Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full name: Natalie Elizabeth Wallace-Edison.
Hometown: Dover, Del.
Current Residence: Warner Robins.
Family: Parents, Nathaniel and Patricia Wallace; and children Nicholas and Jasmine Edison.
Current Employment: Macon State College Health Clinic.
Degree Objective: Bachelor of science in history.
Class rank: Junior.
Macon State College Activities/Accomplishments: Honors, Awards and Graduation Committee; Women Students Association, past vice president; Phi Beta Lambda; Leadership Academy graduate; MSC-TV; Matrix; Chamber Singers; and exemplary leadership and service award from the Office of Student Life.
Career Goals: “I am going to law school. I want to help improve the state of educational, social and financial situations of others by providing equal access to information, education and other social services. I also want to facilitate self-sufficiency and cooperative living communities.”
She chose Macon State College because … “It was the right place at the right time. I am able to access an affordable education to improve my life without sacrificing my family.”
The one thing that surprised her about Macon State was … “The personal nature of your education here. The professors truly know their students and are willing to do all they can to ensure you achieve all that you desire. They encourage growth, challenge your mind and inspire you to seek out and conquer new things. It also surprised me that there is a health clinic offering general care and most over-the-counter medicines free. That is very good for students that are on a budget or have no insurance.”
Her favorite place to study is … “By the lake or the ocean. I love being near water.”
One thing people don’t know about her is … “I am a writer.”
Her friends make fun of her because … “If it's not on sale I am not interested.”
The one person she’d most like to meet is … “Tavis Smiley, because he is self-actualized and I love to hear to him speak. Speaking mainly on issues that affect the disenfranchised, he also addresses civil injustices. He does not speak unless he has done research and can support his views. His commentary is always passionate and thought-provoking. He constantly challenges his audience and provides constructive criticism, yet always provides possible remedies to any problem he may bring to light. He is an accomplished author, essayist, activist and speaker.”
Five years from now she sees herself … “Having completed my law degree, beginning my, primarily, pro bono law practice for the underserved and being the executive director of the Stump Mitchell Foundation, which focuses on programs that serve the educational and social needs of those residing in inner-city communities.”