Before You Commit

Before You Commit

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A resource for teens, parents, and everyone currently looking into higher education, Before You Commit was created to help navigate your college decision by providing real experiences from current or former students. Delving into the pros and cons of e…


35: Justin’s study abroad in London—>Recall—>Self Quarantine
Mar 21 • 26 min
Justin was studying abroad in London and is now in self quarantine back home in New York.
34: Yuxiao in Ann Arbor. Slower spread, more time to adapt.
Mar 20 • 23 min
Yuxiao and I talk UMich and its pandemic response. We also talk about where she sees things going and her plans for the foreseeable future.
33: Coming back from the West, social distancing and how USC is handling the issue.
Mar 19 • 37 min
Sunjay and I talk about USC and how COVID-19 has affected our lives and senior years.
32: Caleb takes on Bio Medical Engineering and Applied Mathematics & Statistics at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, New York)
Dec 9, 2019 • 56 min
Caleb talks to me about Stony Brook, his plans for medical school and his majors in Bio Medical Engineering and Applied Mathematics & Statistics
31: Ridwan, Georgetown and Science Technology & International Affairs (Georgetown, Washington D.C)
Dec 2, 2019 • 35 min
Ridwan and I talk about Georgetown University and his major in Science Technology and International Affairs
30: Art Conservation at Scripps with Lucy (Claremont, California)
Nov 25, 2019 • 45 min
Lucy and I talk about Scripps as well as the Stuy experience and our thoughts a few years after graduating
29: Christian, SJU, Baruch, and Laguardia (NYC, NY)
Nov 18, 2019 • 38 min
Christian and I talk about transferring schools and entrepreneurship
28: Another Take on Ithaca and Cornell with Luna (Cornell, Ithaca)
Nov 11, 2019 • 36 min
Luna and I talk about Cornell University. The good and the bad through an honest lens. She took on 23 credits in her first semester, and she’s still working hard.
27: Don’t Take it for Granted (SBU, Stony Brook)
Nov 4, 2019 • 46 min
Henry and I talk Stony Brook, and how he balances his hectic life
26: Christine’s Environmental Science Experience (Cornell University, Ithaca)
Oct 28, 2019 • 44 min
Christine and I talk shop about Cornell, and her career aspirations.
25: Choosing a Different Path and Knowing Yourself (BMCC, NYC)
Oct 21, 2019 • 56 min
Rhys and I talk about the expectations of a traditional student and her individual path. Sometimes the environment isn’t right for you, and sometimes you have to ask yourself if you need change.
24: Value Education at Brooklyn’s Campus (Brooklyn College, NYC)
Oct 14, 2019 • 36 min
Jessica and I talk about Brooklyn College, since we both go here
23: The NYU Philosopher and Commuter Culture (NYU, NYC)
Oct 7, 2019 • 47 min
Shaikh and I talk NYU and commuter culture, and how we navigate our college lives here in NYC
22: Almost a Triple Major and the Tech Interview (Macaulay Hunter College, NYC)
Sep 30, 2019 • 53 min
Matthew and I talk Hunter college, and how he navigated his major, along with the tech interview
21: Trojan Horse and Real Estate Development (USC, California)
Sep 23, 2019 • 39 min
Sam and I tackle USC and its architecture program, as well as switching majors
20: Yonic Joyce, A Trailblazer From Day 1 (Hamilton College, Clinton)
Dec 24, 2018 • 50 min
Oh boy, where to begin with this episode? This time around, we’re joined by Joyce, an old friend from freshman year of high school. She’s funky, she’s quirky, and she’ll give you the best damn tour of Hamilton. We talk about her jobs at school, the music…
19: Volunteering, Networking, and Mooncakes at Northeastern (Northeastern University, Boston)
Dec 3, 2018 • 66 min
It’s a crazy working world out there. When you’re looking to network, and enter the recruiting process, you need to stay on top of your game. Celine does just that, but she doesn’t do it all alone. It’s a team effort, and sometimes mooncakes can bring…
18: A Hustler’s Spirit (Macaulay Hunter, New York)
Nov 26, 2018 • 68 min
A fellow CUNY student?!?! This time we go hands on with Macaulay at Hunter with Jenn. She doesn’t pull her punches and gives us the scoop on what goes on at Brookdale and Hunter College. It’s a great value education, but you’ve always gotta consider your…
17: Going Way Back (Baruch College/Binghamton University)
Nov 19, 2018 • 38 min
Sean Chee, Schee, Sean Cheesecake. Whatever you want to call him, Sean has been a mentor and a long-time friend to me and it’s always fun to catch up with a pal. Even though he’s a mentor, he still makes mistakes. However, he always learns from them and…
16: Season Special with Justin Bridges (American University, Washington D.C)
Nov 12, 2018 • 90 min
Say hello to our special guest, Justin Bridges! While he started his professional career in the financial sector at Goldman Sachs, he took a leap of faith to pursue his passion. Justin is a fashion & lifestyle photographer who has worked with brands such…
15: Dante’s not-so-inferno (Northeastern University, Boston)
Nov 5, 2018 • 40 min
