Field Notes #1

Refers to notes created by the researcher during the act of qualitative fieldwork to remember and record the behaviors, activities, events, and other features of an observation. Field notes are intended to be read by the researcher as evidence to produce meaning and an understanding of the culture, social situation, or phenomenon being studied. The notes may constitute the whole data collected for a research study [e.g., an observational project] or contribute to it, such as when field notes supplement http://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/fieldnotes conventional interview data (http://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/fieldnotes)”.

It is a Sunday morning around 10:30 and I was coming back from breakfast. I sat down with my back on the tree as I face Witwer Hall. I put my back to the street because I do not like to look at the street; I would rather face nature and people watch. Morgan Hall is on my left and Drayer Hall is to my ten o’clock. The day was a little breezy but still warm for an October morning. All I needed to wear was a long sleeve shirt and shorts.

Before I sat under my tree, I was lost in my trees beauty. Most of the bright yellow/ yellow purplish leaves were still on Erine. The trunk was firm, standing up-right as if was proud to be alive.

Carlisle residents were walking their dogs on the pathway and some even came up to me to ask me if I was okay. They thought I slept under the tree all night. Students would pass by talking about how their night was and last minute work they put off. One couple was talking about going to spring break in the Bahamas with both of their family. This was a great experience for me. Sitting down and taking a break from the world without thinking about homework is very relaxing. I recommend it for everyone

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