When I first applied to the SisterStory Program, I was highly intrigued yet confused. Most of my friends applied to be a part of this program, so I decided I wanted to get involved as well.
On the first day, we got to meet all the sisters who are part of the program. I was extremely nervous because I am a shy person and I did not not how to approach the sisters. Adding to my uncertainty was the fact that I had never met a nun before. I come from a completely different religious background, therefore I was a bit intimidated. Most of the girls who are part of the program follow the same religion as the sisters, so I felt like an outsider.
A couple hours later, I was assigned to Sister Eleanor. I felt extremely excited to be working with her because I felt that she and I had connected the most. What really drew me to Sister Eleanor was her intelligence. Sister Eleanor is a very dedicated, intelligent women. She went into ministry at such a young age and completed her degree at the same time. I can barely juggle a part-time job and school. It amazes me the level of dedication she puts into her faith.
Although she and I believe in different faiths, we can still see each other as just ordinary humans. We do not need to put a title on each other -- "Oh, she is a Muslim, while I am a Catholic nun." To me, she is Sister El -- a friend and an inspiration.
I am so grateful I embarked on this beautiful project. I got to learn about another faith and be inspired by someone. Sister El is the sweetest person. She is always by my side, congratulating me when I reach my goals. If it were not for this project, I would have never made a new friend!