Caroline: In New Orleans
This field work term has been the most stressful I’ve had, by far. It’s shown me both how difficult it can be to access certain people and how warm and open many individuals are. Few of my interviewees hesitated to welcome me into their homes and most made sure I had some kind of drink in my hand. I spent more time than I thought I would chatting about anything and everything on porches around the city, pleasant follow ups to the more formal conversations had in the presence of a recorder. I am coming away from this winter term with a better sense of my academic interests, my city, and myself. I’ve done more internal reflection than I expected and have found that to be just as enriching as the project itself. With one week left there’s still much to do, but I am looking forward to tying those strings together and returning to Bennington for my final semester. I do feel a strange sense of sadness about coming to the end of the interviews and conversations this project has facilitated – it has allowed me to glimpse into the homes and worldviews of my fellow New Orleanians, something that has been truly fascinating.