Natalia Del Valle-Agosto

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

College: School of Integrated Science and Humanity in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education

In 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, damaging thousands of homes – including Natalia Del Valle-Agosto’s. Thanks to the FIUstrong program, which assists students impacted by disasters, Del Valle moved to FIU. Despite the overwhelming and abrupt change, she made the best of it, enrolled the following semester and found a new home as an FIU Panther.

Natalia instantly became an active member of the FIU community. She joined FIU’s Honors College, became a learning assistant for a psychology introductory course and a resident assistant at Everglades Hall, and joined the care staff at the FIU Wellness and Recreation Center and as well as the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity. 

She also participated in the Faculty Innovation for Student Success Showcase and even traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent FIU at the Fly-In Seminar, “The Future of Water and Coastal Economies.”

In the midst of the global pandemic, Natalia returned to Puerto Rico to help care for immediate family – all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Natalia is graduating with her bachelor’s in psychology, a minor in philosophy and a certificate in music business. After graduating, she will be attending the University of Puerto Rico’s Law School to pursue a career in law.

By Emily Castellanos
Social Media Specialist
FIU Honors College

Nominated by Rachel Ritchie