Photos by Erin Yoo | By Abi Isa Lee | May 27, 2022
We're excited to share a new interview with a registered nurse (RN) Erin Yoo!
Growing up, Erin aspired to be a teacher to provide children with a solid educational foundation and the motivation they need to persevere and succeed in their endeavors. Her early aspiration took a different road, but she's finally fulfilling her lifelong passion of helping others by becoming a nurse.
Continue reading to find out why she decided to return to school for a nursing degree in her 30s and what motivates her to keep going.
Crafts-Women: Before we dive in if you're given only three words to describe yourself, what would those be?
Erin Yoo: Quiet, caring, introverted
CW: I like that! So tell us a little more about yourself. Where did you grow up? What were you like when you were a kid? Were you fighting the Dark Lord, filling the wall with colorful drawings, or building a fort with blankets? What are some of the childhood memories that you still remember?
EY: Hi! My name is Erin, and I am a Registered Nurse working in the Cancer Center unit of a Dallas-area acute care hospital. I'm also a hobbyist home baker exploring my newfound passion for making sweet treats. I use a bit of creativity to share the laughter with my patients at work and bake delicious desserts at home.
I grew up in Seoul, Korea, and moved to Dallas, Texas with my family when I was in my early teenage years. I was a very quiet kid who blended in with the crowd. I was one of those slow to warm up kinds of kids and still am. I was always cautious and needed more time to feel safe in unfamiliar situations, but I became active and sociable once I felt comfortable with my closest friends. I remember enjoying running around, playing hide and seek, and dodgeball with friends.
CW: Do you ever miss the days when you had hundreds of things on your “I want to be” list? If you would narrow it down to a few, what were some of the most memorable dreams you had?
EY: Just like all of the children who are the greatest dreamers, I once dreamt about becoming a famous dancer. Though I believed I was talented in the dance department, I am not.
If being a famous dancer was more of a fantasy dream as a child, I had a passion to become a teacher growing up. Before deciding to become a nurse, I had hoped to get a degree in Childhood Development and work as a teacher.