It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and nerve to never take no for an answer.

About Natalie

Natalie Calandro…

…is a 22-year-old student currently attending Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, studying Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change. Passionate about Aristotle, bunnies, public relations, and saving the world, Natalie hopes one day to become the female version of Stephen Colbert.

As an aspiring world-changer, people often describe Natalie as having “serious chutzpah.” As her website tagline says, she refuses to take “no” for an answer. Rather, she tends to take the word “no” as a personal challenge. In fact, the greatest compliment she has ever received was someone telling her that she is quite the hard-head.

Although it might seem daunting to know that you will one day change the world, Natalie stays busy in the meantime by participating in many activities. At Drake, she is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek-letter fraternity for women. A dancer since age three, she was a member of the Drake Dance Team and Blue Crew Dance Club. She is also involved in the Drake Honors Program, both as a student and mentor. To satisfy her interest in human nature, she is a member of the Psychology honor society Psi Chi. And to satisfy her writing goals, she is a member of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta.

Writing is the main way Natalie stays sane through life’s constant turmoil. She has written for websites such as The Odyssey Online, and authored press releases and internal articles for a prestigious St. Louis-based firm, Moneta Group,where she had the experience of a lifetime interning this past summer.

In rare moments of downtime, you can find Natalie playing with her bunny, Cece (and taking pictures of Cece for her infamous Instagram), spending money she does not have at local malls, eating differing forms of potatoes, or making memes out of ugly pictures she took of herself.

Natalie lives by the quote, “never take life too seriously; nobody makes it out alive.” Each day she tries to find at least one thing that is worthy of remembering for good reason, whether that be an incredibly awkward moment, or a delicious baked potato.

After her college graduation in May, she hopes to “get a job!” Ideally, she wants to work somewhere that she could continue to improve her writing skills on a daily basis, but also somewhere not too far from home because family is everything.

If you would like to learn more about Natalie (or just need an excuse to look at pictures of her cute bunny), feel free to follow her on Instagram or Twitter.

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

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