Jazmin Kay, an inspiring student activist and soon to be graduate at George Washington University discusses balance, finding joy, and the power of living in the present in such a distracting world. On this episode Jazmin shares how she learned to elevate her productivity after a tough lesson on burnout and bedrest. She talks about why it's important to follow your passions and why knowing when to say no is one of the most powerful things you can do. We also talk about how she uses social media as a tool of empowerment, not a tool you use to compare to others. Lastly, Jazmin tells us about the value of trusting your gut and ultimately yourself, something we can all use a little more of!
For the last nine months, YOUNIVERSITY has talked with students about self-awareness, finding their passion, and living fearlessly. On today’s episode, we reflect on the themes we have covered across previous episodes, including clips from Olivia Royal (Ep 10), Jazmin Kay (Ep 31), and Emery Bergman (Ep 3) who represent what this podcast is about: supporting and empowering young people to step into the life you love.
#29: Annmarie and Adam recap on Shaina Zafar and share thoughts about mindset, beliefs, and conscious listening
Annmarie and Adam are back for another recap. Today they discuss their thoughts about last week's episode with Penn sophomore and Chief Product Officer of Generation Z consulting firm JUV Consulting, Shaina Zafar. Annmarie and Adam discuss Shaina’s inspiring mindset and how it allows her to live an empowered and impactful life. Annmarie and Adam also talk about the power beliefs have in shaping your decisions, and what it mean to be a conscious listener, reminding us all to listen with an open mind, and open, curious, and empathetic heart.
Today, we chat with Penn sophomore, Shaina Zafar, a first-generation, low-income, minority student studying International Relations. Shaina shows us what it looks like to be a self-starter and create an empowered and impactful life no matter where you come from. She reminds us the important role empathy plays when it comes to connecting and collaborating with others to create real change in the world. And her personal experience is a powerful demonstration on why mindset plays a significant role in creating an empowered and impactful life. Her passion, enthusiasm and wisdom are inspiring. I hope you enjoy listening in this week!
This week, producer Adam Harris joins Annmarie for a conversation about last week’s episode with Marco Bacchetta about following your passion and fear of failure. Annmarie and Adam discuss the many roles fear can play, whether it be motivating, inspiring, or paralyzing, and how stepping into fear can open up a world of possibilities. Annmarie and Adam also talk about how every failure is an opportunity to get curious, and chat about the importance of stopping to reflect on success like Marco does.
#26: Ever feel afraid that you might not succeed at what you MOST want to do? UAL film student, Marco Bacchetta talks to us about his fears of failure and what he thinks real failure is.
This week’s guest, Marco Bacchetta, puts a whole new perspective on the study abroad experience. Marco is an Italian student, raised in Switzerland and France and now in his 2nd year studying at the UAL in London.
He shares his journey from a struggling high school student not knowing what he wanted to do, to listening to that inner voice that opened him to his passion for studying film.
Marco talks openly and vulnerably about his fear of failure and how he overcomes it each and every day and how much pressure he puts on himself to succeed and why. Marco offers a piece of advice for you and talks deeply about how he defines success and failure. As we begin to wrap up our interview, Marco shares vulnerably about the overwhelm he feels when he thinks about possibly failing and how his perspective has evolved over the years and opened him to stepping into his fear rather than running from it.
#25: Former Stanford Dean, Julie Lythcott-Haims, shifts from being well paid and miserable to loving what she does, and stands for students to do the same
I am most fired up about my conversation with NYT bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims. She shares her story of her perceived failures to ultimate success and how she found her passion, and what she learned along the way. Ms. Haims encourages us to listen for and trust our inner voice because we are not here to lead anyone else’s life but our own, reminding us the importance of dreaming our dreams unapologetically.
Do you ever just feel completely STUCK? This week, Annmarie hits a wall. On this episode, listen in as she shares what happens to her and how she deals with her lack of motivation and resistance to getting things done, including this week's episode.
