Office ofAlumni and Constituent Relations

Student Voice: Erica Boyle '13

During my junior year in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, an admission counselor from PLU came and visited my high school.  When the admission counselor described that PLU’s beliefs are to develop students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, leadership, service and care—for others, for the community, and for the earth, I knew that this was the right place for me.  I was sold and from that moment on; I was determined to go to school at PLU. 

From the beginning PLU has challenged me with the question: “What will you do with your one, wild, and precious life?”  It comes from the poem The Summer Day by Mary Oliver.  After hearing this question, many exciting thoughts started to run through my mind.  I was ready to adventure away from home to explore who I am, who I would like to become, and discover what I am capable of achieving.    

My dream of coming to PLU came true!  When I think of my experience here thus far, I smile and feel thankful because I know that it was the right decision for me.  I am about to start my junior year and I am a Psychology major and a Biology and Hispanic Studies minor.  I work for Red Carpet Club and Voices of PLU.  For Red Carpet Club, I give tours and for Voices of PLU, I call prospective students.  I absolutely love both of these jobs because I am able to share with prospective students my wonderful experience and all that I have learned so far. 

I am also on the women’s soccer team.  I really enjoy the division three aspect of being a student first and a college athlete second.  I am able to really focus on my studies but am still able to play the sport I have been playing since the age of four.  In the Spring, I will be participating in a “study away” program in Granada, Spain. I cannot wait!    

What I enjoy most about PLU is they understand that class time is important, but they also believe in experience outside of the classroom.  By getting out in the real world, one is able to truly practice the types of things they might end up doing for the rest of their lives.  That is the most important aspect of all because life is all about doing what you love. 

I am confident that the family community here at PLU including every single faculty member, professor, and friend is here for support in helping me find that passion.  When I find that love, I will take it whole-heartedly back to my community to help others. 

Attending PLU has made me realize that life is all about the adventure, the journey, and the happiness that comes from those experiences.  I have learned that there is no time to waste but to live in the moment and enjoy the ride.  Not a day goes by where I don’t think about what I will do with my one, wild, and precious life.