Long Island Lutheran Graduate Credits School for Career Success
Former student discusses how her education at LuHi prepared her for college and a career.
Brookville, NY (PRUnderground) July 16th, 2015
Like many former LuHi students, 2009 graduate Erica Pincus is achieving career success, thanks to the excellent foundation of her LuHi education.
“Exploring new ideas was important to me in this very supportive community,” says Erica, who attended Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School from 6th grade through graduation. “I learned so much from the LuHi teachers, as well as the other students. In my first year of college, writing my first paper, I remember thinking, ‘Thank goodness for LuHi.’ I remember thinking about how grateful I was for my time at LuHi. I felt very prepared.”
Following LuHi, Erica studied Science, Technology and International Affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2013.
“I became interested in science and innovation policy and decided to study the dynamics of how that works,” Erica says. For her honors thesis, she wrote an original narrative on the history and evolution of the role of the Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. A condensed version of the paper was published in December 2014 in Science and Diplomacy, a quarterly publication of the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy.
After graduating from Georgetown, Erica joined Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Practice, where she has worked as an Analyst for the past two years. Her job involves providing advisory services to government clients.
At Deloitte, Erica has been very involved with D2international, a fellowship program that connects Analysts and Consultants with high-potential NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and social enterprises abroad. She says there are two main aspects to the program: supporting the organizations and helping them develop solutions to the challenges they are facing; and facilitating professional development of the fellows.
As a D2international Fellow, Erica supported a social enterprise in Bosnia and Herzegovina that aims to combat youth unemployment and create an economically and socially strong country.
“Two out of every three young people there are unemployed,” she says. “We provided capacity building services to help the organization build out plans to make their ten-year strategy a reality, and co-hosted an innovation tournament for Bosnian youth.”
This year, Erica is on the fellowship leadership team, working with a civic engagement organization in Jordan. She traveled to Amman in March, and is preparing to return with the Fellows in August.
Erica’s promise was evident during her LuHi years. She was active in student government and served as student-body president in her senior year.
“That was a great experience,” she says. “It continued to show me the importance of building community and the power that can have in shaping your experience.”
Erica was also involved in community service as a LuHi student. She participated in three mission trips to Mexico, and was an active member of the Peace Group, a service club that helps fulfill LuHi’s mission of educating students in mind, body and spirit.
“LuHi has an emphasis on community involvement and social justice—if there’s a problem in your community, you should get involved to address it,” she says. “That perspective helped shape who I am today.”
At LuHi, Erica says, “there is a commitment not just to learning but to service. LuHi takes seriously its vision of developing compassionate and educated leaders for the future.”
Erica is well on her way to becoming just that.
About Long Island Lutheran
Located on two campuses along the north shore of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island Lutheran is a leader in Christ-centered education. Serving more than 800 students from 2-year olds through Grade 12, Long Island Lutheran schools aim to provide students with the academic, social, and spiritual learning experiences that will shape them into responsible global citizens.