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Grad School Femtoring

Grad School Femtoring

By Yvette Martínez-Vu, PhD
Dra. Yvette Martínez-Vu— a Chicana academic coach, consultant, and femtor— provides first-generation students of color with knowledge about academia to help them prepare for graduate school and beyond. Listen to learn about grad school and career advice, social justice and activism, wellness and self-care, personal development, productivity tips, first-gen BIPOC experiences, and more!
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150: Navigating Grief in Post Grad Life Transitions
If you are in the middle of a big post-grad life transition, such as starting or ending graduate school, changing jobs, and moving away from loved ones, then you will want to listen to this episode. I share my insight about how to navigate feelings of loss, grief, and discomfort especially as it relates to changes that impact one’s identity-formation. I also offer a few coping strategies that may be helpful for you as you navigate your own life transitions. Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
30:32
August 12, 2022
149: Repurposing Your Education and Controlling Your Career After Grad School With Dr. Zakiya Akerele
This week our special guest is Dr. Zakiya Akerele who discusses the topic of repurposing your education and controlling your career after grad school. Dr. Zakiya Akerele is a third-generation educator passionate about lifelong growth and learning. She holds degrees from Florida A&M University, Columbia University, and Fordham University in International Educational Development, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. She is also the author of Dump Your Degree: How to Repurpose Your Education, Control Your Career, and Gain Financial Freedom. In this episode we discuss: - How she went from an interest in law school to becoming a third-generation educator - How to identify your skill set as a multipassionate and interdisciplinary scholar - Examples of how to take control of your career while job hunting - Details on her latest book, Dump Your Degree: How to Repurpose Your Education, Control Your Career, and Gain Financial Freedom - And advice for anyone trying to figure out the next steps in their life and career You can connect with Dra. Zakiya on the following sites: Website: www.zakiyaakerele.com IG, FB, TikTok: @ZakiyaAkerele LinkedIn: Zakiya Akerele You can get a copy of her book here: Amazon: https://amzn.to/3x29ktW Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dump-your-degree-zakiya-akerele/1140873515 Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
30:11
August 05, 2022
148: Five Wrong Reasons to Attend Graduate School
If you are trying to decide whether graduate school is the right next step for you, listen to this solo episode where I cover the wrong reasons to attend graduate school. While there are many great reasons to attend graduate school— such as needing an advanced degree to pursue a career, to move up a job ladder, or to switch fields— there are also some not so great reasons. Even if you know that you definitely plan to go to grad school, this episode may also help you decide if now is the right time to apply. Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
13:56
July 29, 2022
147: Confidence Building and Defining Career Success on Your Terms with Dr. Jasmine Escalera
This week our special guest is Dra. Jasmine Escalera who discusses the topic of confidence building and defining career success on your terms. Dra. Jasmine is a certified career and life coach with proven programs that help her clients focus on gaining clarity around their careers, beating self-doubt, and building confidence. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Pace University and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Yale. She was also named a 2022 LinkedIn Top Voice! In this episode we discuss: - Her background as a Latina who grew up in Brooklyn, New York and how it influences her work today - The importance of self-awareness in (re)building your confidence after being in spaces where few people look like you -How to carve your own career path and define your own career success - And the importance of  forming a community building strategy for networking You can connect with Dra. Jasmine on Instagram @jasmineescaleracoaching and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasmine-escalera Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
38:27
July 22, 2022
146: Journaling Questions to Help You Dream Again
This episode is for all graduate students and undergraduates who may be feeling stuck or losing motivation. I share a journaling exercise that will grant you permission to dream again, that is, to consider, without limits, what your ideal life looks like. The purpose of this exercise is to help you recenter yourself—your wants, needs, and desires— in your career and life trajectory. This exercise will also help you reflect and assess on how you’re currently spending your time and if it’s aligned with your values and what brings you joy. Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
21:48
July 15, 2022
145: Taking a Leave of Absence as a Survivor in Grad School with Ana Ramirez
This week our special guest is Ana Ramirez who discusses the topic of taking a leave of absence as a survivor in grad school. Ana is a socio-cultural anthropology PhD student at UNC Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on Indigenous women, gender-based violence, trauma, community and families, and healing. Currently, she's taking a leave of absence, exploring different career paths, and hiking with friends and family. In this episode we discuss: - What is a leave of absence and some reasons why students may choose to take one - Her experience as a survivor of sexual assault and how she planned for her leave of absence - The costs and benefits of taking a leave in grad school - And advice to any student considering taking time off, a pause, or leave in their studies You can connect with Ana on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anayramirez/ Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
42:03
July 08, 2022
144: How the ABC Method of Productivity Can Help You Manage Unstructured Time
For this week's solo episode, I introduce you to the ABC method of productivity. This method of productivity involves taking a look at your to-do list and marking tasks based on priority (A, B, and C) and then working on tasks accordingly. I've modified this method to include my energy levels and the time of day I work best. A time is my most focused and energetic time, B time is less focused and less energy, and C time is even less focus or energy. I like to align my A tasks with my A time to get the most important or urgent tasks done in my day. There are some days that I have even less time than others and so consistently prioritizing and considering my energy levels helps me stay consistent with my workload.  If you need help managing unstructured time, don’t miss out on this episode and download a copy of the episode transcript by going to https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/episodes/144/  Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring  Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/  Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/  For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
14:31
July 01, 2022
143: What Everyone Needs to Know About Disability and Academia with Liu Miao
This week our special guest is Liu Miao who discusses the topic of disability and academia. Liu is a PhD student in human development and family sciences and is passionate about research on positive youth development, cross-cultural studies, immigrant youth, as well as fostering and adoption. In this episode we discuss: - How she got involved with content creation as a means of making knowledge accessible to the wider public - Her experience as someone with a physical disability attending graduate school and experiencing issues of injustice and inaccessibility - How the pandemic, Zoom education, and access to recorded lectures, in some cases has helped individuals with disabilities access education -The value and assets that disabled students bring to the table in academic spaces -And advice for disabled students who are or will be applying to graduate school You can connect with Liu on Instagram by following @awordwithliumiao Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
54:29
June 24, 2022
142: Project Management 101 for Academics
Are you currently working on a big project like a senior thesis, a dissertation, or even a book manuscript? Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or disorganized when it comes to managing the workload? Are you interested in learning about how to set up a work system to better manage your project and time? If so, then tune in to this episode where I offer project management strategies related to how to set up a filing, task-management, and calendaring system that works for you. If you want to tackle a major project this summer and need assistance on consistently making progress to meet your long-term goals, it’s all about project management and setting up systems to hold yourself accountable and get things done. Go to gradschoolfemtoring.com/podcast to listen! Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
29:26
June 17, 2022
141: Pursuing a Master of Library Science and Bilingual School Librarianship with Jeffrey Merino
This week our special guest is Jeffrey Merino who discusses the process of pursuing a master of library science and a career as a bilingual school librarian. Jeffrey has experience as a bilingual school librarian for a Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school. He has also taught in the classroom as a dual language educator. In this episode we discuss: - How an undergrad job as a research data collector led to him working in elementary schools and switching his major to elementary education - The need for more bilingual school librarians, male librarians, and queer librarians - The benefits and challenges of being a school librarian and the many skills that librarians learn related to research, technology, and leadership -And advice on how to find library science programs and the wide range of careers you can pursue with that degree You can connect with Jeffrey on Twitter (@jmerinoedu) and Instagram (@makingthesebookstacks). Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
52:10
June 10, 2022
140: What is Classism in Academia and What To Do About It
In this solo episode, I discuss the topic of classism in academia. -I begin by defining classism and institutional classism -I then share examples of institutional classism in college and grad school -I discuss the intersections of classism, pay inequities and stagnation, and the great resignation in higher education -And I end the episode by sharing specific suggestions for how to take action towards fighting classism within and outside academia Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
37:34
June 03, 2022
139: Imposter Syndrome as a High Achieving First-Gen Grad Student with Samantha Gonzalez
This week our special guest is Samantha Gonzalez who talks to us about her process of navigating imposter syndrome as a high achieving first-gen grad student. Samantha is a Program Coordinator for a First-Gen Summer Bridge Program for incoming college freshmen at a local college in Las Vegas, Nevada and has a Master’s Degree in Education from John Hopkins University. In this episode we discuss: - Her undergrad experience at UCLA and how she dealt with imposter syndrome, perfectionism, and anxiety - How imposter syndrome is complex, multilayered, and also affected by a lack of belonging and being in spaces that don’t value your assets - How counterstories and reframing have helped her to combat imposter syndrome -And lastly, Samantha offers advice on what others can do to create or expand their support system if they too are navigating similar issues You can connect with Samantha by email at 2.samantha.g@gmail.com.  Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
38:31
May 27, 2022
138: Secrets of Successful Nontraditional Paths Into Graduate School
In this solo episode, I discuss the topic of the secrets of successful nontraditional paths into graduate school. If you self-identify as a nontraditional student and are planning to apply to graduate school at some point in your career, then you won’t want to miss out this episode where I cover the following: -What is a nontraditional student? -What are common concerns and obstacles of nontraditional students? -What are common traits that successful nontraditional students I’ve femtored have in common? -And what advice I have to offer to nontraditional individuals who are applying to grad school this fall? Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
