Left: Jada Rogers (Enrollment Training & Development Vista) Right: Nathalie Mora (Graduate of the Year)
About Our Graduate
Nathalie Mora is the 2015 Women of Tomorrow Graduate of the Year. She is the recipient of the four year Florida Pre-Paid Fairholme Foundation Scholarship. Nathalie is currently enrolled at Miami Dade College. She plans to transfer to Florida International University upon completion of her Associates to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Jada: What advice would you give to the new graduates of the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program?
Nathalie Mora: I will say believe in yourself. Don’t let your flaws hold you back. Be determined because that will allow you to be successful. No matter how hard things get never give up!
Jada: How does it feel to be the graduate of the year for Women of Tomorrow?
Nathalie Mora: It feels surreal. It’s a very humbling experience. I never thought I would get picked. I was so young when I joined Women of Tomorrow. It’s so hazy to get distracted by everyday life, family issues, school, work, etc. I was in a bad place when I joined Women of Tomorrow.
Jada: What are your goals? Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Nathalie Mora: To continue to grow as a person. In five years I see myself being one step closer to my dream, which is being a veterinarian. I know one day I will open my own practice. As a child I wanted to own a farm filled with animals. Having a farm will allow me to give unwanted and unloved animals a second chance and give them a life that they deserve. Originally I wanted to open my practice and farm in Tennessee, but now I’m considering California and Miami.
Jada: What do you suggest to new graduates and current alumnae that are unsure of what they want to do in life?
Nathalie Mora: Well one thing that Women of Tomorrow has taught me is to be confident. You are not alone. Women of Tomorrow is your second family. They will be there to support you and guide you to the right path. They will help you achieve your dreams whatever they may be. Always keep in contact with your mentors because they will help you the most.
Jada: What is the greatest piece of advice that has inspired you?
Nathalie Mora: There is a quote that means the world to me. Mary Manin Morrissey said “Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?” When my friend said this I was going through a traumatic time. When I won the scholarship it gave me home to start a new life. I received a four year scholarship that changed my life.
Jada: What are your top 5 qualities that you think young women should have?
Nathalie Mora: Definitely confidence, determination, kind-hearted, honesty, and hardworking. You need to work hard for what you want.