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On October 7, 2023, students from the EMU Archives and Oral History Program recorded the stories of EMU students past and present. Using the EMU Aerie, the Archives’ mobile oral history recording booth, student oral historians captured the formative experiences and perspectives of EMU alums from a variety of campus eras. Here, Early College Alliance student Maya Walker talks about her first day on campus and the initial shock of seeing such a large campus for the first time. She speaks on the importance of her Queer Literature class, and the usefulness of onsite testing during the pandemic.

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Eastern Michigan University, EMU Archives, EMU Oral History Program, Homecoming, Athletics

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Maya Walker, Interview, 2023