31:23
May 20, 2022
137: Pros and Cons of Getting a Master’s Degree Abroad with Dr. Max Schneider
This week our special guest is Dr. Max Schneider who talks to us about the pros and cons of getting a master’s degree abroad. Dr. Max Schneider is an applied statistician who earned a master’s degree in Germany and recently got his PhD in Statistics from the University of Washington. In this episode we discuss: - His childhood moving from Ukraine to California and his immigrant family experience - How an internship opportunity helped him secure a Master’s degree abroad - His challenges with culture shock, climate shock, language barriers, all while studying a new discipline and commuting to his campus in Potsdam, Germany -The benefits he gained from his experience and how it’s brought him back abroad and closer to his family - And he offers advice to anyone who is interested in pursuing a graduate degree abroad You can connect with Dr. Max Schneider by following him on Twitter with the handle @mschneiderstats Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
42:34
May 13, 2022
136: Compassionate Ways to Deal with Academic and Career Disappointment
In this solo episode, I discuss the topic of how to deal with academic and career disappointment in compassionate ways. It can be really challenging to experience the disappointment of working hard towards something that ultimately does not work out the way you imagined. Many of us are experiencing losses or changes in our academic and career trajectories that prompt a wide range of uncomfortable emotions.  If you're struggling with feelings of disappointment, listen to this episode where I discuss: -Examples of academic and career disappointment -Why it's important to manage these emotions with compassion -And four specific strategies to implement to help you get through this difficult time  Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
19:48
May 06, 2022
135: Wellness and Content Creation in Graduate School with Dr. Angela Crumdy
This week our special guest is Dr. Angela Crumdy who talks to us all about wellness and content creation in grad school. Dr. Angela is the creator of @gradgirlwellness, a platform designed to inspire and encourage women of color to prioritize their overall health and wellness while pursuing higher education. In this episode we discuss: - Dr. Angela’s reasons behind focusing on wellness for women of color to fill a gap in higher ed and in content creation - The skills you learn in grad school that are applicable to content creation - The importance of creating supportive spaces in academia where we can take care of ourselves - And advice for folks that want more wellness in their life and/or are interested in becoming content creators You can connect with Dr. Angela by following her on Instagram @gradgirlwellness, checking out her website, and listening to her podcast. www.gradgirlwellness.com https://redcircle.com/shows/grad-girl-wellness Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
22:55
April 29, 2022
134: Writing the Statement of Purpose (Replay)
In this episode, you'll get to enjoy a replay of one of my earliest episode, all about writing the statement of purpose. In this episode, you'll learn more about why I decided to bring back this episode from the Grad School Femtoring Podcast vault and my reactions to listening to it again after more than two years since I recorded it. If you're planning to apply to grad school this fall, you won't want to miss this episode.  Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
24:03
April 22, 2022
133: Contextualizing Higher Ed Models and Academia’s Hidden Curriculum with Jamaal Muwwakkil
This week our special guest is Jamaal Muwwakkil (he/him) who discusses the topic of contextualizing higher ed models and academia’s hidden curriculum. Jamaal Muwwakkil is a sociocultural linguist and educator from Compton, California. Jamaal is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and his dissertation investigates language socialization of Black students within an elite public higher education model. In this episode we discuss: - Jamaal’s nontraditional academic path attending several community colleges before transferring to UCLA - What motivated him to major in Linguistics and pursue an academic career - The major differences between the California community college, California State University, and the University of California system as well as how those differences impact your career trajectory - Why relationship building is so important and strategies for how to network as an introvert You can connect with Jamaal by following him on Twitter @wordsbyjamaal or by going to wordsbyjamaal.com. Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
43:11
April 15, 2022
132: 5 Budget-Related Tasks to Complete Before Saying Yes to a Grad Program
In this solo episode, I share five specific budget-related tasks that you should complete before saying yes and submitting your statement of intent to register (SIR) to a graduate program. These five steps will help to ensure that you make an informed and empowered decision when it comes to the financial aspect of grad school. Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
20:29
April 08, 2022
131: Applying to Summer Research Programs with Hazel Carías-Urbina
This week our special guest is Hazel Carías-Urbina (she/her) who discusses the topic of applying to summer research programs. Hazel is a History student with a minor in Latin American Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She is also Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and daughter of Guatemalan and Honduran immigrants. In this episode we discuss: -How her Central American identity and growing up in LA has shaped her interest in studying history -What Hazel has learned about applying to summer research programs for undergraduates -Why summer research programs are so competitive and what you can gain from participating in them -The benefits of being involved in cohort-based research programs, like the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program -And how Hazel has navigated the challenges and struggles of building community as a Central American student in Cal State LA You can connect with Hazel by emailing her at hcarias@calstatela.edu Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
37:08
April 01, 2022
130: Top 8 Episodes for Applying to Grad School
In this solo episode, I share the top eight episodes to listen to if you're applying to graduate school. The episode list I have curated is intended to demystify the process and empower you to make informed decisions at every step from creating your grad school list, to requesting letters of rec, to writing your essays, interviewing, and accepting an offer. You'll also find out which is the most played episode of my podcast and you may be surprised by the answer. Tune in to this episode to learn more! Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
21:06
March 30, 2022
129: How to Advocate for Yourself in Grad School with Amanda Peña
This week our special guest is Amanda Peña (she/her) who discusses the topic of advocating for yourself in grad school. Amanda Peña is an entrepreneur and master’s student at USC’s Iovine and Young Academy where she focuses on machine learning and artificial intelligence for underserved groups, particularly building tech for women and people of color. She has expertise in brand strategy, storytelling, and narrative building for social platforms. She has been a leader for a marketing communication team for a design tech firm in Seattle that focused on mobility. She’s also a Brand Strategy Manager for AnitaB.org working towards diversity, equity, and inclusion in tech. In this episode we discuss: -How she landed her first job out of college and gained skills to become an entrepreneur -The moment she realized she needed a master’s degree to advance her career -Why it’s important to advocate for yourself as soon as you’re admitted into a grad program -Her interest in machine learning and artificial intelligence and why it matters to women and people of color -And advice for how to advocate for yourself if this is something you struggle with You can connect with Amanda on LinkedIn and by emailing her at amandapena@usc.edu. https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandaepena/ This is your last chance to sign up for my upcoming financial literacy and budgeting workshop on March 26: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-money-movidas-financial-literacy-and-budgeting-101-registration-296329478447 Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Want to learn how to work with me? Get started here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
41:28
March 25, 2022
128: How to Start an Academic Podcast
In this solo episode, Dra. Yvette shares essential information you need if you're thinking about starting an academic podcast. She covers the topics of coming up with an idea, thinking about the structure, identifying tech, considering recording and hosting options, creating cover art, coming up with a title, and more! Don’t forget to sign up for my upcoming financial literacy and budgeting workshop on March 26: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-money-movidas-financial-literacy-and-budgeting-101-registration-296329478447 Did you like what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
23:28
March 23, 2022
127: Adulting and Life After College as a First-Gen Professional with Marisol Ibarra
This week our special guest is Marisol Ibarra (she/her) who discusses the topic of adulting and life after college as a first-gen professional. Marisol Ibarra is the founder of Here Comes the Sun Podcast, where she helps first-generation students, college graduates, and professionals navigate the things that schools don’t teach. By day, Marisol is a legislative director who helps draft policy for communities of color in the state of California. She is also a proud daughter of immigrants. In this episode, we discuss: -Her experience majoring in Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona, completing a senior thesis, and studying abroad in Dubai and Hong Kong -How working a 9am to 5pm internship helped prepare her for the workforce -The post-graduation struggles of working full-time, not having a job, or going straight to grad school -Money talk surrounding how to negotiate salary and benefits as a new professional and how to budget -Time-management and self-care tips! You can connect with Marisol by following her at: @herecomesthesun_podcast on Instagram Don’t forget to sign up for my upcoming financial literacy and budgeting workshop on March 26: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-money-movidas-financial-literacy-and-budgeting-101-registration-296329478447 If you want to listen to my guest appearance on Marisol’s Here Comes the Sun Podcast, go here: https://podcasts.apple.com/pt/podcast/here-comes-the-sun/id1523540816?i=1000554083299 Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
45:06
March 18, 2022
126: How to Create a Dissertation Writing Timeline
In this episode, I share strategies for creating a dissertation writing timeline. The dissertation writing timeline is valuable to have because it can serve as your anchor as you write your dissertation; it will help you keep your long-term goals in mind especially when it’s so easy to get lost in the details. If you’re a grad student and don’t have a step by step timeline from now until your filing deadline, then you will find this episode helpful. I interweave a few updates about my upcoming podcast media appearances and workshops. Tune in for more! If you'd like to learn more about my upcoming financial literacy and budgeting workshop, go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-money-movidas-financial-literacy-and-budgeting-101-registration-296329478447  To read my blog post on The Professor Is In, go here: https://theprofessorisin.com/2022/03/15/why-i-left-higher-ed-and-how-i-started-my-own-business-abroad-guest-post/ Here is a link to my guest appearance on the Here Comes the Sun Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/pt/podcast/here-comes-the-sun/id1523540816?i=1000554083299  And here is the link to my guest appearance on the Millienial PhD Podcast: https://themillennialphd.buzzsprout.com For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
19:49
March 16, 2022
125: Navigating an Ed.D. and a Higher Education Career as a First-Gen Latina with Jacqueline Banegas-Abreu
