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Growing Up Sucks! Podcast
24 minutes | May 12, 2021
How do you not overload yourself? How do you stop proving yourself? How do you quit something? – GUS Ep. 25
Some people take on too much. And they only notice it when things have already gotten too stressful or deadlines are missed. We discuss noticing your own behavior and watching how you react to things. These are great indicators of how you are doing. But at the core of the problem might be "Why are you always trying to prove yourself?" Can you accept that you are already good enough? You don't need to prove yourself forever. And can you quit an activity when it is the right thing to do?
27 minutes | May 5, 2021
It’s “exceptionalities”, not “disabilities” – and other great things we can learn from an amazing young woman who is helping others every single day – GUS Ep. 24
Emily is giving herself to her students before, during, and after class. And she's studying for her Master's. Hopefully a Ph.D. someday, so she can help even more. But her struggles are real and sometimes painful. Among her many medical issues, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome creates perhaps the greatest challenge. Listen in as she educates all of us about how powerful a person can be.
30 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Recent college graduates ARE making it in the real world, but it’s challenging – just ask Katie – GUS Ep. 23
Katie graduated college right at the start of the pandemic. Recent college graduates ARE making it in the real world. She used college to figure out where her boundaries were for adding things to her plate and she worked on her confidence. Now, she's in charge of her life and ready to succeed. Included in her advice is learn from other students, get some leadership experience, compartmentalize some of your problems, and keep active outside the classroom. And, if anyone needs to hire someone like her, she says she's a "wonderful number two." She'll explain.
31 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Anxiety about graduating and the future is very high right now. Focus on the controllables – GUS Ep. 22
Kyle is worried about his future. Frankly, he's worried about his whole generation's future. Partly because his own future is up in the air. He's changed major. He doesn't know what he wants to do when he graduates. He's worried about his school debt load. I talk to him about a bunch of things. How to become a millionaire. How to not worry about the uncontrollables. The value of mentors and networking. And in the end, he commits to do three things.
29 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
A young woman comes out as gay to her father – GUS Ep. 21
It can be a very scary situation for many young people - to share with their parents that they are gay, bisexual or transgender. One brave woman shares her story. But her story is not typical. Her father, though heterosexual, was very open and accepting of her announcement. But she was still very nervous about telling him. Unfortunately, many young adults get a negative reaction from one or both of their parents. We discuss some tips on how to handle this situation and express our hope that the world will continue to become ever more accepting.
21 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Meet a young entrepreneur who’s made it all work out despite some serious early struggles – GUS Ep. 20
Seth is a recent college grad who has a full-time job but has also started his own media property called In-Between Media. Now it has a staff, thousands of hits, and lots of content (though it still does a great job with fantasy football). Despite some serious struggles growing up, Seth ended up being chief editor of his college's newspaper and is now very happy with where he's at in his life and his career. He offers great advice for young adults, particularly about getting the "real" value from college.
24 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Being a college football player on the way to med school – GUS Ep. 19
Stone comes from a family of athletes and now plays Div. II football. He’s discovered time management is a huge issue for college athletes, particularly if they want to go to med school like he does. But he’s also learned how hard it is to be so far from home and how you can’t stress about the “uncontrollables”. We cover a wide range of issues so tune in to hear this 20-year-old tell us his story.
28 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Finally moving out, but your parents don’t want you to. – GUS Ep. 18
Tristan wants to move out in a few weeks when he graduates college, but he thinks is parents are not on board with his plan. We discuss a variety of issues, including how he’s going to pay his own way. We end up with a strategy for a series of conversations he can have back home.
24 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
How to be a successful college student and college athlete – GUS Ep. 17
Some people think college athletes have it easy. In reality, it’s quite the opposite. They have it harder. Much more of their time is taken up with practice and games, so they need a tremendous amount of self-discipline and time management skills to succeed in their courses. They also have to make friends and find a social life, sometimes very far from home. Sara is a successful swimmer on her way to a graduate medical program. We talk about what she’s learned in her college career.
