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My name is Natalie Martinez and I’m a 21-year-old graduate of the University of North Texas with a BA in Digital and Print Journalism with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I was born in a small town outside of San Francisco, California but I grew up from the age of 7 in Austin, Texas. I grew up in a very open-minded home and my parents and sister always encouraged me to follow my passions and share my opinions even when they didn’t always match up with theirs. In college, I studied abroad in London, England where I was exposed to new cultures and got hands on journalism and PR experience in a global setting. These experiences, along with an amazing internship at NPR in Dallas, TX have helped shape me into who I am today helped me have the courage to start the journey towards doing exactly what I want with my life.