This week our special guest is Jacqueline Banegas-Abreu (she/her) who discusses the topic Navigating an Ed.D. and a Higher Education Career. Jacci is the Associate Director of the Community College Transfer Opportunity Program at New York University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Leadership and Innovation from New York University with a research focus on the transitional experience of community college students into private four-year institutions. Jacci is also a first generation Latina, mother to three children, and hopes to continue to impact her community through her narratives and experiences. In this episode we discuss: -Her backstory as a Honduran-American born and raised in Brooklyn and first-generation college student at NYU -The lack of belonging she felt in college and then gained via opportunity programs -How working for a dean’s office was where her career in higher ed took off -The value of transferable skills you gain in administrative positions -How she applied to grad school thanks to people in her support system and despite concerns over her GPA -What propelled her to pursue a doctoral program and why she chose an EdD over a PhD, among many many other topics. You can connect with Jacci via linked in and Instagram LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacciabreu/ IG: @thejacabreu Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
50:12
March 11, 2022
124: Personal Updates as a Chicana Academic Coach Living Abroad
In this solo episode, I share some updates on my life since I moved to Portugal last year. You’ll hear more about what my transition has been like since I left my full-time academic job in California to pursue a virtual coaching business. I share how my Mexican immigrant parents—and especially my single mom— shaped my journey, what a day in the life of an academic coach looks like, and the life lessons I’ve gained from this experience. Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
13:13
March 09, 2022
123: Managing Relationships with Advisors with Dr. Gloria J. Santos Acevedo
This week our special guest is Dr. Gloria J. Santos Acevedo (she/they) who discusses the topic of managing relationships with advisors. Dr. Santos Acevedo obtained a PhD in Psychology from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and is a professor of education at an online university, an anti-racist educator, an activist for women's rights, a certified sex counselor, an organic percussionist and a flamenco dancer. In this episode we discuss: - Her thoughts on how to navigate relationships when you inherit an advisor’s interpersonal conflicts with others - How the Latinx culture impacts critical discourse and feedback among academics - How to switch advisors without burning bridges - The usefulness of having an external advisor or committee member and developing culturally-informed relationships - How they got involved in social justice work, and much more! You can connect with Dr. Santos Acevedo by following her at @hrhgloriasantos on Twitter and Instagram. You can also listen to her Sentir rico podcast using the links below. Anchor: https://anchor.fm/sentir-rico Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4CoAhF21PlHeNfbIOZJtu8 Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
48:34
March 04, 2022
122: Six Budgeting Strategies to Help You Meet Your Financial Goals
In this solo episode, I share with you my top six budgeting strategies to help you meet your financial goals. I share these strategies because I know first-hand what it’s like to struggle with making and then sticking to a budget when you're a first-generation student from a working-class background who was never taught the basics of financial literacy. You’ll learn how I define a budget, different forms of budgeting styles, and how to reframe your budget as a tool to help you make decisions that are better aligned with your values and life goals. Liked what you heard? Then join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
43:02
March 02, 2022
121: Managing Pandemic-Related Grad App Complications with Shania Montúfar
This week our special guest is Shania Montufar who talks all about how she has managed pandemic-related grad app complications. Shania is a Sociology student and McNair Scholar at Truman State University and is in the middle of her graduate admission decision process as we speak. In this episode we discuss: -What she did when she found out some programs weren’t accepting applicants -Her GRE-related testing hurdles and varying admission requirements -What to do when you’ve been admitted to grad school and can’t visit a campus -And advice for students currently applying to grad school You can connect with Shania via email and on LinkedIn: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shania-m-b88021134/ Email - sm4145@truman.edu Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
34:16
February 25, 2022
120: How to Secure Funding to Hire an Academic Coach
In this solo episode, I share some strategies for how to secure funding if you're interested in working with an academic coach like me. This episode includes how to secure funding for one-on-one coaching, how to secure funding for a workshop or speaking engagement, sample language you can use when asking for funding, and what goes into our coaching fees or how we set our rates. If you're interested in working with me or any other academic coach, then you won't want to miss this episode!  Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
19:54
February 23, 2022
119: Doctorahood and All of Its Brown Mujer Magia With Dra. Lorena Marquez
This week our special guest is Dra. Lorena Marquez of @doctorahood who shares all about doctorahood and all of its brown mujer magia. Dra. Lorena is a first-generation Chicana feminist and scholar practitioner. She’s also the Director of Cal State LA’s Cross Cultural Centers and the creatress of #dinnercondoctoras. In this episode we discuss: -What doctorahood and brown mujer magia mean and why they matter -How her doctoral program and family experiences informed her purpose of uplifting others -How she started advocating for the next generation of brown mujeres and girls -The future of doctorahood, dinner con doctoras, and more! You can connect with Dra. Lorena on IG: @doctorahood and check out her other resources here: https://linktr.ee/doctorahood. Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
46:30
February 18, 2022
118: Organizational Systems and Standard Operating Procedures
This week I have a bonus solo episode where I discuss the topic of getting organized, setting up organizational systems, and creating standard operating procedures. I talk about what they are and how you can create or modify your own systems to work smarter and not harder. I discuss examples in my own life of how I organize my workload, which includes a combination of organizing my files, writing and following standard operating procedures, creating and prioritizing my to-do list, and calendaring. If you're interested in learning a few tips to get more organized, then listen to this episode!  Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
25:04
February 16, 2022
117: Pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education Leadership with Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios
This week we had Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios share what it’s like having a career in politics while getting her PhD in higher education leadership. Jeannette is a Latina, full-time mom, wife, councilwoman, district director, and grad student pursuing a doctorate degree. In this episode we discuss: -How she got into politics and her reflection on her 20 years of experience -The importance of learning about how political and educational systems work -Her desire to change policy to provide more students with access to higher education -And her advice for younger generations interested in a career in politics You can connect with Jeannette on IG: @jeannettesanchezpalacios. Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit/ Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/ For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
29:25
February 11, 2022
116: Housing and Funding in Master's Programs with Christina V. Rodriguez
I’m thrilled to have Christina V. Rodriguez from @latinaswithmasters as our guest speaker this week. She shares her insights all about housing and funding in master’s programs. Christina is a multicultural and equity-minded marketer and educator with a commitment in creating equitable opportunities for Women of Color in business, housing and academia. In this episode we discuss: -Her first-gen educational experience taking gap years and reapplying to grad school -Housing 101 and what to consider when searching for housing -The hidden costs of relocating for grad school -Her process of creating Latinas with Masters for Latina empowerment, where it’s at, and where it’s going You can be in touch with Christina by following her on all social media platforms with the handle @latinaswithmasters. Here are some other links Christina mentioned on the show: -Latinas with Masters: https://www.latinaswithmasters.com -Consumer Affairs: https://www.usa.gov/state-consumer Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Get my free 15-page Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/kit Need more support, book a free half-hour coaching consultation: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
52:56
February 04, 2022
115: Gap Years, Rejection, and Reapplying to Grad Programs with Adriana Jaramillo
Our guest speaker this week is Adriana Jaramillo who shares her insights on taking a gap year, facing rejection, and reapplying to grad programs. Adriana is a first-gen Chicana who earned her BA in Psych with minors in Chicanx Studies and Education after transferring to UCLA from Santa Monica College. She’s currently reapplying to master’s programs in educational policy with an emphasis in higher ed. In this episode we discuss: -Her transfer and gap year experiences -The value in taking time to reflect on applying to grad school -The benefits of reaching out to professors from different institutions for research opportunities -Why Adriana has chosen to apply only to master’s programs -And advice for students who are also re-applying to grad programs You can be in touch with Adriana on Twitter and Instagram with the following handles: @Adriana_J_C for Twitter and @Ay.its.jay for Instagram. Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
25:41
January 28, 2022
114: Financial Literacy for First-Gen College Students with Ana & Jeremy of Brewing Dinero
Check out the latest episode of the Grad School Femtoring Podcast which covers the topic of financial literacy for first-generation college students.  This episode features Ana and Jeremy who are a first-gen married couple on the path to financial independence and who are committed to spreading their knowledge of financial education among BIPOC and mixed immigration status communities.  In this episode you’ll learn all about:  -their experiences migrating from Mexico to California as children  -their college and grad school journeys in areas of counseling, engineering, and more  -strategies for paying for your undergraduate education  -quick and efficient ways to get started investing  -how our parents pass on their knowledge and views about money to us  -how to take advantage of financial education resources available  To connect with them, you can follow them on Instagram @brewingdinero  NEW! Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring  Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06  Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified  Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA  Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5  For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
48:48
January 21, 2022
113: Personal Brand Design and the Business of Personal Development with Dr. Lauren Mason Carris
I’m thrilled to release an episode all about personal brand design and the business of personal development with a very special guest, Dr. Lauren Mason Carris. She’s my first guest of 2022 and also happens to be a former femtor/mentor of mine. Dr. Lauren Mason Carris is a first-gen Jew-tina who is also the VP of Learning Design at Penny AI, a global SaaS tech company. In this episode you’ll learn all about: -her experience as a first-generation scholar and Applied Linguist at UCLA -the relationship between critical identity studies and personal brand design -what personal brand design is and how it's relevant for current and aspiring graduate students -how she made the leap from academia to industry -how continuous reflection of her values, interests, and skills helps her along her journey -how personal brand is an ongoing process and what questions you can reflect on to help craft your own To connect with Dr. Lauren, you can find her on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lmcarris NEW! Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
48:21
January 14, 2022
112: Why and How to Invest In Yourself
