This week was the first time that I have ever attempted to interview a person for a project. Going into it I had plenty of good ideas, but one in particular stood out to me. The one I had in mind had a lot of potential because it involved kids and that could have been very visually appealing. To get things rolling I contacted the necessary people and this turned into phone tag between the company and I. During our phone conversations I let them know I was on a deadline, but they were unsure that I could be accommodated by the time I had to turn my first project in.
This instantly stressed me out, and my brain was reeling for ideas so I could complete the project by my deadline. After a day of thinking I came up with the brilliant idea of interviewing my bus driver who is a nice guy, but the only problem was that I had never really talked to him. As I got off the bus I asked him if he would be interested in helping me out on my half-semester project, and thank goodness for my sanity he said he would be glad to help. So I set a meeting time with him and set off to get my audio kit.
I met my bus driver and started the interview without any problems and to my knowledge everything was going smoothly, I look down at the recorder and it had been recording for 4 minutes before the interview was finished…success! I immediately go into my car and put my SD card into my laptop to admire my work. The first thing I read was error no data found. I can confidently say there is no worse feeling than knowing something you had worked so hard to get was not where it was supposed to be. After about 10-15 minutes of angrily looking through the recorder I eventually stumbled upon the files that held my interview.
After reflecting for a while that all the anxiety and stress that I was feeling was what this program is all about. These projects are supposed to get us out of our comfort zone, and that is exactly what is happening. Mizzou is preparing us for what we are going to encounter outside of school and this learning is infintely more helpful than any text book could ever be. For all these reasons I am proud to be apart of this school and program.