Sandy Noel is a senior at Florida State University majoring in International Affairs and graduating in the spring of 2012. Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Sandy is a proud older sister and daughter to her Haitian parents. Despite the passing of her mother her freshman year, Ms. Noel maintained her college experience with the values her parents instilled in her since childhood, the values of pursuing an education and making the best of every opportunity.
These values have guided Sandy’s involvement on campus. Currently Sandy is a Resident Assistant and is involved with organizations such as Empowering Women Globally, Amnesty International, Community Ambassadors, and Circle K International. Fortunately, Sandy’s collegiate experiences are not limited to on campus or the Tallahassee community. During her sophomore year, Ms. Noel was fortunate enough to take a Semester at Sea (SAS). Semester at Sea is a study abroad program that travels the world on a ship. With SAS, Sandy traveled to Mexico, Hawaii, Japan, China, Vietnam, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, and Brazil. “I literally cannot even begin to explain the wonderful experiences I had and the amount of amazing people I met,” said Sandy. My experiences range from seeing snow for the first time while heading up Mt. Fuji in Japan, visiting the World’s Largest Buddha in Hong Kong, to standing in front of Mandela’s former jail cell in South Africa. Taking a semester at sea helped me develop a global perspective and extend myself to be another resource for International students that currently attend FSU. Through this program, I also realized that lifetime goal is to work with an international organization that serves and advocates for people living in developing countries.