This week’s episode is all about why and how to invest in yourself, in your growth, in your goals.  Specifically, this episode covers:  -Investing in yourself via coaching  -The difference between coaching and femtoring  -My experience working with coaches as a grad student  -My coaching and types of support I offer  -3 free ways to invest in yourself this year  And I also add in a few personal updates too.  This episode went a bit longer than expected because I clearly have a lot to say about the topic of investing in yourself. Enjoy!  NEW! Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring  Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06  Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified  Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA  For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
58:44
January 07, 2022
111: 2021 End of Year Reflection
Check out my latest episode, where I share my year end reflection in what is my first recording while living abroad. The big focus of this episode is on the importance of dreaming, resting, being proud, and being grateful. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you reflect on your year: -Where were you a year ago? -Where are you now? -What are you most proud of this year? -What are you most grateful for this year? -What are your current goals? -What’s the biggest dream you could ever have? NEW! Join my exclusive community on Patreon to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/gradschoolfemtoring Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you in need of writing support, setting up organizational systems, and/or accountability? I'm currently accepting new coaching clients. You can learn more and book a free consultation here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/services/  Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply. It now comes with a bonus 1-hour coaching session: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
18:12
December 31, 2021
110: Preparing for Academic Writing During the Holidays with Dr. Ces’Ari Garcia-Del Muro
Check out our latest episode, with our special guest, Dr. Ces’Ari Garcia-Del-Muro from the Latinx Education Coach, who shares all about how to prepare for academic writing during the holidays. In this episode, she shares valuable insights, including: -what it was like growing up multigenerational with a gang-affiliated family in Baldwin Park, CA -recognizing the changing family dynamics many first-gen students face after you’ve gone to college -the importance of literacy rates in the US and teaching English -advice for those that have writing to do over the holidays -the services that Latinx Ed Coach provides, such as coaching, editing, workshops, and more! To connect with Dr. Garcia-Del Muro, you can follow her via @latinxeducation_coach or go to latinxedcoach.com Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
45:57
December 23, 2021
109: How Brandon Quintana Went From Losing 10K of Grad Funding to Gaining 75K
In our latest episode, our special guest, Brandon Quintana—a biology master’s student at CSUF— shares how he went from losing 10K of funding to gaining 75K! In this episode, he shares valuable insights, including: -what happens when you lose your grad funding because it’s contingent on one grade -the issues of merit scholarships that don’t account for disadvantages and inequities in academia -How to find scholarships for masters programs -Pointers for winning competitive scholarships and fellowships, and much more! To connect with Brandon, you can follow him on Twitter. His handle is @brandoyster_ Here is the handle to the Instagram scholarship account he mentions in the episode: @accessscholarships. Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
33:37
December 17, 2021
108: Following Your Gut Unapologetically with Jeannette Marroquin
This episode features our special guest, Jeannette Marroquin, a 25 year old DACA scholar, professor, and business owner who shares all about what it means to follow your gut unapologetically.    Tune in to hear more about:   -Her experience moving to a new country as a young child  -Navigating school and work as a DACA recipient  -How following her gut has led her to seamlessly switch career paths   -And what it’s like being a young business owner   Follow the Starting Thoughts Podcast on Instagram @startingthoughtspodcast to connect more with Jeannette.    Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06    Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified     Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA     Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5     For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
30:29
December 10, 2021
107: Being a Chicana PhD Lecturer: On the Margins but With a Whole Heart with Dr. Diane Nevarez
This week I’m privileged to share a vulnerable and intimate episode with our special guest, Dra. Diane Nevarez, who shares her experience being a Chicana PhD lecturer. Tune in to this episode to learn about what it’s like: -teaching as a contingent professor with no insurance, while on government assistance, and while unable to afford rent in California -being a Chicana mother-scholar resisting the narrative that you can’t be a mom in academia -finding the silver linings in higher ed, like identifying all the good people and having access to spaces our parents didn’t have -and what happens when you find out you’re being undervalued in academia To connect with and support Dr. Nevarez, you can follow her via chicana_di_aretes on Instagram and while you’re at it, get yourself a pair of beautiful handmade earrings. To read the article she wrote for the LA Times, go here: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-11-09/uc-lecturer-union-strike-pay Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
36:26
December 03, 2021
106: Informal Mentorship and Mentoring Neurodiverse Students with Stephanie Santos Youngblood
This week, I have a very exciting and insightful episode with a guest who I instantly connected with, Stephanie Santos Youngblood, who discusses the topic of informal mentorship and mentoring neurodiverse students. Tune in to this episode to hear all about: -What informal mentorship is, -The impact that campus service workers have on first-gen students, -Things to consider when mentoring neurodiverse students, -Our experiences being neurodivergent or having loved ones who are neurodiverse, -How to resit deficit-based perspectives and internalized ableism, and much much more! I have to admit this is probably among my top 10 favorite episodes and you’ll quickly learn why. To connect with Stephanie, you can reach her via Twitter: @Steph_santosyb If you’d like to request that your library order the book that she co-edited, Campus Service Workers Supporting First-Generation College Students, you can find it here: https://www.routledge.com/Campus-Service-Workers-Supporting-First-Generation-Students-Informal-Mentorship/Guzman-Miles-Youngblood/p/book/9781032050850 Want to join the Empowering First-Generation College Students Facebook group? Go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/empoweringfirstgens/ Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
46:07
November 26, 2021
105: 5 Rules I Follow to Expand My Comfort Zone
This week, I’m sharing all about the thought process and rules I unintentionally followed to help me make my dream of moving to Portugal a reality. I share the 5 rules I followed and continue to use to help me expand my comfort zone. In this episode, you’ll learn all about: -how to try new things, -the value in doing things slowly, -the power of taking small steps, -why it’s okay to do things scared, -and much more! Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
21:56
November 24, 2021
104: Getting Into Grad School as a Transfer Student with Maritza Geronimo and Miriam Santana
This week, I have not one but two guests, Maritza Geronimo and Miriam Santana, joining us to discuss the topic of getting into grad school as a transfer student and the importance of mentoring. Maritza and Miriam share all about: ✧the importance of mentorship at the community college level ✧what it was like transferring to UCLA ✧the benefits of staying an extra year in undergrad ✧the evolution of their mentor and mentee relationship ✧how they supported each other in applying to grad programs ✧and their commitment to sharing knowledge rather than gatekeeping Like what you heard and would like to chat with me one-on-one? Book a free half-hour coaching consultation. You can sign up here: https://calendly.com/gradschoolfemtoring/meeting Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
01:01:04
November 19, 2021
103: Motivating Yourself to Write a Grad School Essay (Replay)
For our first replay, we are re-releasing an episode on motivating yourself to write your grad school essays.  This episode is for you if: -you're applying to grad programs or fellowships and you are finding yourself stuck or with writer's block.  -your application deadlines are looming and you don't know how to get started.  -you want to learn about brainstorming exercises to try out.  -you want to learn some time-management techniques.  -you want to learn some ways to develop external forms of accountabilty. Like what you heard and would like to chat with me one-on-one? Book a free half-hour coaching consultation. You can sign up here: https://calendly.com/gradschoolfemtoring/meeting Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com 
15:03
November 17, 2021
102: Taking a Break From Working As An Immigrant with Diana Valdivia
Our special guest, Diana Valdivia, discusses the topic of “Taking a Break From Working as an Immigrant.” In this episode, she shares all about: ✧navigating college and grad school as an undocumented student ✧taking a break after working multiple jobs ✧resisting the hardworking immigrant ethic ✧shifting her money mindsets and identifying forms of communal financial abundance ✧the need for community care rather than self-care To connect with Diana, you can reach her at https://www.instagram.com/firstgenand/.  Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Like what you heard and would like to chat with me one-on-one? Book a free half-hour coaching consultation. You can sign up here: https://calendly.com/gradschoolfemtoring/meeting Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
41:53
November 12, 2021
101: You Are Being Sold a Lie: How to Plan for a Career Outside Academia
In this episode, Dra. Yvette discusses the topic of the adjunctification of academia as well as how and why it’s important to plan for a career outside of the tenure-track. Believe it or not, you likely have had a professor who earns wages that are below the poverty line, relies on public assistance, and/or struggles to meet their basic needs. If you are being trained to become a tenure-track professor, the grim reality is that there’s a good chance you won’t land a t-t job, not because you’re not competitive or qualified, but rather because there just aren’t enough jobs. Tune in to this episode to learn a few ways to keep your career options open as you navigate grad school. Links mentioned in this episode: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-11-09/uc-lecturer-union-strike-pay https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/20/new-report-says-many-adjuncts-make-less-3500-course-and-25000-year https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/04/adjunct-professors-higher-education-thea-hunter/586168/ Want to gain access to my weekly tips, advice, freebies, and offerings? Then sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Like what you heard and would like to chat with me one-on-one? Book a free half-hour coaching consultation. You can sign up here: https://calendly.com/gradschoolfemtoring/meeting Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
39:42
November 10, 2021
100: Building Community and Working Collectively with Chicana M(other)work
In this very special 100th episode of the Grad School Femtoring Podcast, Dra. Yvette has her comadres from the Chicana M(other)work (CMW) collective on the show! In many ways, CMW inspired the start of this podcast, which is why it's so meaningful to have them as guests. Tune in to learn more about the genealogy of this independent and grassroots Xicana mother-scholar collective, to hear about the lessons that we've learned in working and building community for over seven years, and get a kick at all the laughs and love shared. To follow Chicana M(other)work you can find them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter via @chicanamotherwork, at chicanamotherwork.com or email them at chicanamotherwork@gmail.com. In honor of me reaching 100 episodes, please leave me a review on Apple podcasts and share this podcast link with your friends. Don't have Apple podcasts, no problem! Email me your review at gradschoolfemtoring@gmail.com.  Want to be the first to find out about my freebies and offerings, you can sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Like what you heard and would like to chat with me? Book a free half-hour coaching consultation. You can sign up here: https://calendly.com/gradschoolfemtoring/meeting Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5
