I am an international student from Poland, and before I came to Minnesota, I knew I would have to have a job on campus, however, I did not expect to work as an oral historian! I like history, but I have never expected to be working as a historian, and especially that I would have to interview a Catholic sister. It is something almost unbelievable to do in Poland, and I was a little scared at the beginning.
But when I met Sister Suzanne, I thought to myself that this is not going to be as hard as I thought.
The first meeting with my boss and all the other people working on this project was overwhelming. It was my second week in Minnesota, third in the U.S., and I had this weird feeling that I would not manage to do any of the things that were expected.
When I went back to my room and started looking on the Internet about this program, I felt excitement. Of course, there was this tiny feeling of doubt -- am I really able to do that? There will be thousands of people watching my work! Then I remembered this saying that you have to catch the bull by its horns and do things that you thought are almost impossible. I am a person who, when given the opportunity, uses all that is in her power to make the best of the experience. I fought very hard to get the scholarship and study here, and I will definitely not stop just at it. This is a great opportunity for me to get to know more people, interesting people and learn how to talk with them. Since my major is psychology this is a great occasion for me to practice my people skills.
When I met Sister Suzanne, it was like a destiny. She is one of the nicest and most interesting people I have met. I got to know her roommate, also a Catholic sister, and both of them are very intriguing. Since the very beginning, Sister Suzanne and I had the feeling that we understand each other very well. She also got super excited when she found out I am from Poland because her grandparents were Polish immigrants. Unfortunately, we have met just once so far because she is a very busy person, but the time we spent together was a blast. We have planned another visit for later in October, and it is going to be almost half a day, so we can catch up a little. I cannot wait to meet with her. I want to know more about her and her life.
Until the next time!