It’s estimated that nearly 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety, but it’s not often discussed. The most common mental health issue in the United States is widely misunderstood, which is why it’s so awesome that UB’s Erika Luksch is brave enough to talk about it.
The Miss COED 2017 semifinalist has been dealing with a clinical form of anxiety for years, often making it difficult for her to keep her grades up and even interact with others in a social setting. Now a junior at the University at Buffalo, she’s found a way to cope with it and is thriving. Her future plans include traveling to Greece and Bora Bora and owning her own marketing firm.
Keep killin’ it girl, and be sure to check back daily as we get to know each of our semifinalists a bit better.
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If you could go anywhere in the world for Spring, break where would you go?
I would go to Santorini, Greece or Bora Bora. They’re both so breathtakingly beautiful and it would be an amazing vacay!
Do you have any secret talents?
I love to sing and I’m a licensed makeup artist! I’ve been singing and doing makeup for as long as I could remember. They’re my passions.
What’s your biggest accomplishment thus far?
My biggest accomplishment thus far would have to be getting to where I am in life now. I struggle with clinical form of anxiety and have for a long time. My first year of college was extreme tough for me socially because of it. My grades and health suffered that year, and I had to work extremely hard to get myself to the place I’m at today. I am healthy, strong, and feel as though I can do anything and I never thought I’d be able to feel this way. My family and friends have supported me through it all and for that, I’m very grateful. Being who I am today is my biggest accomplishment thus far.