LUSO Questions

  • Can you tell me a little bit about where you grew up? What were you like as a child?
  • Are there any funny stories people tell about you from when you were growing up?
  • What advice would you give to your teenage self?
  • Can you tell me about one or two people who have been the biggest influences on your life?
  • What are you proudest of—personally and professionally—in your life?
  • Who were your grandparents? Your great-grandparents? Do you have any memories of them? What kind of work did they do?
  • Where were our ancestors born? When did they arrive here in the U.S? Share the story of how and why they came.
  • Can you tell me where you came from and what the experience of coming to the U.S. was like for you?
  • Did anyone help you when you first came to this country? Have you helped anyone since you have been here?
  • How has your life been different than how you imagined it when you were young?
  • Can you think of moments when you felt welcomed as an immigrant? Not welcomed?
  • What was the hardest thing to adjust to in this country?
  • How would you like to be remembered?
  • What are you most grateful for?
  • Can you tell me about one or two people that you remember who have been particularly kind to you in your life? If they were here what would you say to them?
  • Can you tell me one of your happiest memories?
  • Can you tell me about one of the most difficult moments in your life?
  • Are there any traditions that have been passed down though our family that you can tell me about?
  • Are there any classic family jokes, stories, or songs that you can share with me?
  • Tell me a great story you know about someone in our family.
  • Can you tell me about some of the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
  • Thinking about your family many generations from now, and knowing that they may hear this recording, is there anything you want to say to them? Any wisdom or advice you would like to share?
  • Can you tell me what it felt like when you were sworn in as a citizen?