As a biomedical laboratory scientist, Pia manages and leads her staff in the collection and analysis of blood samples. She is pictured with the obstetrics book she used while studying for her initial path to become a midwife:
I always had thought that I would become a midwife. I started studying in 2002, and after 2½ years, I found out that my path was not the right thing for me. I had a big crisis because I had always thought it was the way for me. I attended the biomedical laboratory scientist school and was educated in 2009. I think the things I learned about myself and about people at the midwife school have had a lot of meaning of who I am today. I use it in my job as a leader. As a student at the midwife school I met one of my best friends. So all of these things together is why the book is so special for me.”
Pia did not experience feeling like an “outsider” in the community she grew up in.
I lived with Danish parents, we did everything like everybody else – traditions, holidays, activities after school, etc. I had Danish friends that accepted me as who I am, and my black hair was not an issue. I didn’t have any Korean friends – except for my brother! We grew up in a small village and there were no other adoptees. We were just the children of Ole and Lene.”
Pia arrrived in Denmark at 9 weeks old. She has no particular interest in visiting Korea and would rather visit other places if she had the funds.