45:49
November 05, 2021
99: 5 Reasons You're Not a Bad Writer
Have you ever thought of yourself as a bad writer? Well, I'm here to convince you that it's not true. Tune in to this episode to learn about five reasons you are not a bad writer. You'll also gain insights on what you can do to improve your writing no matter what stage it's in because your voice deserves to be heard! To read some of my own writing, check out my new blog: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com/blog/ Want to be the first to find out about my freebies and offerings, you can sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Like what you heard and would like to chat with me? Book a free half-hour coaching consultation. You can sign up here: https://calendly.com/gradschoolfemtoring/meeting Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
15:34
November 03, 2021
98: Using Anger to Fuel Your Work
Have you noticed yourself feeling angry lately? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you in undergrad or in grad school and struggling? If so, you’re not alone. In this episode, Dra. Yvette discusses some reasons behind our anger and how to use anger as a tool to identify problems, acknowledge injustices, and do something about it through our work. Like what you heard and would like to chat with me? Book a free half-hour coaching consultation. You can sign up here: https://calendly.com/gradschoolfemtoring/meeting Want to be the first to find out about my freebies and offerings, you can sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5 For this and more, go to: https://gradschoolfemtoring.com
13:31
October 29, 2021
97: Planting Seeds — How Grad School Femtoring Got Started
In this episode, Dra. Yvette reveals a bit more about herself, her backstory, educational trajectory, and what led her to starting Grad School Femtoring (GSF). From learning about financial literacy, to managing her physical and mental health, to working remotely, and realizing that there’s more to life than working within academia, there were lots of GSF seeds she was planting and lots more to be sown. There might be a spot left in my Grad School Femtoring Support Group. Don't wait, sign up now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grad-school-femtoring-support-group-tickets-190846134927?keep_tld=1   Interested in booking your free half-hour consultation with me? You can schedule your appointment here: https://calendly.com/gradschoolfemtoring/meeting    Want to be the first to find out about my freebies and offerings,  you can sign up for my email newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06    Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, enroll in Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified    Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA    Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5
33:15
October 27, 2021
96: Three Strategies to Exceed, Not Just Meet Your Goals
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares her three favorite strategies that have helped her not just meet but consistently exceed her personal and academic goals. These strategies are applicable to daily, weekly, and long-term goals and are part of the tips she'll be sharing in her new Grad School Femtoring Resource Kit and her weekly email newsletter. You can sign up for the newsletter here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06 There are still spots available for the Grad School Femtoring Support Group. Sign up now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grad-school-femtoring-support-group-tickets-190846134927?keep_tld=1 Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified Want to be a guest on the show, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5
34:52
October 22, 2021
95: Learn About the Grad School Femtoring Support Group
Tune in to learn more about the Grad School Femtoring Support Group. In this episode, Dra. Yvette discusses what the support group is, who it’s intended for, what topics she’ll be covering in the group each week, and answers some frequently asked questions. If you are considering joining the support group and want more information, then listen to this episode. Don’t wait to join, sign ups close in one week, on October 27, and there are limited spots available!    To sign up for the Grad School Femtoring Support Group, go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grad-school-femtoring-support-group-tickets-190846134927?keep_tld=1   Want to be the first to hear about Dra. Yvette's latest updates and receive a free Grad School Resource Kit? Then sign up for the Grad School Femtoring mailing list: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06   Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified   Want to be a guest on the show, sign up here: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA    Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5
18:23
October 20, 2021
94: How to Be an Ally Among Populations You Don’t Identify With With Emeline Beltran
In this podcast episode we have a returning guest, Emeline Beltran, who shares her experience working for Cal State LA’s Dreamer’s Resource Center. She discusses what she’s learned as an ally and resource for undocumented students as well as the cultural humility and lessons she’s gaining in the process. Emeline Beltran is a second-year graduate student at Cal State LA. She is studying Communication Studies with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication. Emeline was previously on the Grad School Femtoring podcast  in Episode 70, where she talked about “Being a Grad Student with a Disability.” Today, Emeline has returned to share about her role as the Programming Assistant at Cal State LA's Dreamers Resource Center. She is a US-born daughter of Filipino immigrants, and her Filipina-American identity inspired her to work with diverse communities and specialize her master's degree in Intercultural Communications.    To learn more, check out these resources:    Hispanic Scholarship Fund: https://www.hsf.net/scholarship    The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) https://telacu.com/    Toyota/TELACU Scholarship: https://telacu.com/telacu-education-foundation/college-success-program/toyotatelacu-scholarship/    P.D. Soros Fellowship: https://www.pdsoros.org/  Immigrant Rising Undergraduate Scholarships: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/undergraduate-scholarships/    Immigrants Rising Graduate Scholarships: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/graduate-scholarships/    Immigrants Rising External Scholarship Databases: https://immigrantsrising.org/wp-content/uploads/Immigrants-Rising_Applying-for-Scholarships.pdf  MALDEF https://www.maldef.org/assets/pdf/FINAL_2018-2019_MALDEF_Scholarship_List_102717.pdf  EDUMED https://www.edumed.org/financial-aid/undocumented-students-scholarships-resources/    Check out these other links to support this podcast:    Want to be the first to hear about Dra. Yvette's latest updates, courses, digital products, talks, freebies, and other giveaways, then please join her mailing list here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06  Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified  Are you a current or prospective grad student seeking extra support and accountability, then please join her inaugural Grad School Femtoring Support Group: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grad-school-femtoring-support-group-tickets-190846134927?keep_tld=1  Want to be a guest on the show, sign up here: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA    Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5
39:36
October 15, 2021
93: A Delay is Okay: 10 Reasons Your PhD Program May Take Longer Than Expected
Have you ever wondered why a PhD program takes so long to finish? Ever wondered why grad students tend to dislike it when you ask them when they’ll finish their program? Well, in this episode, Dra. Yvette discusses ten reasons why your PhD program may take longer to finish than you anticipated. She also mentions things you can do to help minimize delays in your own grad school timeline.  Want to be the first to hear about Dra. Yvette's latest updates, courses, digital products, talks, freebies, and other giveaways, then please join her mailing list here: https://creative-trailblazer-5062.ck.page/8113780a06  Are you interested in applying to grad school? Then, sign up for Dra. Yvette's online grad application course that walks you through the step by step process to apply: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified  Are you a current or prospective grad student seeking extra support and accountability, then please join her inaugural Grad School Femtoring Support Group: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grad-school-femtoring-support-group-tickets-190846134927?keep_tld=1  Want to be a guest on the show, sign up here: https://forms.gle/Q5rVZsX9E93bwubAA Lastly, don't forget to send in your questions and topic suggestions here: https://forms.gle/SJqeH1uaXSEReCnx5
24:52
October 13, 2021
92: What To Do When You Get Stuck
If you’ve ever found yourself with a project to do and feeling stuck, then you might resonate with this episode where Dra. Yvette shares her experience getting stuck this week as well as the strategies she implements to help her get unstuck. Whether you’re writing a paper, thesis, dissertation, or navigating a big life transition, sometimes we get stuck and need to learn or remind ourselves of ways to get unstuck. Tune in to learn more! 
23:31
October 08, 2021
91: How to “Sell Yourself” and Highlight Your Strengths in Applications
In this episode, Dra. Yvette discusses the topic of "selling yourself" and why it can be so hard for first-gen students of color to learn to highlight their strengths. She also shares some strategies to help you identify and share your strengths in application essays.
21:51
October 06, 2021
90: Navigating Burnout During Your Journey to a PhD: An Immigrant’s Perspective with Dr. Gina Vanegas
In this episode, we have a special guest, Dr. Gina Vanegas, who speaks to us about her experience navigating burnout as an immigrant student. She discusses the added labor that immigrant students face when getting an education, the strengths that we first-gen students bring with us to new settings, how to identify signs of burnout, and what to do so that it doesn’t lead to trauma. Dr. Gina Vanegas, M.Ed., Ph.D., is a Latinx Bilingual Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Qualitative Researcher and experienced speaker. She immigrated from Colombia at 16 years old and became the first person in her family to receive a Ph.D. She is passionate about contributing to the self-empowerment of underrepresented communities by sharing her training in the area of social justice and psychology, and by engaging in advocacy efforts to deconstruct systemic barriers.
37:02
October 01, 2021
89: When and How to Say No
In this episode, Dra. Yvette discusses the topic of saying no—when should you say no, how can you say no, and strategies to help you make a decision and remain firm with it. Tune in to learn more!
23:48
September 29, 2021
88: Talking About Grad School With First-Gen Parents with Bryant Pahl
In this episode, we have a special guest who speaks to us about his experience navigating talking to his first-gen parents about grad school. We discussed what it's like having many conversations with our low-income immigrant parents about what graduate school is, what we study, what we do, our future careers, our finances, and much more! Bryant Pahl is a first-generation Ph.D. student at UC Irvine where he is studying Earth System Science. Going into his second year, his research focuses on paleoclimate. Bryant graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Earth Science and is a McNair alum. He plans to complete his Ph.D. and pursue a career in academia where he hopes to mentor students from all backgrounds who are interested in learning more about the earth system.
39:33
September 24, 2021
87: Culture Shock in Undergrad Versus Grad School
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares some insights on the similarities and differences in forms of culture shock that a first-gen student may experience in undergrad versus in graduate school. If you're a first-gen student starting grad school or hope to attend graduate school, tune in to learn more.