21 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Can a passive young woman become a better communicator? – GUS Ep. 16
Michelle discovered her “passive” form of communication didn’t work for her when she was younger. So she gradually worked on it and now believes she can, most of the time, be assertive. We talk about what that means and I have her take a brief quiz about assertiveness Then I discuss some rules of assertiveness. In truth, every young adult can improve their relationships by learning to be better communicators, assertive but not aggressive or passive.
28 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
How do I argue with my significant other?
We’ve all had arguments with our significant other or close friends. Do we do them well? I discuss this very important topic with Megan and we explore 4 different communication styles and how they impact these tough conversations.
30 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
How Should I Study in College? – GUS Ep. 14
There isn’t just one way to study in college. You should study differently for different types of courses: hard sciences, soft sciences, and humanities. Brooke and I go into some detail and then we discuss the “teach-back” method of studying. But metacognition is the most important skill she needs to succeed in college.
20 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Not Drinking is a Real Option, but there is still Peer Pressure – GUS Ep. 13
Is it possible to be someone in their late teens or early twenties and not drink? Yup, but peer pressure is a real thing. Fortunately, things get better over time. Join Heather and I in an honest conversation about not drinking or doing drugs in this day and age.
27 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
(College) Interview with a campus Student Government President – GUS Ep. 12
Leadership. Pandemic. Getting involved. Mentoring. Career development. Networking. I discuss it all with Alex, twice elected Student Government Association president at a mid-sized western Pennsylvania university. Great advice for college students!
37 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Romantic Relationships in the Year 2021 – GUS Ep. 11
Dating apps. Long-distance relationships. Fighting but staying together. We cover it all on this podcast with my guests Heather and Steve. It’s certainly been harder to find someone and to stay with someone during the pandemic, but it’s not impossible. We explore a wide variety of topics in this special Valentine’s Day podcast.
27 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Depression and Hope for a Brighter Future
Depression is a very serious topic for young adults, especially during this time of global pandemic. Cassidy and I have both experienced depression and talk at length about our differing experiences. We offer hope to everyone out there, because, we both agree, we’re doing just fine.
28 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Depression, thriving, and finding balance in life – GUS Ep. 9
Every young adult is going to find their breaking point sometime. I found mine at age 22 and a senior in college. I talk about it with Michelle and then we look at “wellbeing”. What areas of our life do we need to focus on and balance if we’re going to thrive! If you listen closely you might hear me make a brief Buddhism reference.
33 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
How do I change my relationship with my parents? – GUS Ep. 8
When you go from pre-teen to young adult you have to change your relationship with your parents. Cassidy has navigated this and has a few stories to share. I talk about how different every child and parent-child relationship is, and we start to agree at the end that a lot of the responsibility falls on the child.
36 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
(College) Finding and Navigating Friendships After High School – Ep. 7
Megan has experienced the good and the bad of college friendships. So have I as a matter of fact. In this episode, we talk about how to find friends, how to start and grow friendships, and how to end the ones that are toxic. Many young adults only know the “friendship stories” of their acquaintances and maybe their parents. There are thousands of different friendship stories, if not millions. It’s a lifelong quest to navigate friendships. Let us help. (College – this is one of our “College-specific” episodes, though anyone can learn from our discussion.)
26 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
An Intergenerational Conversation about Marijuana – GUS Ep. 6
I know as a 50+ something that I’m going to have to adapt to the fact that many people use THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets a person high. Many states have legalized it, and I predict the rest will follow. So how can my generation, probably your parents’ age, and the younger generation have a reasonable dialogue about this? I give it a try with Steve. Though he doesn’t smoke, he explains to me how common it is and I try to explain that I’m slowly adjusting. This isn’t the first conversation I’ll have with young adults about marijuana, but it gets the dialogue started.
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