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Life After Now
27 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
14 - The Power of Community in the Face of Racism
When it comes to disrupting racism in our schools, we need to stand up. Derek Francis, manager of counseling services in Minneapolis Public Schools, speaks with us about how best to support students of color in the face of racism and social isolation. He breaks down the differences between the rural and urban experience for BIPOC students, gets real about the effects of racism on young people, and talks about the power of celebration to raise the confidence and self-esteem of BIPOC communities. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
19 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
13 - Learning While Living: Life as a Resident Advisor
Have you ever thought about being a Resident Advisor (RA) in a college dorm? Asha Mohamud talks about all of the benefits that being an RA provides, from making it financially feasible to live on campus, to expanding your social circle, to developing skills that will help you in a surprising number of situations later in life. Being an RA is a great way to not only make the college experience more attainable, but also more rewarding (and fun). Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
18 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
12 - Earn While You Learn: MN Dual-Training Pipeline Program
Did you know that there’s a program where workers receive a combination of related instruction strategically paired with on-the-job training right here in Minnesota? Yese Ruiz talks about finding her passion for healthcare through the MN Dual-Training Pipeline Program, her experiences as a first-generation college student, and using bilingualism as an advantage. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
26 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
11 - Insights from the Inside: How to Pay for College
FAFSA, Loans, Work-Study, Grants… Where do you even begin? In this episode, we bring in a financial aid expert to talk about the process and demystify how to pay for college. Dean of Financial Aid at Gustavus Adolphus College, Jesus Hernandez Mejia, discusses numbers and breaks myths about the financial aid process. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
25 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
10 - Trailblazing in Higher Education
As the first woman and first Latinx president in Macalester’s history, Dr. Suzanne Rivera knows that academic excellence and inclusion go hand-in-hand; you don’t need a well-tread path to get where you want to go. In this expansive interview, Dr. Rivera talks about her own experiences, how they have informed her leadership, and what higher education institutions can do to authentically promote inclusivity—for the benefit of all. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
24 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
9 - Adjusting to Life in College (And a New Country)
Going to college is a big decision and a big change, and that’s especially true if you’re coming from another country. As a multicultural admissions counselor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Nawang Palkit talks to Liz about her college experience, which was also her first experience in America. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
19 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
8 - Simplifying the College Application Process
In this episode we chat with Jodi Furman. Jodi is the founder of Enlightened Admissions, a consulting company that helps students navigate the college admissions process. Jodi breaks down the timeline for the admissions process, and offers some great resources for BIPOC students, first-generation students, or students from otherwise underserved communities. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
22 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
7 - Staying Engaged in the Face of Challenges
Jeremiah Harris, the director of GEAR UP Minneapolis, talks about the kinds of support you as a high school student both deserve and should expect in making choices about your educational future. There are lots of great programs and resources out there to help you on your journey, and there are also a wide array of educational opportunities out there for you - not just a four year collegiate degree. If you have a vision for where you want to end up, organizations like GEAR UP are available to help you talk about how to make that a reality both in terms of envisioning the path to get there and getting the financial resources to walk it. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
15 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
6 - Lifted Up by Upward Bound
We have a lot of great guests lined up on Life After Now - leaders, experts, professors, counselors, and more. These individuals will share insights and expertise on helping you on your path to and through postsecondary education. Today though, we want to give the mic to someone on that path, so you can hear from an individual just like you who is living through the process. Betty Garcia Herrera is a recent graduate of Worthington High School, a first generation student, an activist, and someone who is embarking on her journey in postsecondary education. She is here to share her story about applying to college, how and why she chose to go, and what she hopes for other upcoming or recent high school grads all across Minnesota. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
23 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
5 - Solving Student Summer Melt
Is your college motivation melting away? You might be experiencing “summer melt”. Nationally, 1 in 5 college-bound students fail to show up to campus in the fall. This phenomenon is called Summer Melt. In this episode, Professor Benjamin Castleman and Applied Behavioral Scientist Alice Choe tell us about their research into ways to prevent Summer Melt and other ways to boost college access and completion, especially for historically marginalized students. Check out our resources to get yourself signed up for free college advising and text message “nudges” to keep yourself on track for life after now. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
24 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
4 - If You Don't See the Light, Be the Light
Khalique Rogers talks about how important it is to be fearless when it comes to seizing opportunities whether it be participating in PSEO programs, developing a career, or bringing change to your community. By asking questions and believing in himself, Khalique has opened door after door for himself and is now helping others do the same. You’ll hear how we’re all on our own hero’s journey, and how PSEO is one of the ways to arm yourself on the climb. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
21 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
3 - Your College Questions Answered!
Should I go to college if I don’t know what I want to major in or do with my life? Is it something I can figure out while I’m there? How can I pay for college? What is Minnesota doing to make it more affordable? Life After Now will dive into all of these questions over the course of the season, but in this episode we have a pair of experts from GearUp MN giving us some quick answers to pressing questions from high schoolers all around the state of Minnesota. Shout out to all of the students who sent in questions to make this episode possible! Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
23 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
2 - Mental Health: The Most Important Assignment
Bryan Contreras joins the podcast to talk about the importance of mental health, which is a critical part of the educational journey. Bryan gives tips on both evaluating the state of your mental health, and what lasting habits you can build to keep your sense of mental wellbeing high. He also talks about how institutions are working to improve the ways they can support students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and the need for that effort to continue. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
15 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
1 - What Is Life After Now?
A global pandemic, racial injustice, political uprisings, and a pending climate crisis are just a few of the serious issues we face as we begin building towards a “new normal.” So, how do these challenges affect students making decisions about their future? What about life after now? In this episode, our host, Liz Bolsoni, talks to Kat Klima, Outreach and Communications Coordinator from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, about the mission of the Life After Now Podcast; what listeners can expect to hear over the course of the season; and where to find more information. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
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