ITEC2110:Fall2010:Section12:Andrea Sanders

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Mini-Biography


I am not a native of Georgia, but in fact grew up (until I was 18) in an area called Kentuckiana, which is the border of central northern Kentucky and central southern Indiana. I attended and graduated from a high school there called Jeffersonville High School. I ended up graduating a semester earlier than my classmates, and shortly afterwards I moved on my own to Georgia.
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I've now lived in Georgia for almost four years, and in those four years I have lived in four different cities in the Atlanta metro area: Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, Duluth, and Suwanee. I currently reside only ten minutes away from campus in Lawrenceville.

It was after I moved to Georgia that I met my husband, Shawn Sanders, at a mutual place of employment. We have a beautiful baby boy together who is currently 14 months old. You can find out more about them here!

Also, I am often on Facebook, but I am not addicted. You can find my profile here!

I think that Desiree' Delgado has a very interesting wiki page!


Education


When I first moved to Georgia, I attended a college in Sandy Springs called The Art Institute of Atlanta. I was studying computer programming, specifically for video games. But, like most private colleges, AIA was very expensive and I decided to leave the college. I originally planned to start attending GGC in the Fall 2008 semester, but I had missed the registration deadline and had to wait till Spring 2009 to start.

Since I have been at GGC, I've undergone some serious questioning on what I wanted to do with my life. My first major was Biology, because I thought I saw myself as a nurse. But no. My second declared major was History, because I saw myself as a high school, and eventually a professor, teacher. But no. Even though history is a strong passion of mine, history teachers are not in demand, and finding a job after college could prove to be very difficult.

Now, I've circled back to a similar degree that I was going after at AIA: Information Technology, with a concentration in Systems & Security. This is my final decision. No more major changes! I'm already headed towards the six year Bachelor's degree, and I don't want to prolong my graduation any further.

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--Aharbeso 23:56, 2 September 2010 (EDT)Andrea Sanders

Where I've Been



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In high school I was fortunate enough to have a French teacher who had actually lived in France at one point in his life, Monsieur Mark Felix. It was while he was obtaining his Master's degree. Even as a high school teacher he went to France at least twice a year because he had a second family/friends there. It was for these reasons that he decided to start his own tour company, and also because he had taken many tours with larger companies that "made you feel like a herd of cattle."

I was also fortunate enough to be part of his "guinea pig" group. His very first trip! Felix's main focus on the trip was to give us a more authentic feel to the country, something not many people get a chance to do. We flew into Paris, and spent a day and a half doing some sight-seeing. The picture above is of the Arc de Triomphe, a monument that sits at one end of the famous Champs-Élysées.

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We took a train south to Nice, France, which lies on the Mediterranean Sea. It gorgeous there, but the only disappointing feature was that the beaches were made of baseball size rocks. It was rough on tender feet, especially ones that had been walking all over Paris! But there was plenty of shopping, food, and bars to keep us entertain. One bar in particular that we had a blast at was owned by a New Zealander, and many English-speaking people from all over the world frequented it. The name of the bar is Wayne's.

After Nice, the ten of us piled into two vans and took a roadtrip through the countryside and mountainside of France. We went to a city (I cannot remember the name) that had a high population of gypsies that would tame wild horses and give horseback riding tours for a small amount. Felix, a girl named Dannielle, and myself went on one of the tours and got to ride the horses down the beach! it was amazing.

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In the mountains we stayed in a large house (gite) that was partly occupied by a host family. They would go to the nearby village and get fresh bread and cheese every morning for breakfast. While we were staying there we also went boating, and were supposed to go white water rafting. When we were told that white water rafting would be impossible because of a drought, we were initially upset until we were told that we could go body rafting! It was basically everything but the raft, and at certain points along the river we were able to lay back in the water and float down the rapids!

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Finally, before returning to Paris to catch a flight home, we visited a town called Avignon. Avignon is famous for the "old" part of the city still completely surrounded by a stone wall, which had been there since before the Black Plague. While we were staying in Avignon, France was celebrating its national music festival. At night there would be musicians of all different genres performing on stages, in bars, and even on the streets. It was an amazing experience.

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That trip was an experience of a lifetime. It was my first and my only, so far, time ever leaving the country, and it was definitely worth spending the money to go. I felt better connected to the people than I would have had I went as simply a tourist.

--Aharbeso 01:33, 3 September 2010 (EDT)Andrea Sanders

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