Natali Heater

International Experience Country:
Ireland
Cohort Year:
2022
Home Institution:

University of Pittsburgh | Bradford

Bio:
Natali is a current sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford majoring in forensic science and minoring in psychology. She is originally from Easton, PA but was raised in various parts of Oklahoma. With her degree, she hopes to work at the federal level for the FBI or NCIS in a lab, as well as criminal profiling and she would like to earn a master's in criminology. Natali has many hobbies including reading fantasy novels, watching true crime documentaries, drinking coffee, and working at the CSI house on campus. In the VIH program, Natali hopes to learn more about cultural differences within the medical community, especially with mental health.  
International Experience Summary:

Natali Heater spent 4 weeks abroad in Dublin, Ireland studying child psychology as a Vira I. Heinz scholarship recipient. This class covered the mental illnesses a child can develop as well as the relationships between the child and their environment or family. This course was important for Natali’s future criminology degree. She found that children in Ireland are much less supervised and generally have fewer developmental disorders than children in the States because of the different environmental challenges both sets of children face. When she wasn’t in class, Natali liked to walk through Dublin and went on trips to Galway, the Aran Islands, Dun Laoghaire, and Glendalough. One of the most exciting things she did was going to the Cliffs of Moher, where she climbed the rebuilt fort originally built in the 1st century named O’Brien’s Tower, which helped name the cliffs “Mothar” in Gaelic means “ruined fort.” The entire experience helped Natali step out of her comfort zone and she is excited to encourage other students to have their own study abroad experiences as Vira I. Heinz cohorts.