Helping Out With a Thesis- Catherine’s Service Reflection

This year, for some of my service credit, I helped a master’s student with her thesis by transcribing interviews between mothers and daughters. As her thesis for an MFA program, a friend of mine was using interviews to explore the relationship between mothers, daughters, and grandmothers and write a series of ten short narrative non-fiction stories. Each interview was about an hour long, and each had to be transcribed exactly, including mispronunciations and colloquialisms that aren’t usually written down. There were eleven interviews overall. Since each took about two and a half hours to transcribe, my friend certainly needed any help she could get! I especially liked this service experience because I got to see how different people’s stories could be preserved through someone else’s art, and how writing can connect members of a community together.

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