Class of: 2017
Hometown: Queens, New York
Concentration: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Extracurricular Activities: I love to spend most of my time traveling to new places and taking pictures along the way of my adventures. If I'm not travelling, I spend majority of my time doing community service. Whenever my friends and I have free time, we visit different Ronald McDonald Houses and cook a meal for families who have seriously ill children in the hospital. So far we have visited over 14 different houses and our goal is to visit all of the houses in the world!
Just for Fun: I will be the first person in my family to graduate from a university!
Favorite Places: Taipei, Taiwan Malaysia
About Erika Lim
My Study Abroad: A Challenge for the Mind & A World of Friends“In my 3rd year I was able to travel to Taiwan and study at National Chengchi University, which is one of the top two universities in Taipei. Although the Chinese language class was one of the most challenging class I had ever taken, through the class I was able to improve my Chinese ability in writing, reading and listening. The Taiwanese friends that I had made are some of the most amazing people I know. These are people that I want in my life for the rest of my life. Their willingness to help me with anything while I was in Taiwan is something that I will never forget. My study abroad program also took us on excursions to other cities in Taiwan that ranged from visiting museums to making our own tea. In addition, while living in Taipei I was able to do what I loved to do most; service. I was able to volunteer weekly at the Ronald McDonald House of Taipei, a home for families to stay while their child received treatment for serious illnesses. I was also able to teach English to a students at a local middle school. Thanks to SUA’s study abroad program and financial aid, I was able immerse myself in another country’s language, culture and people creating a new life, that I one day hope I can continue.“
Student Centered Education
“Before coming to SUA, I had always been studying for the sake of an exam because it was a graduation requirement. I didn’t have much choice in the classes that I wanted to take because of how large my school was and how limited the classes were. I thought that this was how education was supposed to be, learning what you were given to learn and taking exams to prove that you understood the material. However, once I came to SUA, I realized that education should be something that is in the hand of the student. At SUA, I have the freedom to take the classes that I am interested in and reflect on the content through current events and my own life. From language classes to class topics ranging from race to poverty and even a personalized one-on-one career class SUA prepares students with a fully equipped tool box for any career path we may decide to take. I know that graduating from SUA, I will have a global perspective on global issues. With this Soka education I hope to use what I learned in the classroom to change the world for the better.”
Road to Success
"The summer before my 4th and final year at SUA, thanks to the university’s internship grant program I was able to intern at the UNICEF Headquarters in NYC. For two months I worked as a human resources intern working with a team of professionals support implementations of the Junior Professional Programme, which is a program that supports young professionals seeking a career in UNICEF, the development of training programmes, recruitment activities, maintaining an internship database with over 19,000 interns, onboarding interns, as well as other program implementations and general activities in the human resources department. This internship also allowed me to learn about my personal strengths and abilities. I was able to contribute to the recruiting and hiring of interns that not only allowed me the chance to learn what it was like to be on the other end of the spectrum, but learn what recruiters are looking for an intern/employee. I was also asked to be involved in the design process of an infographic report. Although I had no previous experience, I was able to work side by side with supervisor that supported me to the design of an infographic report. Being able to discuss with professional staff members such as my supervisor and to receive feedback and advisement is the best way of learning. The real world experience at such a global and prestigious organization like UNICEF provides me with a strong skill set that I know will help me in any career path I choose."