Frat secretary Dante brushes off his internship at a viral vector core as if it were nothing, but supplying viruses for genetic therapy is far from nothing. Coopting coops, studying Cellular and Molecular biology, Dante talks to us about campus life in…
14: Journey to the West (USC, Los Angeles)
Oct 29, 2018 • 55 min
Ever wanted to be a Trojan? This week we’re joined by Justin who is more than ready to share his experiences as an east coast boy turned west coast student. Whether it’s being a dancer, tossing around a football, skating around campus, or trying to get…
13: ILR: I Love Reading or Industrial and Labor Relations? (Cornell University, Ithaca)
Oct 22, 2018 • 47 min
Can you learn through osmosis? Aimee has tried, sleeping in the library in the hopes of absorbing information. At Cornell, Aimee studies Industrial Labor Relations. Juggling high school expectations of being a big fish, to becoming a very very small one,…
12: The Brooklyn Blue Jay (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
Oct 15, 2018 • 41 min
Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering major (dare you to say that five times fast!), Laolu the lax bro walks us through what life is like at Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate student, the trials and tribulations for those not in a STEM major, and life…
11: Reaching for the Stars with Glee (Rutgers University, New Brunswick)
Oct 8, 2018 • 68 min
Not an Aerospace Engineer (Yet!). Toured Europe singing classical music. Currently living and studying in a university the size of a small city, Rutgers University; ask Bhowmik anything about rocket propulsion, we’re confident he’ll know the answer. If he…
10: A Home Run in Tokyo (Keio University, Tokyo)
Oct 1, 2018 • 75 min
What’s more out of your comfort zone than traveling from New York to study in Japan? Specializing in Sports Management, Dean walks us through life as an American student in Japan, how the MTA stacks up against the Tokyo train system, and the difference…
9: From the Big Apple to Beantown (Boston University, Boston)
Sep 24, 2018 • 57 min
Stop being so damn indecisive and just make some mistakes! That’s what our guest Shuhei would tell his younger self if he could. To be fair though, he has made a few mistakes and learned along the way, whether it be rooming with a high school friend and…
8: Brotherly Love and Tower Defense (Cornell University, Ithaca)
Sep 17, 2018 • 37 min
Arys, president of his fraternity at Cornell, built a phallic rocket ship in high school. I guess what we’re trying to say is that there’s hope for everyone. When he’s not watching competitive bloon tower defense videos or spray painting his bathroom…
7: One Tough SOB (Yale University, New Haven)
Aug 27, 2018 • 72 min
Winston may be our most dramatic guest yet! Currently undecided (but leaning towards studying Computer Science) at Yale, Winston spends his days between A Capella and theater and his nights searching for good pizza on and around campus. While there are…
6: Edible Architecture (CMU, Pittsburgh)
Aug 20, 2018 • 53 min
Let’s do some free association. Pittsburgh: Steelers, steel, bridges… Architecture! Episode 6 brings us Rachel, currently studying Architecture at Carnegie Mellon (although you wouldn’t know it, since she’s trying to serve her models with a little tomato…
5: Don’t Freeze Your Butt Off (McGill University, Montreal)
Aug 13, 2018 • 69 min
This week I’m talking to Paolo, a physics major currently attending McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, in the Great White North. He walks us through his hazy first day, the cultural differences that come with studying abroad, and why the ultimate…
4: Philosophical Wildcats (Villanova University, Philadelphia)
Aug 6, 2018 • 54 min
We have a question for you. Oh, you haven’t heard? Sarah from vanilla Villanova wants to know whether you’re a SpongeBob or Patrick in your friend group, how you feel about puns, and your thoughts on greasy poles. You’ll have to listen to episode 4 to…
3: Guardian Angel the RA (UAlbany, Albany)
Jul 30, 2018 • 60 min
Angel, studying at UAlbany, gives us her pearls of wisdom. What do you want to know about? She accidentally rushed a sorority. She had a wild first day. And the walls are so thin you can hear canoodling.
2: Mechanical Engineering and Toaster Ovens (UVM, Burlington)
Jul 23, 2018 • 35 min
This week, I spoke with Jake (a former teammate of mine) about his experiences at the University of Vermont, be it dealing with food on campus, or with freezing temperatures. From long-distance relationships to Kendrick Lamar, we discuss it all on this…
1: Parting Advice From Your Guidance Counselor (NYU, New York City)
Jul 16, 2018 • 51 min
For our first episode, we’re talking to Di! From both sides of the aisle, he gives us his insights as a student at NYU, as well as a guidance counselor who’s currently sending teenagers off to college. He explains how he dealt with rejection, a story…
Intro Episode: A Sneak Peek into Before You Commit
Jul 15, 2018 • 1 min
Before You Commit was created to help you navigate your college decision, by providing real experiences from real people. There are certain things that a college rep just won’t be able to tell you, and that’s where we come in. This podcast will focus…