Stephanie Lee

March 6th, 2010

Mini Fieldwork Experience

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I was the researcher first and I did the topic of necessary improvements on Queens College campus. It was a bit difficult coming up with questions to ask since everything depended on the initial question “What do you think is the biggest issue that needs to be improved on Queen College campus?” I made general questions like “Why do you think this is an issue?”, “How has this affected your life on campus?” and “What do you think should be done to help improve this?” The rest of the questions I asked, I had to come up with along the way which was a bit more difficult but made it feel more like a conversation than a very stiff, structured interview. I had a very difficult time keeping my own opinions, views, and knowledge out of the interview and I found myself talking as much as listening. I have to work on keeping my own views and opinions out of the interview because it can influence the participant.

Nalicia said that what needed the most improvement was the parking situation, a subject on which I feel very strongly (which only made it harder to try to keep my opinions to myself). We went to the nearest parking lot and saw the entire lot was full except for two spots and the only reason those spots were there was because it was 3 in the afternoon. If we had gone earlier, the lot would’ve been completely full. Nalicia explained that she never even bothered entering in the lottery for a parking pass because she’d heard from people that had the pass that spots were never guaranteed and she didn’t want to bother with that.

I disliked that I had to try and hold back what I wanted to say about the subject in order just to record what she was saying. It is very difficult to try and appear objective on something I feel strongly about.


When we switched roles and I was the participant, my answers to her questions were the opposite from Nalicia’s would have been, so our experiences were the opposite of each other’s when it came to dining on campus. I think it was useful in showing her another side of the campus that she hadn’t seen before, because she is used to seeing the Student Diner packed and buzzing with people, whereas I am used to going when it is much less crowded and almost dead. So that is where we went, as well as the lounge behind the diner and the little coffee stand nearby. All were conceivably empty which helped illustrate my point.


When I have to do this for my project or something else, I will try to refrain from too much friendly conversation before the interview in hopes to try and keep myself from feeling the need to add my input and opinions. If I have to do this again for real, next time I will also want to record the interview rather than try and write down notes as they speak (I found I can’t writer and walk very well at the same time).
February 20th, 2010

Getting To Know My Eyes

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The snow on my front lawn is an untouched stretch of pure white. The sunlight beaming off such a blank canvas blinds me for a moment when I first step outside. Untouched, the snow looks fake like the synthetic, cottony fluff you would buy in a department store that is called ‘snow’ under pretense. The ground is clean except for one stray piece of newspaper that is crinkled from having once been wet and then dried in the sun and it’s caught in the ivy separating my neighbor’s house from my own. My neighbor pulls out of their driveway and another driver coming down the street has to stop and let them by before continuing on their way. There is so much white; the snow, the houses, the cars. It is peaceful and doesn’t feel like the city at all, except the soiled snow pushed to the sides of the road and a car driving by every thirty seconds reminds me that I live on the Queens side of the border between Queens and Long Island. The tree on my lawn is directly in front of me and is bare. Its branches are thin and exposed and screams of winter and death and cold but there is a small patch of green grass peeking out from underneath the snow at the base of the tree. It is promising what will come when all the snow melts and the air gets warmer. Vegetation. Life. A new beginning.

February 6th, 2010

Introducing Myself

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My name is Stephanie but feel free to call me Steph. I am turning 21 in April and while I’m glad to finally be rid of the giant, red “UNDER 21” on my driver’s license, I don’t feel like I suspect a 21 year old should feel. I’ve had to write descriptive paragraphs about myself many times before and I have yet to properly capture myself in words. I can describe the house in which I reside and the one room I occupy. Or I can explain that I am a graphic design major that spends as much time on Photoshop as a part time job except I don’t get paid for it. Or perhaps that I feel truly peaceful listening and watching the rain at night from my bedroom window. The list of things I could describe about myself is be endless but there would always be something else to add. The biggest part of my life currently though would be my involvement in a couple of fandoms.

Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, freedom, etc.) is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of sympathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the object(s) of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices (a fandom); this is what differentiates “fannish” (fandom-affiliated) fans from those with only a casual interest. (Wikipedia)

A lot of people are embarrassed to admit that they’re part of a fandom (what’s nerdier than admitting you obsess over something fictional?) and with good reason. Fandoms and fans are very often mocked and made fun of (think: Star Trek fans and all the jokes about them living in their parents’ basements and being virgins). I, however, am not particularly embarrassed anymore to admit that I am part of a fandom or two or three. Mainly, my fandoms are Supernatural (TV show) and AFI (band). My involvement in these fandoms range from fanfiction and fanart to roleplaying games. I primarily express myself and use my creativity to involve in these fandoms.

In conclusion: My name’s Steph and I’m what many would consider a nerd, and that’s fine.

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