"Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile." -Anonymous
Minor: Honors Interdisciplinary Studies
Pledge Class: Gamma Omicron
Shortly after Erika was born in Misawa, Japan, she and her family moved to Palos Verdes, a small suburb of Los Angeles, California in 2001. She attended Palos Verdes Peninsula High School where she gained valuable leadership skills through her involvement in Principal Advisory Council, Service Learning Leadership, Link Crew, and Teen Court. She also served as a board member on the Japanese National Honors Society and Key Club International. Outside of school, Erika volunteered at the Torrance Little Company of Mary Hospital and worked at the Kumon Math and Reading Center. During her first semester at San Diego State University, Erika decided to involve herself in A.S., which led her to join the Community Service Commission and Marketing Committee. Through her involvement in the two A.S. committees, Erika has grown a passion for participating in student government. She decided to pledge DSP her second semester of freshman year which has been one of the best experiences for her. The process of pledging and initiating into DSP has given her the opportunity to not only grow personally and professionally, but it also has allowed her to find a community within SDSU. Erika is also a member of the Weber Honor’s College and works as a test proctor at the Student Ability Success Center. She is driven to give back to the community, which has led her to an internship this past summer called Nikkei Community Internship (NCI). This internship gave her the opportunity to work as a marketing and design assistant at a non-profit organization called, Little Tokyo Service Center in Downtown Los Angeles. In addition to learning more about non-profit work and growing her passion for community involvement, NCI has also given her the skills to grow within her professional career. Outside of school and work, Erika enjoys going on hikes and road trips, listening to music, exploring new food places and coffee shops, and traveling. Erika has visited 10 different countries in Europe in one summer, some including Portugal, Italy, Germany, and France. She also travels to Japan every other year to visit her relatives. She hopes to travel some more and study abroad in the coming years!