Interviewing Alondra Campos was a fun experience for me because she is a Journalism major herself and has interviewed me in the past herself for the newspaper and La Verne magazine. It felt more intimidating and I was really sad that our interview couldn't go longer because she expressed that she couldn’t go longer than 30 minutes because she had other work to do that day. I think only having 30 minutes on the clock made me evaluate what it was that I wanted to ask most importantly to cover her La Verne experience best. I think not having the added stress of typing a transcript made this interview seem significantly more pleasant in my mind because I have not associated it with hours of typing and I think I still gained just as much from my experience being able to talk to her and get perspective. After the interview she said it best when she talked about how she's never on the receiving end of an interview to be able to tell her story and I think that's why interviewing her was important to document. I think of all of my interviews Alondra despite getting interviewed for Latino student Forum had the least amount to do with race and diversity and inclusivity because she focused on other topics like her involvement and work and education. I think her focus on understanding involvement was similar to Carina’s because of how she talked about how getting involved can give you belonging and a family and great networking opportunities. I think that is one take away all of my interviews have taught me and shown me why getting involved is so important and how this can be just as important as other community engagement opportunities.
My interview with Carina Baca was very informative and I think very important for oral history because of her unique perspective living on campus as a Resident Assistant during this global pandemic. Getting to question her about the schools precautions and protocols was different from any other interview I got to conduct and I am really happy that information about what it was like living on campus when it was closed will be archived to look back on in the future. I think overall from Carina’s interview I saw this theme of involvement and how to create your own sense of belonging on campus especially as a student who was coming from a different state like Oregon. Discussing how she felt like transferring after her first semester really showed the importance of getting involved because it showed how joining clubs can help with making friends and making the most of the college experience. I think technical wise something that I gained from giving this interview was understanding that when it comes to asking questions how important it is to limit the question to one so that it doesn't get confusing. I think something that I struggled with for this interview was asking too long of a question and having to rephrase and I learned that it is best to just split them into individual questions. I think I would also like to clarify that it's important to have a quiet environment if possible because I found out afterwards that she had her friends in the room and that's why she also had to keep asking the question over because she said they were making funny faces in the back distracting her. Overall I am really glad I got to interview Carina and get an idea about her experiences dealing with being on campus and school altogether and I am glad to have had the opportunity to get this insight.
Interviewing Citlally Grande was a great addition to my understanding of individual differences between people who might be in the same demographic as me. In previous interviews I often found myself agreeing with some of the experiences of those like myself as Hispanic women of color who are also First Generation but I think this interview helped to show me that despite the many similarities we might face going to the same school we can all have different perspectives and experiences that will not be the same. Differences that I saw for me as being relevant was her perspective on financial aid and how paying $500 was not a big deal. Also in regards to just overall thinking the school was doing a pretty good job at addressing diversity and inclusivity and giving resources to students of color, I found myself having a lot more criticisms that I realized are based on my own negative experiences that have given me the mindset to have that perspective. I think it helped to show me that just because I have had negative experiences and may think something that it doesn't necessarily boil over to anyone else who may be Latinx and First Gen. Technical issues wise I think of all of my interviews this was one that seemed at the time like it was pretty well off because we did not have any issues with batteries dying or not being able to hear. I was surprised that when listening to the video from my transcript writing that there were multiple points in the audio where her voice breaks away and becomes indiscernible and I think it highlights one of the negatives of interviews online not always being reliable with connection and clarity. I think overall I was glad to be able to get a perspective like Citlaly’s who have had positive experiences and still have their own unique experiences as a student from the Bay area.
After having interviewed Amanda Ontiveras on a variety of topics from life as a First Generation Latinx student to financial concerns for herself and brother who is now a University of La Verne student I learned a lot about how similar concerns can be for people in the same demographic. Being a Latinx First Generation student myself I found myself agreeing with a lot of the perspectives that Amanda was sharing and feeling better knowing that my feelings are not singular. Ultimately the theme that I saw come from this interview was through our ongoing discussion about what the University of La Verne can do to make things more open and beneficial for students of colors especially during a pandemic. I think when talking about BLM and the schools response only when it was popular and expected to how they are failing to be financially supportive by acknowledging student financial concerns I was interested in how the conversation switched to real life concerns students are having in the midst of a global pandemic. I think it shows a great example of some of the issues students in 2020 were dealing with and how different clubs and even professors have been adapting to changes like going online. Technical wise I think I learned some fundamentals to online prepping like making sure any issues with the microphone and battery are dealt with before the record button is hit. Having to deal with Amanda's computer dying halfway through the interview and our sounds overlapping I think are issues that could have been prevented had I worked on them previously or talked to Amanda about it before starting. Overall though, I am grateful for the experience and its impact on making me understand these institutional problems for students of color.
Interviewing Dexter Sapien I felt I learned how different an individual's experience at the University of La Verne can be when you have such different majors and how certain things you may really like at the school can be completely different for someone else. Emotionally I felt I was impacted most heavily by Dexter's insight on police presence at the University of La Verne and how different experiences can be for men than thinking about my own experiences with them. I think about my own experiences as a woman struggling with feeling safe on campus my freshman year because of threats and how I relied on the school's security to walk me back to my dorm after my 10 pm class because I felt better that way. In comparison Dexter's feelings that ULV does not have a very strong control over their safety procedures helped me realize the contrasts in experiences and how that makes a difference. Then looking at Dexter's answers to how he grew up economically and where, I felt similarly about the effects that lifestyle has on going to the University of La Verne and feeling that change in the communities we lived in. I felt that a theme I saw emerge from the interview was in regards to the stem program and how that affects experiences, from not being too heavily involved in politics, online learning, and even within the honors program experience, a realm I always loved as a student in Education but now understand in a different perspective. I think that difference in majors is where my interview compared to his made the difference, because when questioned about politics and honors I had very different ideas when it came to involvement and positive feelings. Overall I feel I learned a lot about the difficulty of remembering everything to say and do in an interview and am excited for more experiences in the course.