Students create campus version of online phenomenon

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Derik Wuchte

“What is your happiest memory?”

Probably not a question you are fully comfortable answering when you just meet someone, but Humans of Georgia Southern co-creator Hannah Green does not have a problem asking it.

Humans of Georgia Southern is a project inspired by Humans of New York, a similar project run by Georgia native, Brandon Stanton. Stanton set out to ambitiously offer perception into the lives of New Yorkers through interviews and photographs.

Wanting to follow the lead set by Stanton, HoGs was created with the goal to provide insight into the lives of Eagles on campus.

The focus of HoGs has been that every person has a story to tell. Whether it is a complex anecdote about a significant event in someone’s life or a light chuckle from a student about nothing in particular, HoGs attempts to express the thoughts of a person so that others get an opportunity to see that person in a certain light.

Green, a sophomore computer science major, said that HoGS is meant to be “organic.” People are to be led by their curiosity and interest in people who are otherwise strangers to them.

Green and a friend started the project at the beginning of April. HoGs will continue normal operations in the fall semester.

Green’s partner in Humans of Georgia Southern requested anonymity and will be noted as Co-Creator.

Q: So, what is HoGs?

Hannah Green: “It’s a spin-off of Humans of New York. [The Co-Creator] and I were talking about how cool Humans of New York was. We were like, ‘That would be a really cool thing to have at Georgia Southern.’ There’s 20,000 persons at the school, so you obviously can’t get to know everyone. It makes [GSU] smaller. You can get to know people you might not otherwise.”

Q: How did HoGs come together?

Co-Creator: “It was a little bit of Humans of New York. It’s essentially what our page is. It’s sort of a replica of that, except with a different area, different community to base it off of. We thought it was really cool what Brandon Stanton was doing in New York, and we decided that we should try our version for Georgia Southern.”

Q: When you approach someone, what’s a good way for them to open to you?

Hannah: “You kind of have to start off and have a conversation with them. You can’t really start off by asking them something really deep — something you wouldn’t want tell a stranger. You kind of start off with frostings, and then get into things you would want to put off onto the side.”

Q: How do you go about picking someone for HoGs? What’s the process behind it?

Co-Creator: “It’s really hard to say. Sometimes, it’s the vibe someone is giving off. You can’t necessarily pen down exactly what it is. Sometimes, it’s more obvious than others. Like someone’s vibe. It’s hard to describe. It’s a weird combination of facial expressions, posture; things like that. It kind of comes together to create one aura that you pick up on.”