24:34
September 22, 2021
86: Grad School List Dealbreakers
This episode is an extension of my first episode on "The Grad School List" and it includes some additional things to consider when creating a graduate school list. These may be considered deal breakers or hidden aspects of graduate school to consider when making a decision. They include factors like the diversity and demographics of the area, size of campus, cost of living, transportation needs, and more! 
15:10
September 17, 2021
85: Pros and Cons of Spending an Extra Year in College
This episode is for any current college students who are contemplating staying a third year (if a transfer student) or a fifth year (if a traditional student). You will learn some of the advantages of taking a fifth year (e.g. more time to space out classes, to take advantage of summer programs, to participate in research, or to study abroad, etc) as well as some concerns to consider (e.g. funding restraints, credit limits, burnout, etc). Tune in to learn more!
17:07
September 15, 2021
84: Five Useful Strategies to Help You Focus on Writing
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares five strategies that she herself uses when she needs to focus on writing. If you’re writing a thesis or dissertation and are struggling to focus, you may want to try out these strategies. The five strategies are: 1) using a timer, 2) creating a playlist and/or having background noise, 3) using apps that help block distracting websites, 4) trying out freewriting, 5) and having accountability buddies. Have you tried these strategies? If so, how did they go? What helps you focus?
14:07
September 10, 2021
83: I Just Started Grad School and Don’t Like My Program, What Do I Do?
In this episode, Dra. Yvette answers a question that a listener has regarding feeling like they do not like their graduate program shortly after starting it. Dra. Yvette offers advice on what to do if you too are in this scenario. Bottom line is, you have options and before coming to any conclusions, give yourself time to make an informed decision. Tune in to learn more.
20:45
September 08, 2021
82: Setting Boundaries and Gaslighting in Academia
In this episode, Dra. Yvette discusses the importance of setting boundaries in academia. As we start a new academic year, now is a great time to set, communicate, and keep your boundaries. You may experience pushback, some may question your judgment, and that's okay. It's not worth killing yourself for a degree. Put yourself first without apology. 
15:08
September 03, 2021
81: Grad Apps Demystified Course Info Session
In this short bonus episode, Dra. Yvette talks about her new course called “Grad Apps Demystified: A Step-by-Step Course for First-Get Students Applying to Grad School." This is an online course that she just launched which is intended to demystify the graduate school application process, break down the process into small manageable steps, and offer advice, tips, and downloadable resources. If you know anyone who might be interested, please have them listen to this episode for more information and send them the link to the course. From now until my birthday on September 9, anyone who signs up for the course will receive a free one-hour academic coaching session with me! You can sign up for the course here: https://gradschoolfemtoring.thinkific.com/courses/gradappsdemystified
15:13
September 01, 2021
80: Being a Black Grad School Mom and Balancing Family with Elissa Frazier
In this episode, we have a special guest, Elissa Frazier, who shares what’s it like being a graduate student in an EdD program as well as a mother to four children. She reveals how she balances her personal and professional interests unapologetically by doing things like scheduling in protected time with her children, paying attention to the love language of those she cares about, and taking time to herself instead of powering through. Elissa Frazier is a 5th year EdD candidate, researching Culturally Responsive Tech Integration in urban schools. She is the co-founder of NAVCAP, a professional learning community, grad school coaching center, and resource hub for Black and LatinX grad students. And, she is also the host of The Grad School Soul Collective Podcast. Tune in to learn more!
48:34
August 27, 2021
79: Financial Literacy in Grad School
In this short bonus episode, Dra. Yvette talks about the basics of financial literacy. She covers topics like creating a budget, opening and tracking multiple funding accounts, learning about credit scores, credit cards, and how to build credit, doing taxes, and how your mindset impacts it all. If you're new to learning about finances or are struggling to manage your money, you'll want to listen to this episode!
23:29
August 25, 2021
78: What Faculty Think and Say about Grad Students with Dr. Ester Trujillo
In this episode, we have a special guest, Dr. Ester Trujillo, who shares all about what faculty think and say about students. She discusses  how faculty review the grad school application process, how they view grad students once they’re enrolled, how they view students who choose to leave the program or who pursue academic and non-academic careers, and much more!  Dr. Trujillo is an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. She obtained a PhD in Chicana/o Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She’s also a former visiting faculty at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown university and Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Dr. Trujillo has also been published in the Journal of Latino-Latin American studies, Aztlan, Latino studies, and Camino Real.
47:54
August 20, 2021
77: Thinking About Quitting Grad School?
In this bonus episode, Dra. Yvette answers the question of what to do if you’re thinking about quitting grad school from considering why you want to quit, to identifying some possible solutions to your problems, and then, if quitting is the right choice for you, thinking about what’s holding you back from following through. Tune in to learn more.
17:58
August 18, 2021
76: Getting Into Grad School in Psychology with Eva Meza
In this episode, we have a special guest, Eva Meza, who shares with us her process of getting into grad school in psychology and how to make the most of a gap year. Eva Meza is an incoming first year Psychology PhD student at UC Davis and has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Fellowship. Eva is from San Jose, CA and is a first-generation born low-income student. She is very passionate about increasing Latinx enrollment into graduate school. Tune in to learn more!
35:56
August 13, 2021
75: How do I maintain a healthy work/life balance? Tricks I've learned as a mother-scholar!
In this bonus episode, Dra. Yvette shares a few tricks that she's learned as a mother to help her maintain a healthy work/life balance and harmony. Tune in to learn more!
15:19
August 11, 2021
74: Why I'm Leaving Higher Ed
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares some major personal news. She is leaving her university position and shares several reasons behind why she made this decision as well as what is coming next for her. You have the permission to be a chismosx and tune in for more info! 
35:01
August 06, 2021
73: Help! I have too many letter recommenders, what do I do?
In this bonus Q&A episode, Dra. Yvette answers the question of what to do if you have too many letter recommenders.
07:15
August 04, 2021
72: Finding Mentors and Building Community with Ana Barba
New #gradschoolfemtoring podcast episode this Friday! In this episode, we have another guest, Ana Barba, who discusses all about #findingmentors and building community as a #firstgenstudent. We discuss seeking multiple mentors for different types of support, finding mentors among peers, staff, and family, as well as how to build strong relationships and build your community over time. Ana Barba is currently a PhD Candidate in ChicanX Studies at UC-Santa Barbara. Her research project looks at the impacts of the use of metal detectors in K-12. She received her BA in Ethnic Studies from Humboldt State University (CSU) and a MA in ChicanX Studies from CSU- Los Angeles. She loves doing research, teaching, and most of all, mentoring the younger generation to get to where they want to go! She is also the founder of the Latina Chika Speaks Magazine and Podcasts where you can find different podcast shows and categories from which to read articles from. Tune in to learn more! ___ [ID: purple flyer with text that reads “The Grad School Femtoring Podcast presents: / 72: Finding Mentors and Building Community with Ana Barba / Follow @gradschoolfemtoring & @latinachikaspeakspods for more!” The flyer has an image of Ana outdoors wearing a yellow shirt with black polkadots and black pants. Her hair is down and she is smiling while looking away from the camera.] ___ #femtoring #mentoring #college #gradschool #gradlife #phdlife #highereducation #firstgen #studentofcolor
01:07:22
July 30, 2021
71: Networking and Conferencing 101 with Dra. Ana Guerrero
In this episode, we have another guest, Dra. Ana Guerrero who shares all about academic conferences, networking, and how to put yourself out there as a first-gen student. Ana is a PhD graduate from the UC Santa Barbara Department of Education where she conducted longitudinal research on the narratives of first-gen Latinx students' college and career aspirations development and identity development. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in Education from UC Santa Barbara. Ana has supported first-gen high school students and their families prepare and apply to college in both English and Spanish. She has also worked with HSI initiatives supporting first-gen college students' college transition and graduate school preparation, while also supporting transfer students' transition to the research university at UCSB. Ana's professional, academic, and personal experiences inform her commitment to advocate and further equity and inclusion in higher ed, especially in graduate school. Tune in and follow @firstgen_resilience to learn more!
47:24
July 23, 2021
70: Being a Grad Student with a Disability with Emeline Beltran
In this episode, our guest, Emeline Beltran, speaks to us about her experience being a grad student with a disability. We discuss the differences in advocating for yourself in K-12 schooling versus in college and grad school, how non-disabled folks can offer support, if and when to disclose a disability, making the most of resources available to you, and much more! Emeline is a second-year graduate student at California State University, Los Angeles in pursuit of her Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Her primary research interests are in intercultural and organizational communication patterns in health and higher education; and she aspires to work in communication, research, or programming roles in those fields. She has worked with and conducted research on many diverse populations, including undocumented college students, K-16 students with disabilities, and pediatric cancer families. Her experiences as a survivor of leukemia, which resulted into a permanent visual impairment, was a prefigure to her current education and career goals. You won’t want to miss this episode.
31:15
July 16, 2021
69: Maintaining a Strong Relationship with a Partner in Grad School and Beyond
In this episode, Dra. Yvette gets personal and shares her insight on how to maintain a strong romantic relationship with a partner within and beyond grad school. She shares some key strategies for communicating better, recommends seeking professional help, and offers some takeaways from navigating a relationship of 14+ years with two kids and as two individuals who pursued grad school and separate careers. Tune in to learn more.
29:46
July 09, 2021
68: What To Do The Summer Before Starting Grad School
In this episode you'll learn about some things you can do to make the most out of the summer before you start grad school. From resting, to getting your finances in order, to securing housing, and more, can you guess what Dra. Yvette's single most important advice is? Tune in to learn more. 
