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Natalie Solis, class of 2014 graduate, is a student majoring in Religion at the University of Southern California. Natalie credits her 13 years of Catholic school and involvement in Columbia Catholic Ministry while studying at Barnard College in New York City for inspiring her to major in Religion. She moved back to Los Angeles in order to pursue her passion for researching Religion in Los Angeles.

 

Finishing up her first year at USC, Ms. Solis is ecstatic to be a Trojan. As an Admission Ambassador at the USC Office of Admission Natalie provides tours and presentations about USC to visitors. In February, she was invited to a conference in Washington D.C. by the nonprofit organization, Women Speak for Themselves, founded by Helen Alvaré J.D. Two weeks later, she attended the 1vyG conference at Harvard University with fellow USC students and Dr. George Sanchez, professor of History and Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives.

 

Through USC’s Research Gateway Program, Ms. Solis is conducting an independent research project this summer on expressions of popular piety, specifically murals, surrounding Our Lady of Guadalupe in creating sacred space throughout Boyle Heights. Additionally, Natalie has recently been selected as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow at USC. This fellowship is designed for students interested in obtaining PhDs and becoming professionals in the academy. Her research interests are in Catholicism, the role of women in the Church, Latino religion, and the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the Americas.

 

After graduating from USC, Natalie plans on continuing studying Religion by going to Divinity School to earn a Master’s Degree before entering a PhD program. Ms. Solis credits her family’s unconditional support in her pursuit of a career in the study of Religion. Thanks to her belief in God she has come closer to discovering her vocation.

SGMHS Alumnae Discusses College Journey
 
San Gabriel Mission High School Alumna, Marypaz Miranda was featured in Cultural Weekly’s “Tomorrow’s Voices Today,” a new series curated by poet and educator Mike Sonksen. Her article entitled, “Finish Line: My Journey to College” shares her personal struggles and how she was motivated and sustained by her love of running.  In the article, Mary said, “Let me share with you something that one of my favorite poets, Reyna Biddy, wrote:  ‘You’re special, whether you think so or not, You shouldn’t have to beg to be treated with respect, loyalty, or love…believe me you’re entitle to it.’  This quote is special to me because it was in high school, when I joined my Campus Ministry team, and found the sport of running when I found my potential and capability. It was where I learned to love myself, and how I was able to get through the toughest times in my life.” Mary went on to say that, “I had my mom remind me that it will all be worth it at the end, and that there will be times when I feel like quitting, whether it be on the race course or academically. Nonetheless, I know that I should always finish what I started because pain is temporary and pride is forever. She was right, the fact that I was ambitious in my high school years allowed me to walk my graduation with chords, chevrons, and medals.” Currently, Mary attends Cal-State Los Angeles where she hopes to major in nursing and pursue a career in becoming a pediatric nurse.

Full article can be found here: http://www.culturalweekly.com/finish-line-journey-college/

Natalie Solis, c/o 2014