Our goal at Life After Now is to drive enrollment in postsecondary education, increase submissions for student aid, and create excitement around the choice to pursue postsecondary education.
19 - Class Is Important (So Is the Other Stuff)
Are you trying to find your own community on campus? David Mesta talks about the benefits of staying active during your college experience, not only in class but also in extracurricular activities. For David, clubs and student groups opened up a whole new world for him. He gained a new social network, found opportunities to create change in areas that were important to him, and developed real-world skills. David also dispels the myth that “campus life” is only for four year institutions. He kept his calendar jam packed during his time at South Central College, a member of the Minnesota State system. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
18 - Writing Your Own Story After High School
In this episode, Liz and Nimo Omar discuss how knowing your “story” and understanding what matters to you is a crucial part of staying grounded and finding your place in the world. Nimo shares stories about her process of soul searching, connecting with her family, and how her eventual involvement in student government and community activism led her to national exposure in movements for social justice and labor rights. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
17 - Making Money Work For You
Money can be one of the most challenging aspects of our lives until we understand how to manage it. Preenon Huq talks about how understanding finances early in your life can have a dramatic influence on your ability to balance your income and make healthy financial choices. Preenon shares his perspective about how effectively managing his personal finances has contributed to his ability to stay focused on what’s important. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
16 - Opening Doors for Your Community: Past, Present, and Future
Rahje Branch, Senior Program Manager for Reach Higher Initiative, talks about fighting oppressive systems through education, the importance of rest, and paving the way for those that will come after you. She shares the story of her own “Activist Awakening” in college, and the responsibility she feels to members of her community - past, present, and future. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
15 - What’s In It For Me? Benefits of the College Experience
Dan-neya Yancey shares her experience finding a sense of belonging on campus while maintaining her identity, getting college credit in high school, being involved, and defining her own path to success. She also talks about public health equity and working with the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
14 - The Power of Community in the Face of Racism
When it comes to disrupting racism in our schools, we need to stand up. Derek Francis, manager of counseling services in Minneapolis Public Schools, speaks with us about how best to support students of color in the face of racism and social isolation. He breaks down the differences between the rural and urban experience for BIPOC students, gets real about the effects of racism on young people, and talks about the power of celebration to raise the confidence and self-esteem of BIPOC communities. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.