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Think of this as the first day of the semester, … you know, where we go over the syllabus and generally leave early (we’re not “those” professors that start teaching on the first day!) We talk about who we are (not as philosophical as it sounds), why we started the podcast, and what we hope you get out of it.
“A Recap of the Past Year”
Our 52nd episode!! What a fun year we’ve had?! We decided it would be fun for use to look back at the previous 51 episodes and reflect on all the topics we’ve talked about, what we’ve learned about ourselves and each other, and where we see the show going in the next 52 episodes. Then, and perhaps more importantly, we somehow go down a rabbit hole talking about food … Don’t judge!!
“Is College for Everyone”
What is perfect place to start a podcast about college and career?! In the first chapter of the Pre-College Series, we layout the necessary info for high schoolers (and maybe even current college students) to make the best decision on whether college is for them.
“What are the Different Types of Colleges”
In this chatper, we discuss the different types of colleges are out there to choose from. We look into the differences between the traditional 4-year college vs. juco vs. trade/technical schools, and even throw in our opinion on for-profit colleges.
“Am I Good Enough for College”
A heartbreaking topic submitted to the show, we discuss the misinformation some students receive in high school that leads them to the feeling of “not being good enough” for college. Then we discuss why that misinformation is actually false and try to help you get past that feeling.
“Which is Better: College or Experience”
After graduating high school, many students are tasked with choosing whether to go directly to college OR go get experience first. We lay out the pros and cons for both sides of the coin in hopes of helping you make that decision.
“Applying to College”
What do I need to know when applying to colleges? That’s a fairly loaded questions as there are so many variables that students should factor when applying. In this episode, we discuss those factors you should think about when choosing what college to apply to, break down the parts of the application process, and what areas you should highlight in your application.
“What is ‘Smart’?”
Are you “smart”? How are you suppose to even answer that question? There are so many factors that go into the definition of “smart”. For this episode, we discuss what being smart means to us using different perspectives, and answer the questions do you have to be smart to go to college and does college make you smart.
“Is School Reputation Important?”
Do you feel that reputation is an important factor when choosing the college to attend? In some cases, that may be the case. In others, it may not be the defining factor. Join us as we talk about when you should and shouldn’t consider reputation, the potential cost-benefit of reputation, and ways that you can compensate for lesser reputation.
College 101 Series
“What do They Mean by ‘College Career'”
Have you ever thought why people call it a “college career”? What does that even mean? Well, we’ve got an answer to that. We discuss why it’s called that, how the college career works and what the first thing you need to know once you’ve been excepted into college.
“How to Choose a Major”
Choosing a major can be intimidating … and worse, deciding whether you should change you major after you’ve already taken classes can be a nightmare. Should I stay with the path I’m on, or should I change to a different major that I may possibly like more. We talk about the factors you should take into consideration when choosing a major or, later, if you should change.
“What are the Different Styles of Class”
We breakdown the four major types of classes you’re likely to see when registering for classes – face-to-face, hybrid, synchronous online, and asynchronous online. Then, we give you the pro’s and con’s for each style to help you better understand which style may be better for you.
“How to get the Most Out of College – Academically”
We discuss what is means to truly get the most of of college, academically speaking. Then, we go through some common examples of opportunities that colleges usually offer to students to help get the most out of their college career. And, then we end it with how connecting this your professors could help.
“How to get the Most Out of College – Non-Academically”
In the second to our mini series, we dive head first into getting the most out of college, non-academically speaking … AKA the fun side of college. We discuss how some of the fun aspects can also have benefits to your future, and how some may only negatively affect your wallet in the end.
“Why Should I Find a Mentor”
As Jason has said many time on previous episodes, having a mentor can be very beneficial in so many ways. And, since that is something he feels is so important, we decided to do an episode just on mentors. We discuss how to find one, what to look for, and the expectations you should have with yours.
“What Should I do for Spring Break?”
Everyone needs a break, and for many students there’s no better break than Spring Break week. But, what should you do during that week? Philanthropic work? Rest? Work? Or, P-A-R-T-Y!!! Join us as we talk about how to get them most out of this week long break. Don’t worry, we like to have fun, too!
