I was born in Russia in a small village. I grew up in a poor family, where my parents worked hard all their lives as simple workers. My father was a truck driver, who came home drunk every day and my mother had to work three jobs in order to pay bills and buy food. One day, I came home from school and asked my mother, “Why do people go to college?” My mother replied, “Because they want to educate themselves and live a better life.” From that moment, I learned that an education could be a way out. After eighth grade, I attended the Leningrad Industrial College of Building Materials. After college, I worked for six years as a design engineer at the Inventory Bureau in Russia. I moved to the United States in November of 1994. From then on, I had many different jobs and continued to educate myself throughout my life. Finally in 2014, I received a Masters degree in Business Administration from MCLA. In May of 2016 I graduated from a two-year Leadership Academy at Wellesley College sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA). I believe in education. Choosing the proper education helped me to get good jobs and the life that I deserved. I am married and have two beautiful sons, I have a job that I love, I live in a nice house, and go on vacations each year. I want to teach my sons to think about their future and choose a life that they want to have. I know I am. I am living a better life than my parents did.
– Natalia Eddy