I left home at the age of 16. During that time, I found myself lost, without a family or a sense of belonging. Someone at this age should be excited about their future, but I was fearful, unstable, and alone. So I made Aliyah, and came to Israel hoping to find my identity and a place to call home.
Fast forward 6 years, and you’ll find a completely different person: one built from the hardships of a neglected adolescence. I had lost the family I had known, so I built my own - not bound by blood, but instead by trust, compassion, and understanding for one another. Although my youth was a rollercoaster of instability and disappointment, I pushed forward and refused to let the cycle continue.
I was in survival mode at the young age of 16. And from that struggle, I created a family greater than I could ever imagine.
IDC Herzliya - International School
Marketing and Political Communication •
Oct 2015 - Present
Israeli Defense Forces
Search and Attack Canine Handler •
Oct 2010 - Oct 2012
I've taught Natalie Shaposhnik in two different courses last semester and I've really enjoyed her presence in class. She's an excellent student, always participating, asking questions, trying to understand the depth of the complex philosophical concepts that were discussed in class.
Her originality, intelligence and enthusiasm will surely benefit whoever works with her in the future.
I strongly recommend her for the Zell program.
I have known Natalie for less than a year in a number of capacities including providing me with recruitment services for part time nannies and house keepers, as well as babysitting my two children. Natalie is extremely efficient, possesses excellent problem solving skills, has a rapport with people of all ages and backgrounds and I would recommend her for any endeavor that she would pursue.
Natalie has shown excellence and leadership in the various endeavors I've had the pleasure of experiencing with her. She is proactive and constantly working on the betterment of herself and the people around her!