“Choosing Where to Live during College”
Your choice of where to live in college can have an effect your college experience. It’s certainly a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly … and one that you should have as much information as possible before making. That’s where we come in. We discuss the important factors you should consider when deciding whether you should live that dorm-life or live off campus.
“They will be a Part of College”
Like it or not, alcohol and drugs are on college campuses. It’s important for you to have plan for what you’ll do if and when you come across them. This episode is not about telling you what you should or should not be doing in college, but simply giving you information, and our experiences, so that you can make your own educated decision for your life. It’s a judgement-free zone here.
“College Life as a Student-Athlete”
We had an amazing time talking to our good friend and special guest of the show, Jaclyn Donovan, about her experience as a former student-athlete and college athletics administrator. She gave some great advice for those listeners that are playing sports. And, as it seems to be a growing tradition on the show, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to joke on AJ.
“Parties, Hook-ups, and Dating in College”
Three things we know for sure happen on a college campus: parties, hook-ups, and dating. All three can be fun if going into them with an understanding. For example, all parties are not like what you see in the movies, although some are. Join us as we discuss our experiences with each during our college days.
“Are There Benefits to Befriending your Professor?”
Are you someone that tends to go to class without ever really connecting with your professors? Or, are you the type that tries to befriend all of your professors? Connecting with your professors has pros and cons. We’re discussing some do’s and don’ts to think about, and certain things you should definitely stay aways from when trying to make those connections.
Buying books for classes are notoriously a pain in the butt for college students. They’re expensive and seldom used in certain classes. For this episode, we discuss why books are so expensive. We then jump into an impromptu ‘tips and trick’ segment where we talk about ways we’ve learned to help cut the cost of unnecessary books down for you.
“Paying for College”
The choice of going to college is a very big deal. And, with that decision comes many factors to consider. One of the most important things to consider when going to college is how you’re going to pay for it … it isn’t cheap. In this episode, we discuss why it’s expensive and what options you have when it comes to paying for it. Just know, there are other options outside of student loans.
Did you know the library has more than just books in it? I know, it shocked AJ too. The library can be a great resource for students for many different reasons. But, for many of us, including AJ, it’s not very well known. Join us as we discuss all the various benefits you get by simply walking into the library. We also give you some uncommon tips for the library.
“College Meal Plans”
If there’s one thing that’s definitive in life and college, it’s you have to eat! College meal plans are a huge decision coming into college, whether it’s deciding on purchasing one or deciding on what level meal plan to buy. Join us as we discuss primary things to consider, like cost and plan options, as well as secondary considerations.
“Double Majors and Minors”
Choosing a major when you get to college is already hard enough, trying to decide if you should go for a double major or minor can be even more of a challenge, especially if you don’t have all the information. Join us as we discuss what it means to go for a double major or minor, and we share our opinions on both. They might not be what you’re expecting.
“Understanding the Syllabus”
It’s usually the one document we receive from class that we overlook the most … the course syllabus. If you’re like most, you love the first day of class because you don’t do much other than go over the syllabus. Yet, when you receive the syllabus, you probably just throw it in you notebook, or worse, the trash. In this episode, we discuss what you should really be doing when you get it.
College Strategy Series
“Why do I Need a Life Plan, and Where do I get One”
Antoine de Saint Exupery said it best when he said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” It’s important for everyone to have a life plan to not only give you direction, but also for you to have a sense of success when you accomplish those goals. In this episode, we discuss how to get started making a life plan, and what to do when things don’t go as planned.
“How Can I Stay Motivated”
Everyone struggles with finding and keeping motivation towards college (and career for that matter). Well … fear not faithful listens, because we want to be your personal motivational speaker for the next 36 minutes! Join us as we discuss what motivation is, the different types of motivation, what to look out for, and bring it full circle with our own words of encouragement for you.
