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The Essential Education Podcast

The Essential Education Podcast

By Milan & Arya
Welcome to “The Essential Education Podcast.” Our goal is to provide the guidance and perspective needed for students to create skill sets that will enhance their learning years. Our podcasts will provide valuable insight through interviews with both high school students and industry professionals. Each episode is crafted to fit your needs, with topics ranging from evaluating e-learning strategies to discovering college and career pathways. Hosted by high school juniors Arya Marwaha and Milan Manic.
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Climate Justice
Arya and Milan discuss the importance of understanding why climate change remains an existential threat to our society. We go over the problems it poses towards the future development of society, but also methods and ways we can take to reduce the threat of climate change. These include recycling methods, saving water, and other measures. Listen in and learn what you can do in your position to solve climate change, one person at a time. 
October 05, 2021
Staying Involved ft. Community Service Director Nikhil
Listen in as Arya and Nikhil tackle ways to stay involved during the school year via community service activities. They discuss their personal involvements including service-based involvement through Lyceum Village, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Anaheim Public Library, and Artis College App. 
October 01, 2021
Voting Rights
Being politically involved in some way is extremely important in an indirect democracy such as the United States. We vote elected leaders into office because we trust them to enact policies that will benefit our society in some way, whether that be for better roads/bridges, a stronger public education system, or nonrenewable resource taxing to increase ecologically sustainable practices. Listen in as we talk about the importance of holding on to your vote and using it wisely. Remember, every vote counts!
September 27, 2021
Life of A Foreign Student ft. Boss Mithpasong, Laotian-American
Boss (Kiettisak) Mithpasong talks about his origin story upon entering the United States. A nine-year-old Laotian boy, he must tackle language barriers and cope with the changing cultural landscape around him. Listen in as he tells us his story, from 4th grade to senior year of high school. 
September 20, 2021
Food Insecurity
Listen in as Arya and Milan tackle the issue of food insecurity in society. We discuss several community organizations including Orange County Food Bank and other ways to get involved. Every year, several children and families go starving across different communities. It is vital that we talk about these issues so some actionable change can occur. 
September 13, 2021
A Review: #BlackLivesMatter
Listen is as Arya and Milan discuss the reignition of the #BlackLivesMatter movement across the United States and the world, starting with the death of George Floyd. Not only do they talk about the protests and politics of the movement, but also the importance of addressing societal issues of racism and race, and the discrimination faced by African Americans. They also touch on how the public education system can inform students about racial equality, and promote the school classroom as a safe space for expressing differing viewpoints. 
January 04, 2021
Extracurriculars During COVID-19
Given our current situation, participating in a wide breadth of extracurricular activities is a challenging task for many high school students. Tune in as Arya & Milan tackle this issue by discussing where students can find unique opportunities such as club participation, internships in different industries, involvement in art/music, and athletics.
October 11, 2020
Updated Learning Environments (FALL 2020)
Tune in as Arya & Milan talk about the different possible learning environments for Fall 2020. Not only do they discuss the distance learning standards being set in place Gavin Newsom, but also recent announcements from the state of California including the future of high school sports; the importance of addressing the digital divide; and the reopening of schools during a pandemic. 
August 12, 2020
Mental Health During Online Learning ft. Therapist/Psychologist
Mental health is often a difficult subject to talk about for children and parents alike. Listen in as we talk with a professional and licensed therapist whose experiences with students in the schooling system are varied and diverse. She talks about problems students have been facing specifically with mental health during a pandemic like stress, anxiety, depression, and isolation. Join us as she talks about all of these different issues and how to get through them during these challenging times.
July 29, 2020
Parenting In An Online Environment ft. Working Parent
Parenting is already difficult, but can be especially challenging during a pandemic. Today we will discuss the role parents must play in an online learning environment. Not only are they responsible for setting the standard for their children, but also must find a balance between keeping kids entertained and focused. This episode features a mother in the Orange County area who runs her company while parenting three kids all during a pandemic.
July 22, 2020
Time Management During Online Learning ft. College Freshman
Listen and learn as we discuss time management with a rising college freshman attending the University of Pennsylvania. As Arjun recollects on his experiences throughout high school, he offers his advice and strategies to be successful with managing your time, especially in an online learning environment.
July 15, 2020
Optimal Platforms For Online Education ft. High School Student & Teacher
Listen in as we walk you through the three core parts of online learning: assessments, assignments, and lectures. As we all know, several different platforms were used during remote learning, such as Zoom, Canvas, and Google Classroom. Featured guests on this episode include rising high school sophomore Sehej Bal, and high school English teacher Erik Floyd. Learn about their personal experiences with different online learning platforms.
July 08, 2020
Thoughts On Education During COVID-19
Tune in as we summarize the multiple aspects of online learning during the pandemic, including how schools should plan to reopen and different possible learning environments.
July 01, 2020