When the work is behind you

Sister Verona and I recorded our interview a couple weeks ago, and since then, it seems like she and I have both breathed a big sigh of relief. Our nervousness about how the interview would go seemed to hang over our heads for the first half of the class, but now that it’s finished and it’s turned out well, we can focus more on just talking and relaxing when we meet.

After the recording, Sister Verona mentioned to me that she was nervous at the beginning, but that I did a good job of making her feel comfortable in front of the camera and in front of my partner, who made sure the technology cooperated during the interview. That made me feel so happy and relieved. The last thing I would want is for her to be uncomfortable, and I’m so glad I was able to make the interview easy for her.

Now when we meet, instead of talking about things that would be important for me to know before the interview, we can talk about whatever we want and ask whatever we want to know about each other. I have loved the experience of getting to know Sister Verona, and I did enjoy the interviewing process, but now I’m just excited to continue to become closer with her as a friend instead of as an interviewee.

About Erin Dwan

Erin Dwan is a junior majoring in English Literature and Community Leadership and Minoring in Women’s Studies at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. She is an intern in AQ’s Women’s Studies Center and a consultant in their Writing Center. After she graduates, Erin hopes to work in the nonprofit field and plant a garden in her yard. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, baking, and skiing. Erin is excited to learn more about the Sister she was paired with, Sister Verona Wangler, OP, and hopes to learn more about religious life throughout the course of the project. During the Spring of 2019 she was paired with Sister Verona Wangler, OP; a Grand Rapids Dominican Sister.