Updated: Jul 12, 2021
We had the opportunity of interviewing Noelle Sorich, an alum of Seton Hall University, about: Exceptional Programs & Extracurriculars
In college, Noelle
received a degree in International Relations, Economics, and Modern Languages
interned with multiple organizations at the UN, and was invited to be the commencement speaker at graduation
was the President of the Model United Nations team in Seton Hall, where the team is now ranked within the top 25 programs in the country.
Key points Noelle shares:
"...you're going to get significantly more credit for AP since a lot of schools just don't accept IB credit the same way that they accept AP credits..."
"I had been doing college level assignments for two years before I entered college, so that is especially a huge benefit to this program (IB program)."
"It really was my life, like I dedicated hours on hours on hours to working on anything I could get my hands on with international policy and with the UN."
How much more rigorous would you say the IB Program is compared to regular courses?
A: I will say that you're going to get significantly more credit for AP since a lot of schools just don't accept IB credit the same way that they accept AP credits, though they'll take pretty much every AP and fairly any IB. But I loved the IB program, and I cannot sing its praises enough.
The IB program is extremely rigorous. How do you think that the challenges it’s presented have helped you out in college and career?
I think it prepared me for school in a lot of ways that I didn't understand or appreciate until I was in college. Then I was like, “Oh my gosh, I've already done these things”. I've already written memos and done all of the critical thinking that college required me to do. I had been doing college level assignments for two years before I entered college, so that is especially a huge benefit to this program.
How did you manage the wide variety of leadership positions you held while in college? From the President of the Seton Hall US Association, President of the Seton Hall University Chapter of the UN Association of the United States of America, Pacific Model UN Board of Directors, and others.
A: Well, I won't lie, I did not sleep a lot in college. I think it really came down to the fact that a lot of them were on different days. Whereas, in high school, you had to dedicate every day or most days out of the week to your extracurriculars, in college, it’s different. In college, it is easier to say that for extracurriculars “if I'm not in this meeting, it's easy to shut off from that”. For instance, with the PACMUN (Pacific Model United Nations) Board of Directors, all we had to do was just assisting, doing oversight, and helping to make sure that the students running PACMUN at that time needed any advice or had any questions, could ask. So I was pretty far removed from it. It was helping out here and there to just make sure that everyone that was actually working on it had all the tools they needed.
How did the things you participated in in high school transfer into what you did in college?
A: In high school, joining the Model UN team was really a formative experience for me in the way that it literally decided what I wanted to do with my career path and what I wanted to study in college. So I feel really, really lucky to have found that and found my passion so early in life, because I know that for a lot of people, it takes them years to find that. So it was very formative in a way when I think of my experience in high school. It really was my life, like I dedicated hours on hours on hours to working on anything I could get my hands on with international policy and with the UN.
This interview originally took place in an audio format. However, we have converted it to text to avoid sound quality issues. To ensure coherency, we have slightly modified the wording.