Girls Best Friend Erica Cho is our next beauty. First take a look at the great fashion photo’s Erica submitted. Then please read her bio. I don’t want to gush too much but she is an inspiration and I am overwhelmed with pride to name Erica Cho our next Girls Best Friend Beauty.
Get inspired by Erica’s inspirational bio
For myself, my personal successes include getting into a career and also leaving that career.
I graduated from Emory University with a degree in psychology. I had always wanted to work with children, but I started to pinpoint patterns in my life that showed my interest in teaching. I packed up and left my hometown of Atlanta, GA to teach English in Korea and learn more about my culture.
When I returned to the States, I was determined to start a new life in a new city. That city was Los Angeles. One of the amazing things I decided to do while in LA was to go on a mission trip to Krygyzstan and start a women’s support group for victims of abuse. I returned to LA, and while working, I also worked toward getting into an education program to get certified as a teacher. I was so grateful and happy when I was accepted into both UCLA and USC. I was a bit scared to return to school and making that commitment to actually have a career.
I ended up teaching middle school for 2 years near downtown LA. It was such a challenging, yet fulfilling experience. I look back on it now and am still shocked that I was able to balance grad school work and lesson planning. I felt successful in my career every time a student showed interest in learning or when the classroom was buzzing with talk that was actually about our lesson. Or when a student would come to school from the weekend and mention how he/she applied what we learned in class to the real world.
In 2009, due to budget cuts, most of the teachers at my school were let go. I was one of them. We could have returned as substitute teachers. Many found jobs at other schools, and some people took the year off for travel. I took it as a sign to move to this big city (NYC, baby!) and try things I’ve only dreamed of…I left a practical career to pursue the complete crazy. I moved to NY with goals of acting and hosting. And now that I’ve been here two years, I can say I have done both. And the uncertainty in this industry has been the most difficult. But I am proud of what I’ve done so far and only hope to be patient, work harder, and enjoy more accomplishments.