The beginning of something great

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.

About Roksana Korbi

Roksana Korbi is a sophomore at Caldwell University. She is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. During her free time Roksana volunteers and works. She volunteers on and off campus. She is involved in a variety of clubs at Caldwell University and holds leadership roles as the vice president of the Math Club, and secretary of the Women’s Leadership Initiative club. Roksana aspires to go to medical school and become a physician. During the spring of 2018, she was partnered with Sister Lena Picillo, OP; a Dominican Sister of Caldwell.