Major Insight features the stories behind the students who are transforming college subjects into lifelong passions. Each episode highlights the personal journeys and inspiring accomplishments of those who are poised to make a powerful impact on our world. Music: “Only Knows” by Broke For Free
Increasing Access for First Gen Students and Citizens
Amitoj Kaur understands how to seize every opportunity that comes her way. As a freshman, she was appointed by the governor of Ohio to serve on Miami University’s Board of Trustees, where she advocates for the student experience. Amitoj is also a first generation college student, who helps others navigate the transition into university life. And on this episode, she also talks about combining her interests in design, marketing, and policy to create more accessibility for immigrants, and for those in communities everywhere.
Featured Majors: Emerging Technology in Business + Design, Political Science
Manufacturing Innovation Between Engineering and Business
As a mechanical and manufacturing engineering double major, Laura Mayer is fascinated by how things work, how they’re put together, and how they can be built even better.
Laura is also interested in exploring the connections between engineering and business. And on this episode, she talks about discovering her passion for engineering, her mission to get more young women interested in the field, her research on 3D printing, and how engineering relates to so many hidden aspects of life.
Featured Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain and Operations Management
Featured Organizations and Internships: Society of Women in Engineering, Swagelok
Building Confidence Through Student Journalism
As the editor-in-chief of one of the oldest college newspapers in the country, Chris Vinel takes human interest stories to heart. Chris currently leads a dynamic staff of writers and editors, who connect local and regional events to the college experience.
On this episode, he also talks about keeping a student media organization running during COVID, how journalism can open doors for a variety of career paths, and how students can find the confidence to move forward in school and in life.
Featured Majors: Journalism, Sport Leadership and Management
Featured Organizations: The Miami Student
Using Sport Analytics to Help Redefine Hockey
Jackson Polish aims to help redefine the sport of hockey. As the Founder of SP Analytics, Jackson created a hockey application that makes in-depth analysis of video and in-game data to make strategic decisions during competition. On this episode, he also talks about combining his interests in sport, business, and data analytics to build a future career in the sport industry.
Featured Majors: Sport Leadership and Management, Coaching, General Business
The Path to Become a Strong Student Leader
Jannie Kamara came to college with the goal of becoming a leader. Today she is the student body president of the Associated Student Government, where she advocates for more connection and inclusion across the campus and the community.
On this episode, Jannie talks about the importance of diversifying your leadership style, her research on black female civil rights leaders, and how all students can make most out of their college experience.
Featured Majors: Black World Studies, Diversity and Leadership
Featured Organizations & Internships: Associated Student Government, Diversity Affairs Council, Western Program
Creating Chemistry Between the Arts and Sciences | Ep.20
As a biochemistry major who combines physics and engineering to study self-healing polymers, Jafer Vakil uses chemical reactions to create materials with industrial and commercial applications. His undergraduate work has already earned him multiple publications within the field of polymer chemistry. However, this is not the college career Jafer originally envisioned for himself.
On this episode, he also speaks about his abrupt transition from the liberal arts to the physical sciences, why sometimes the most unexpected path becomes the most profound, and how he overcame fear and doubt along the way.
Featured Majors: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, English Literature
Featured Organizations & Internships: Hughes Internship