Document of Learning

My interview was the part of this project I am most proud of, thus making it my document of learning. I was very, very proud of myself for landing an interview with Peter Hillary, my eminent person’s son! I thought for sure I wasn’t going to get an interview because Peter goes all over the world to speak, so why would he talk with me? About a week after I sent out my email, I was in the process of writing another email to send to a New Zealand Climber. Then, to my extreme pleasure and great surprise, I got an email from Peter! I was ecstatic finding out I had landed a Skype interview with him. As the date for our interview matched the day I woke up, butterflies were not just flying, but having a world war || dogfight, dropping bombs and crashing into the sides of my stomach. Then as I came down to the last hour, I couldn’t stop sweating. It was honestly kinda gross.

 

After a couple of tries to get hold of Peter, we started our interview. Peter was an amazing interviewee, he kept talking and elaborating on my questions. He always had something to say and I got so much more insight on Edmund, Everest, and Peter than I had intended. The interview was not only helpful, but it was fun! The amount of adrenaline pumping through me was greater than at the top of a mountain with a bike pointed down, or on skis facing a steep, snowy forest. I felt alive after the interview, and very proud of myself.

 

Here is our conversation before the interview:

 

Me:

 

Dear Peter Hillary,

My name is Rowan Zawadzki and I am a grade 9 student from Gleneagle Secondary School near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I am assigned with researching an eminent person. I chose your father, Edmund Hillary because what he did was amazing and I want to climb Mount Everest like you and your dad.
I would love to interview you for fifteen to twenty minutes as I ask questions about your dad and your ascent to Mount Everest. If you could spare any time from your busy schedule, that would be greatly appreciated.

As I know we are on different time zones, you can give me a time (preferably on the weekend, but only if it fits your schedule) and I will work around it. I would like for it to be over the phone but can accomplish this of email as well.

If you have any questions you may contact me at 125-rzawadzki@sd43.bc.ca. Thank you so much.

Sincerely, Rowan Zawadzki

 

Peter:

 

Hello Rowan,

Happy to have an interview with you over the next couple of weeks. The time difference between Vancouver and NZ is only an effective 3 hours at the moment so not too difficult for a call or skype. Let me know when would be a suitable time.

For more information about my father take a look at my website www.peterhillary.com

Best regards,

Peter

Peter Hillary

Me:

Dear Peter Hillary,


Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. This Thursday, Nov 16 at 4:00pm (NZDT time) works perfectly for me, but I am very flexible depending on your schedule. In the meantime, if you could send me your skype details, I will give you a friend request prior to our call. Just in case skype doesn’t work, please include your phone number. I am really, really looking forward to our skype call. Thank you so much!

Sincerely Rowan Zawadzki

 

Peter:

 

Hello Rowan, OK that time should be fine. My skype is peter_hillary

Regards,

Peter

Peter Hillary

 

Me:

 

Dear Peter,

Thank you, I will send you a friend request on Skype.

Sincerely Rowan Zawadzki

 

Me:

 

Dear Peter Hillary,

I wanted to thank you for our interview and as a small token of my appreciation I decided to donate to the Himalayan Trust. I truly believe in what they/you do. Thank you so much, I will remember our interview.

Sincerely Rowan Zawadzki

 

Peter:
Hello Rowan,

Thanks for your email and for your donation to the Himalayan Trust – this is very kind of you and much appreciated. I hope your assignment goes well for school; it was a pleasure being interviewed by you for this. And I hope that one day you may visit Kathmandu and the Himalayas to see them and their wonderful people for yourself.

With best regards,

Peter

Peter Hillary

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