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Areas of Interest

Areas of Interest

By Ariel
Real and honest stories to shed light on college degrees, and some tips for success.

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Agribusiness Economics from UC Davis
Ranger and I are "literally the same person" according to him, and he isn't entirely wrong. The similarities throughout the interview were shockingly funny, and we had some serious nerd moments when it came to reptiles and arthropods. Ranger received his degree in Managerial Economics with an emphasis in Agribusiness, but Ranger just likes to call it Ag-Economics for short. He now has his own coaching services to help people reach their goals and realize their potential in life. He is also the President of the Northern California Herpetological Society. This conversation is just a wealth of knowledge, and I talk more about UC Davis at the end of the episode (and I talk about the controversial mess in 2011).  You can email Ranger at or check him out on TikTok and Instagram Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
May 18, 2022
Journalism & Media Communications from Otterbein University
Noah's time at Otterbein University was not the kind of positive stories we've heard before. By the time this episode comes out, Noah will have already graduated with his undergraduate degree in Journalism & Media Communications (Congrats!). The truth is that if Noah could do it all over again, he would. Different degree, different school, different path. This isn't a conversation on why Otterbein is a terrible school, but rather one lackluster experience that didn't pan out the way it was supposed to happen. That's not to say that Noah became unsuccessful, in fact, Noah was able to land an awesome internship and pursue his passion through his podcast Retrospection Radio. I really really like this podcast because of its story-telling style, Noah's voice, and his thoughts on the subject. Stay tuned for the end of the episode where I lay out some facts and stats about Otterbein University, and why I think their mascot should be a clam-crushing fierce Otter. Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
April 29, 2022
Food Science from Clark Atlanta University
Evan got his degree in Food Science from Clark Atlanta University and went on to become a skilled food quality analyst. He has worked for large companies to ensure that the food we eat is safe. Evan has great advice on hard work, determination, innovative ideas, and how to plan for the future. He had some thoughts about where young people fit into his field of work, and what it's like to be underrepresented in the workplace. If you would like to get in touch with Evan, you can check him out on Instagram @awesome_nobody Listen to Evan and Candace's podcast The Wedding Edition to hear more about their journey planning their future wedding together.  Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
March 30, 2022
Computer Engineering with Jack Rhysider (Darknet Diaries)
Is this real?! Can someone pinch me? Jack Rhysider was such a fun guest, and shared his college/career experience in Computer Engineering. The beginning of the episode talks about his very popular podcast called Darknet Diaries. I just recently snagged an awesome t-shirt for my friend Cesar, who is also a big fan of the show. If you are familiar with the show's background, then you can jump to ~12:45 mins into the episode where we pick up on Jack's early days at community college. Later on in the episode we talk more about Jack's time as an undergraduate student, his career in the field, how Darknet Diaries started to form, and future ideas for his career.  For more info on Jack's blog on podcasting, check out Lime Link Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
March 15, 2022
Dual Enrollment
Today's guest doesn't have their 4-year degree yet, but they wanted to shed light on the dual enrollment program in Georgia. What is Dual Enrollment? Well, among other things, it is a program that allows high school students to take college classes. This is different than AP (Advanced Placement), and Hayden will discuss all the advantages and disadvantages to taking college classes while still in high school. In the second-half of this interview, we will discuss Hayden's passion in life and why he is considering switching career paths. Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
March 01, 2022
Co-Ed Program @ University of Waterloo
Howdy ya'll from Austin, Texas! Marco Yim navigated his academic career through a Co-Education program at University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Arts in Business and Legal Studies. Marco talks about what a co-ed program is and how it gave him an upper hand in the job market after graduation. I honestly don't know why this type of program isn't the norm in the United States, but perhaps having this conversation is necessary for the career advancement of tomorrow's students.  Marco developed Extempra to help job applicants improve their communication and public speaking skills for interviewing in today's competitive world. You can also listen to his podcast Extemporaneously to get help with tips on improving communication skills. You can also find Marco on Twitter @extempra Check out our website  Socials: Twitter @areasointerest  Song Credit: Kevin Macleod
February 15, 2022
Psychology from University of Texas @ Arlington
Dr. Thomas R. Brooks received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. He later received his MSc in Psychology, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Brooks had a lot of insight on what it was like to navigate the college experience both as a student, and now a professor. We discussed struggles, triumphs, and a funny bonding story when Texas froze in 2020. He also gave me some tips for my upcoming move to Texas and what the differences were between UT and A&M. You can check him out on Twitter @TBrooks_SexPsy and his podcast Psycho-Social Distancing Podcast Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
February 01, 2022
Psychology & Modern History from University of St. Andrews
This one is from across the pond folks! Abby was so kind to share her story of studying abroad in Scotland and the U.K. She gave so much great advice on what to expect as an international student. She now applies her Master's degree in Political Psychology to teach topics on her Youtube channel Political Psych with Abby. You can also check her out on instagram @politicalpsychwithabby Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