#23: Stepping into your power, trusting your gut, and college decision reflections with Skidmore sophomore Lilia Wilson
If you haven’t yet listened to Episode 20 with Lilia Wilson, you might want to before tuning in today! On this episode, we follow up with Skidmore sophomore, Lilia, a semester later. Lilia reflects on her decision to switch her major and how she now feels about it. We explore how she is increasingly learning to take responsibility for her happiness by making decisions that are best for her while remaining open and curious and trying new things. Lilia also shares how she is embracing her new environment, how her circle of friends continues to evolve, and why she thinks it’s important to seek positivity. Lastly, Lilia recalls how she navigated the dreaded college decision process.
Last week, we got to know Nic Chae, a Princeton sophomore with a wildly popular YouTube channel with over 50K subscribers created in large part because of Nic's willingness to be honest and vulnerable. This week we talked with Nic about balance and how he manages his his time and energy, between his passions and what he knows to be practical in his life. We talk about acceptance and rejection. It's March and admissions letters from your colleges are arriving. Nic Chae was there just a short time ago. He share how he dealt with rejection himself and tell us how it felt to be rejected from his dream school Nic also talks about a visit to a school that didn't sit well with him and how he listened to his inner voice on that visit and what did he do to take leadership of his own life. Enjoy part two of this two part interview with Nic Chae.
#21: YouTube sensation and Princeton Sophomore, Nic Chae on Practicality vs. Passion: Is declaring your major causing YOU major stress?
Nothing is going to get in the way of Nic Chae and his success. On this week’s episode, I talk to 19 year old sophomore Nic Chae.
Nic Chae originally planned to pursue his passions and study film and visual arts at Stanford University, his dream school. Much to his surprise, today despite his passions and talent for photography and film, Nic finds himself instead across the country studying economics at Princeton University.
Tune in as Nic shares his struggles between choosing what’s practical and what he is passionate and tells us how he is making that choice and why - and about and how he finds the time to fit it all in what he’s learned about trying to do it all, burn out, his fears of feeling judged and what’s it like to being vulnerable on campus and in life.
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#20: Flipping out on flipping your major, listening to your heart and other big lessons I learned in college with Skidmore Sophomore, Lilia Wilson
Today, I would like you to meet Lilia Wilson, a sophomore at Skidmore University, her dream school. I spoke to Lilia at the start of her sophomore year. Lilia is a great example of an empowered and courageous leader. For years as she prepared for college she believed she had a clear understanding of what she wanted to study and eventually do with her life however early on first semester of her freshman year she began to realize things were just not working out the way she thought and she decided to switch majors and shift directions.
Listen in and learn how Lilia got the courage and clarity she needed to make this difficult decision and then cultivate the confidence to make the change that felt best for her.
What's up with all this vulnerability talk these days? Tune is as Adam and Annmarie talk about why vulnerability is the key to freedom in relationships, college, and life.
#18: Are you honest on Instagram? Vanderbilt Junior Shannon Flynn shares what her father’s death taught her about vulnerability and social media.
You are about to meet an incredibly inspiring young woman I spoke with recently: Shannon Flynn. Shannon shared some pretty powerful stuff, starting with how the loss of her father sophomore year shaped who she is today, how she discovered one of her genius qualities, how she learned what authenticity really was, why she decided to delete her IG account and what she has learned from her year long break from social media.
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On this episode Annmarie teaches podcast editor, Adam Harris what it means to have a full body yes, and how to trust yourself to make good decisions. One way we can reliably trust ourselves to make good decisions -decisions that are most aligned with our well being - is to listen for our full body yes. Listen in to learn more about your full body yes and your no, and how to tell the difference between the two.
Lola and I talk about how her daughter Olivia made the decision to forgo a full ride scholarship and why. We explore what it means to listen to your gut, how to trust and follow your heart when it might not always “make sense” on paper and being a creator in your life, rather than a victim of your circumstances. Check out the last of the Royal Family interviews as Lola talks about her daughter, who’s pursuing her dreams at all costs. Literally.
