When I moved to New York from DC in August to begin my second year as a Loretto Volunteer, I knew I would have to jump in right away. I only had a couple of weeks to orient myself in the vast sea of work that Loretto does at the UN before the wave of high-level events, presidents, celebrities, marches and meetings crashed over the UN, marking the beginning of a new session of the General Assembly.
Luckily, I have previous experience both with Loretto and the UN, which helped to ease my transition. During my first year as a Loretto Volunteer in Washington DC, I was infused with the Loretto values through my Junia House community, my work and my encounters with Loretto sisters, co-members and friends. My college Diplomacy and World Affairs classes and the semester I spent working at the Mission of Malta to the United Nations gave me the technical understanding I needed of the structure and day-to-day workings of the United Nations. Together, these experiences helped me to feel adequately prepared for the work ahead.