A Dose of Determination: A TV News Anchor Says Perseverance-A Trait Emphasized in the SUCCESS for Teens Program-Is Key to Living Your Dream

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A Dose of Determination: A TV News Anchor Says Perseverance-A Trait Emphasized in the SUCCESS for Teens Program-Is Key to Living Your Dream


Simnacher, Betsy, Success


Natalie Solis is on top of her game. She is a news anchor for the Fox TV affiliate in Dallas. She graduated from an Ivy League college, Where she majored in political science. She can indulge her passions for travel and current events. But Solis has had to work for all of it.

Each generation of her family has achieved more than the last. Her grandmother had to drop out of the third grade to make money by cleaning houses. Her mother didn't get a degree but did have a good job, and she encouraged Solis to read and go to college. "She always put her heart and soul into her job," Solis says. "I won't say she hated it, but was working at the credit bureau her dream job? I doubt it." So Solis set a goal for herself: "I wanted to do something that I would be passionate about."

She not only supports but also lives the principles of the SUCCESS for Teens program (funded by the nonprofit SUCCESS Foundation). When speaking on behalf of the SUCCESS for Teens program and its free curriculum, she echoes its lessons, telling Dallas middle-schoolers:

* Attitude is everything. Solis points out that teenagers must bring the same determination to their life goals as they would to get to an event they really wanted to attend, even if they didn't have a ride. "You find out your friends are going, and you will take three buses, walk a mile--you will get there."

* Keep learning. Solis works hard because her mother set an example for her. "I didn't want to let her down, because I saw her come home from work every day, exhausted. …

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