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Week 1 Ivansek

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This is Week 1 journal entry from Holly Ivansek, who is a student reporter for the War: Through Their Eyes, Vol. 3, Warriors & Students multimedia project.
Week 1 Ivansek

Hall where I meet Adam

It is two weeks after our assignment War Through Their Eyes: Volume 3 was assigned. After writing my veteran an email about a week and a half ago, I still haven’t heard back from him. When I arrived to class today the door wasn’t opened so I was standing in the hall waiting for our teacher Grace Lim to arrive and open the door. A guy came down the hall and asked if I was there for the event. I told him, “I didn’t know about any event and that I was there for class at 3 p.m.,  and he said he was there for some war thing. I told him, “yeah.” Our class is doing a war project and that he was in the right spot. No more than a few seconds later Grace came down the hall and introduced me to Adam, the guy I had just met, and said. “This is your new vet.” You guys will be doing an interview today during class. That was a shock to me. I didn’t have questions prepared because I had no idea I would be interviewing anyone that day. I felt somewhat nervous because I had to come up with some quick questions. I feel this was a good thing that it happened to me this way because sometimes in journalism things do just get sprung up on you. You have to know how to handle these type of situations. The interview didn’t go very long because when I asked him the questions, he wouldn’t really open up too much. I got some basic background information on. He grew up in Markesan, Wi. Before doing this interview I never even heard of this city in Wisconsin. It’s a pretty small city with a population of 1,479 in 2011. Adam enlisted in the military in March 2005 at age 17 and was deployed to Iraq in February 2007. He was there until May 2008. His job in Iraq was a lead vehicle gunner for the commander security squad which consisted of driving around the city and keeping the commander safe while he checked on police stations throughout the city of Kirkuk. Kirkuk has a population of about 850,000. Has a little more population than a city like Milwaukee, which has a population of about 600,000.

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