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Field Report 2: First Impressions and Your Study SiteMy initial venture into the field as an intentional observer seemed exciting. I had never done something like this in the past. I was excited to go into the field and interview fellow students at Cal. When walking to classes, I would pass students thinking about how they first gotacquainted with the Cal lifestyle of forming new friendships. I was excited to talk to both girls and boys to see if there was any overlap between the way gender, race, and sexuality affect the way individuals form friendships. I will keep my focus on gender identity in terms of biological gender and cultural gender, which could be a result of lifestyle choices or self-realization. Upon approaching my first few actors, I did not know how they would react when finding out that I was interested in studying their interactions. I thought back to all of the times I had walked downSproul and ignored fellow students who were trying to talk to me about joining clubs through thedaily flyer service. The first day I was looking for interviewees, I though about trying to find students on Sproul to interview. Later on, I realized that was not a good plan because I got ignored like all of the other flyerers. So, I moved to the other side of campus to Northgate. At Northgate, I tried to approach individuals who did not seem in too much of a rush to get classes. I approached those eating lunch in the garden across from McCone or those sitting by the Gate. Their first responses to my questions were: Why are you interested in this? Most students were happy to help me with my field study after I told them that it was just for a class and I was not being weird and just trying to bud into their lives. I had to let them know that none of their info was going to be shared on any media based forms other than in my report. The media forms they interacted on were Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. Their typical interactions are between friends, professors, and classmates. In the venue, the hierarchy of power would not have much meaning. There are grad students and undergraduate students, but their power would
not be greater than the other. The only differing factor between these two groups would be the experience these students may have faced within their lifetimes. When walking through campus, students learn how to walk around without bumping into each other or keeping eye contact with anyone, it seems like it is a natural action. To learn how to do this, I think it is more of an