Natalie struggled early in school and that experience influenced her to not pursue higher education after completion of her compulsory instruction ended. With no college degree, Natalie relied on her entrepreneurial spirit, starting her own taxi service in Buenos Aries and pursuing a career in Dance. As the years passed, she came to realize she would be better able to support her family if she completed a degree in higher education, but after enrolling and failing out three times, Natalie was convinced she would never succeed. It was not until 2021 when she underwent a neuropsychological evaluation at New York University, that it was discovered she has dyscalculia, a genetic learning disorder. With this diagnosis and tools to address her learning disability, Natalie is now enrolled at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and maintaining a 3.78 GPA. She plans to pursue Spanish legal interpretation and translation to advocate for Spanish-speaking individuals in the United States court and legal system.

 

“I haven’t given up yet, and I don’t plan on doing so.” – Natalie Laruccia