“Getting the Most out of your Summer Break”
Summer breaks for college students can be used for many things … taking classes, studying abroad, working a summer job, traveling, etc. Understanding your goals can help you make a decision on what you should be doing during the summer. Join us as we go through our experiences and discuss some strategies when figuring out your summer plans.
“Learning from Others”
Do you need help from others to succeed in college? No, you can absolutely succeed in college on your own. But can the experience be improved by working and learning from others? Absolutely!! In this episode we discuss the importance of learning from others, strategies you can use to get the most out of learning, and opportunities to connect with others that colleges create.
“Reinventing Yourself in College”
For the vast majority of students that go off to college (either in their hometown or away), change is inevitable. Some fight that tooth and nail, while others embrace it. But, all things equal, it’s going to happen. We discuss why we think change happens in college, is the change passive or active, and what to possibly expect from family and friends after they see the change.
“When to use the ‘College Try’ Strategy”
Maybe you’ve heard the phrase … or, maybe you’ve used the phrase, but “giving it the ol’ college try” is common vernacular on college campuses. But, should it ever be an option. Join us as we discuss what the “college try” means, if it’s necessarily a negative strategy, and are there times when giving something the “college try” is good enough.
“Considering Opportunity Costs”
Opportunity cost is a common topic taught in many college courses. However, rarely is it taught from the personal perspective. In other words, how can you take this topic and use it effectively in various areas of your everyday life. That’s where we come in. Join us as we discuss what it is and how to use it correctly to help make you life better in the long run.
Tips and Tricks Series
“Tips and Tricks on Note-taking”
Where was this when I was a student?? Everyone knows that note-taking in school is very important, but not everyone knows how to take notes … and we mean really take notes. Well, we want to help you out with that. We discuss our list of the top note-taking tips that either worked for us while we were in school, or we’ve learned through trial-and-error.
“Tips and Tricks on Studying”
This may be one of the most needed episodes for many students, both in high school and in college. Some students jumped on the studying train early and learned at a young age the best methods of studying (ala Jason), while others (ala AJ) didn’t learn effective ways until after school. In this episode we discuss ways to become a more efficient studier and some of our tips to help you.
“Tips and Tricks on the Work/Life/School Balance”
I think RiRi said it best when she said, “Work, work, work, work, work”. Sometimes we get stuck in what seems to be a never ending cycle of all work or school, and no life. Or, maybe for you, school and work are LOW on the priority list. It’s important to have a balance in three areas. We discuss what it means to have a healthy balance and ways you can improve on that balance.
“Tips and Tricks on the Time Management”
No matter how hard you try, there will only be 24 hours in a day. And how you divide those 24 hours can be the different between tranquility and overload. Does this mean using checklists or a detailed day calendar? That’s up to you. In this episode, we try to help you understand the importance of time management and give you our tips on how to be successful with it.
“Tips and Tricks on Classroom Etiquette”
You should always try to be that good classmate, even if it’s for nothing more than getting on the teacher’s good side. Even though etiquette can be dependent on the class, there are some basic tips that will help you not be seen as “that” student. Join us as we discuss those tips on what to and what not to do in the classroom.
“Tips and Tricks on Group Work”
Some of us love it, and some of us hate it … but no matter which side you’re on, you’re going to have to deal with it in college, and with good reason. Group work gives you exposure to what many of us will experience in the work force, so it is important. Join us as we discuss some tips and tricks that will help you get then most out of your group work for yourself and your group mates.
“Tips and Tricks on Student Email Etiquette”
Professional communication is a big deal, and there’s no better place to practice this skill than in college. And a great area to focus on that communication is with emails. It may sound odd that we’re bringing email etiquette up for an entire episode, but it can be something that can paint you in a negative light. Join us are we talk about some dos and don’ts for emails.
“Tips and Tricks for College Nights”
Going out on college nights is a rite of passage for most college students everywhere. Whether you’re going out for a night on the town with friends or hitting up one of the local fraternity or sorority parties, college nights can be fun. But, they are also times where you need to be prepared and careful. Join us as we discuss tips and tricks for getting the most our of college nights.
