My First Year Story

My First Year Story

The UConn FYP&LC Podcast, "My First Year Story," will follow the journey of a first-year student as they have insightful conversations with members of UConn Nation about their first years of college. Witty and engaging, the podcast will provide a snapshot of what it's like to be a first-year student at the University of Connecticut and how we are all connected by the shared experience of going to college, learning, growing, and making mistakes along the way.

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May 6, 2021 37 min

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we have a special treat for our listeners with two guests on this week’s episode!  Tomaso sits down with mother/son duo and UConn alumni Judy and Justis Lopez. Judy currently works with the UConn Women’s Center, while Justis is the CEO of his educational entertainment company Just Experience, LLC, and a consultant for the Council for Opportunity in Education. The discussion begins with Justis and Jud...

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This episode features Sage Phillips, a junior Political Science and Human Rights major, who was recently named a Truman Scholar.  The Truman Scholarship is a tribute to the late 33rd President and public service with the goal of inspiring the next generation of public service leaders.  Listeners will quickly learn why Sage was selected for this premier graduate fellowship as they follow along with her conversation with Tomaso.  As ...

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April 8, 2021 14 min

Joining Tomaso this week is Yiyi An, a first-year international student from China. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UConn partnered with institutions around the world to offer international students ways to complete their coursework elsewhere while still connecting and engaging with other international students attending those schools. One such institution is the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), which is where Yi...

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March 25, 2021 29 min

This episode welcomes Mrya Cerrato, a first generation college student double majoring in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Myra shares her story of how she transferred from UMass Dartmouth to UConn Stamford, and then arrived at UConn Storrs in the spring 2020 semester. Now, as a junior, she participates in virtual clinical psychology research, collecting qualitative data from mothers with PTSD, through UConn’s M...

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March 12, 2021 32 min
Colin Cleary, a Ph.D. candidate studying Physiology and Neurobiology at UConn, lets us in on the studying secrets he discovered as an undergraduate and explains that for him, different STEM classes required different approaches. During his first year at UConn, Colin developed a passion for science but wasn’t sure about which direction to pursue. After completing coursework in Physiology & Neurobiology (PNB) and Molecular & ...
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In this week’s episode, Tomaso chats with the Operations Director of the Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UConn, Kathy Rocha. Kathy talks about the nonlinear path from a major to career, using her Political Science major from Providence College as an example. Kathy had planned to enter the field of law, but upon graduation, she felt drawn to the business world, ultimately pursuing her MBA and a career...
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February 11, 2021 36 min
"Faculty should always be willing to challenge students but also not...overwhelm them," says Dr. Thomas Long, Professor in Residence for the UConn School of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Learning Community. With our host Tomaso, Dr. Long transports us back to his early years of college as he reminisces about difficulty in finding a parking space while Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” played on the radio. He also talks about...
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January 28, 2021 29 min

Join Tomaso as he sits down with Damani Douglas, the first Chief Diversity Officer in UConn’s Undergraduate Student Government history, to talk about his journey and involvement in student government. In this episode, Damani explains his beginnings as a member of the ScHOLA²RS Learning Community that inspired him to explore different leadership roles. Throughout the discussion, Damani reaffirms the “cliché that there really is a cl...

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January 14, 2021 37 min

This episode features Associate Professor of Law at UConn, Jamelia Morgan. Through her education at Stanford University and Yale Law School, Professor Morgan gained expertise in criminal law, critical race theory, equality law, disability law and policy, prison law and policy, and policing. Professor Morgan talks about how she supported creating the 'U.S. Anti-Black Racism Course' at UConn alongside other faculty because of...

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December 31, 2020 26 min

In this episode, Tomaso sits down with the Executive Director of UConn's Office of First Year Programs and Learning Communities, David Ouimette. David shares his own experiences as a first-year student at Gettysburg College, and as the conversation continues, listeners will hear about how David's strong passion for “student success from the start” helped to pave the way for the development of UConn's First Year Experien...

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December 17, 2020 30 min
On this episode, we sit down with published author, vlogger, and first-year UConn student Allison Determan. Tomaso talks with Allison about her book, "Goat on the Lam," and how the (soon to be famous) novel came to be. Tomaso and Allison also discuss how their shared first semester at UConn has differed from past years, how the past has an important impact on the future, and how learning experiences can inform future succes...
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December 3, 2020 29 min

In this episode, Tomaso sits down with UConn senior Destiny Cruz, an Allied Health Sciences major with a minor in Psychology. Through their discussion, we learn more about Destiny's first-year experience as a FirstGen student, and how her personal experiences informed her peer mentoring philosophy in her roles as an FYE mentor and Academic Achievement Center coach. This episode offers great perspective and insight about UConn&#...

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November 19, 2020 34 min

On this inaugural episode of My First Year Story, the 16th president of the University of Connecticut, Thomas C. Katsouleas, walks our listeners through his first year as a student at UCLA “way back in the day”. Tomaso and President Katsouleas bond over their shared love for the “small things” at UConn and delve into the close-knit, unique community that is UConn Nation.

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November 2, 2020 3 min

My First Year Story will follow the journey of Tomaso Scotti, a first-year student at UConn and the host of this podcast, as he has insightful conversations with members of UConn Nation about their first years of college.  Witty and engaging, this podcast will provide a snapshot of what it is like to be a first-year student at UConn and how we are connected by the shared experience of going to college, learning, growing, and making...

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