by Jerel Marshall
Freshman Andrea Noe, like many Georgia State Honors College students, is gifted in more ways than one and she appears more than ready to take on the challenges GSU has to offer.
While attending Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio, Noe excelled in the classroom but still made time to develop into an exceptional volleyball player thanks to her unconquerable competitive drive.
"Anything that I do, be it school, volleyball or my job, I try to be the best that I can be," Noe said.
This attitude helped propel her to becoming a National Honors Society honoree and Noe also earned to two trips to the DECA national competitions. Her senior year, she managed to place in the top five in the public relations field.
On the volleyball court, Noe was just as successful. Her accolades include lettering four years, leading the team to three Ohio Capital Conference titles and two district runner-up finishes, and OCC and district player of the year to name a few.
Making the transition to college from high school in a brand new city can be tough but Noe began preparing for the dramatic change a while ago. She prepared herself by taking as many honors and Advanced Placement classes as she could.
“I knew going into high school I wanted to challenge myself as best I could,” Noe said. “High school prepares you for college and in my mind the more I challenged myself in high school the easier it would be for me to transition from being at home with all the amenities I had, to being on my own somewhere where I didn’t really know anyone.”
Noe also got great preparation for playing Division I volleyball. She said playing with older girls her freshmen year of high school taught her how to be leader. Noe’s leadership skills may come in handy as she works to help the Panthers reach new heights.