Erin Puersten

2016, Engineering

School & Degree:

McMaster University, Engineering

High School/Cegep:

Clarington Central Secondary School

City & Province:

Bowmanville, Ontario

Nominated by:

Bernard Pegutter

What undergraduate program are you enrolled in?




What is your favourite inspirational quote?


“Anyone so complacent as to assume that after a failure he will have another opportunity will seldom make much of a success of his life” -Gichin Funakoshi


What is a little known fact about you?


I am classically trained on the violin and have played with the La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra for 5 years; however I have also played and been recorded for two albums: Inversions by D Michael Harris (look up “Requiem for Septimus Warren Smith” on Youtube!) and Basement by Eleanor Shore.


Why do you make a great Schulich Leader?


I make a great Schulich Leader because I consider every day a new beginning. It doesn’t matter how hard I worked yesterday; today, I must work even harder. I bring this mentality into everything I do so that I can motivate myself and others towards success. I have seen my influence motivating others changing lives around me and that is why I am proud to call myself a Schulich Leader. After all, isn’t the true show of a leader the impact they have on those around them?