Marlins of Mercy: Erica D’Souza


Senior Erica D’Souza smiles in the familiar hallways of the building where she has made her closest friends, as well as memories that will stay with her even through college. Photo by Megan Mallie

Senior Erica D’Souza is a motivated Mercy student-athlete. She has specific, although challenging, educational goals for herself.

“I’m considering attending Loyola University in Chicago, Miami Ohio University, Dayton University, Michigan State University, and Grand Valley State University. I want to go] out of state because I just want a new change, and I think it would be fun to be on my own. I like being independent. I just feel like if I was staying in state I wouldn’t be able to do that.

I aspire to study to be a physician’s assistant, partially because my mom is also in the field. She’s a physical therapist, so I’ve always thought about being in the medical field because I want to be like her.

My older siblings have set the bar high for me as the youngest of three, so often I feel I need to meet certain expectations to compare to them, especially when it comes to academics. There’s a little bit of pressure [on me], but it’s ok because they’re also really supportive. [My parents] are supportive too.

My motivation extends beyond academic classes, as I’m involved in Spanish Honors Society and National Honors Society. They’re a little bit of work, but they’re worth it.

I run Mercy cross country and track and field. I started running in fifth grade, and have continued to further my athletic achievements with personal records and a Varsity letter last season. We’re a really tight-knit team, and it’s fun to hang out with them, especially when practices get really hard. My favorite highlight is practices with the team when we’re doing ab [workout] because no matter how hard it is, we’re always trying to make jokes and trying to cheer each other up.”