Kaylie Stokes is a third-year student at New College of Florida and is in Great Britain in January, interviewing family members for an Independent Study Project. Her project is one of three featured in this month’s Nimb.e.
I have a lot of things that I love about New College, but Independent Study Projects are right near the top of my list.
I feel so fortunate to go to a school that values student-driven learning and actively provides its students with opportunities to take control of their education outside of the classroom. When taken advantage of, ISP is a time when you can do something you’ve always dreamt of doing.
I come from a large family of storytellers. Since I was little, I was told my family’s stories from grandparents, parents and my countless aunts and uncles. I treasure these stories and seek them out.
This past Tuesday I conducted my first oral history interview with my 94-year-old great-great uncle, Jack. Jack still rides his bike, plays golf, and mows his lawn twice a week, all the while referring to people 20 years his junior as “the older folks.”
It was such a privilege to meet this amazing man and hear his stories from driving a tank during World War II. I had never met Jack before, and I probably would never have, either, if it wasn’t for New College.
Thanks to New College, I was given the time and the monetary support to make this project possible. I’m so grateful to be able to continuously find myself a member of a family that just keeps getting larger. I hope I will be able to come back soon and play a round of golf with Jack.