Natalie Haddon '22 is from Hooksett, NH and majoring in accounting with a minor in leadership. At UNH she is a resident assistant in Stoke Hall, a Paul College Dean's Ambassador, a member of Buddies without Borders and Student Alumni Association, works with campus catering, and has been involved in some UNH music ensembles.
"Honestly, I really didn't want to go to UNH because I thought it was going to be 'high school 2.0'. I came here because it was the most financially feasible out of all the colleges I applied to. However, once I was here and got involved, I realized this is an environment like no other. All the clubs and organizations you can join, the beautiful building, starting out in FIRE, and all the career counseling and internship counseling help–I may have started with mixed feelings, but now I can't see myself anywhere else.
My favorite thing about Paul is how much the faculty and staff here really care about students being successful. They are all very open, willing to listen, and give any advice they can when it comes to furthering your career. I also love all the networking opportunities that Paul offers: networking nights, panels, and career fairs–to name a few!
This semester has been my busiest semester so far. The workload has been tremendous, and with COVID looming overhead, my stress levels have been heightened to the max. I actually had to go to Babcock to quarantine for two weeks... which were two of the worst weeks of my life. I couldn't focus, my sleep schedule was bad, my grades took a hit, and I was alone 24/7. However, my friends, family, and Paul's staff are an amazing support system. I feel people are much more understanding this semester and are always willing to lend a helping hand. Although this has been an unprecedented year, having these people by my side got me through.
The biggest change for me coming to college was the immense amount of time you have to yourself. My advice? Fill it with opportunities. Join clubs and put yourself out there! Also, start networking early so you can meet people in the industry and learn interviewing skills for when you are ready for a full-time job or internship!"
Check out a normal week in Natalie's life at Paul College: