Week 3 Washebek
Kat and I met today for our first formal interview. After talking with her for just an hour, I have learned so much! Before today, I knew nothing about boot camp and the instructors or about the naval academy and the base it’s located on. I had no idea what to expect before we talked today, but halfway through the interview I stopped and told her that I could never even begin to imagine all of the information she knows. After attending boot camp in Chicago, Kat flew to Goose Creek, S.C., a city just outside of Charleston, to attend the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. The majority of the information Kat learned at this academy is completely confidential. At first I didn’t catch on, and I kept asking her questions about what she did. She said she was having a hard time answering the questions because she can’t tell me how a reactor works other than the phrase she was taught, “Hot rock makes steam boat go,” which is all she is really allowed to say when someone would ask her what she learned. Honestly, when she say that she couldn’t tell me what she learned, it threw me off. I couldn’t think of any questions to ask her right away. How am I going to write a story about her experiences when she can’t even begin to tell me what she learned in the academy? I stopped asking questions about what she learned and tried to just stick to the main parts of her life story. I’m going to have to ask about how I should approach this next class because I’m not sure what to do. Next time Kat and I meet, I’m looking forward to learning about her time of deployment while she was out on the USS Eisenhower for three months in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia. I couldn’t even begin to imagine myself going on one of these ships and leaving my family and friends. I couldn’t even imagine myself going to boot camp or a military academy let alone be deployed. Kat and I have only met two times, and I already have so much more respect for what people in the military are doing for our country. It is truly amazing.