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Running head: INTERVIEWING AN ADULT 1
Interviewing an Adult
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INTERVIEWING AN ADULT 2
Demographics, Education, and Career
I interviewed a person aged 75 years. The man, J. Thompson, grew up in the 1950s after
WW2, and as a child, Thompson narrates that life was tough. After the war, the rationing of food
was rampant, and therefore parents managed to purchase only essential food that families
needed. The fact that he is a black American made the situation difficult at the time since racism
was still institutionalized in America. Thompson schooled in Massachusetts and obtained his
degree in education in 1970. After receiving the degree, Thompson taught in various schools in
the state before returning to college for a master’s degree. After attaining a master’s degree,
Thompson became a school principal, a job he held for about 15 years before his retirement at 65
years. Thompson says that after retirement, he started to miss teaching, and coupled with the
need to complement his pension, he applied for jobs at private schools in the state. The choice
for private schools is informed by the fact that Massachusetts limits the number of hours that
retired teachers can work in the public school system.
Two Most Significant Times In Their Lives
One significant time in Thompson’s life is when he graduated with a bachelor’s degree.
In the 1960s and 1970s, African Americans with bachelor’s degrees were few, and therefore, his
achievement was exceptional. Besides, he was the first in their family to achieve such an
academic feat. Thompson narrates that his family was happy, and celebrations were held for the
achievement. Thompson asserts that his success motivated his siblings and other close relatives
to pursue a university education. Within ten years of his graduation, Thompson says that his
sister and two cousins graduated with university degrees. This shows that his graduation opened
opportunities for his siblings to pursue higher education.

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Running head: INTERVIEWING AN ADULT 1 Interviewing an Adult Name of Student Institution of Affiliation Date INTERVIEWING AN ADULT 2 Demographics, Education, and Career I interviewed a person aged 75 years. The man, J. Thompson, grew up in the 1950s after WW2, and as a child, Thompson narrates that life was tough. After the war, the rationing of food was rampant, and therefore parents managed to purchase only essential food that families needed. The fact that he is a black American made the situation difficult at the time since racism was still institutionalized in America. Thompson schooled in Massachusetts and obtained his degree in education in 1970. After receiving the degree, Thompson taught in various schools in the state before returning to college for a master’s degree. After attaining a master’s degree, Thompson became a school principal, a job he held for about 15 years before his retirement at 65 years. Thompson says that after retirement, he started to miss teaching, and coupled with the need to complement his pension, he applied for jobs at private schools in the state. The choice for private schools is informed by the fact that Massachusetts limits the number of hours that retired teachers can work in the public school system. Two Most Significant Times In Their Lives One significant time in Thompson’s life is when he graduated with a bachelor’s degree. In the 1960s and 1970s, African Americans with bachelor’s degrees were few, and therefore, ...
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