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Making the Grade!

Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013.

It has been an exciting semester for Wendy Adams’ service learning oral history class at The College of Central Florida. The course focused on the art of storytelling, and Wendy used the StoryCorps’ motto, “listening is an act of love,” as the backdrop for their studies.

After practicing with mini-recording sessions in the classroom, ten students, along with Wendy, traveled nearly 6 hours to StoryCorps Atlanta in order to record their own StoryCorps interviews.

College of Central Florida students smile in front of the StoryCorps Atlanta photo wall.

College of Central Florida students smile in front of the StoryCorps Atlanta photo wall.

“The StoryCorps’ experience enhanced my understanding of my friend Daniel, whom I interviewed. I learned that we have so much in common,” said student Nicole Gomez.

Upon returning to Florida, the students wrote about their experiences for a final assignment. One student provided this insightful reflection:

“I always remind people that I have a horrible memory. That if you tell me something, or want me to do something you need to have me write it down and remind me or I will forget, but when I walked into that soundproof room at StoryCorps, I proved myself wrong. The memories just started to flow, straight from my photographic memory almost playing out like a movie in my head.”

Thanks College of Central Florida for the visit!



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