The First-Gen Lounge

The First-Gen Lounge

The First-Gen Lounge (formerly The Purpose University Podcast) is a place where we, first-generation college graduates, come to kick it and talk honestly about this thing called life. It is here where we find community—we’re people who break barriers and defy the odds but understand there is still much ahead of us; therefore, leaning on, and learning from, each other is what we do. In this space, we all belong and will uplift, inspire, and empower one another by sharing our truth as we tell our stories. Simply grab a seat, get real comfortable, and join the conversations every Thursday at 9pm! Learn more over at www.thefirstgenlounge.com. #TheFirstGenLounge... Show More

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We are over halfway through Black History Month! Oh, doesn’t the time fly? Today, I thought it would be awesome for us to revisit a talk that we had last year about the “Crab in A Barrel” mentality. As a matter of fact, I think this is a good way to lean into to next week’s show where I’ll wrap up the month talking with you about being Black AND first-gen—a conversation I’ve tried so hard to avoid.


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Have you ever been in a career that was successful, but that you knew that it wasn’t what you were meant to do? Dethorn Young was an assistant vice president at Capital One in New York City, when he decided that this was not what he was meant to do. So he made some big changes including living in other countries for a while, until he found out who he really was and what he wanted to be doing. We talk about how it’s okay to chang... Read more

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Happy Black History Month! For the next few weeks, we'll be celebrating and sharing the stories of those who are #blackfirstgen. So, we're kicking things off with a chat with someone whose parents, as she stated, were "Black Revolutionaries." Not just that.. If you think you have a big family, today’s guest, Senemeht Olatunji, was... Read more

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100 episodes is a huge milestone, and I want to take a moment to THANK YOU for being a part of this moment in time. In celebrating 100 sessions, I spent a lot of time in my thoughts about how to make this particular show something special.... meaningful and memorable. I also wanted to recapture the essence of what this show has meant to me, and why building this platform to support first-gens has been so significant. The one thi... Read more

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Today’s session is a little bonus, a must-do, because it's MY birthday! Why does that even matter? Every year I have a show on my birthday to commemorate the show, and today I want to talk about 9 things that podcasting has taught me. I’ve been podcasting for 3 birthdays now, and as this show has grown and evolved over the years, and so have I. As a lover of numbers, I'm even more fascinated by how things came together t... Read more

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We talk a lot about success on The First-Gen Lounge, but today we are going to do something a little different. We’re talking about failure as things aren’t always going to go right for you. I know we’re still in January, but some of you may already be falling short on your resolutions and goals, and that's okay. We have to make sure we don't get stuck in the failure. Tune in today as I talk about 5 ways to face failure.... Read more

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Is your path towards getting your college degree taking a bit longer than you wanted? Well, it doesn't matter how long it takes, if you have patience and never lose hope, you can always reach your goals. In today's conversation with Angelika, we talk about never giving up. It took her 15 years to get her bachelor' degree, while at the same time serving in the military. Now she is going for her Ph.D. and helping homel... Read more

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As a first-gen do you think about mentorship as being a crucial part of the collegiate experience? For Anthony, it was something he didn't really think about until he got to graduate school. Now he is an advocate for mentorship and even virtual mentorship. We also talk about how important emails can be, how to make social media work for you, and how important it is to always be learning.


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Happy new year and happy new decade! To ring us into the new year, today we are going to discuss 5 business must haves to keep in mind when running your business. These are just some of the important things that I have learned in owning my own business, and I want to pass them along to you in order to help your business prosper in 2020.


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It’s the last show of 2019, and the decade! Before we go into the new year, I want to reflect upon these past 10 years. I have come up with a list of 10 highlights that I want to share with you. And at the end of the episode I am going to leave you with some clips from the 9 most downloaded episodes of 2019.


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Today we are going to talk about 15 ways to find your chill. What do I mean by finding your chill? In a nutshell, practicing self-care--finding more peace, simplifying your life, and just making things easier for yourself as we go into the new year.

 

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Have you ever felt like you’re too late to start the things that you’ve always wanted to do? In our conversation with Michae, we learn that there’s no such thing as being too late to start or finish something. We talk about his plus size photography business and his real estate dreams of owning multi-family homes.   


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Being transparent can be hard at times, but it’s in these moments of transparency and truth that we learn to get stronger and work through the difficult things we are going through. And also learn that we are not alone. Today we talk to Dempris about mental health, and how important it is to talk about it. Too often we keep these things to ourselves, but if we are a little more transparent about what we are going through, it can... Read more

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If you are seeking self growth, if you are looking to improve your quality of life, then you need to ask yourself these 5 questions. Today we discuss some things you could be reflecting upon in an effort to improve your life as we're moving into the new year.


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Has something ever helped you out or altered your life for the better? Have you ever wanted to be a part of what it was that helped you? For Marsha that thing is TRIO programs. After facing a great deal of racism growing up, Marsha is now helping her community by teaching diversity and inclusion as well as helping first-gens get to college.


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This week we're going to try a little something different. Instead of me as the host, I'm going to be the guest! I was featured on the Mentor Select Podcasts hosted by Derrich Phillips. We talked about how mentorship has played an important role in my life. As well as leading with passion and purpose. 


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Do you want to get more things done? We all know there are only 24 hours in a day, but how can we make the best out of those hours? Today we talk about 5 productivity hacks and how we can be a little more intentional about the things we do. The new year is upon but before we get there, let's envision what we want it to look like. 


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Today we’re going to do a throwback, way back to our eighth ever episode. Back to when the podcast was still called the Purpose University. We talk about living in your purpose, alignment, and how Elisa is living her best life. Walking in your purpose is not always going to be easy, but we talk about how to get there, and how to recognize when you’re not living your best life.  


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Have you ever had somebody not support your business? Does it make you feel some type of way? Today, we are going to reflect on how that feels and how we can not let that discourage us. Your business is your business and nobody is going to care about it more than you. You need to show up for the people that need you.


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What does finding meaningful work look like? What does your first-gen voice look like in the corporate world? In our conversation with Chandria we talk about how a first-gens resilient nature is beneficial when you are making your way into your career. As well as the challenges that diversity and inclusion present in the workplace.  


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