StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. StoryCorps does this exactly, as it provides an ingenious and easily accessible web platform where you can hold professional, one-on-one interviews with others, easily record the interviews if you choose, and then publish them to the Library of Congress. By versing yourself in the etiquette and preparing a list of questions beforehand, you can maximize your time during the interview.

The value of one-on-one conversation is amazing because of the personal connections that it helps build while teaching individuals about the value of listening and understanding. StoryCorps emphasizes the value of every individual's story, and by connecting with people from varied backgrounds, our organization capitalizes on this benefit.

When connecting with senior centers, one of the primary activities we propose is the value of StoryCorps. So far, we have one partner for StoryCorps and are planning to add three more in August. Our primary partner, with whom we have already had one round of StoryCorps interviews, is the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living. They were extremely influential, provided us with a variety of lessons, and those thirty minutes were the highlight of our day. Since all the seniors provided consent, we were able to upload the interview to the Library of Congress archives as well, and are happy that the knowledge the residents imparted will be immortalized.

During our interviews, we noticed a variety of things. Pranav Eranki noticed how the senior he spoke to was incredibly dedicated to their work in the hotel business, and by actively listening to and learning from her manager, she was able to rise to the top and enjoy great success. Lawrence Fan was appreciative of the resilience his interviewee expressed throughout their lifetime and how inconsequential the day-to-day problems that one may be facing are in the long run. Sivansh Chitti understood how by being a glass half-full type-person, his interview was able to be happy, optimistic, and sweet about life in spite of the various challenges she faced. Alexander Wang learnt how it is important to live in the moment and not stress too much about what will happen in the future, especially if it is out of our control.

Pranav Eranki
Cupertino High School(12)