When Nathalie was matched with Big Sister Susan, she was a shy girl who didn’t engage much with others.
A steadfast presence in her life, Susan encouraged her to make friends and participate in school activities. Nathalie could do “anything in life she wanted to,” her Big Sister told her.
This fall, Nathalie is off to UNC at Chapel Hill, where she plans to work toward becoming a doctor. Nathalie, who graduates from Polk County High School in June, said her Big Sister’s motivation helped her get into college. The two have been matched for 10 years.
“It’s something really special, sharing that bond,” Nathalie said. “Every memory is one I will cherish.”
The two are closer than ever and plan to stay in touch. Susan told her soon-to-be former Little that she is “only a call away.” Nathalie said she can talk to Susan about anything and get advice, feedback, and motivation.
One of Nathalie’s favorite activities over the years has been “just being with her,” Nathalie said. Susan was always open to trying anything her Little Sister wanted to learn, including sewing, knitting, painting, and crocheting. The two have volunteered at the local animal shelter and made things for the residents at their local hospice.
Being a Big is “reliving childhood through someone else’s eyes,” Susan said. She “wishes everyone could have the same experience.”
“BBBSWNC wishes Nathalie the best of luck at college, and hopes Nathalie and Susan enjoy another decade of memories together,” said Tara Scoma, Program Coordinator of BBBS of Polk County.