"I've always been interested in genetics and diseases of the brain. During my senior year in high school, I took an AP biology course and we did a unit on the central nervous system and the brain. That's when I made up my mind to do something that involved the brain and diseases.
When it came time to pick a major, I knew it would be something science-related. I’ve always wanted to help people, but I knew I didn't want to be a doctor, so I figured being a nurse practitioner was the next best thing. I plan to get a master's degree in nursing. After that, I'll specialize in neuroscience. I might narrow it down even more and specialize in cognitive diseases.
At UT Dallas, you get more time with your professors. There's a reputation for excellent academics, so I knew coming here I could challenge myself and get a lot of opportunities to do research. I also like that I've been able to take a lot of different classes from various majors and challenge myself academically.
I met a lot of people through freshman orientation, living in the Residence Hall, and through classes. UT Dallas has a calm atmosphere and everyone is pretty friendly, so making friends hasn't been hard.
My favorite experiences would probably be all the fun activities on campus. Things like watching the volleyball and basketball teams play, the crawfish boils, events with free food—they've been great ways to meet people."
Outside of classes in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Erica Adams is a student worker in the Office of Business Affairs. In that role, she's learned a lot about the University and how its offices and departments work together.