Ashwath Narayanan is redefining success after recently returning to America to attend George Washington University. Ashwath discusses how necessary failure is to his growth as a young leader, defines what leadership is to him, and shares how self-awareness has had to his mindset. Ashwath chats about his experience so far, and explains how he tries, and sometimes fails, to balance all the opportunities he’s overwhelmed with. Most recently, Ashwath co-founded Culture Co, a creative agency focused on collaborating with impact-driven companies and nonprofits.
Tune is as Annmarie and Adam chat about embracing confusion, moving through fear and creating habits for success.
Have you heard of the podcast Headscratcher? It was started a few months ago by 19 year old Ben Laufer. Perhaps Ben is just like you: a young college student with the perfect resume, a great high school education, and stable upbringing.
However, Ben felt like a cog in a machine and noticed early on that he was making decisions because they seemed like the right thing to do, not because it was necessarily the best thing to do for him. Ben courageously decided to buck the system and took a gap year to look for the answers to the questions we all often ask: who am I, what do I want to do and how do I get there?
Ben talks with Annmarie about why he felt he needed to do this, how he designed his gap year, what he learned about himself, and what he hopes to take with him as he enters his freshman year.
#41: Annmarie and Adam talk about trusting that it’s ok NOT to know all the answers and how to be comfortable in the unknown
Annmarie and producer Adam Harris recap what it means to trust the unknown, why it’s important to take healthy risks, and the illusion of being comfortable with a "secure" job.
Recent graduate Skye Deitelbaum discusses her decision to travel, putting her sports broadcasting career on pause. Skye shares her relationship to the freedom and the unknown, and how she is continuing to create the best version of herself. Skye also reflects on her college experience, including an unhealthy relationship and how she failed to prioritize self-care.
It’s all about transitions! From freshman year to graduation Brandon shares his college journey and all the ups and downs he encountered along the way.
This week, Annmarie talks with her nephew Brandon Harris shortly after his graduation from the University of Illinois this past June. Although Brandon is devoted to pursuing a career and life he loves and is passionate about, he talks openly about how his fears caused him to ignore what he was drawn to study freshman year and how that has impacted him today. He shares how and why he courageously rejected 3 great job offers in his field of study and what he plans to do next as he becomes a conscious creator of his life.
This week, Annmarie and producer Adam Harris explore what freedom means throughout your college experience and beyond. Adam discusses the importance of finding and following your own path, starting with involving the element of play.
Amanda Elert inspires Annmarie and producer Adam Harris to discuss what being comfortable with being uncomfortable looks like, how to begin to become aware of your discomfort, and what you do with it. Annmarie also talks about the value of revealing, not concealing, to maximize your energy, and the importance of being authentic and unapologetic in your life.
This week, Amanda Elert (@mandamandamanda_show), a University of Wisconsin-Madison junior, talks about the secret to securing summer internships, combining her interest in math/statistics and her passion for sports into a career she loves, and how to find female role models in a male-dominated field. Listen in as Amanda shares the most valuable lesson she has learned so far in college and how she uses that to lean in to her most stressful moments.
Annmarie and producer Adam Harris recap Elizabeth Langshur (episode 33), who bravely discussed how she uses her experience with anxiety, depression, and bullying to educate and empower others. Annmarie and Adam start by defining anxiety, its effects, and intensities. Annmarie explains the importance of creating space for your anxiety to move, and using anxiety as an invitation to build self-awareness. Annmarie and Adam also talk about the importance of reframing your relationship with anxiety, including beginning to transparently share those moments you feel anxious and scarred with others. You are strong enough to handle this.
#33: 16 year old HS Jr Elizabeth Langshur uses her anxiety as an opportunity to connect authentically with friends and educate, inspire and empower others like her
After dealing with health issues from the age of 10, Elizabeth shares how she recovered from anxiety, depression and bullying in middle school, and how she is using her experience to inform and educate others. Along the way, she is opening hearts and inspiring and empowering students like herself to be open honest and real. She speaks to how she now considers her middle school “bully” a gift to her passion and purpose to spread the word, reveal not conceal, and normalize mental illness as a means to authentic connection with others. Elizabeth is planning to study psychology in college and would like to focus on therapy on children.
Knowing when to say no and how to say no is not an easy skill to learn and sometimes the universe smacks you right between the eyes with a big life lesson just when you don’t expect it. What happens when you ignore your bodies signals to slow down, take care and chill out?
This week, Annmarie and producer Adam Harris talk about how Jazmin Kay learned this big life lesson after her bout with pneumonia and what she is doing now to take care of herself and how you can learn to avoid burnout. Just in time for summer, Annmarie and Adam also chat about the importance of play in opening you to productivity and Annmarie challenges listeners to take some time to recharge and play, like Jazmin did, to be in-flow, at-ease, present and ultimately more productive.
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.