Natalie Adeeyo, a 21-year-old New York University student, is looking forward to the next step in her journey toward the mark she wants to leave on the world: helping people who cannot help themselves. And one thing is certain: this independent girl isn’t looking for anyone’s help to get there.

Murder, She Wrote

“My dream job is to be a criminal lawyer. I’ve been studying for the LSAT since June. I also intern for the Kings County D.A. in Brooklyn. I first knew it was what I wanted to do last year, during a journalism class actually, when I had to go to the New York City Criminal Court. I wasn’t sure at first what trial to go to, there was a list on the wall of everything going on. But then I thought, let’s just go for the big time. I went to a murder case. And I couldn’t leave. Even though it was sad and gory, I was fascinated by the D.A. The argument was so compelling.”

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen Law & Order. But I love reality TV. Anything you name, I’ve seen. A reality show about my own life would be called Between A Rock And A Hard Place. Guys don’t approach me because I’m intimidating, but at the same time my life is sometimes trashy. I have an alter-ego. I have to balance them!”

Loving The Lone Life

“I live on my own, I moved from Bed-Stuy to Bay Ridge last month. It’s nicer, and weirdly, it’s less expensive. I live on my own and pay my rent on my own. I didn’t have roommates last year either. I’m very independent. My freshman year I lived in NYU housing with roommates who were New York natives and who were always going home. I wasn’t really a fan of it. They didn’t like being on their own as much as I do. I just know what I want. I know I have to work hard. So I think the biggest challenge for me in college has been finding a balance between my academic and personal life. Sometimes I let my social life fall to the wayside.”

City Hopping

“After graduating law school I’m going to move back to Chicago. I’m excited. I think New Yorkers are nicer than Chicagoans actually, but I don’t mind it. Chicagoans just know what they want. My favorite places in New York are Dos Toros and Artichoke Pizza, so I’ll miss that. But I’m excited to go back. My parents still live there. They separated when I was eight, then moved back in together to better support me and my education. My favorite childhood memory is our first family vacation to Wisconsin Dells, which is like our Miami. That first vacation was the first time I remember feeling like a family, with them not fighting. I admire what they did. I don’t know if I would be able to do that.


Written by Phoebe Rowe