20:37
July 02, 2021
67: What You Need to Know About Student Loans
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares everything she wishes she had known about student loans when she was an undergrad and graduate student, from differences in student loans (federal vs. private, subsidized versus unsubsidized) to interest rates, to payment methods, to payment plans, and how to calculate how long it'll take you to pay off your debt. She ends the episode by offering some action items and discussing how your mindset might be getting in the way of you confronting your student loan situation. 
35:51
June 25, 2021
66: Women of Color in Fashion and Academia with Reka Barton
In this episode, our guest, Reka Barton, speaks to us about women of color in fashion and academia. She shares her experience as a former elementary school teacher, now grad student, and how she has developed her Scholarly Sewist brand and online community, all while focusing on teaching, traveling, and sewing. Reka is a Third Year Doctoral Student in Education. She is a Visual ResearcHER & Creative who examines the educational experiences of Black and Brown girls and women through an equity lens. She is also the founder of The Scholarly Sewist, a modern lifestyle brand and social community that centers WOC in academia via fashion. Reka is excited to defend her proposal this summer and advance to candidacy. She is also excited about the reemergence of in person educational conferences! Tune in to learn more!
37:39
June 18, 2021
65: Perfectionism in/and Grad School with Dr. Veronica Eyo
In this episode, our guest, Dr. Veronica Eyo, speaks to us about perfectionism. She describes what it is, how it shows up in others, her experience as a recovering perfectionist, and how perfectionism can come up in grad school. Dr. Veronica Eyo is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles. She provides therapy for individuals and couples. She has a passion for working with mothers, new and seasoned, and first-generation students. She is a recovering perfectionist and her experiences through motherhood and navigating the higher education system as a first-generation student made her aware of her perfectionistic tendencies and she is actively working on decreasing them for herself and also to provide tools for others to do the same to live more fulfilling lives. Tune in to learn more! 
33:60
June 11, 2021
64: Being a PhD Mom, Autism, and Studying What You're Living with Fernanda Castellón
In this episode, we have another special guest, Fernanda Castellon who speaks about her experience as a first-gen student studying autism and becoming a mom in grad school. Fernanda is a PhD student in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies. Fernanda is interested in researching how culture and Autism intersect and consequently impact family dynamics, schooling, and access to care. Fernanda’s passion stems from her own experience as a sibling of an Autistic adult.  As a native Spanish speaker, Fernanda advocates and promotes the implementation of cultural adaptations to recruitment and intervention protocols in order to promote the recruitment and retention of ethnic and racially minority populations. Tune in to learn more about her, her experience, and her work!
54:25
June 04, 2021
63: 25 Reasons You May Have Been Rejected From Grad School
In this episode you’ll hear some of the reasons Dra. Yvette has observed that students may not have gotten into grad school. They can include things that are in and out of your control. Sometimes the issues are related to selecting the right advisors, having a solid grad school list, writing tailored essays, securing strong recommendation letters, and other factors. No matter the reason, you can always reapply. Tune in to learn more!
36:44
May 28, 2021
62: Ethical Chisme and Harsh Realities of Grad School with Sirenia Sanchez
In this episode, we have another special guest, Sirenia Sanchez, who is speaking on the topic of ethical chisme as it relates to the harsh realities and challenges of grad school. Sirenia is a third-year PhD Candidate in the Social Psychology doctoral program at Northwestern. She defines the phrase “ethical chisme” for us, how it differs from being a metiche (a nosy person), and shares insights on how to use it as a strategy for protecting oneself and others in grad school. This is an important topic that you won’t want to miss out on.
33:26
May 21, 2021
61: Being a Woman of Color in a STEM Grad Program with Yanelyn Perez
In this episode we have a special guest, Yanelyn Perez, who is speaking on the topic of being a woman of color grad student in a STEM field. Yanelyn is currently a first year PhD student studying wildlife disease ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She shares her experience studying zoology and doing lab work as an undergraduate, her struggles with imposter syndrome and lack of representation in her field, as well as what continues to motivate her to pursue her research. Check it out!
46:11
May 14, 2021
60: Rising Seniors, You Got This!
This podcast episode was recorded for current juniors in college who will be rising seniors this summer and applying to graduate school in the fall. If you're feeling discouraged or overwhelmed at the process of applying, please listen to this episode, where Dra. Yvette addresses your concerns over not having enough time, feeling like you haven't done enough research, worried about securing letter recommenders, concerned about a low GPA or GRE score, and worried about getting organized and meeting deadlines on time. It's okay, you got this!
30:08
May 07, 2021
59: Early Career Moves: Applying for Non-Tenure Track Jobs
In this episode, you’ll learn some strategies for how to apply for your first job out of undergrad or graduate school. The content will be especially helpful for individuals applying to non-tenure track jobs, alternative academic jobs, or higher education jobs. Some of the topics covered include scheduling informational interviews, identifying salary ranges, and how to ask for help.
29:08
April 30, 2021
58: Accepting an Offer With Little to No Funding
This episode is for anyone who accepted a grad school offer with little to no funding, and it's especially relevant for students admitted into master's programs, as they tend to offer less funding compared to doctoral programs. You'll hear about creating a budget, asking for funding after committing (if you didn't do so beforehand), applying for scholarships, fellowships, and on-campus job opportunities, and how else to minimize the amount of debt you may incur.
22:34
April 23, 2021
57: How to Secure a Faculty Mentor
Are you an undergraduate who is interested in getting started on research but are struggling to secure a faculty mentor? Listen to this episode to learn strategies for identifying and securing a faculty mentor.  For access to this episode as a video with a transcription, go here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFGyOhVAVXD0SSZPQMXUV6Q
16:38
April 16, 2021
56: Physical Fitness and Health in Grad School with Mara Lopez
In this episode we have a special guest, Mara Lopez, who is speaking on the topic of maintaining your physical fitness and physical health while in graduate school. Mara is a Mexicana from Southern California who is currently residing in Arizona. She is a mother to two beautiful babies under six. Mara is also a wife, full-time research program manager, part-time faculty associate, and doctoral candidate in Education at Arizona State University. She shares lots of gems about some of the things she does to stay fit, which includes running, yoga, and anything else that can help her maintain her momentum. If you need a bit of motivation to show up for yourself and keep yourself accountable, listen to this episode. 
41:01
April 09, 2021
55: When a Summer Program Conflicts with Finals
This episode is for those of you on the quarter system who have been admitted to external summer programs. What do you do when you find out your summer program conflicts with finals? This episodes provides some suggestions and options for what you can do to manage this issue. 
07:26
April 02, 2021
54: Awkward Academic Calendar “Breaks”: On Nourishing Yourself
This is a bonus episode based on a listener request on what to do during your academic calendar breaks. Some of us are on the quarter system and entering our spring break. I hope this episode helps you identify ways to nourish yourself and take some much needed time off.
17:40
March 21, 2021
53: Declining an Offer
It can be awkward and difficult to decline a grad school offer. Dra. Martinez-Vu offers some sample language to use if you’re struggling with this very good problem to have.
11:56
March 12, 2021
52: Taking a Gap Year: Things to Consider
Are you a student interested in grad school but struggling to stay afloat? Are you losing motivation? Feeling depleted? Do you need a break from school? If so, then you might already be considering taking a gap year. Before deciding, this episode will share a few things to consider to help you make an informed decision.
18:05
March 05, 2021
51: No Means Next: On Grad School Rejection
This episode is all about how to redirect and reframe the rejections you may receive when applying to grad school.
20:02
February 19, 2021
50: Organizational Hacks
In this episode you’ll learn some of Dra. Yvette’s organizational hacks which are helping her manage her time and stress during very busy times. They include organizing your email inbox, calendar, to-do lists, and computer folders. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and are in need of some organizing tips, then check out this episode.
29:58
February 05, 2021
49: You Got Into Grad School, Now What?
In this episode, Dra. Yvette briefly shares some advice on what to do as soon as you find out you’ve been admitted to grad school.
20:05
January 29, 2021
48: Establishing a Good Relationship with your Advisor
In this episode you’ll learn what to do to establish and maintain a good relationship with a grad school advisor or undergrad faculty mentor. Dra. Yvette also talks about how to find a good mentor and how to switch mentors.
28:41
January 22, 2021
47: Zoom Interview Days
In this episode, you'll learn about what to expect if you are invited to a Zoom interview day for a grad program you've applied to. Dra. Yvette discusses what your schedule may look like, differences in individual versus group interviews, types of questions you may be asked, and questions you should ask faculty and grad students. 
37:08
January 15, 2021
46: Abundance vs. Scarcity Mindset
In this episode you’ll receive an update from Dra. Yvette now that she is returning to work from her maternity leave. She shares her vision board and discusses what an abundance and scarcity mindset mean to her. She also addresses why she’s chosen “abundance” as her word for 2021. Tune in!
23:07
January 08, 2021
45: Setting New Year Intentions
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares her approach on setting new year intentions and goals for 2021. Among other suggestions, she stresses the idea of reflection (what worked and didn't work in 2020),  setting specific yet attainable/flexible goals, identifying a word or theme of the year, and decluttering or organizing in preparation for letting go of 2020 and welcoming 2021. 
23:42
December 25, 2020
44: Navigating Grad School During the Holidays
This episode provides some options for how to navigate grad school during the holidays. Dra. Yvette discusses why it's so hard to take time off during the holidays, how to get organized before taking a break, and how to best communicate with your advisor, family, partner, friends, and other loved ones regarding your plans and expectations during the holiday "break." While this episode is geared for grad students, undergraduates may also find it helpful to listen especially if they're feeling pressured to continue working during the holidays. 