“Tips and Tricks for Organization”
Are you an organized person? Is that even a relevant question for a college students? Absolutely! Organization skills can certainly be beneficial during the pursuit of the academic degree. Join us as we talk about how to better your college experience by using organizational skills, and we give you our top tips and tricks that we use to improve our organization.
“Tips and Tricks for Health”
Your health should be a major priority during your time in college, along with learning and having fun … and not just physical health, but mental health, too. Join us as we offer our tips and tricks for creating mental and physical health that you’ll be able to take with you beyond your college years.
“Tips and Tricks for Staying Productive in College”
College can be a tough place to maintain productivity. Between all the class assignments, studying, extra-curricular activities, social life, sports, partying, and perhaps spending time with your boo, your attention and focus can get spread quite thin if you’re not careful. Join us in this episode as we give you some of our tips and tricks for how to stay productive while going through college.
Advanced College Series
“What Should I Expect in my Senior Year”
Your senior year (or perhaps years, no judgement) is suppose to be a time of joy and excitement. But, it’s can also be busy and stressful with all the thing you have to get done to either graduate or to progressing to the next stage in your life. We’re hear to help. We talk about its importance, the dreaded “Senioritis” and how to avoid it and other mistakes in your final year.
“Should I Really Pursue an Internship”
A big question on many students’ minds is should I try and get an internship. And it really depends. It depends how you want me to say “yes” … sí, oui, ja, or just YES! Internships are super helpful for many reasons, thus why we dedicated an entire episode to them. We also talk about the difference between paid vs non-paid internships and the best time you should be applying for them.
“Is Studying Abroad Really Worth It”
After listening to Jason talk about his study abroad experiences and how it shaped his life, it’s easy to see the impact they can have. The opportunity to study abroad in another country can benefit your life and career in so many ways. Join us as we discuss the different types of study abroad programs, how to get the most out of them, and how to identify obstacles when applying for them.
“Should I Join a Fraternity or Sorority”
Since Jason and AJ don’t have much experience in Greek Life, we felt the need to bring in a true expert to help the listeners with this topic. Our good friend, Emily Ward, joined us to talk about her experience in a sorority. She discussed the pros and cons of joining Greek Life, the process of joining, what to expect, and ended it some advice for those thinking about joining.
“Should I Apply to Graduate School”
Jason and AJ know grad school! Graduate school for some students is already decided upon. But, for others, the decision on whether to apply to grad school is still up in the air. Join the hosts as they talk about things to consider when trying to decide if you should apply, the application process, advice to help you make that decision, and finally, how to deal with burnout.
“Working While in College”
Whether you have to, to be able to provide for yourself and others, or you want to, because you want to resources to be able to do or have different things, or you don’t have to at all, working while you’re in college is a topic that will come up. Join us as we discuss things to consider from both the work side and the academic side when deciding on whether you need to work while in school.
Career 101 Series
“How to Write an Effective Cover Letter”
Here we go! We’re getting into our general career series. And to start it off, we are talking cover letters. That seems to be a great place to begin because it seems to be an area where most people have a lot of questions. We talk about the purpose of it and the things that you should consider including in your cover letters, while also identifying some things you may want to leave out.
“How to Write an Effective Resume”
The obvious next step after talking about cover letters is talking about resumes … and that’s what we’re doing. Resumes are a daunting, but necessary tool to get your foot in the door for that interview. Join us as we discuss the different types of resumes, what to include and what not to include, and we even throw in some helpful tips for your next resume.
“The Prep Work for the Interview”
You’ve sent in your cover letter and resume … what’s next? Well, hopefully the interview! That’s where we going in this, the first of our two part interview mini-series. In this episode, we’re going to talk about the preparations for the interview. Join us as we give you helpful advice on what you need to do before you ever get to the interview.
“Handling the Interview Once it Begins”
So, you’ve gotten the interview and, after you listened to our last episode, you’ve prepped for your interview. What should you be expecting during the interview? In the second episode of our two part mini-series, we talk about the substance of the interview. Join us as we discuss the types of questions that could be asked, the purpose, and how to potentially answer them.
