Nadya Nataly

December 21, 2015

Nadya Nataly ’08 co-founded Forever Original, a marketing and PR firm based in New York City, and she pens a monthly lifestyle column entitled City Girl. Now working as a journalist for the Duplin Times in Kenansville, NC, volunteering for diverse causes and planning for law school, Nataly fondly – and with gratitude – recalls her time as a Seahawk.

“During my time at UNCW, I was encouraged to find out what moves, inspires and drives me,” says Nataly, who majored in creative writing. “It’s exciting because being an undergraduate is one of the most pivotal moments in a student’s life; to have support and a foundation that allows curiosity and development [was] a luxury. When it was time to graduate, I felt ready for the world.”

From supporting the arts in inner city schools to writing breast cancer awareness articles and stories, Nataly prioritizes giving back within her community, values solidified during her time at UNCW.

“I wish people knew how much UNCW professors care about the success of their students!” says Nataly. “There’s a family atmosphere: once a Seahawk, always a Seahawk. It’s a community of people from a little bit of everywhere, and it is amazing to see how diverse UNCW has become.”

Balance, too, enhances her increasingly busy schedule. Working non-stop since graduation and committed to an “on-the-go” lifestyle, Nataly finds time each morning to reset and regroup for the day ahead. 

“My mornings are generally quiet and allow me to meditate before I start my day. I hate coffee, so I’ll have a smoothie or a chai tea latte and I’m ready for the world.”

Looking back on her years at UNCW, she smiles. “I always think of how it always rained on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the days I had class in Trask, running through campus on an evening run, or rushing to class in a blue UNCW hoodie down Chancellor’s walk, hoping I wasn’t late.”

-- Jamie Lynn Miller