Ronan Marshall

Oral History Interview Reflection:

  1. In conducting my oral history interview, I learned that setting it up can be the most challenging. Finding a date, time, and method of communication can be the hardest obstacle to overcome. I found the part that was most enjoyable was learning new information about someone.
  2. One thing that I learned about this topic is how for some people, COVID has gotten them out of the house and even socialized more. My interviewee told me that he was walking seven miles with his wife and even meeting people outside.
  3. Conducting an oral history felt fascinating. I had to dig deep inside my head to find questions that I felt were appropriate. The answers I got were even more interesting. Hearing form someone so high up in the baseball ladder felt like a once in a lifetime experience.
  4. Recommendations I have are to not have a pre-selected topic. Instead, students should think of the topic themselves and submit to the instructor by a deadline for approval. This will allow for more varied interviews and different perspectives on all corners of life.
  5. In preparing for this assignment, make sure you have everything planned out in advance. Get verbal/written confirmation for your interview subject about everything. That includes a date, time, consent form, etc.


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