Following her graduation from York, Pauli Katz ’10 (Poti, Georgia) was awarded a fellowship at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherset, Mass., where her primary job was to capture stories of Yiddish in Jewish History for the Wexler Oral History Project.
Pauli, originally from Somerville, Mass., used the knowledge she gained from her history degree to conduct oral histories with people of all different backgrounds and stages of life.
“Conducting interviews themselves was amazing,” she said. “A person is literally handing you their life and trusting you to share it with the world. It is an honor to be the recipient of such rich life stories.”
Currently, Pauli is an English teacher for Teach and Learn with Georgia in Poti, Georgia, a city on the coast of the Black Sea.
“I am having a great time meeting new people from a culture so different from my own, learning a new language, and getting into the classroom and teaching,” she said. “I am very thankful to have such a job history.”
One of the most important lessons Pauli took with her from York College into the workforce was “how to do it yourself.” She recalls almost every single one of her classes having a focus on research.
“Learning how to research, whether it be finding information from magazines, books or the Internet, was a tool especially valuable during my fellowship,” she said. “I remember looking online for Yiddish classes and materials. Because of the focus on research in my classes at York, I was able to quickly find and present the information in a clear and coherent way to my bosses.”
Pauli encourages students to use everything that York has to offer, to get involved on campus and to have fun.
“The big bad world is not as big or as bad as it may seem, especially when your jumping-off point is as strong as your education from York,” she added.
By Katherine Gentile '12, Office of Communications intern
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