Brownsville

Introduction

LinkedIn PicMy name is Natasha.  I was born and raised in the inner city of Brooklyn – Brownsville, NY, in the Van Dyke projects.  At the age of fourteen my acceptance to prep school exposed me to a world I could have never imagined.  Millville – Concord, NH, became another sort of home with new friends that looked and spoke of things I’d never known.  For many years when anyone asked me where I lived I’d say NY, then Brooklyn, then 45 minutes away from the city, and left it at that.  I didn’t want my neighborhood to define me or exclude me from the world I’d just entered and wanted to be accepted in.  Last year I attended my 15th reunion at  St. Paul’s School.  As I stepped onto campus I was reminded of the tradition I was now apart of as well as the home I’d left behind.  At this point I’m done hiding behind a vague description of where I”m from, because if life is defined by our experiences, I am as much an inner city kid as I am a Paulie.

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