Going above and beyond my comfort zone was the aim that I had for this project. I wanted to think outside of the box and interview someone whom I have not known for a great amount of time. After brainstorming about which person I should seek to interview, the thought finally occurred to me. Over the past few weeks, I have downloaded an app from the Apple iTunes store onto my iPhone. The app, Stigma is a social networking app that allows you to anonymously obtain pen pals. You have the option of self-selecting who you want to be your pen pal along with sharing the gift of getting to know someone different from you. I recently became pen pals with a male who was given the name “Lovely Panda” by default. (I will be referring to him as Panda). I knew that Panda was quite different from myself within the first few weeks of speaking to him. Panda told me that he is Caucasian and he is part Irish. I chose Panda for this interview because he has engaged with me in ways that simply surprised me. I did not know that I would have a pen pal as authentic Panda. After I gave him the request to have an interview, he immediately agreed. Due to the pen pal construct, the interview was done via email.
Question and Answer:
1. Q: When were you born and how old are you?
A: “I am twenty-three and was born on May 19, 1993.”
2. Q: What is your sexual orientation?
3. Q: Where were you born?
A: “Kearney, NJ USA. My parents were born in USA too. My great grandparents…