Erika Jung ’07 was always a leader. As a student at Harley, Erika took on the role of Editor-in-Chief and resurrected the dormant Acorn Press student newspaper and the Calliope literary magazine. She believed these papers were an important part of the student education and says that they helped develop her leadership skills and expand on her creativity.
Following Harley, she went on to Brown University and majored in Literary Arts and spent a semester abroad in Spain. After Brown, she took a year off and returned to Spain and worked as an English teacher. She was so rooted in the culture that she began to think and dream in Spanish. Erika returned to the States and is now in her 4th year in a Clinical Psychology PhD program at Northwestern University and is currently completing her year-long residency at Stanford University, which is the final requirement for her PhD . Her goal after her PhD is to work in a community mental health setting for underserved Hispanic and Latino populations. Along with her doctoral work, she plans to keep up with her Spanish speaking skills–they have translators in her field, but she wants to be able to speak directly to her patients.
Erika says Harley made her who she is today. It looks like with the Acorn Press and Calliope magazine still going strong, that the feeling is mutual!