This is the unedited interview with Eunjoo Choi. Here she discusses some of the differences between student culture in America and South Korea.
Over the summer I interviewed a lot of people for my internship with the Powder River Basin Resource Council. I always found these interviews to be exciting, because you get to meet new people, hear their stories, and let them do the talking. All I had to do, was ask insightful questions and take good notes. Never before had I used a recording device to preserve the interviews, because I knew that I wouldn’t want to go back and listen to the entire thing again. I just made sure that my notes were detailed enough.
I have found that people are generally pretty eager to talk about themselves, their beliefs and their experiences. Rarely did I ever have an issue with getting my interviewees to talk in the past. Eunjoo had a lot of insightful things to say about the differences between students in Wyoming, versus students in her hometown of Seoul, South Korea. We each practiced our interview a little bit before recording, making sure that we covered all aspects of the assignment. She was very worried about her English speaking skills, but I assured her, it was far better than my Korean would ever be.
It was a weird feeling for me to be interviewed though, because I am used to being the one asking questions. I already had an idea of the things I wanted to say, and it was topic that I was familiar with, so I felt that the information I had was well versed. Eunjoo is an enjoyable person to talk to, so the interview went very smoothly for the both of us.
Having completed both interviews fairly smoothly, I’m not sure what I would have done differently. We both tried to test the sound quality through our earphones, as was suggested in the assignment, but we found that with the headphones plugged in, we could not record audio. I used my low-grade, Wal-mart trac-phone to record the interview, and it did a pretty good job. I have used this device in the past to record brief music lines to learn later, or to preserve and memorize. The technology available today that just sits in our pockets is pretty amazing.