With a big smile on her face, 19-year-old Erica Noel wakes up every morning with a strong determination to reach her goals. A full-time student, part-time worker, and president of the Student Government Association (SGA) on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, in Davie, Erica is used to managing such a heavy workload since her days in high school. Despite having her plate full, her easygoing and happy soul may be the reason she has such a bright and hopeful vision of the future.

Born in the Bahamas, Erica arrived in the United States when she was four years old. Her mother’s Haitian origins are strongly cultivated in Erica, who speaks fluent Creole and loves her mother’s cooking. But she feels as American as anyone born here. “I grew up in this country, and I love it as my own,” she says.

Erica attended University of Central Florida for a semester before arriving to Broward College in August 2018. “I just had a feeling that UCF wasn’t the best fit for me and that feeling proved right when I enrolled at Broward College. I felt at home here and I just love how nice everyone is and how the College really cares to provide high-quality, affordable education to the student body,” Erica explained.

She is currently majoring in Biology but has found a passion for Biomedical Engineering, which may result in changing her major next semester. Erica is an exceptional student with a long, rewarding path ahead.

The Dreams I Have

Erica Noel at BOT meeting“I have always enjoyed science, I’m an avid reader, and I really enjoy working with my hands,” she says. “Which is why I know that the medical field is something that won’t feel like a job to me.” And if you ask her where she sees herself ten years from now, she will excitedly tell you that she will be a Harvard or Yale alumna working a residency somewhere in California or Las Vegas. “Ever since the fifth grade, when I discovered my love for science, I’ve been working very hard and focused on getting the grades I need to go to one of the top schools in the medical field. I’ll admit I may stretch myself too thin sometimes between school, extracurricular activities, and work, but I know what I want,” she says, with eyes that show she means business.

And to top the cake, she even plans on one day running for governor. “Even though I will pursue a career in medicine, I want to, later, immerse myself in politics. It’s something that I’m very interested in and that I find extremely important.”

For the Benefit of the Student Body

When she was called to partake in the October Board of Trustees meeting as the Student Trustee, a role that is rotating among the SGA presidents of each main campus, Erica knew this was a fantastic opportunity.

“Even though I was involved with student government in high school and went to Tallahassee several times to participate in government mockups, I was excited to see the behind the scenes of the decision-making process at the college level,” Erica recalls.

Although she didn’t take part in the voting process, she was a representative voice of the students of the College, giving her thoughts on topics such as the plans to revamp building 19, where Student Life and other administrative offices are located, into a full Student Hub.

For the spring semester, Erica will focus her energy and time left as student body president on developing ideas that will engage more students in activities and opportunities on campus. “I definitely want to see more students eager to participate on campus because we have many opportunities that are being underused,” explains Erica. “I believe we can offer more initiatives like the Seven Circles, which is a Student Life project that shows students what they need to be happy and healthy and provide them with the tools necessary to not only succeed at school but also in life. After all, if you’re not happy, it’s very difficult to achieve your goals and dreams.”

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