Natalia

Harvard Kennedy School

Master in Public Policy, International Development

Swarthmore College

Political Science Major, Film and Media Studies Minor

PERSONAL UNIVERSITY APPLICATION EXPERIENCE

Schools Accepted Into:

Masters: Harvard Kennedy School, Columbia SIPA, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Georgetown SFS

Undergraduate: Swarthmore, Wellesley, Smith, Wesleyan, Barnard, Bard

AREAS OF EXPERTISE IN COLLEGE

In college, I studied Political Science, focusing on International and Comparative Politics while taking many Economics and Chinese classes. I also minored in Film and Media Studies, where I concentrated in Filmmaking and Journalism. After college, I moved to Beijing to work as a college counselor, a Topical Discussion Professor at the China Foreign Affairs University, and conducted research at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center. After obtaining my masters from Harvard Kennedy School, I’ve worked in elite think tanks dedicated to studying Chinese and Latin American politics. My goal is to be a researcher, educator, and public servant.

UNIQUE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCES

I grew up moving around to different countries, and for high school I went to a French International School in Mexico City, Mexico. Few of my classmates went to study in the United States (most went to France or stayed in Mexico). After majoring in Sciences with a Mathematics Specialization, I wanted to change education systems and return to the U.S. I was particularly interested in going to a Liberal Arts College, where I could pick my own classes and explore my many different interests, ranging from Mathematics to Social Sciences to Art. Additionally, as somebody with many leadership positions in the student body, I wanted to go to a small and civically-minded school where I could be actively involved in a variety of activities and dedicate myself to the community.

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WHAT COLLEGES SEEK

Colleges seek people who not only embody their school’s values but also enrich the student body in ways that enhance those values.

COLLEGE ACTIVITIES

  • Movie Committee

  • International Club

  • Speak 2 Swatties Peer Counselor

  • WSRN Radio

  • Campus Advisor

  • Spanish and French tutor

  • Admissions Host

HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

  • Class Representative (2 years)

  • Cultural Week Organizer

  • Tae Kwon Do (Black Belt, 2nd dan)

  • Art (14 years of study)

  • Poetry Club

  • Guitar

  • Tutor (English, French, Spanish)

  • Independent classes in Latin, German, Chinese, Japanese

COLLEGE ACCESS CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

I have previously worked very closely with over a dozen middle and high school-aged students, preparing them to apply to rigorous U.S. colleges. I also served as a Lecturer at the China Foreign Affairs University, China’s diplomatic feeder school, where I taught current affairs to over 200 upcoming Chinese diplomats and current government officials.

An international and globally-minded mentor with years of experience counseling, teaching, interviewing and coaching students for high school, college, fellowships and graduate school.