Observing a Phenomenological Interview

I believe that myself, along with the rest of my classmates, felt the tinge of disdain when William Mangrum opened his interview with Gino by questioning him to discuss the experience of his first kiss.  Gino was definitely taken aback by this unprecedented line of questioning, but he rolled with the punches and took it like a champ. The most interesting element of the interview was the way in which Mangrum reacted to Gino’s responses and expanded on them.  He persistently asked if Gino could “take me back to that moment”, or to “reconstruct that experience.”

Mangrum’s purpose was to illustrate how to properly conduct a “phenomenological” interview, as well as to exhibit the line of questioning that is necessary in order for the interviewer to extract honest, raw information from the interviewee.  As Gino displayed, the interpretation of events can vary as questioning progresses, which is why it is necessary to continue to dig during the process of questioning.  I found it valuable to witness first-hand the process of conducting a “phenomenological” interview.

Why Environmental Studies?

Global population is currently projected at approximately 7 billion people, and is predicted to increase to up to nearly 10 billion people by 2050.  Society must adopt alternative resources and ways of living in order to sustain a population of this size without depleting our natural resources.  One of many unfortunate necessities which will accompany the exponential increasing of the global population includes the implementation of mass production of goods and services.  I have always found the mass production of food to be a disturbing and unethical process, so this has been a passionate concern for me since I could remember.  It wasn’t until my last year of high school that I realized I could actively pursue the issue of future sustainability in the face of an exponentially increasing population.

I also didn’t realize the relevance of studying the environment and its applicability to a slew of successful fields and jobs until I chose to major in environmental studies here at Fort Lewis College.  I figured, what better place than Durango to study the environment?  I’m comforted by the idea that I may be useful to society in some way, even if it’s small.  Studying this topic enables me to recognize the urgency of resource availability and management, as well as to identify possible solutions for these issues.

The prime element of the environmental studies program here at FLC is that the material is broad and offers scholars a general understanding of every aspect of environmental studies.  I’m currently enrolled in an Environmental Policy course, in which my professor informed us that the Environmental Studies program here is fairly new, and has expanded rapidly since it was implemented.  I don’t find this quite surprising, given that, in general, the environmental field has recently drawn mass attention.  Perhaps I’m not the only one who holds an affinity towards nature and our environment, and who wishes to ensure that our future generations have a thriving world in which to live.