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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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10 Things to Look Forward to When We Return to the Forty Acres

Being away from campus can be hard. For those missing Austin, here are 10 things to look forward to in the Fall, complete with memes generated by the wonderful UT Austin online community.

  1. Getting to see the one and only Domino

Domino is a fixture on campus and loved by many. In our absence, he has been spotted patrolling campus and scaring away pesky squirrels (except for the lucky albino ones of course).

  1. Our many rivalries.

No matter the season, or the current viral threat, our rivalries can transcend any obstacle, even COVID-19.

  1. Construction!

Austin construction has been around since pretty much forever and isn’t going away any time soon. Hopefully, some time away from campus will make the constant rerouting worth the while.

  1. Flocks of electric scooters.

That’s right folks, with humans trapped inside, nature has returned to its former glory. You’ll have plenty of time thanks to your web-based classes to do a little “Bird”-watching and maybe get hit by one or two scooter on Speedway if you’re just that lucky.

  1. Taking graduation photos!

Anyone who goes to UT hopes to one day get that picturesque photo in Littlefield Fountain. A little ‘Rona just adds more flavor to your photos. When you look back on them many years down the line, there will be no denying, you were definitely a proud 2020 graduate.

  1. Some calming moments with our campus’ most loved reptiles.

That’s right, some turtle live over 80 years. These guys aren’t going anywhere and have only gotten more apathetic and adorable since the last time you saw them in March.

  1. A lecture hall or library, or two, if you’re lucky!

There’s nothing I look forward to more than a good old time in one of the university’s top-notch libraries and lecture halls. I’ll hopefully be seeing all of y’all at some point on the 5th floor of the PCL at 2 am.

  1. The beautiful sound of a monthly emergency notification system siren test.

No, that’s not a tornado siren or some indie Austin band’s new music, just the beautiful sound of our university keeping us safe and maybe destroying our eardrums.

  1. Spending all your money on ACL.

Although ACL is canceled this year, don’t worry, come the Spring you’ll get your chance to empty your pockets in hopes of enjoying 3 glorious days in the hot sun with all your favorite Californians surviving off of a single granola bar and good music.

  1. Finally quenching you caffeine-addiction.

Say goodbye to your dad’s Folger’s and hello to your favorite locally-owned and operated venues. That’s right, for just $7 you can have a delicious, double shot of freshly ground 100% vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO espresso.

5 White Elephant Gag Gifts That Are (Kind of) Useful

White Elephant is a popular Christmas tradition among friends and acquaintances, other than Secret Santa of course. Unlike Secret Santa, however, the game offers participants a chance to give an anonymous gift suited for anyone. Gifts can be something nice like a Starbucks gift card or, if you’re feeling creative, it can be a gag gift.

Gag gifts are a huge hit in White Elephant, but no one wants to go home with something that has no real use. Instead, it’s time to get creative with these gag gifts that your friends will actually want.

Bob Ross Heat Changing Mug

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The man, the myth, the legend. Bob Ross is a meme to all for his inspiring quotes and DIY videos for intricate paintings. This heat changing mug reveals a painting behind Bob Ross whenever a warm drink fill the mug. This gift is perfect for coffee lovers. It can be snagged for $15.95 on Amazon.

Giant Pizza Blanket

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Know a pizza lover? Know a taco or burrito lover? Give the gift of a warm blanket for the winter season with this novelty blanket! This blanket comes in different patterns including, pepperoni pizza, supreme pizza, or even a tortilla! This giant pie can be bought for $18.00 on Amazon.

Cookie Spoon Pan

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Save the environment and stop using plastic spoons. Instead, give your friends a reason to eat more cookies by gifting them this cookie spoon pan! Your friends don’t know it yet, but they need this cookie spoon pan. Save the environment and win White Elephant for only $18.00 on UncommonGoods.

DIY Taco Bell Survival Kit

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Looking to make something cheap and easy? Make a Taco Bell Survival Kit filled with toilet paper, a pack of wet wipes, hand soap, air freshener, and some hot sauce packets. It might seem silly, but this stuff can be pretty useful for someone’s bathroom even if they didn’t actually make a stop at Taco Bell. Stop by your local dollar store for the cheapest prices on these items! If you’re feeling a little generous, slip in a Taco Bell gift card.

Gift Card Wheel


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Got a few of your old gift cards lying around that you need to get rid of? Put them together to form a wheel and only put one with money on it. Your friends will love this gift, but get frustrated checking to see which gift card has money on it!

So what are you waiting for? Get creative and happy gift giving!

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