New Haven, CT: The Elm City
While still State-side, I consider my "Spanish Year" officially started because this month is all about doing what I need to do to get ready for Spain. Main goal = Complete my data collection. So far I have interviewed 20 women and I hope to interview 10 more before I leave. The primary barrier to achieving this goal is my own time management. It has not been difficult to connect with formerly incarcerated women who are willing to participate, it's just a matter of making those connections and setting aside time for the interviews. I have 2 scheduled for next week. Watch the calendar for updates!
Other goals include organizing and packing the house, transcribing, finishing up projects related to work & spending time with friends. And then there are all the other things that present themselves along the way. Yesterday, I attended a workshop training with Frederick Wertz at Fordham University's School of Social Service about Phenomenological Research Methods. Very wonderful. Afterwards, I had lunch with a Fordham professor who conducts research about older prisoners and trauma. Her work is inspiring and creative and she is a generous mentor. Very wonderful. I fell asleep on Metro-North coming home and when I got to the house, I watched 3 episodes of "Modern Family" on Hulu. Very wonderful, but not exactly related to this month's agenda. No more Hulu. Interview. Think. Transcribe. Think. Pack.