Rutgers GSE CMSI

Barbara Sanchez

Barbara Sanchez is a Cuban-American, born and raised in Hialeah, Florida and currently living in Miami with her five close relatives. Her maternal grandmother came from Cuba to the United States in the 1950’s, her mother is a second-generation Cuban-American and her father came from Cuba at the age of 30. Being from a Catholic home, her first and middle names were given in respect to two Saints of the religion (St. Barbara and St. Caridad). Since a young age, she has been driven academically by her grandmother and parents’ hopes for her to become an independent adult and they assured her a higher education was the best way to reach that goal. She also grew up with two brothers who are autistic, although this never made a difference in their average relationship as siblings— they always stayed close and fought quite often. With a B.A. in Sociology, she has aspirations to be a faculty member and further educate herself on research and data analysis. Her greatest goal in her academic pursuits, however, is to make her family proud. She is currently part of Florida International University’s Honors College, has a 4.0 GPA, and works part-time at the Port of Miami.