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Hello! My name is Natalie Leonard, and I am currently a rising junior at Davidson College in North Carolina (Go Wildcats!!) ๐Ÿพโ™ฅ๏ธ. Iโ€™m originally from outside of San Francisco, California ๐ŸŒ‰. Iโ€™m a Psychology major ๐Ÿง  and Spanish minor ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ, a member of Warner Hall Eating House (basically a sorority), and planned DIY events this year for Union Board, an organization for student activities on campus. I also held a leadership position in Davidsonโ€™s Women in Business Club this year.

As so many companies continue to work remotely in this post-pandemic world, employees have begun to embrace the flexibility which comes with working from home. Alongside this trend, I hope employers start to become more cognizant of the throngs of workers who do not feel represented by a single job title. Many professionals today are not keen to make a lifetime commitment to one company.

This summer, I am interning for a startup which wants to give professionals a more comprehensive and creative way to express themselves than a timeline of their employment history. Polywork is not a place for recruiters to scan your profile for a degree from a prestigious university. It is a welcoming community for those who want to showcase the work they are most proud of and, most importantly, make genuine connections with other professionals. ย 
As a student at a small liberal arts college with an array of interests, I certainly do not think Iโ€™ll find myself fitting into a box anytime soon. I am a psychology major but have taken classes in a variety of disciplines to fulfill general requirements. In just two years of college, I have dabbled in political science, art history, chemistry, history, religion, and Spanish literature. It was difficult for me to even decide on a major in the first place (and I still second-guess it every now and then.)ย 

Outside of the classroom, I love creatingโ€”painting, drawing, hand-lettering, design, you name it. I was the captain of my high school varsity softball team and played volleyball for many years. I love baking and cooking, Gilmore Girls, anything Taylor Swift, country music, yoga, bullet journaling, and my adorable Boston Terrier Oliver. ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง๐ŸŽจ๐ŸฅŽ๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿช•๐Ÿ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿพ

Given my diverse academic and personal interests, I do not see myself pursuing a cookie cutter career path after college or graduate school. Iโ€™m torn between a career as a psychologist, marketing or brand strategist and artist. While I may discover my strengths lie in one of these paths, I may also find my niche at the intersection of these disciplines. This is where Polywork comes in. When I was applying for the internship I have now, I resonated with the companyโ€™s mission to represent professionals with a multitude of passions. I interviewed with Peter Johnston, Polyworkโ€™s CEO & Founder, and Meghan Lyons, the Head of Go-to-Market. I felt supported and inspired by both of them even during the interview process. They embodied everything that Polywork stands for, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside such a welcoming group of people. Iโ€™m excited to see where the summer takes me, and I canโ€™t wait for Polywork to take the world of professional networking by storm. ๐Ÿš€ย 

On Polywork, Iโ€™m more than a student or an intern. Iโ€™m also a dog mom with a slight coffee addiction. ๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