She went on to study at Saint Mary's College, a private Catholic women's liberal arts college in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she earned her degree in Global Studies "The best part has been the sisters I made. Just like Tepeyac, you found a family and a home at SMC, I found people that will be in my life forever. We have endless stories; I am so grateful for the whole college experience," says Natalie.
A few weeks ago, Natalie celebrated her college graduation! She will be relocating and joining a Financial Company in South Bend, Indiana. In her role as a Financial Associate, her focus will be assisting low income families with retirement plans. She shares, "The biggest thing that influenced my decision is the fact that I get to be of service to my own people, my own community. Living in Little Village my whole life I have come face to face with so many families, including my own, that don’t know or have a plan for after retirement. They work so hard to be able to live comfortably and sometimes that’s not even enough, especially if they become ill."
In addition, Natalie is a part of a Non-profit Organization, the American Dream Project (ADP). Through the organization she assists in college planning for first-generation Latino students. Some of her responsibilities include workshops for FAFSA, college essays and many of the things that she experienced with Tepeyac's College Readiness Program. "As far as college planning, I was so lucky to receive help at Tepeyac and that I had my mother through it all. I didn’t realize how absolutely necessary it is to have these sorts of programs for Latino students because often neither them or their parents are aware of all the resources that are available. 99% of their parents come from factories and they don’t know anything about college. It feels so amazing to be able to help people from all over the Michigan and Indiana area and hopefully soon, Chicago," says Natalie.
We are incredibly amazed by Natalie's continued dedication to serve others. Tepeyac's school community is cheering for her and her plans for the future!