Day Four: Deadlines creeping in, stress creeping up

Updated: Jun 21, 2019

By Julie Hernandez, June 13, 2019

It’s day four of Mosaic, and I’m having to wake up at 7am to get ready (knowing I could actually be sleeping in).

Instead, today I was writing up an interview I had done the day before. It was interesting, to say the least, having to organize everything that was said. I learned that although I was hearing about the lives of other people, they weren’t your typical, chronological stories that have a beginning, middle and end. It’s been pretty stressful, but exciting. A new adventure awaits and you keep learning more and more — not only about others, but about yourself, too.

Today was definitely an all-work day. In the morning, after catching up on the latest Mercury News, we had a mini-presentation on how to organize and structure our reports, which was helpful. I decided I’d organize my story using the “kabob style.” Once the presentation was done, I started figuring out how to put together the pieces of the first interview I had done yesterday. I didn’t finish doing that, but soon enough lunch time came around. I was starving — in dire need of some food and a break. After lunch, we headed back to work. Before I realized, it was time to do the interviews I had scheduled.

I was very nervous early that morning just thinking about those interviews, but as the work piled up, my mind drifted into forgetting about them for a while — until it was actually time to go do them. I got my stuff ready, questions in hand, and Joe [Rodriguez] took me and Camille to my first location of the day to do my next interview. Even though it was my second interview, I considered it my first because this person was initially a stranger to me. The first interview I had done was with someone that I was close to. It wasn’t as nerve-wracking as having to sit down with a stranger and ask them to spill all of their feelings and details of their story on our first meeting. Overall, the interview went well and I know I will be able to create a good story with the material that I got.

Arriving back to SJSU, I began preparing myself for the second interview of the day. As the clock reached 5pm, I grabbed my stuff and headed to the bus stop with Paulo. Arriving at my destination, I ran through every question in my head (just to make sure I knew what I was going to say) and prepared myself. This interview went much more smoothly, and although I was still a bit shy, I got another great story. Learning about the lives of different people, including the things they go through and put up with, really put some things into perspective: Firstly, I feel lucky to even have the opportunity to join a program like Mosaic.

Stress levels are rising as the deadline for the rough drafts approaches, but I’d say everyone is enjoying this experience and having fun — myself included.

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