“Why is LinkedIn So Important”
LinkedIn … yes it’s a “social media” platform, but it can be VERY helpful in find that dream position you’ve been looking for. Or, your presence on it can help recruiters find you. You LinkedIn page can be a vital piece to getting your career off the ground. Join us as we discuss the importance of it, how it can help you, and what you should consider when setting you LinkedIn page up.
“How to Set Up your LinkedIn Page”
In last week’s episode on LinkedIn, we talked about the importance of LinkedIn and how you can use it to help your career. In part 2 of the LinkedIn mini-series, we talk about the makeup of your LinkedIn page. We discuss the parts of your page, including the most important parts, how you get found on LinkedIn, and finished the conversation with some LinkedIn Etiquette.
“Where to Look for Jobs”
Job searching can be a daunting job, in and of itself. Finding jobs on the internet can always be concerning, wondering if what you’re applying for is legit or just a waste of time. Join us as we talk about how the job market has changed and what are some options that are out there for you while you’re in college, as well as when you’re out of college.
“How to Network Effectively”
As Jason says, “networking is one of the most essential elements of career development”. And he’s not exaggerating. It is a skill that is much needed but not really talked about enough in colleges. That why we’re here. Join us as we talk about what it means, why it’s important, and end with giving you our top ways to network and top things NOT to do when networking.
“Tips on Having a Professional Conversation”
Have you ever be formally taught how to have a professional conversation? My guess is no, as it tends to be lower on the priority list for schools. That’s what we’re here for … to bridge that gap. In this episode, we talk about the first two steps of how to have a professional conversation. We’re focussing on breaking the ice and creating rapport.
“More Tips on Having a Professional Conversation”
So, we’re working on creating a professional conversation to establish some kind of networking relationship. We’ve broken the ice; we’ve built some rapport, now what?? In the second part of our “professional conversation” discussion, we talk about the last three steps of the process. We go into how to exchange critical information, breaking away, and the follow up.
“An Overview of Personality Assessments”
There are plenty of personality tests out there. Some of them are legit and offer some very valuable information on your “inner workings” … then, there are some that don’t. And, more and more often we see personality test in hiring process. Join us as we discuss some of the purpose of these tests, the upsides and downsides of them, and should you use your knowledge to game them.
“Steps for Choosing a Career Path”
Picking a career seems to be one of the biggest decisions in a person’s life, and with that comes a lot of concern whether you’re picking the right career or not. As you grow up, you don’t have a lot of help in knowing how to choose your career. That’s what this episode is for. We discuss the first steps to take and what factors you should consider in choose your career path.
“How Companies Hire”
Getting hired on to a company is a task in itself, but knowing where companies look and what they use to find potential applicants can help increase your chances. And this is different for small and large companies. We break down how companies hire future employees, where they go, what (or who) they use, and things you can do to make yourself look more attractive.
In our previous episode on how companies hire, we mentioned that recruiters are used by some to find potential applicants. And, thanks to the question submitted by a listener, we are extending that episode and discussing specifically professional recruiters. We talk about what they are/do, why they’re used, and provide you some tips on how to use and work with them.
“The Goods and Bads of Social Media”
Social media has become an integral part of most of our lives, even to the point of addition, but also a career option. Although there are some pros to social media, there are some massive cons if you’re not careful. Join us this episode as we discuss some of the benefits and downfalls of social media, and ways you can protect yourself while using it.
Opportunity can come when you least expect it, but not necessarily by sheer chance. Opportunity usually occurs from decisions we’ve made regarding past opportunities taken. Join us as we discuss ways we can create opportunity in our lives, recognize when those opportunity arise, and exploit those opportunities, hopefully leading to other opportunities.
As we mentioned on the last episode, part of exploiting opportunity when it arises has to do with taking risks. In this episode, we talk about how to understand risk well enough that you are able to make calculated assessments of risk, within the context of your personality, and optimize your chances of that opportunity leading you to bigger and better things.