Hello, my name is Gloria Ha, and I’m a sophomore at University Laboratory High School. Illinois, in all its corn-filled glory, has been my home for over a decade. It’s amazing to see just how many people and opportunities these small towns hold, and my school is one of those incredible opportunities. Though school takes up a large portion of my life, I also devote copious amounts of time for my personal exploration and enjoyment. Other than my school's relatively vigorous fitness program, I'm also involved in tap dance and hip hop outside of school. I enjoy playing around with text art and graphic design, and my continuous dream is to make an artistic masterpiece that I can truly be proud of. For now, I'm content with building up to that level.
This is my third year as an intern, and I look forward to the challenges that this project holds. As an eighth grader, I participated in conducting the interviews for the oral history project. Now, I’m involved with producing and further developing this material for the second year in a row. Through my interaction with the project thus far, I’ve been struck by how real the stories of each interviewee are, and how they meld into a greater history that has impacted so many lives. This emotional aspect, as well as the challenge of weaving these stories together, is what continues to inspire me to be involved in this project. An additional duty I've been delegated this year by the wonderful student producers is keeping this website in shape, so I'll be working with making this as comprehensive, beautiful, and informative as possible. I look forward to working with everyone in my team, including those people whose voices I will be listening to, editing, and normalizing for the next several months. Cheers!