum or minimum in order to be considered valid or worth while. The sole act of progressing in whatever context that may lie in is enough to be proud of
What do you do in your free time?
In the off chance I find myself with a hour or so of free time, I take my paddle board out. I recently purchased my very own racing board, with the help and donations from my family and friends. It’s a passion of mine, and being able to take off and go, escape the world and just rest in God’s presence alone is truly a blessing. I find clarity on the water and any chance I get, I head toward the coast.
What is a game changing, influential moment in your life?
My senior year of high school I applied to five private universities and was accepted to all four of those, except for Chapman. So for me, that meant Chapman was the school for me.
All throughout high school, however, I always told myself I would never go to a community college; I felt it was a reasonable and financially sound step for everyone else to take, except for myself.
Fast forward first semester of my freshman year at community college, and I come home from class broken down and on my knees crying out on the floor of the bathroom. I felt defeated and insignificant and physically cried out to God asking “why?” At that moment, God spoke to me and has remained the only time I have vividly heard Him. He said “Natalie, you are here because of how you measure success.” That moment forward I have made sure to always keep myself accountable in what it means to be successful, what it means to make an impact in the lives of those around me, and really reevaluate my idea of success and accomplishment.