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Recording Your Story

Set up an interview

Schedule an interview with the Parkside Archives by clicking below. You will be directed to choose a date and time.

Add a photo to your interview!

You'll have the option to submit a photograph at the end of the interview. It can by just yourself, with your interview partner, a family member, friend, or your pet! You can submit your own, or we can take one of you if you're on a Zoom call. It can really complement the audio recording.

Prepping for your interview

  • Do you have an experience you want to share? Let us know when you make the appointment!

  • Interviews can last from 5-30 minutes. It's completely up to you.

  • These interviews will be conducted online using Zoom. If you need help with finding a quiet place to conduct the interview, please let us know and we will work with you.

Interview Question Inspirations

  • Where did you live during the pandemic? Did that change? What was the experience like?

  • Did you as a student drop or add classes to be either fully onsite or online?

  • What were the best and worst parts of the online or onsite-during-a-pandemic class experience?

  • How were music, science, theatre, and other onsite classes changed to accommodate COVID-19 protocols?

  • Were you afraid to be onsite, despite distancing protocols?

  • Did you lead or attend student activities or student organization events? Describe your experience.

  • Did you start at Parkside or graduate during the pandemic? Describe that experience. How did your plans change?

  • Did you contract the virus? How did you find out? Can you tell us about the experience?

  • Were you considered an essential worker? How did that feel?

  • Did you work with the public? Were people respectful?

  • Were you a front-line worker? Can you talk about your experiences with that?

  • Did you keep your job? Were your hours reduced? Were you furloughed? How long? How was that experience?

  • Did you work on the Parkside campus?

  • If you are an instructor, how was that experience?

  • Did you work from home? How did you manage that?

  • How do you feel about the various shutdowns and mask mandates? Were your feelings similar or different than your family/friends/coworkers?

  • What was the most frustrating part of daily life?

  • Did you join any protests regarding mandates or other provisions such as remote schooling? Describe the experience?

  • Where did you get your information about the pandemic, vaccines, or other health protocols?

  • How did the pandemic intersect with other crises of 2020 and 2021, such as the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests?

  • Did climate crises occurring during the pandemic add to you level of stress? In what ways? 

  • Do you have children at home?
  • What were their school and daycare situations before and during the pandemic? How did that impact home and work life?
  • Did they attend school remotely? What was that like?
  • Did you want them to attend remotely or would you have preferred in-person instruction?
  • Did you change your shopping practices during the pandemic? Did you experience hoarding or shortages? Did shopping practices evolve as the rates of infection role or fell? How?
  • Did your cooking practices change?
  • Do you think of any books or films as getting you through the pandemic and times of stay-at-home orders?
  • Did you increase online subscriptions to streaming services?
  • How did you recreate, relax, and socialize despite restrictions?

  • Did you feel tempted or pressured to circumvent distance and isolation protocols to connect to people? How did you resolve this?

  • Did you eat outside your home during the pandemic? Under what circumstances?

  • Did you or your household take up new hobbies?

  • Did your use of parks and outdoor recreational opportunities increase?

  • Did  you make online video calls to friends and relatives? How was that experience?

  • How did you celebrate important days and holidays?

  • What did you miss most?

  • Were you lonely?

If you are unsure of which questions to choose, you can select our standard list of five questions. Choose from a list of questions for students, faculty and staff!

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