I’ve had the opportunity to interview some different people this semester, and let me just say that going into this class I never pictured myself conducting interviews, and I had no idea how much work goes into an interview. I experimented with this mode for my third experiment, and I soon after decided it was an essential part of my final project. I did some preliminary research and prep, and I went into my first interview. It went nothing like I expected. But, somehow, it turned out even better than I had hoped. I had gone into the first interview with expectations of how the whole thing would go, and literally right after I asked the first question, I forgot the entire structural plans and just had a conversation. Sure, this convo was led by my previous research, but it felt like an almost impossible environment to ask mechanical, premade questions. I found myself listening, truly listening, to what my subject had to say, which led the entire discussion. After the interview, I looked back over my initial structure of the interview and kind of freaked out since I hadn’t followed it that closely. When I wrote the article however, it felt much more natural and real than expected, and I was so thankful I didn’t direct the conversation too much. Letting go of this control as an interviewer was difficult to justify at first, but I truly think it made a huge, positive difference for my article. I was able to incorporate more freely moving interviews with my two other subjects at a later point, and having these authentic conversations not only helped me as a writer but as a community member in general. We should join a conversation not only to speak, but to listen. This is where we learn most- from those around us.