‘Do you remember the first person you met at UOW?’ Long pauses often followed this question; whilst other responses were instantaneous as the memory lit up behind the interviewee’s eyes. A number of lasting friends and lost acquaintances were mentioned, although some interviewees couldn’t even remember who this person was. One individual was so focused on his studies that he was yet to really connect with anyone at uni. But no matter what, each answer captured a glimpse of the person’s life at uni, and the connections that they have made through it.
Ellena Gewargis just started her first year at UOW to study journalism and creative writing. Right in her element, this avid writer dreams of one day becoming an author. Without forgoing this passion, Ellena also looked at her future in the long term, and decided to pick up journalism. She has no regrets; the course has in fact opened her up to opportunities of linking creative writing to journalism; the heart of both practices pumped by the desire to tell stories. And here at UOW Ellena is creating her own story, as she makes new friends and experiences uni life to the full.
Hypothetical questions are arguably the most dreaded of them all. They put our imaginations on the spot. It might even feel like the question is demanding for a funny, insightful or all-round glorious answer. However, once people stop worrying about having to avoid the cliché, they open up. They are able to articulate their thoughts to the question put to them. It is interesting to witness how interviewees connected the hypothetical to an aspect of their uni life, in this case picking their dream lecture. From the lighthearted to inspirational, each response revealed the process different students go through when it comes to connecting different ideas.