Humans of Bowling Green

Sam Sharp and Sam Sharp

Not everyone would feel comfortable approaching a stranger and asking them about their families, personal views and passions, but for junior Alanna Nuessle it’s become a hobby.

Nuessle runs the local “Humans of Bowling Green” social media pages, based on the more popular of “Humans of New York.” The page features photos and quotes from members of the University as well as of the Bowling Green community.

Since the creation of the page in the spring of 2014, it has garnered over 2,400 fans on Facebook. Nuessle inherited the page from her friend Madeline Fening, who gave it to her after graduation.

“I think I just want it to be something that ties the town together,” Nuessle said.

She looks for people to interview at the University, and at local businesses like Grounds for Thought. The submissions to the page are completely random, and Nuessle tends to select people who are alone.

“I try to approach people that are sitting alone, because if they’re sitting with somebody else, and they’re talking then they might not feel as comfortable to talk to me,” Nuessle said.

Permission to post any content discussed in the interview is given before any submissions are posted to the page, and Nuessle also respects people who deny her offer to be on the page.

“Sometimes it’s interesting to see by people’s body language—That some people that may look more closed off and may not want to talk…I try to talk to them, because sometimes they have the most to offer,” Nuessle said.

People selected for the page allow a picture of themselves to be posted along with a quote from their interview, but like the “Humans of New York” page they do not feel obligated to give their names. This anonymity shifts the focus from the person’s identity and brings the focus to their quotes.

“I want the core reason of the post to be what they said,” said Nuessle. Some of the topics discussed in the interviews include: racial tension, culture, life advice, college activities, community involvement and self -reflection.

Professor Barbara Mauter was recently featured on the page and said, “It’s the importance of the study skills that we teach. Students need these, and they look at them as a positive kind of thing to help them learn the information, and to do well in college.” Her submission can be found on the page, and it describes the mixed feelings students taking her class have. Mauter is a professor that helps students at the Learning Commons, and was not aware of the page.

“ I was approached at Campus Fest and I had never heard of the page,” Mauter said.

She feels that the variety of people featured on the page gives the community a different perspective that offers insight to the culture of the community outside of the University. “It was enlightening to see what different people said,” Mauter said.

After scrolling through the page sophomore Emily Hirzel said, “I really liked the post about the freshman who felt that Bowling Green is like a home away from home. That’s how I feel too.”

So far the page has over 50 different people featured, and it represents a diverse selection of people.

“I like that it’s not just the students of Bowling Green, but all the people of Bowling Green,” said Hirzel.

Between balancing her commitments as a public relations major and actively working with BG 24 News, Nuessle manages to carve time to conduct interviews. This page is not a requirement for any of her classes, and it is not affiliated in any way with the University.

“I just hope for it to be a page for people to be proud of,” said Nuessle.