Erika Luksch Opens Up About Her Struggle With Anxiety & How She’s Now Kicking Butt At UB

Erika‘s story is the perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover.

From the outside, the 20-year-old Business major the University at Buffalo has it all: looks, a social life, great hair. Yet she also struggles with a clinical form of anxiety. Anxiety is the number one mental health issue in North America (affecting nearly a third of the population), but it’s not often discussed. What many people may not realize is that its effects can be debilitating.

Early on in her college career, Erika’s grades and health suffered and she admitted it was difficult for her socially. Luckily she’s found a way to cope with it and the now junior is thriving at UB. Go girl. 👏

Get inspired by reading more about Erika below, and be sure to check back daily as we get to know each of our Miss COED 2017 semifinalists a bit better.

If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, learn more about its symptoms and treatment here.

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! 

Who do you look up to most and why?

I look up to my mom the most. She’s my hero, my rock, and my best friend. Her life is dedicated to helping others as someone who works in the medical field. She is a PA in cardiology and wouldn’t give it up for the world. Anyone she meets walks away with a smile. She never stops giving to those in need. My mom has always encouraged my brother and I to get out and volunteer whenever and wherever we can because she understands the great importance of giving back. She is the glue that holds my family together, and I couldn’t imagine my life without her.

Name one thing on your bucket list.

One thing on my bucket list would be to spend Christmas in New York City. Is there any better place to spend the holidays?! It would be amazing!

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.

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