I found that my interviewee did not want to discuss the Virginia Tech shooting in as much detail as I had hoped. Understandably, this was a horrible time in her life. She probably does not want to be constantly reminded of it. However, it was difficult writing a profile piece because she did not give me extensive amounts of detail about how she was feeling. She mostly just told me things I already knew about the situation. The answers that I did receive from her were still great and I learned to incorporate them. However, I wish I had asked her to go a little more in depth about her experience. I was too afraid in asking her questions that would upset her. Looking back, I should have reworded my originally interview questions. It’s definitely an advantage that I came into contact with her, however I put too much responsibility on her part unfortunately.
Working on the group projects taught me to be very adaptable. At first, we tried Skyping and then we tried using Google Hangouts, but none of our schedules ever matched up. We realized after multiple failed attempts that it would be easier to continue e-mail communication, since we all replied frequently to e-mail. I was also nervous through the group projects because the responsibility of publishing to the discussion board was appointed to one person. I can say when I was not the reporter, I was checking very often to see if it was posted yet. However, since we all had discussed it and all knew the duet date, my team understood the responsibility that they held for everyone's grade. I then realized that through adaption, we made our time schedules work and still contacted each other and shared information.