#15: Lola Wright shares her perspective on her son’s decision to switch schools mid year and her thought on the importance of using College as an adventure.
Lola Wright shares her perspective on her son's decision to switch schools mid year, her thoughts on trusting your gut, how to find your passion and how she taught her kids to be financially prudent when taking on student loan debt.
#14: ASU Freshman Trey Royal, shares his decision to transfer after first semester and how curiosity helped him develop a friendship with his roommate he had little in common with.
After only 2 weeks at ASU, Trey realizes he is not in the right place. Listen in as he shares his journey to decide to leave after his first semester and why he chose University of Illinois. Trey also shares how he became friends with a roommate who he had nothing in common with by being open, curious and non judgmental.
#13: Elon Jr. Sydney Decaro, shares her big life lessons about stress learned while studying abroad.
Admittedly Sydney Decaro was afraid to travel abroad her junior year. Despite her reluctance she pushed herself to take the risk and along the way she learned some unexpected and valuable life lessons about stress. On this episode of Youniveristy, listen in as Annmarie and Sydney discuss the cultural differences she discovered on her semester abroad, what she learned about the impact stress has on her success and what she is hoping to bring back with her when she returns to study in the US.
We all struggle to find balance and in college it can be even harder to feel in control of your time. Feeling out of control of your time causes decreased energy and increased stress. This week, Tufts Sophomore Sarah Weiner shares her secret to managing her schedule successfully by making sure she is saying yes to doing things that she really loves.
While we have things on our to do list that must be done like homework and attending class, when we commit to using our free time doing the things we are passionate about we refuel our tanks and get more energy.
Pay attention to what you choose to say yes to this week and listen for opportunities to say no.
Ever hear yourself saying “I have no choice.” I have to! I’m overwhelmed. There’s no enough time.” College can feel overwhelming and we can feel at the effect of our lives from time to time. When we do, we feel stress, anxiety and disempowered. On this weeks episode learn how to feel more in control of your life and less stressed.
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#10: Why Olivia chose to forgo a full ride to Howard to go to her dream school and take on big debt.
On this week’s episode of YOUniversity Annmarie interviews Olivia Royal. Olivia shares why she chose to forgo a full ride to Howard to go for her dream school and take on big debt to follow her passion and go to her dream school. Together they talk about predominately white institutions, trusting your gut, believing in yourself, following your dreams, and trusting the money will follow and more.
#9: Dr. Joe Krupnick shares tips for getting into the best college. Hint: It’s not all about test scores.
Today we talk about the importance of knowing HOW to think versus what to think with Dr. Joe Krupnick of The Krupnick Approach. This big idea reminds you to master your ability to learn to THINK and open your mind as an important and valuable skill in today’s world. Finally, lets not forget to understand what sets you uniquely apart, not just on your college application but in your life. Are you pursuing your authentic passion? These are all questions I am excited to continue to explore with you this week.
Annmarie and Teri talk about parenting, the power of surrender and how to let go and trust your kids to find their own way, even when it goes against your dreams and desires for them. She shares her heartbreak at the realization that Lucy is ready to quit college to pursue her dreams and reminds us how challenging it can be to balance both strength and vulnerability as a parent. And Teri shares her belief that with passion, practice and hard work we are all bound to succeed. Teri pursues her passion very successfully at No Crumbs left https://www.instagram.com/nocrumbsleft/ Check her out. You will fall in love.
#7: Despite her fear, Pitzer sophomore Lucy Hartman listened to her heart and got the courage to tell her mom she was quitting school to follow her dreams.
Lucy Hartman shares vulnerabily about her 2 year struggle at school. After applying early decision and getting into her dream school Lucy quickly relaizes she is only in school to fullfill her moms dream for her to get a college degree. After two years, and at the harsh realization that she was loosing the thing that made her special, unique and alive and beginning to make herself sick and depressed, Lucy musters up the courage to face the truth and her mom. Lucy takes us on the journey and into her life as she describes her path and reminds us all that the path to success is paved differently for everyone and the key to your success lies within you and only you.