You have met with your mentors and, for each of you, the experience was rewarding! I knew this would be the case because all of the women elders are interesting women with compelling stories, and they WANT to share their stories with you. You now realize that your fears about the first interview were unwarranted. The women "take charge."
Courtney is scheduled for her third interview and actually thinks that she might want to conduct more than the required number? Her journal notes are impressive! Did you notice that she turned to specific pages in her journal when she was sharing in Thursday's seminar.
I single Courtney out for comment mainly because, if you will recall, Courtney was vocally and visibly anxious about the first interview. She is now comfortable with the relationship and anxious to go beyond the required number of interviews.
Ann, Cornelia, Jana, Rachel, and Tusday also had very positive experiences with their mentors and, like Courtney, they have become enthusiastic interviewers.
Remember how nervous Rakiyah was in Thursday's seminar? You MUST hear her story about her first interview. It was wonderful!!! In fact, the experience was so special that Rakiyah forgot I needed to pick her up at 3:15 in order to have time to return her to Spelman to take Sharon to her first interview.
What about Sharon's experience? Again, the story is one of immediate bonding. "One hour is not enough time," Sharon's mentor said to me when I returned at the set departure time.
Did we not say early in the semester that the women want to share their stories?
Megan will find that to be the case when she goes for her first interview today at 2:30 and Alessandra, when her mentor comes to her at 4:00.
Only Myiedra and Shanelle have not conducted interviews, but they are scheduled to do so this coming week.
All's well in SIS because you are in SIS and because remarkable Women of Wisdom have agreed to tell you their stories.
I value you.