Interview Response

I interviewed Barbara Carson on Tuesday. I did some preparation the night before and was pretty confident in my ability to keep the interview going as I went into class. I was the last person to interview Mrs. Carson, and as my classmates talked to her I became more and more impressed by her experience and confidence to the point that when it was my turn to interview her, I was completely intimidated by her. I went through my questions one by one, but I was so afraid of sounding stupid or obnoxious at any point in the interview. I kept thinking about the one transcript a classmate had mentioned where the interviewer made several blunders in followup questions and the interviewee laughed at her. I learned that I need to go into the interviews with much more confidence and perhaps be more concerned with getting information and creating a connection than the possibility of bugging the interviewee. I will probably be interviewing old Meridian staff members and perhaps even administration such as Mark Constantine, people that will be even more intimidating, so I definitely need to work on my confidence during interviews. I hope that the peer interview will be helpful for that.


The Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia. By conducting oral history interviews, building physical and digital archives, and creating online exhibits, the WDP interprets Williamsburg’s recent past. The WDP works towards developing a better understanding of Williamsburg by bringing together individuals, local groups, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary.

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