Academic Survival

Academic Survival

Thirty percent of students drop out of college during the 1st year. The transition from high school to college is a struggle for many students. I interview current and former college students about their freshman year experience and I invite guests who share topics relevant to college life. Join me as we discuss how to survive, graduate, and thrive. More information about this episode is available at


March 7, 2023 51 min

Dr. Shandra L. McDonald, a college graduate with a lifelong battle with reading, set out on a quest to prove her doubters wrong, but discovered her own inner strength and resilience to academically survive college and beyond.

"Don't let other people's expectations hinder your journey - make your own goals and make decisions that are consistent with achieving them!"

Shandra is a podcaster, guest lecturer, speaker,...

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Velmar learns to balance work, school, and relationships as she finds strength and emotional support in college.

"I told myself in college I wouldn't do that because I came out of high school with literally no close friends, because I failed to build on friendships that I could have had because I was so focused on school. And what's important to you should be your priority."

Velmar Amador-Lankster is a 1st-year s...

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Claiming sobriety from the depths of rock bottom, Nico Morales experienced the power of transformation.

"I have learned to claim the term 'addict' with some positivity to it - I have acquired a better advantage and I have to be intentional about what I'm doing." - Nico Morales

Nico Morales is an international published author, public speaker, small business owner, and recovering addict from Albuquerque, New M...

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When Darrell Horn, an ambitious 17-year-old freshman at Cal State Northridge, sets out on his college journey, he quickly discovers an unexpected dilemma: the challenge of managing his newfound freedom.

"I learned the only way to get around procrastination is if you just do it right away rather than just sit on it and let it stew for a couple of days." - Darrell Horn

Darrell Horn is an entertainer, majoring in Cinema and T...

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Struggling to balance a double major, a job, and extracurriculars, Ahmara Watson discovers her strength is endurance as she navigates her way through the overwhelming expectations of college life.

"Knowing what you can get out of it helps push you through. I think that being able to overwork myself and power through, even when I'm tired or overwhelmed, has been a strength that I've discovered in...

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