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Welcome to the Student Success Exchange, a series of deep conversations about real student stories between a Student Affairs Professional and the students he serves. Hosted by David Ip Yam, the idea behind this podcast is to learn from the experiences of students who are striving and persevering through post-secondary education. Discover how they define success, make sense of their journeys and the skills they use throughout the process.

This podcast is for anyone interested in hearing about real student stories: students and their families, educators, faculty members, and administrators.

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Welcome to the Student Success Exchange, a series of deep conversations about real student stories between a Student Affairs Professional and the students he serves. Hosted by David Ip Yam, the idea behind this podcast is to learn from the experiences of students who are striving and persevering through post-secondary education. Discover how they define success, make sense of their journeys and the skills they use throughout the process.

This podcast is for anyone interested in hearing about real student stories: students and their families, educators, faculty members, and administrators.

    Deanna Paolantonio (Phd) on Combining Personal, Academic, and Career Experiences Into a Fulfilling Pursuit

    Deanna Paolantonio (Phd) on Combining Personal, Academic, and Career Experiences Into a Fulfilling Pursuit

    “Two weeks after being accepted into the PhD, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes [...] the auto-immune form of diabetes [...] That last chapter [of my student journey] was about Deanna finding her own resilience.” - Deanna Paolantonio (PhD)

    Deanna Paolantonio is a proud alumnus of York University. Dr. Paolantonio completed her doctorate in dance studies in 2018 after a long academic career as both an undergraduate and masters student at York. Deanna’s experiences allowed her to combine her interests in dance, dance education, body image, and type one diabetes. Moreover, it was through researching,writing, and defending her dissertation at York that Dr. Paolantonio was able to create the foundation for her non-profit dance workshop D-Dance Inc. In this podcast Deanna outlines how her time at York contributed to her own success cultivating a career path that is fulfilling both professionally and personally.

    Tags: Post-doc; research; dance; teaching; building a new relationship with my body; thesis; masters; PhD; bridging theory and practice; resilience; health; wellness; well-being; community work; arts-based education; confidence; knowing oneself; purpose; listen to your body; help-seeking; time management
    Connect with Deanna:

    Facebook: D-Dance and Deanna Paolantonio
    Instagram: @dea_bug and @ddance_inc
    Twitter: @DDanceInc1
    LinkedIn: Deanna Paolantonio


    Connect with her through D-Dance:

    Website: www.d-dance.org
    Email: ddanceinc@gmail.com

    Recorded October, 2019.
    Hosted by David Ip Yam.
    Music by Jose Miguel.
    This podcast does not endorse statements made by guests. This podcast is not endorsed by any organization. Views expressed on this podcast are opinions of the speakers only. If you think you need support regarding mental health, addictions and well-being, please consult a professional and/or a helpline like Good2Talk.

    • 49 min
    Glenn Singh on Returning to School, Getting Involved and Being First in His Family to Attend University

    Glenn Singh on Returning to School, Getting Involved and Being First in His Family to Attend University

    “I’m privileged to be able to attend University [...] this is not a given, this is a privilege and I am thankful everyday to be able to come to school [...] I wake up feeling so thankful for this opportunity to learn.” - Glenn Singh



    Glenn is a first generation Canadian who is in his fourth year of studies at York University majoring in social work with a minor in political science, with the intention of pursuing graduate studies. Glenn also has the distinction of being the first in his family to attend post secondary school. This is something he takes pride in. Identifying as a racialized male, social advocacy and equity are important to Glenn. Glenn identifies as a feminist and is passionate about animal rights.



    Tags: mature student; social work; first generation student; transfer student;student leadership; student involvement; commuter student; time management; student governance; mindset; being resourceful; privilege; energy management; forgiveness; self-care

    Connect with Glenn!


    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/glennrsingh2020
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glennsinghjr
    Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/trini_glenny/

    Recorded October, 2019.

    Hosted by David Ip Yam.

    Music by Jose Miguel.

    This podcast does not endorse statements made by guests. This podcast is not endorsed by any organization. Views expressed on this podcast are opinions of the speakers only. If you think you need support regarding mental health, addictions and well-being, please consult a professional and/or a helpline like Good2Talk.

