THEY say everyone has a story to tell and Warrnambool College students, inspired by a global hit documentary series, have unearthed personal tales from people in the region as part of an English assignment.
Drawing inspiration from the Humans of New York series, the year eight students recorded a series of interviews and photographs of strangers as part of their assessment.
Dominic Darmanin, 13, found the project to be "pretty cool'.
"First we started looking at the Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton," he said.
"We pulled it apart, and looked at what he did and how he got the people to talk to him.
"It was a little bit hard to ask people to be interviewed for school, but it was mostly people that we knew.
"Obviously we couldn't just walk up to people down the street and ask them."
Dominic's interview subject Edwina Medro was honoured to be asked to be involved in the project, even though she hadn't seen the original Humans of New York series.
"I've been fascinated to know the variety of people that have been interviewed and the stories that they have. I think it is a really good project to know that everyone has a story to tell, and that everyone's story is interesting," Mrs Medro said.
"Dominic made me feel incredibly comfortable during the interview, he approached it really well."
Warrnambool College English teacher Kelly Brown wanted the students to celebrate the local community and to step outside of their comfort zone with the stories they collected.
"Its' about listening to the stories and hearing people's life experiences and connecting to them," Ms Brown said.
"We wanted the students to ask some deep questions, which can be challenging if you don't know the person."
THE HUMANS OF WARRNAMBOOL
'Bigger than she seems'
by Dominic Russell
Interviewee: Finland Tan
I am a short, little Asian girl and I do dress quite casually. I was looking after some kids in a primary school in the playground once, and there were some kids from the neighbourhood who came over to bully some of the others that we were looking after. So I went over there and tried to resolve things and funnily enough those bullies thought I was one of the kids even though I was 17 at the time. They were all nine or 10 years old. In the end I sorted it out but I've always remembered it. Nowadays that I'm a doctor I still get asked whether I'm an actual doctor or just a student because of how I look.
'Teaching is my passion'
by Dominic Darminan
Interviewee: Edwina Medro
When I look back on it I always wanted to be a teacher but I fought against it because my dad was a teacher and I was one of those kids that passively aggressively fought against what my parents did. As I grew up I realised that teaching is my passion, it's what I love to do.
'A Dream of Hospitality'
by Thomas MacInnes
Interviewee: Jonathan Dodwell
I've been in hospitality for 35 years. I always wanted my own business right from when I was 15 years old. I decided that I liked wine and still do now. I had an interest in it so I decided I would like to own my own wine bar which was very big in England in the eighties. They were the latest fashion, as it were, of bars then, so I went and did a hotel management, restaurant and hospitality course at a technical college. Then I got a traineeship with a wine bar company in the city of London.
by Elissa Ross
Interviewee: Petra Ross
I have been asked to join the Warrnambool College Murray to Moyne team, and ... to do something like that has always been a bit of a dream in the back of my mind, and I thought I'd never be able to do it. But I've been invited to do it, and I've been training for it, and I'm excited about that. I'm determined to achieve that.
by Ploy Wongrod
Interviewee: Tony Sharam
You always have regrets in your life, but you can't go backwards. Learn from your mistakes, everybody makes them.