The Marist College Herritage Project:A Practical Guide to Doing Oral History Section 5.


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Biographical Questions

  • What is your full name?
  • Were you named after another family member?
  • Where were you born and when?
  • Do you have any siblings? What are their names?
  • Where did you grow up? Tell me about your hometown.
  • What were your parentsí names and occupations?
  • Tell me about your education as a child and as a young man/woman.
  • Were you ever married? If so, please state the name and occupation of your spouse.
  • Do you have any offspring? If so, please state their names and occupations.
Miscellaneous Questions
  • When and why did you decide to attend Marist?
  • Please state your major(s) and minor(s).
  • What courses did you take? Did you have any favorites?
  • Where were your classes held?
  • Please describe the dining hall and the quality of the food, while you were a student.
  • Are there any Brothers or Faculty that had a profound impact in shaping your experiences during and even after you graduated from Marist? If so, please state the names of such people and how you think they influenced your life?
  • What were your initial expectations in relation to being a student at Marist? Did those notions accurately reflect what you actually experienced?
  • Did you live on or off campus? If you lived on campus, which dorm(s) did you live in and where was it located? Please describe the physical and social environment of these dwellings.
  • What buildings were present when you attended Marist?
  • How many Brothers were present at the time you began attending Marist?
  • On average, how many hours a week did you spend on school work?
  • During your free time, what type of activities did you occupy yourself with?
  • Were you involved in any clubs at Marist? If so, please state the names, nature, and your involvement in such entities.
  • Please tell me about the size and the type of student body while you were a student at Marist.
  • In particular, are there any staff members, Brothers, or former students, which you feel have played a fundamental role in the development of Marist College.
  • What do you feel were the strengths and weaknesses of Marist, while you were a student?
Concluding Questions
  • Are there any topics, which this interview failed to cover? If so, please state and describe what they are.
  • What have you done since your graduation from Marist?
  • Have you been involved in any of the Alumni activities or events organized by the College?
  • While revisiting the campus, what do you feel has changed or remained the same?
  • What do you envision for the future of Marist College?
  • Are there any improvements you feel should be made? What do you think should remain unchanged?

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