My Name is Natalie

Born in Atlanta and raised in a small town called Powder Springs.image I experienced the true form of suburbia. Growing up an only child, was never an issue for me. If anything it shaped my life into what it is today.  Not having brothers or sisters to entertain me at home, I sought entertainment elsewhere. I joined every sport and club imaginable.

I started with cheerleading. I’d been a cheerleader for as long as I could remember. I cheered for our towns rec club in elementary school and later on, I joined my High schools’ team. I ended up cheering all four years of High school and by junior year I was a varsity cheerleader.

Cheerleading led me to become a swimmer. My sophomore year of cheerleading I tried out for the football and basketball cheer teams. When the results came in, I’d only made one team. Football. I was heartbroken but my spirits were lifted when I realized I could try-out for the swim team. I’d swam as a baby and it was my favorite thing to do. I tried out and made the team, although not swimming for years, I was the worse on the team. I practiced every day and pushed myself to be a better swimmer. By my junior year, I was captain and one of the fastest girls.

Cheerleading also led me to lacrosse. At the end of basketball cheer season my freshman year, teammates who’d become friends convinced me to try out for lacrosse with them. I’d only heard of lacrosse from Tv but following the crowd, I tried out anyway. I’d made the team and lacrosse became the best thing in my life.

I continued to play lacrosse the rest of high school, I made it my main focus. Swimming became my conditioning for lacrosse season. By senior year I was captain of the Lacrosse team and it meant the world to me. Lacrosse had become something I would want to do forever. So I began looking into college’s that offered lacrosse programs. Which lead me here to Piedmont. My high school coach was approached by Piedmonts lacrosse coach. He knew I wanted to go to school for Film production and looked into piedmonts programs and found mass communications as a program. I continued to look at other schools but in the back of my mind piedmont was the school for me.

One Year after beginning my journey at Piedmont, I finally feel like I’ve found myself. I no longer play any sports. I haven’t said the words to any chants, competed in any swim tournaments or lacrosse games. Being at Piedmont I discovered sports weren’t really my thing. I only played sports in high school because that was the thing to do. If anything piedmont and its Mass communications department have shown me my real passions in such an in-depth field. My love for photography, creating videos, and even designing clothes is what I really love to do.




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