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Top FIVE Podcasts Every College Student Should be Listening to Right Now

By now almost everyone has become familiar with podcasts and the variety of topics that range from true-crime stories, health & fitness, global news, celebrity gossip, and much more. Podcasts have increasingly taken over streaming platforms and are only growing more and more popular as social media influencers, celebrities, and recognized figures are unveiling their own podcasts. The podcast format which consists of simple audio content is perfect for college students who tread a busy lifestyle but still want to fit in a bit of entertainment into their daily lives. Whether you are at the gym, working on homework, taking a study break, or running some errands podcasts offer the convenience and accessibility needed to multitask between getting work done and indulging in some quality entertainment. No matter your interests, you are bound to find the perfect podcast that will draw you in and become your newest obsession. Meanwhile, here is a list of the top five podcasts that should be on every college student’s radar. 

  1. My Favorite Murder 

Hosted by two female comedians, My Favorite Murder is a podcast catering to those who are interested in the extensive research and psychological motives behind true-crime cases. This podcast has garnered immense traction throughout the years and now has a cult following also known as the “Murderinos.” You might be questioning what makes this podcast a fan favorite and the answer is in the disturbing, chilling, and shocking stories that are sure to have you on your feet. With over two hundred episodes, this podcast has covered many popular true-crime mysteries such as the JonBenet Ramsey case as well as other uncovered cases such as the gruesome story on Japanese cannibal, Issei Sagawa. Although these stories are not for the weak, in a usual comedic manner, the narrators’ add some lightheartedness to the stories so the reactions are guaranteed to be a great balance between gasps and giggles. 

2. You’re Wrong About 

This podcast uncovers the most compelling and overlooked facts about significant events and public figures in history that have shaped pop culture today. Hosts, Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbs provide deep research into topics such as the Stone Wall riots, the life of Anna Nicole Smith, The O.J. Simpson trials, the death of Kurt Cobain, and much more. If you’re a sucker for pop culture, history, and the world of entertainment then You’re Wrong About is the podcast for you. The hosts have a special way of connecting with the listeners through their charismatic personalities and humorous tone, but what stands out the most is their storytelling abilities that will leave you questioning who the heroes and who the villains are. You’re Wrong About will play with your emotions and offer powerful insight into what you knew or rather, what you THOUGHT you knew

3. How I Built This

How I built this with Guy Raz

This podcast is perfect for business majors or anyone with an inclination towards entrepreneurship. Guy Raz leads this interview and discussion podcast with various questions about how a brand came to be and how it acclimated great success. Throughout the episodes, Raz interviews different CEOs and founders of popular and globally known brands such as Instagram, Wikipedia, Bumble, Ben & Jerry’s, and much more. This witty and educational podcast gives listeners the in and outs of the business world and tells the personal journeys of the founders and how they managed to start their businesses. Founders reveal their origin stories, silly anecdotes, and creative process to inspire listeners and demonstrate how a simple start-up has the potential to become a multimillion-dollar company. These success stories are the perfect way to motivate college students and demonstrate that with great determination and hard work comes reward. This podcast is the perfect guidance for aspiring entrepreneurs or simply the go-to podcast for those who are curious about their favorite brands. It is more than likely that after listening to How I Built This, you will leave you with the sudden itch to build your own empire from scratch. 

4. Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan Van Ness from Netflix’s hit series, Queer Eye, hosts a fascinating and wholesome podcast that basically answers all of your most thought-provoking questions. Ranging from cures for drug addictions, why we demonize poverty, the effects of divorce on child development, what it’s like being a woman in the military, and much more. These powerful conversations between Van Ness and leading experts provide honest and deep knowledge of the many questions we tend to have about life. If you’re an obnoxiously curious person like myself, then Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness will answer all of your questions and even the most bizarre topics such as discussing the purpose of a “therapy clown.” What makes this podcast even better is Jonathan Van Ness’s fierce and charming personality that stands out throughout the episodes. You are sure to become obsessed with Van Ness and his approach towards addressing all these weird yet amusing curiosities in a way that feels raw and genuine.

5. Teenager Therapy 

This awkward yet intriguing podcast consists of five teenagers from California who openly discuss their struggles as they continue to navigate and experience life as adolescents. The hosts’ down to earth and genuine conversations range from serious topics such as dealing with internalized homophobia to more comical topics such as the uneventful transition from freshman to sophomore year of high school. There might be times you squirm or cringe at the commentary made by these five teens, but it’s only because you can identify with them from your own personal high school years. These outspoken teens are both hilarious and relatable. The dynamic between the hosts feels very wholesome and you will be impressed when you realize these are merely 16/17-year-olds who are already incredibly in tune with the world that surrounds them. Tuning into Teenager Therapy feels as if you are listening to a personal diary that details all the ups and downs of attempting to find your true identity while going through the most transitional years of your life. This emotional rollercoaster of a podcast is not only targeted towards teenagers but it is also for adults to gain an insight into how society is shaping and affecting the opinions of the younger crowd. Teenager Therapy is a must listen to if you’re ever in the mood for something heartwarming and authentic.

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Things to Do While Social Distancing

The past few weeks have been a difficult and often scary time. Between UT’s shift to online classes and the continuously changing state of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel anxious or hopeless. One thing that we all can do to help slow the spread, or “flatten the curve,” is to take part in social distancing.

