Social Work and Social Services students tell their story
Three first-year students in Social Work and Social Services will tell their story during the Writers Unlimited Festival in Theater Dakota on Saturday. The students have been assigned to tell their story as based on an object symbolising a change in their life. No problem for Paulina Palka and Olesia Nemisj, both of whom told us about how they ended up in the Netherlands.
Paulina Palka: ‘I could just as easily have grown up there…’
‘Nineteen years ago, my mother and I moved from Poland to the Netherlands because she had met a Dutchman. When I arrived, my step-grandmother gave me a hug. To me, that hug represented my new life. I was once a country girl in Poland, and now I live in a city in the Netherlands. I still visit my family in Poland
and sometimes it crosses my mind that I could just as easily have grown up there… So I’m glad I wound up in the Netherlands. What do I expect will happen on Saturday? Well, fortunately I’m not that nervous, but I’m really interested in the stories other people will tell and curious about what it will be like to have such an audience.
Olesia Nemisj: ‘My ID card is more than just a document’
‘My story is also about how I moved to the Netherlands. It was only three years ago that I moved here from Ukraine.
My Dutch ID card plays a key role in my story. To me, my ID card is more than just a document: it stands for a huge change in my life. I’m now living in a world that’s very different to where I came from, and I’ve just started my degree programme.
I think telling my story on Saturday will be a really exciting experience! I’ve always been afraid of speaking to a large group of people, though, so I’m a bit nervous about it. After all, I won’t even know some of them at all.’
If you’d like to hear these students’ stories, come to Theater Dakota on Saturday, 21 January where they will be speaking from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.