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Student of the Month: Lois Yoo

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

Lois Yoo is a rising 3rd-year M.Div. student at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in South Korea. She loves music – especially jazz – and likes to play piano in her free time. Her other hobbies are drawing, cooking, going to the lakes, and traveling with her family.

What are you studying and why? How will you use that in your call?

I am studying Master of Divinity because I’m interested in ministry, and I want to discern where my joy and gifts meet with the ministry. I’m also pursuing Certificate programs in Christian Education and Methodist/Wesleyan Studies. It isn’t easy to narrow down my vocational interests, but mainly, I’m interested in writing a Christian curriculum and doing music ministry. I am also interested in other areas, such as psychology, counseling, and ethics, and I am open to exploring various ministry fields where I could hopefully find ways to integrate them. Overall, my hope is to help people in their journey of practicing faith through engaging activities in an educational setting.

What have you learned from your leadership experiences? What student activities have you been involved in?

I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to work for the Asian House of Studies at Duke Divinity School. Although I’ve been only a small part of the behind-the-scenes, it’s been wonderful to be part of the discussion of sharing hopes and visions for the Asian community at DDS. I’ve also learned about the diversity among the Asian students/staff/faculties and the inexplicable mystery of how the community serves to heal and support one another despite the different backgrounds.

How would you describe yourself?

I enjoy expressing and communicating through arts, especially creative writing and music. Other than for ministry, I hope to publish children’s books one day!

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