College Talks & More

College Talks & More

This series brings together students, parents, authors, and professionals sharing their voices on a variety of college and life topics. For each episode, hosts Hanna and Cari interview a new guest who shares their insight and advice on having a successful college and life experience. It’s all about students finding the information they need for a successful college experience. Topics range from college life, studying, admissions, paying for college, and many more! Sponsored by Mybookcart.com.... Show More

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October 29, 2020 51 min

Halloween is just around the corner.   Stuart Vyse, a former Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College and prolific author, talks with Hanna and Cari about his book Superstition: A Very Short Introduction.  Hanna, Cari, and Stuart talk about the number 13, walking under ladders, Scandinavian folklore, witches at midnight, and all things Halloween.  Listen in to hear all things superstition!

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Most everyone, in one way or another, play at least one sport in their life, whether it's in high school or college.   They learn the valuable lessons of teamwork, good sportsmanship, how to be a leader, and that it's okay to make mistakes, among other lessons.  But for coaches, how do you know if you're being a good coach?  To address this issue, John O'Sullivan, author of the book Every Moment Matters: How the Wor...

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Everyone has heard of The Little Engine That Could where a little blue train engine knew she could eventually get over the mountain if she believed in herself enough. But what about the capability of a small camera to capture images of faraway places and new, unknown plants? Step in Dr. Elliott Horch, an astrophysicist and professor at Southern Connecticut State University. Dr. Elliott talks with Hanna and Cari about the amazing ca...

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Not everyone follows the linear path of going to college right out of high school. Tony Russo talked with Hanna and Cari about going to college in his 30’s while also being a parent, how he helps his daughters now that they are attending college, and his unique career path to being a journalist, podcast host, and writer.   He encouraged his daughters to go to college the way he had, which was to try different subjects to see what t...

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With health professionals and scientists being at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are more in the spotlight today than ever, you may wonder what the state of science is today.  Is what we are being told on the news true from a scientific perspective, and how much spin is being put on the articles on social media?  To confront this issue, and to talk about his book, The State of Science, Marc Zimmer talked on the Co...

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Kelly Kennedy, Associate Director of Student Development and Outreach Career Development, Instructor, and Coach at UConn, talks with Hanna and Cari about how she helps develop a student's career path, and how she assists them in finding a job.  She talks about how important a resume is, what a college student should put on their resume, and how to tell their story during their job interview.  Listen in to hear Kelly give invalu...

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John Torres, founder and executive director of Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders (BCYL), talks with Hanna and Cari about how his organization is changing the lives of youth in Bridgeport, CT.  Bridgeport is Connecticut's largest city.  Six out of ten kids that BCYL serves live in a single family household. There's a huge gap in wealth when you compare Bridgeport to the rest of Fairfield County.  BCYL didn't want to make a...

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October 5, 2020 51 min

The freshman year of college can be a make it or break it moment for many.  To give advice and insights on how to survive that tricky first year of college, Bill McGarvey, co-author of the book The Freshman Survival Guide, talked with College Talks & More hosts Hanna and Cari about doing just that.  He co-authored the book with Nora Bradbury-Hale, and it helps freshmen get through the first critical year of college.  Incoming c...

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Prepare yourself for the real world by successfully transitioning from college into real life.  Pete Hardesty, coauthor of the book Adulting 101, gives timeless advice on finding new friends, working at a new job, budgeting your money, and setting your priorities.  Life speeds up after graduation, make sure you don't get overwhelmed.  It's OK to make mistakes, learn from them.  Listen in to hear Pete's guidance on how t...

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Some college students play in a band, participate in theater, or do stand up comedy.  But few go on to make performing their full time career.  Juggling performer Greg Frisbee talks with hosts Hanna and Cari about what it takes to succeed in the entertainment industry.  Greg has travelled extensively, experienced different cultures, all while putting smiles on people's faces and making them laugh.  Listen in to hear his unique ...

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The cost of attending college is a big worry for families when their child is looking at applying to various schools. To address this concern, Jeannie Burlowski spoke with College Talks & More hosts Hanna and Cari about various strategies parents can utilize to decrease the cost of college. Jeannie is a full time academic strategist and speaker. Her writing provides parents a clear step by step checklist so they can set their k...

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September 20, 2020 27 min

Educator Brycial Williams talks with Hanna and Cari about the childhood trauma he experienced because of bullying.  It got so bad that he attempted to take his own life. It still affects him today as an adult.  He warns parents and teachers of the seriousness of bullying, because it can take a turn for the worse quickly and unexpectedly.  He says communication is key.  Parents need to be notified as soon as the bullying occurs.  He...

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Robert Travaglini, an experienced educator, discusses music education and educational frameworks.  He also goes into the current industrial model of education, and how it does not work for some students.  He advocates changing the industrial model so education benefits everyone, not just the middle.

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Hildie Steiner, owner of High Five College Prep, discusses how to be your authentic self when applying to colleges.  While academic success is important, your social and emotional readiness is also very important when attending college.  You need to make sure you can successfully handle the rigors and unexpected challenges of attending college.  Hildie talks about how she helps students, especially students with special needs, appl...

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We've all heard the phrase "Struggling Artist".  But it's not just artists, actors, or actresses that see the challenges of breaking into their fields. Some people just want vanilla, not a rainbow's worth of creativity.  This is the problem that Matt O'Sullivan faced in the broadcasting industry, they kept telling him he was just too creative.  Thinking outside the box is not always what your employer wants....

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Saving, investing, and paying for college can sound daunting, but financial advisor Mike Lynch lays out all the facts.  He offers easy to understand guidance on saving and investing for your or your family's education plans.   He offers invaluable advice on 529 plans, student loans, and if a student should consider taking out life insurance.  He also works with parents of special needs children where he helps the parents plan o...

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David Crow, author of "The Pale-Faced Lie", discusses growing up on an Navajo Indian reservation with his idolized dad, his mentally ill mother, and three siblings. He discusses how he overcame mental and physical abuse during his childhood at the hands of his father.  He goes on to succeed in life by graduating high school, goes onto college, and he becomes a successful businessman by starting his own firm.   Everybody str...

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Speaking clearly and appropriately in a social setting is key to a student's success in life.  Some students struggle, and they may need expert help in developing their speech.  This is where Mr. Tim comes in.  He is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in social-pragmatic communication disorders, which means that an individual has difficulty using verbal and/or non-verbal communication in a social setting.  A social-p...

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Dr. Hibbs and Dr. Rostein, authors of the book "The Stressed Years of Their Lives", talk about the unique challenges and stressors that young adults face today when heading off to college.  They offer advice and support to parents in preparing their children for the college transition.  Heading off to college is not the same as previous generations, and parents and young adults alike have to be prepared for this stressful t...

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Brian speaks with hosts Hanna and Cari about the challenges of getting accepted into top-tier colleges, and how his company Ivy Coach helps students achieve their dream of attending their reach school.  He shares insight into what top colleges look for in a student, how difficult it is to be accepted into these schools, and how big a role sports play.  Listen in to hear valuable advice on how to be accepted into ivy league colleges...

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