College Talks & More

College Talks & More

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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 succes…


Getting to the Bottom of the Story in College and Life
Oct 19 • 67 min
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…
The State of Science Today: From New Discoveries to Climate Change
Oct 15 • 36 min
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…
Selling Yourself and Telling Your Story to Get Your Target Job Offer
Oct 12 • 47 min
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…
An Inner City Non-profit Helps Their Youth Become Tomorrow’s Leaders
Oct 8 • 45 min
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…
Surviving Your Freshman Year of College
Oct 5 • 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…
You Graduated - Take Charge Of Your Life By Adulting in the Real World
Oct 1 • 33 min
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…
Prepare to be Entertained - An Inside Look Into the Life of a Performer
Sep 27 • 45 min
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…
Launch Your Kid Through College and Into Life Debt Free
Sep 23 • 63 min
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…
The Deep Emotional Scars of Bullying
Sep 20 • 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…
The Sustainability of the Industrial Model of Education and Frameworks
Sep 17 • 45 min
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…
Be Your Authentic Self When Applying To Colleges
Sep 15 • 34 min
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…
The Struggles Are Real In The World of Broadcasting
Sep 10 • 58 min
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…
The Real Deal of Saving and Investing For College - Details From a Financial Advisor
Sep 8 • 39 min
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…
The Power of Forgiveness When Facing Hardships - An Interview With Author David Crow
Sep 2 • 50 min
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…
The Language of Success - How Speech and Language Can Affect You Socially
Aug 28 • 40 min
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…
Preparing Your Child For A Successful College Transition - An interview with Dr. B. Hibbs and Dr. Anthony Rostain
Aug 21 • 42 min
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…
The Secrets of Getting Into Ivy League Schools - An Interview With Brian Taylor
Aug 20 • 17 min
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…
Side Hustling Your Way To Paying For College - An Interview With Robert Farrington
Aug 14 • 26 min
Coming up with a plan to pay for college can be stressful and confusing. Hanna and Cari, along with their guest Robert Farrington, talk about all the different ways you can pay for college, some traditional ways and some rather unique. Listen in to…
Overcoming Challenges As A Woman In A Male Dominated Major
Aug 7 • 22 min
Sara talks with hosts Hanna and Cari about the unique challenges she faces being a woman in a male dominated major. She is a senior, studying mechanical engineering at Southern New Hampshire University. She also discusses how COVID-19 has affected her…
Succeeding in Law School and Beyond
Jul 29 • 19 min
Brandy talks with Hanna and Cari about her educational journey to becoming a licensed attorney. She discusses the requirements of getting into law school, and she provides detailed advice about studying for and passing the LSAT exam. The law school…
Navigating The College Admissions Process In High School
Jul 22 • 13 min
Elizabeth, an upcoming high school senior, discusses the college admissions process. She is looking at applying to Connecticut College, UCONN, Wesleyan, and Dickinson, among others. She is applying early-decision to one school, and for the other…
Pursuing A Doctorate Degree In Early Childhood Education - An Interview With Brycial Williams
Jul 20 • 10 min
Brycial discusses how he overcame bullying in his younger years to go on to pursue a doctorate degree in early childhood education at Northcentral University. All his life he’s always wanted to be a teacher. Being a teacher is his passion, he loves his…
Choosing A College To Fit Your Personality and Lifestyle
Jul 14 • 22 min
There’s a lot of factors that come into play when deciding on a college. Our guest Gwen, who completed undergraduate and graduate school as have her two children, talks frankly about how to decide where a student should attend college. She completed a…
How The BBB Protects Students From Job Scams and Consumer Scams
Jul 6 • 23 min
Luke Frey, associate director of communications for BBB serving Connecticut, talks with Hanna and Cari about how prevalent job scams are, especially now when so many people are working from home. The most susceptible to an employment scam are people…
New Haven Organization Pulse Helps College Students Find Jobs In Connecticut
Jun 29 • 23 min
College Talks hosts Hanna and Cari interview Pulse board member Matt Calcagni. Pulse is young professional group based in the greater New Haven, CT area. Their mission is simple: they bring young professionals together from various industries and they…
How To Study For A Nursing Degree While Also Being A Parent
Jun 22 • 5 min
College Talks hosts Hanna and Cari interview Larissa who offers advice on attending college for a bachelor’s degree in nursing while also raising children and working a full time job. She is currently attending the University of Rhode Island. Larissa…
Studying For A Nurse Practitioner Degree - An Interview With May
Jun 13 • 12 min
College Talks hosts Hanna and Cari interview May who offers advice on studying.