Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI - 2009-2014
- B.S. Behavioral Sciences, Minor in Visual Arts
- B.A. French Studies
- J.N. Andrews Honors Scholar
Research Title: "The Diversity of Color: An
Analysis of Cross-Cultural Color Symbolism"
- Cum Laude
- Semester abroad: Campus Adventiste du Salève,
- Student Missionary year: Somerset West, S. Africa
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris
- Diplôme de Français Professionnel Tourisme et
- Travel Agent Career Diploma
The Travel Institute
- Travel Agent Proficiency Exam
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Erica spent her childhood in Lubumbashi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) before her family moved to Berrien Springs, MI. Her lifetime travel to almost 30 countries and her experience with living in four, has given Erica a deep appreciation for the diversity and complexity as well as the similarities found in culture variations.
During her time as a student at Andrews University, she studied at Campus Adventiste du Salève, in Collonges-sous-Salève, France as part of the Adventist Colleges Abroad program and spent a year as a student missionary at Helderberg College, in Somerset West, South Africa. In addition to taking classes in Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Visual Arts, and French, Erica signed up for as many tours as possible which included earning her Open Water S.C.U.B.A certification through a tour to Cozumel; Skiing in Steamboat, Colorado; and learning about culture and religion in Peru - twice. As a J.N. Andrews Honors scholar, and combining her lifelong love of art and color with her experience and fascination with culture, Erica completed her Senior Honors Thesis on the Perception of Color Symbolism, entitling her study "The Diversity of Color: An Analysis of Cross-Cultural Color Symbolism". Starting during High School, Erica served as the Arts and Crafts Director at Timber Ridge Summer Camp in Spencer, IN for eight summers, teaching ceramics and crafts to children between the ages of 4 and 17. Her service at Andrews University included being a Student tour guide and Ambassador, the Student Missions Club President, the director of the Resurrection team for the Annual Easter Passion Play, and as a part of the Fusion Vespers Worship team.