Paige Mackenzie chats to care leavers and estranged students as they journey through university and beyond, guided by 3 songs that they associate with significant times in their lives. Produced with the Unite Foundation.
Episode 18: Aura
In this episode of the podcast, Paige chats to Aura, an estranged student at the University of Bristol. They talk about the importance of education, how they navigated the challenges of lockdown and Aura's love for Bristol. Aura also talks about the importance of community and finding the right people to create a strong support system.
Please note that this episode contains talk of substance abuse, domestic disturbance, alcoholism, and addiction. If you have been affected by any of these issues Mind charity http://www.mind.org.uk can offer you support and you can also text SHOUT to 85258.
Episode 17: Daniel
[TW] We're back with a brand-new series! In the first episode of our 4th series, Paige chats to Daniel who is currently studying criminology and forensic psychology at Kingston University London. They chat about mental health, trying to be vegetarian and the 3 songs he associates with different aspects of his life.
Please note that this episode discusses self-harm, addiction, mental health and suicide. If you have been affected by any of these topics Mind charity http://www.mind.org.uk can offer you support and you can also text SHOUT to 85258.
Episode 16: Sedil
In the latest episode of This is Us, Paige chats to Sedil, who’s in her final year at Newcastle University studying Civil Engineering. Sedil is going to be specialising in transport (think railways and airports) and, for her, being a woman in engineering is a big deal!
Sedil and Paige talk about the differences between the North and South of England and how Sedil was keen to leave London for a fresh start but is looking forward to returning, to study for her Masters, taking with her all that she has learned and experienced at university so far.
Their conversation is guided by Mac Miller, Avelino and Gaidaa and, throughout, touches on the subject of mental health. If you or anyone you know is struggling you can contact Mind at mind.org.uk
Episode 15: Leah
As she finishes her final year studying Event Management at Leeds Beckett University, Leah talks to Paige about her experiences as an estranged student; the challenges, the opportunities and finding a sense of community.
Guided by Simple Plan, Chaka Khan and Biffy Clyro, Leah and Paige talk about how important music is to them both, look back on festival memories and Leah looks forward to her upcoming move to London to make her way in the events industry.
Episode 14: Jamie
[TW] A very special episode of the This is Us podcast this week, we welcome Paige's sister, Jamie! Paige and Jamie talk about growing up together, their different paths in life and their university experiences - while she may not have enrolled at LJMU, Jamie felt very at home there! Look forward to some beautiful duets and late night tales, inspired by Pink, Kate Nash and Neiked.
NOTE: Just to let you know Paige and Jamie do touch on the topics of addiction and suicide. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised Mind (https://www.mind.org.uk) is a brilliant charity that can offer support or you can also text SHOUT to 85258, they're there for you 24/7.
Episode 13: Josh
Having recently graduated, Josh talks to Paige about his journey to uni (literally arriving in his Corsa!), his time studying Politics, a visit to Parliament and his current role with his local authority working to make a difference for young people leaving care. DJ Ironik, Drake and Polo G take us on an emotional musical ride!