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Natalie Meinhardt

she / her / hers
Service Project: We Are Water 

Community Engagement & Environmental Protection

Hello! My name is Natalie and I am originally from Andover, Minnesota where I graduated from Anoka High School in 2018. For my undergrad, I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and recently graduated this last May! Something unique about me is that I've never broken a bone (knock on wood!). Another interesting tidbit about me is that I've only ever lived in Minnesota. This summer I had the opportunity to study abroad through CAPA: The Global Exchange Network where I spent 6 weeks in London. I would say this is the closest experience I have had to living somewhere other than Minnesota, but unfortunately it was only a temporary visit. Though I do wish to go back some day! Social equity is important to me because it strives to address inequalities such as economic and racial inequalities. Systems of oppression still dominate our society, and this greatly troubles me. However, to address these historically embedded issues, a great deal of insight and knowledge is fundamental. This is why I believe that civic dialogue is crucial, so that we can learn the vocabulary necessary for inciting change.


Vibe by 1Team

I first found this song back in Spring 2021. And everytime I listen to this song, I get reminded of
the good moments I had in that school semester and the optimism I had leftover from it.
Especially since the previous semesters have been rough in comparison with COVID, a fight
with depression, and a close family friend's death to cope with. Listening to this song out and
about, doing homework, and working out was one of many things that helped me believe that
things would get better and things would only get better for me.
For the song itself and its lyrics, it is about how the listener should let loose, be themselves,
dance and learn to live in the moment and how it is ultimately worth it.

Still Sane by Lorde

Lorde’s album “Pure Heroine” came out during a very formative time in my life, when I was a teenager coming of age. I listened to this album a lot and I still listen to it even today, because the emotions & themes I feel from the songs have stayed consistent through all the different phases of my life as I’ve grown up. This is a song that resonates a lot with me. For Lorde, it was about her rise to fame at a young age. She reflects on the difficult but rewarding journey she has had to success, working hard to get to where she is. But she also says “I’m not in the swing of things yet”, showing that she isn’t at her peak yet, and has a lot of learning & growing to do still. Similarly, I feel like I have come so far in life and am proud of my accomplishments, but I am nowhere near perfect & have more improving to do. Lorde also says “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown”, which I interpreted as “I’m young and not the most powerful or skilled person, but I’m working my way up to my bigger goals”. That is how I feel at this stage.

Tenderness by Jay Som

This is a bit of a unique addition for this list, but this is a power metal song that tells a story
about the final days of World War 2, and how a German general and his army defied orders to
defend Berlin and instead worked to save over 200,000 refugees by bringing them to the
American occupied area and surrender.
To me, I found this song back in 2014 when it came out, and it is one of my favorite songs from
this band, which regularly makes songs about unique historical stories like this. And with this
song in particular, it reminds me of that optimistic period when I started high school and looking
forward to making a positive impact on people's lives wherever I go, whether it is high school,
college, and beyond.

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