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Natalya (Rocha) Alexander ’05

 

Natalya (Rocha) Alexander ’05

natalya rocha alexander - new2Natalya (Rocha) Alexander ’05 (Classical High School) graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Finance in 2009. She went on to earn an M.S. in Healthcare Administration and Management from Salve Regina University in 2015. She is currently employed as a Contract Administrator for Lifepsan.

“During my years as a Crusader, I enjoyed every moment of my experience,” Natalya says. “The part I loved the most was having mentoring that I knew I could depend on. I had a wonderful mentor named Crystal Murphy who taught me a lot of life lessons that helped me become the person I am today. She inspired me to continue my education and achieve what some people might feel is impossible.” Natalya also remembers a mentor named Al Speaks who helped with homework after school. “Being a Crusader made me feel special,” she adds. “I know a lot of my friends didn’t get to have the support I had from people such as Al and Crystal, and it made me feel a little more confident as I was taking steps towards a successful future.”

Natalya encourages high school Crusaders to stay focused on school. “There are so many things in our daily lives in school and outside of school that can sideswipe us, but you have to keep your head straight and avoid those distractions,” she says. “Stay surrounded by positive people. Don’t let negative people interfere with your most precious natural gifts.”

She has similar advice for Crusaders who are going on to college. “Be prepared for a priceless experience,” she says. “It will be a struggle at times, and you may feel as though you can’t handle all the pressure, but if you work hard and stay motivated it will pay off in the end. College was a wonderful experience for me. Aside from gaining academic knowledge, I gained knowledge within myself. You will meet so many different people who have walked so many different paths in life – whether it is friends, professors, staff, or campus visitors. These people will give you the life lessons you need that cannot be taught in the classroom or in a book. Those moments make college so priceless and unforgettable.”

Outside of work, Natalya likes to read and go on weekend getaways. She believes in enjoying fun and relaxing time with friends.

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