Future Education & Career PlansNatalie plans to attend University of Oregon or Portland State University for her undergraduate degree, where she will major in Biology. She plans to then pursue her postgraduate at OHSU for dental school to become a Dentist or Orthodontist. Natalie will like to provide free dental check-ups in third world countries one day.
High School Activities & HonorsNatalie participates in the On Track OHSU program and is involved in the Biotech program. She was the Sophomore Class President of her class, and is currently the Junior Class President. Natalie is also involved in MEChA, Y.A.C. Culture Club, and SEI female leadership, and participates in student government. She has been on the honor roll for three years, maintained a 4.0 GPA and is currently taking college courses at PCC.
Hobbies & Special InterestsIn her spare time, Natalie helps her siblings with their homework. She’s also a Spanish tutor; helping students with their Spanish homework after school every Thursday after school. Natalie also enjoys writing poetry & being a peer mentor for new Spanish speaking students who are new to Jefferson and new to the country.
What is Your Favorite Place to Visit in Portland and Why? “My favorite place to visit in Portland has to be Peninsula Park Rose Garden. I remember when I was younger; my parents would take me and my siblings to take pictures there. I would also have my birthday parties over there. Peninsula Park contains meaningful memories of my childhood.”
What Are You Most Proud of During Your High School Career?“I've been a blood drive coordinator for two years now, I enjoy organizing blood drives for Jefferson High School. I focus on making sure all the blood drives are successful. I am proud of this because I know how important it is to donate blood. Blood donations are important because they save lives and maintain an adequate blood supply in our community which secures blood transfusions for patients.”
What is Your Favorite Rose Festival Event and Why? “My favorite Rose Festival event is the Starlight Parade & Starlight Run because it brings out the best of Portland. The energy the parade has is priceless, it's beautiful, it's stunning. When I was in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade I was in this program: “Girls on the run”, I remember how fun it was running while everyone was cheering me on! I also remember the cute & funny costumes people wore, and I still have my medals!
Unitus Community Credit Union MentorAlyssa Cullen