Meeting Someone New

Today I interviewed Anna about her view of Earth and I learned a lot about her.

Through the eight questions that I asked, I learned that her favorite place on Earth is Jackson, Wyoming because her family used to visit there every year and she cherishes those memories. I learned that she likes it here on Earth and that she stays alive by using the essentials (eating, drinking water, sleeping) but she also stays alive by she surrounds herself with good people and prioritizes making time for herself sometimes. Going off that, Anna added that she thought the most valuable thing on Earth is, “a strong relationship” or having strong human connections in your life. After thinking about her words, I completely agree. I can’t imagine my life without the people that are in it. Whether it’s my family members that brought me into the world and have helped me grow as a human being the past 21 years, or my friends that I’ve known the past 3 years — the strong connections that we have in our lives continue to keep us alive and help make us who we are, and make Anna who she is.

Going off of what someone shared in class, I think the questions that stemmed the strongest answers and helped to flow conversation better were the questions that we had common answers to. She had asked me a question about what I valued and I mentioned music. We then continued the conversation into what type of music, why that artist, who we’ve seen in concert, and so on. After two minutes of awkwardness, a common connection made the twenty five minutes go by a lot quicker than those first two minutes. I also noticed that for some of the open-ended questions provided, the conversation could turn philosophical or stay straight forward based off the answer by interviewee. It was sometimes difficult to decide where to turn the conversation, until narrowed down to specifics by the interviewer. For example, when asking the question “What is the purpose of this place?”, it was hard to identify if “this place” was Earth, Wisconsin, Marquette, Johnston Hall, or this classroom specifically. After having Anna narrow down that she wanted to talk about the purpose of Marquette, it made the conversation easier.

Overall, I enjoyed this project and learned a lot about asking questions and how easy it can be to figure out follow up questions in the moment rather than beforehand. In addition, I learned that with good conversation, class time can go by very quickly.

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