 Social distancing can look a bit different for everyone, but basically it boils down to limiting interactions with people and keeping a distance between you of at least six feet when you can’t go without that interaction entirely. It can be tempting to want to go out and socialize or still take part in spring break plans, but this issue is beyond us as individuals. For the sake of public health, we need to do our part and stay home. Obviously, this can get boring pretty quickly. Here are things to do to fight boredom while practicing social distancing.

Start Your Spring Cleaning

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I’d like to think everyone else has a drawer that is always a junk drawer. Whether you have old clothes sitting in your closet or a dresser that needs dusting, though, cleaning is both a time consuming and productive thing to do. If you have a big area to cover, try breaking it up into pieces to conquer throughout the week. Even if you aren’t one of those people who find it relaxing (I certainly don’t), there’s likely to be a sense of accomplishment when it’s all said and done. 

Make a Vision Board

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A vision board is a great way to set intentions and put your desires onto something tangible. The great thing about this activity is that it can be as elaborate or simple as you want it to be. I already have a large vision board made of a cork board, scrapbook paper, and magazine images, but I decided to make a smaller one to add to it. As individuals we are always changing, so this is an activity that can be done multiple times whether you’ve made it with long term goals and dreams or short term ideas. All you need is a surface such as a piece of paper/poster board/cork board, magazines or internet images to cut out, and glue/thumb tacks to secure the images. If you’re artsy you could even add paint or drawings to your vision board. This is also a great way to take your mind off of the craziness of the day and think about things you’d like to do for yourself. 

Host a FaceTime Party

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Even if you’re social distancing with your roommates or family members, it can still feel lonely and dull. For those having to leave the dorms or other living arrangements near campus, it can feel like you’re being ripped away from your friends, support system, and overall routine. Luckily we have technology at our fingertips that can help us reconnect. Text your friends/family and set up a FaceTime date. Grab some snacks, get comfortable, make sure your device is charged, and keep each other company! You could also try playing a game or watching a movie “together” if catching up feels repetitive.

Get Outdoors

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Avoid getting stir crazy by making it a point to go outside everyday. According to this Time article, going outside can lower stress, decrease blood pressure, and improve your overall mood. Walking your dog, going for a morning/evening walk, visiting a spacious park, drinking your coffee outside, opening up a window, having a picnic in your backyard, outdoor yoga, going for a run, or riding a bike are just a small sample of things you can do to get outside.

Workout for Free (and at home) with YouTube

YouTube

Instead of going to the gym, try something new from the comfort of your home. YouTube is a great way to get fit for free and there are literally hundreds of channels to choose from. If you’re looking for a quick, high energy workout, I recommend the Body Coach TV. Joe Wicks is the “Body Coach” and is probably the only person who can make me smile while doing a plank. His specialty is HIIT workouts and he has a huge variety of videos to try. For pilates or yoga, checkout Boho Beautiful or Yoga With Adriene. The Boho Beautiful videos are always in a unique destination that can either give you some future travel inspiration or help you pretend like you’re in Bali. Adriene from Yoga With Adriene is Austin based, so you can support a local yogi by watching her videos.

Bake

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Baking is another way to pass time that is productive, entertaining, and (hopefully) delicious. Whether you fancy yourself a future Food Network star or barely know what a whisk is, now is a great time to get cooking. Try and use what you have to avoid going out in crowds. If you don’t have a favorite recipe to whip up, these cookie recipes by Tasty can be made using cake mix and are both easy and delicious. Wanting to make something from scratch? This chocolate cake recipe or these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are two of my absolute favorite recipes. 

Start a New Show/Book

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Although the adrenaline rush of binge watching a series when you have an exam coming up may not be there, it’s still a great time to start a new series or begin reading a book. It doesn’t have to be actually “new,” either. Never understood the hype of The Office because you’ve never seen it? Now’s your chance. Wanted to read Michelle Obama’s book but didn’t have the time? Well, now you do. 

Journal

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Journaling can be both a creative outlet as well as a therapeutic release during times of stress or uncertainty. It can sometimes be difficult to keep up with a traditional journal or know what to write so if that isn’t your thing, try using a bullet journal or a prompting/list journal. I love this reflections and intentions journal because it has fill in the blank prompts for things like gratitudes, reflections, and mood while being flexible enough so if you miss a day it is no big deal. Plus, it’s designed to be used in the morning and again at night, making it more of an activity that you can add into your new routine. A bullet journal can be bought online for relatively cheap and is a great option for those looking to tailor the journaling experience with a bit more creativity and freedom to doodle. There is a ton of inspiration for bullet journals on Instagram and Pinterest, too!

Social distancing is an important part of slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, but it can be difficult emotionally. It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone and, while it may not always seem like it, staying home is one of the biggest ways you can contribute right now. It’s also important to recognize that while getting things done while at home can feel like a valuable way to pass time, it’s okay if you aren’t “productive.” Taking care of your mental health is just as important and that can look different for everyone.

 If you’re struggling with finding things to do while staying in, try the tips above or come up with some ideas of your own and don’t forget to let us know on social media how you’re social distancing! 

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