January 11, 2022
Accounting from SUNY New Paltz
Eddie has a long list of degrees ranging from Accounting to Cinema studies. He recently started a project called where he not only blogs, but makes fan-made trailers of films he enjoyed. Eddie faced some medical hardships during his academic journey, and shares with us how important it is to get involved with social clubs. We really appreciated talking with him, and going on a very long tangent about movies mid-way through the episode (sorry, not sorry).  Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
December 28, 2021
Religion & Congregational Studies from Samford University
Jeremy was so happy to discuss some of his journey from an arrogant freshman to a well-rounded and inclusive Masters graduate. We had some very open discussions about how religion impacts society and ways to improve church health. All of our conversations were respectful and honest. We had a great time and learned a lot from Jeremy about what it means to study religion. He is now on the Board of Visitors for the McAfee School of Theology! Check out Jeremy's two podcasts Kingdom Ethics Podcast & Virtually Church Podcast and his website:  Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
December 14, 2021
Communication from NC State @ Raleigh
Nick shared his journey from pursuing his degree in Communication (not communications!) from North Carolina State University at Raleigh, to becoming a trendy cartoon-comic writer. Seriously, check out the one about the water bear. We talked about our opinions about the media landscape today, how the medium is the message and how this affects video game developers, and also a very funny drunk college story. According to the canine-world, Nick now owns NC State @ Raleigh (well, just the sign). Check out Thumbles Comic on Webtoon and Facebook, or @thumbles_comic on Twitter and Instagram  and his website:
December 01, 2021
Mechanical Engineering + Theater Design from CUNY
Jessica got her Mechanical Engineering degree from the CUNY Macaulay Honors Program and her Theater Design degree from CUNY Baccalaureate Program. Much like what she does now, Jessica designed and made her own hybrid degree that bridges Engineering with Scenic Design using 3D drafting software. She had a lot of triumphs and struggles along the way, which she kindly shared with me. Like most of us, Jessica started an audiodrama podcast called Heinous Investigations which is hard to describe because it's a little bit of everything I like! Check out Jessica's podcast at Castos Website: Patreon: Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
November 16, 2021
Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University, Utah
Max received his degree in Electrical Engineering from BYU, Utah and has a great podcast called The Musician's Musician. Unfortunately, this episode stopped recording right before we got into Max's professional career in music, but you can check him out on his twitter to find out more @MaxButterfield. Thank you to Max for being a great guest and understanding that the audio gods were pissed off at me. This episode was still very useful, and we got enough info from Max to inform others who are interested in this area. We learned a lot and we think you will too!  Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
November 02, 2021
Juris Doctor from Georgia State University, Atlanta
J Wade had so much experience to share that we tried to sum it up into one episode. He has a BA in Philosophy from Georgia College and State University, a Masters in Business from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and a Juris Doctor from GSU Atlanta. He has tips on life, learning and what it's like to overcome educational barriers. From Honey Boo-Boo neighbor to the courtroom; J Wade has quite the story to share! He will also be joining me on this podcast as my co-host and we already have some great interviews ahead. Check out his podcast the Millennial and Soul Exchange Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
October 19, 2021
English & Creative Writing from Texas State University
Aaron S. Gallagher got his BA in English & Creative Writing from Texas State University. He has been using his degree to advance his career as a published author, which you can find his books on his website.  Aaron had some great insight on navigating the college process after struggling with ADHD. After his diagnosis, he was able to finally pass some of his toughest classes. He also gave tips and stories about getting to know teachers and how the extra effort of paying attention can lead to a letter of recommendation and opportunities. You can also check out Aaron on Twitter @asgallagher2011 Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
October 05, 2021
Special Effects at Tom Savini's School
NSFW Warning: This episode has more F-bombs than Goodfellas. The actual name of the school is called Tom Savini's Special Make-up Effects Program at the Douglas Education center. In this episode, Rudy goes into his past, present, and future with his work in Special Effects. He has worked on many projects in LA utilizing his skills, and talks about what it was like going to a vocational program, rather than the university route. You can check out Rudy's personal Instagram page to see some of his work and his lovely dog Bubba @rudy.the.respectful  Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
September 24, 2021
Mass Media from UNC at Charlotte
Lowell Brillante got his degree in Communications with a concentration in Mass Media from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Lowell tells us why he wasn't a big fan of college and where his road to success began. He is currently working on his second season of his iHeart podcast called Prodigy. You really want to check out this new season that dives into very personal, and sometimes taboo topics.  Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest Song Credit: Kevin Macleod
September 21, 2021
Information Systems from DePaul University
Welcome to my first episode! Steve Stonebraker received his BA in Information Systems from DePaul University. Steve has some great insight in his field, which include tips on how to protect your own personal data security. To learn more about Steve, check out his podcast Ephemeral Security Twitter: @EphmSecurity  Check out our website Socials: Twitter @areasointerest  Song Credit: Kevin Macleod 
September 07, 2021