Value In Education
Natalia Reyes '18
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Natalia Reyes has set the bar high this semester by taking advantage of the opportunities around her. As an English major concentrating in broadcasting, Natalia loves to network and connect with those in her community. Through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment, Natalia has already networked with New York Times’ writer Nicholas Kristof and MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid. She says her experience with these two speakers has inspired her to continue developing her skills while at MCLA so that when she graduates she will have the tools to pursue the same level of success when it’s her time to work in the industry.
Natalia identifies herself as a confident, independent individual, characteristics she believes MCLA’s close-knit community fosters in its students. Natalia feels that her education at MCLA is culturally driven, and she credits this wide range of knowledge as a foundation for her life. She says, “MCLA offers every opportunity I could possibly need to accomplish my dream”, and believes her aspirations are not far from reach because of her drive to succeed, something that is encouraged and nourished by the faculty, staff, students and alumni who have inspired her.
When Natalia has the opportunity to speak to alumni, she thoroughly enjoys the stories each of them has to share. On behalf of her education and experiences, Natalia thrives to ensure a relationship is built between students and post-graduates. She recognizes how this connection can bring the College community to life because it extends support both within and beyond the campus. She aspires to be an alum who will take responsibility and give back what opportunities were given to her and believes achievement is most satisfying when people of the community accomplish it together.