    • 31 min
    Althea Parala on Valuing Every Interaction, Race and Student Leadership

    Althea Parala on Valuing Every Interaction, Race and Student Leadership

    “My high school was predominantly white. There were a few pockets of racialized groups. I didn't realize it at the time [...] the microaggressions that we had experienced and how that affected the leadership opportunities that we were given...” - Althea Parala



     In this episode, Althea Parala discusses three distinct and contrasting educational journeys. We begin with her past in a Catholic high school that was attached to a covenant, then we discuss how that compares with her self-affirming undergraduate student leadership experiences, and we end off with a discussion about her feelings of imposter syndrome (despite evident success) in her Masters in Higher Education, specializing in Student Development and Student Services. Currently, she works at York University focusing on peer mentorship programming. (When out of the office and school, Althea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and eating her way through Toronto’s food scene, all while likely fighting the urge to book a flight to explore new cultures.)



    Get in touch with Althea:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/altheaparala/



    Recorded November, 2019.

    Hosted by David Ip Yam.

    Music by Jose Miguel.

    This podcast does not endorse statements made by guests. This podcast is not endorsed by any organization. Views expressed on this podcast are opinions of the speakers only. If you think you need support regarding mental health, addictions and well-being, please consult a professional and/or a helpline like Good2Talk.

    • 53 min
    Mujtaba Ahmed-Hassan on Racism, Self-Confidence and Making Social and Professional Connections

    Mujtaba Ahmed-Hassan on Racism, Self-Confidence and Making Social and Professional Connections

    “I started to enjoy learning. I started to learn about (social) issues I didn’t know about. I started to see the world around me not just the superficial world I knew.” - Mujtaba Ahmed-Hassan

    In this episode, Mujtaba shares what it was like to be a cis African-Canadian male that grew up in challenging socio-economic circumstances. While he faced many difficult obstacles, he can confidently say he is living his best. In addition to serving as the senior don of an on-campus residence, he takes pride in being a student, friend, son, writer, creator, and more.

    Tags: stereotypes; economic hardship; family difficulties; racism; privilege; race; ethnicity; intersectionality; self-confidence; residence life; social work; competition; mastermind; network; mindset

    Get in touch with Mujtaba on Instagram: mujtaba5204

    Recorded December, 2019.

    Hosted by David Ip Yam.

    Music by Jose Miguel.

    This podcast does not endorse statements made by guests. This podcast is not endorsed by any organization. Views expressed on this podcast are opinions of the speakers only. If you think you need support regarding mental health, addictions and well-being, please consult a professional and/or a helpline like Good2Talk.

    • 56 min
    Jasmine Hector on Life as a Varsity Athlete, Time Management and Making Difficult Decisions

    Jasmine Hector on Life as a Varsity Athlete, Time Management and Making Difficult Decisions

    “Surround yourself with things that will push you further. And from a health perspective, ask yourself if you can do all these things and still be happy and wake up with energy in the morning without experiencing any kind of burnout.” - Jasmine Hector

    In this episode, Jasmine discusses her life as a varsity athlete and her transition to pursue another passion and career interest. Jasmine unpacks how she went about this change and the circumstances surrounding the difficult decision. This move ultimately brought her closer to the person she is becoming and had hoped to become.

    Tags: Varsity; athletics; family illness; first year transition; career development; health education and promotion; time management; energy management; self-care; self-discovery; health; recovery

    Get in touch with Jasmine on LinkedIn.

    Recorded November, 2019.

    Hosted by David Ip Yam.

    Music by Jose Miguel.

    This podcast does not endorse statements made by guests. This podcast is not endorsed by any organization. Views expressed on this podcast are opinions of the speakers only. If you think you need support regarding mental health, addictions and well-being, please consult a professional and/or a helpline like Good2Talk.

    • 52 min
    Joy Panjaitan on Perfectionism, Family Pressures and Learning Beyond the Classroom

    Joy Panjaitan on Perfectionism, Family Pressures and Learning Beyond the Classroom

    “I had to be honest with myself. I had to ask why perfectionism was so important to me.” - Joy Panjaitan

    In this episode Joy discusses the pleasures and challenges of being a creative student. She also unpacks some unexpected family events and internal pressures which led to her decision to extend learning beyond the classroom, to cultivate resilience, and to grow as a student, designer, and person.

    Get in touch with Joy


    LinkedIn:  linkedin.com/in/joysotera
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heyitsjoy


    Tags: design; specialization; general education; career development; third culture kid; work experience; year off; perfectionism; parental separation; counselling; career development

    Recorded November, 2019.

    Hosted by David Ip Yam.

    Music by Jose Miguel.

    This podcast does not endorse statements made by guests. This podcast is not endorsed by any organization. Views expressed on this podcast are opinions of the speakers only. If you think you need support regarding mental health, addictions and well-being, please consult a professional and/or a helpline like Good2Talk.

    • 36 min

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