When I first saw the email about the SisterStory project, I was very excited. I applied within 10 minutes after it was sent out. I did not know much about the Catholic faith. The only knowledge I had came from my friends who identify as Catholic.
I was always confused between the concept of a sister and a nun. I never knew the true meaning of these words until our SisterStory orientation day. During the orientation, I learned much more about the project and Catholic Sisters. I was excited to receive a detailed tour of the Mother House. I never knew what it looked like on the inside. It was fascinating learning about the history of every room in the house.
During orientation we participated in a "speed dating" activity. I had a chance to speak to each sister for seven minutes. At first I was very nervous, but then I realized this activity was much more fun than I had expected.
I was paired with Sister Lena. Sister Lena and I had a very warm conversation during those seven minutes. I felt very comfortable talking to her, and I am looking forward to establishing a stronger bond. I am very excited for my first meeting with her, which will be in two weeks.
We also received an article called “Doing Oral History” during orientation. I will use the tips from this article while conducting the interview. I will familiarize myself with the questions for the interview and I will make sure sister Lena is comfortable as well.
I was very nervous about the interview, but after reading the article, almost all my questions have been answered, and now I feel better about it. I believe this project is going to be very rewarding for me. I am looking forward to creating a new friendship and gaining a greater awareness of the Dominican sisters.