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Student in Residence: Natalie's blog entry 4

Posted on October 04, 2018 in Student in Residence

Hello Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber!

I hope everyone is enjoying the new Fall season (even though it’s been in the 80’s for most of those days), and learning a lot in the OWLS classes. It is so wonderful to have that opportunity to learn from others in the community. I am looking forward to attending the Public Health class.

Speaking of new activities, the first Porch Stories session was last Monday and it went wonderfully! I simply provided three different questions throughout the hour and the rest was an organic conversation. It was so interesting to learn of people’s lives and hear their unique stories. I never would have known some of the information I learned if I hadn’t asked! I thank you to those seven residents who attended the first session, you hold a special place in my heart now!

Thanks to Nancy Blake, she gave me a plethora of books that provided conversation starters, questions to ask groups, Holiday stories, and many more. The three questions I asked were from one of these books. They included, “What is your favorite childhood memory?”, “What is the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for you?”, and “What famous person’s life story do you think every adult show know about?”. These questions will change each week in order to bring new perspectives and fostering conversations between new and old residents!

Don’t forget to sign up for more Porch Stories! The sign up sheet is in Thurber Tower. You can come as often as you would like.

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