18:49
December 11, 2020
43: 2020 Updates on the GRE
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares some recent updates and changes in the Graduate Record Exam requirements for admission into graduate school.  In light of the pandemic, several graduate programs are either no longer requiring the GRE, making it optional, or requiring it but not having it play such a strong factor in their selection process. Please listen to this episode if you're applying to graduate school in 2020 and would like some advice on how to decide if you should send your GRE scores. 
14:07
November 27, 2020
42: How to Cope With and Overcome Academic Burnout
This episode offers a a discussion of the physical, emotional, and behavioral signs of burnout. Dra. Yvette discusses some differences between stress and burnout and offers strategies for how to cope with and/or overcome academic burnout. She also shares her own personal experience dealing with burnout while in graduate school. If you think you may be feeling burned out or would like to avoid burnout, please listen to this episode! 
25:47
November 13, 2020
41: Surviving Grad School Qualifying Exams
In this episode, Dra. Yvette tackles the topic of grad school qualifying exams. She talks about what qualifying exams are, what they look like, and shares strategies to help someone survive the process of both preparing for exams and actually taking the exams. This episode is dedicated to her McNair Scholar alumni and other former mentees who are currently in grad school and will be preparing for qualifying exams soon.  Tune in to learn more! 
28:01
October 30, 2020
40: Motivating Yourself to Write a Grad School Essay
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares some strategies for how to motivate yourself to write your grad school essays. From freewriting to using timers, to seeking external forms of accountability, there are several ways to find the motivation to get started. Tune in to learn more! 
14:08
October 16, 2020
39: Ford and NSF Fellowships: What Are They and Tips for Applying
In this episode, Dra. Yvette introduces the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship and the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. She discusses why you might want to consider applying for these sources of external funding at the same time that you're applying to graduate school and offers tips for how to apply. 
26:25
October 02, 2020
38: How to Address a GRE, GPA, or other Gap in your Graduate Application
If you're applying to grad school and are worried about a low GPA, a low GRE score, or having taken a leave of absence during your undergraduate studies, then please listen to this episode. Dra. Yvette shares strategies for how to address a gap in your application including sample language to include. 
17:37
September 25, 2020
37: How to determine if a grad program is a right fit for you?
In this episode, Dra. Yvette will focus on the top three things to look for when determining if a grad program is a right fit for you. Tune in to learn more. 
14:40
September 18, 2020
36: Creating a Calming Toolkit for Managing the Fall
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares some activities and exercises you can try out to help calm you down when you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. With the fall term starting, looming flu season, a tumultuous election cycle, and the ongoing pandemic, among other stressors, there are lots of factors that are continuing to impact our mental health. To prepare for this, Dra. Yvette shares some calming strategies that may help you manage. You are not alone!  
33:45
September 04, 2020
35: Contacting & Meeting with Prospective Faculty
If you're applying to grad school this fall cycle, now is a good time to reach out to prospective faculty— those individuals who might serve as your advisor for your graduate program. If you're feeling stressed or intimidated at the thought of emailing and then meeting with professors who you've never met before, please listen to this episode. Dra. Yvette offers suggestions on what to include in your initial email, how to prepare for your meeting, and what you can ask when meeting them. 
16:58
August 28, 2020
34: Advice for 2020 Grad School Applicants
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares some advice for individuals applying to graduate school this fall 2020, including some of the changes in admissions processes that we may see in light of the pandemic. If you're planning to apply to any programs this fall, you won't want to miss this episode! 
23:06
August 14, 2020
33: Stress Management and Sleep Hygiene
In this episode, Dra. Yvette provides a brief life update on the stressors in her life that led to her taking a few weeks break from the podcast. She also goes into detail on stress-management and sleep hygiene. In particular, she covers how to identify stress in your body and what tools and strategies to implement to manage your stress. The episode ends with a discussion on how to improve your sleep, which can also impact your stress levels. 
30:53
July 31, 2020
32: Getting Ready for Grad School
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares her insight on what you should know and do the summer before you apply to grad school. She talks about finalizing your grad school list, what are the main components of an application, what to consider when preparing a writing sample, what a general admissions timeline looks like, and how to best prepare for the fall application cycle.
30:28
July 03, 2020
31: Grad School Opportunities and Challenges
In this episode, Dra. Yvette aims to provide you with a deeper understanding of the pros and cons of graduate school for low-income, first-generation, and/or students of color. She highlights 5 opportunities and 5 challenges -- including topics of mentoring/femtoring,  microaggressions, imposter syndrome, and family achievement guilt --  and then provides ways to prepare for said opportunities and challenges. 
29:54
June 26, 2020
30: Dealing with Post-Grad Blues
This episode is for all the recent graduates out there who may be experiencing post-grad blues or depression at this time. This episode will share more about what it means to experience post-grad blues and will offer strategies to manage and overcome these feelings.
20:45
June 19, 2020
29: #Blackintheivory and White Supremacy in Academia - Now What?
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares her thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement, the #blackintheivory hashtag, and white supremacy in academia. She also encourages all of her listeners to do what they can within their capacity to take action and join the movement to support our Black brothers and sisters.
21:10
June 12, 2020
28: Time-Management, Focus, and Motivation in an Era of Online Work
In this episode, Dra. Yvette tackles the issue of time-management, lack of focus, and lack of motivation that many students are experiencing now that we've transitioned to online instruction for an undetermined period of time. She provides 14 tips to help with this issue, which includes setting a routine, relying on a support system, and lowering your bar, among others. Tune in to learn more! 
43:32
May 29, 2020
27: Postdocs and Job Hunting during a Pandemic
In this episode, you'll hear more about some of the current issues that grad students, recent grads, and postdocs are facing while job hunting during a pandemic. Dra. Yvette discusses academic layoffs, furloughs, job freezes, and salary freezes as well as how these issues will impact the current academic job market. She offers suggestions for how to remain flexible and open yourself up to new opportunities to survive this pandemic and to put yourself in a strong position to eventually secure a good job. 
20:54
May 26, 2020
26: Starting Grad School During a Pandemic
In this episode, Dra. Yvette shares advice to individuals who are preparing to start master's and PhD programs this fall amidst a global pandemic. She shares advice on key considerations, such as whether you should defer your offer, what are the financial implications of moving, how to secure housing, and how to plan amidst so much uncertainty about the fall.
34:52
May 26, 2020
25: Personal Update
I’m this episode I share a personal update and how I plan to take a break from episode recordings to focus on my health and well-being. I’m grateful for the support if my listeners and look forward to returning with new content during the end of May.
04:19
March 27, 2020
24: Surviving Finals Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
This episode is for my quarter system listeners— those of you who may be freaking out because you still have finals to finish all the while trying to figure out what this pandemic will really mean for you, your friends, and family. In this episode, I share some tips to help you survive finals despite the high stress and anxiety we are all experiencing. I am here to remind you that you are not alone and you will get through this! We are in this struggle together.
19:19
March 14, 2020
23: Moving Away From Home for Grad School With Jessennya Hernandez
In this episode we feature a special guest, Jessennya Hernández, who shares her experience moving away from home and moving out of state for graduate school. She shares the pros and cons of moving away and provides invaluable advice to other individuals who are considering embarking on a similar grad school journey. Jessennya Hernandez is a Brown Xicana PhD candidate from Southern California (IE), first generation college/ grad student, and is in her 4th year in the Sociology department at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her research interests lie in Sexuality and Gender; Race/ Ethnicity; Urban Sociology; Latino/a Studies; Political Economy; Resistance; Women of Color Feminisms; Queer of Color Theory; Intersectional Feminism; and Transnationalism. Her current dissertation research focuses on people of color, primarily working class queer Latinx femmes and women, in greater LA and how they create space for themselves as well as engage in creative/ artistic practices to navigate various forms of oppression in their everyday lives. Jessennya’s goal is to highlight marginalized forms of knowledge, elevate queer people of color, and increase resources and access to higher education for black and brown communities through research, teaching, and mentorship.
47:45
March 13, 2020
22: Postbacs, Master's and PhD Programs
Are you wanting to learn more about graduate programs and how to find out which to apply for? In this episode, you'll learn about post-baccalaureate, master's, and PhD programs. I go over what they are, who should apply to each, and the benefits of these programs. If you're uncertain as to what type of program to apply for after completing your bachelor's degree then please tune in. 
22:54
March 06, 2020
21: Negotiating a PhD Funding Offer
Have you been admitted to a PhD program? Perhaps more than one program? Are you wondering if and how to negotiate your funding offer(s)? If so, please listen. Long story short, no matter what offer you receive you can always ask for more. I understand that in many cases we may feel so grateful and humble to have received an offer that it feels selfish to ask for more. Sometimes students worry that if they ask for more, the program will change their mind and take away the offer. But in actuality it's normal and critical to ask for more funding whether that's in the form of an increase in your living stipend, summer funding, or funding to assist with relocation expenses. Any little bit that they give after the initial offer can make a big difference in your graduate school experience.  
22:07
February 28, 2020
20: Applying to Summer Research Programs
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu talks about summer research programs. She answers the following questions: What are these programs? Who are they for? What are the components of a summer program application? And what are the benefits of applying? If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college, this episode is for you! Check it out. 
29:32
February 21, 2020
19: Navigating UC Berkeley as a Low-Income, First-Gen, Pregnant Student of Color with Cecilia Caballero
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu has a special guest, Cecilia Caballero, who shares her journey navigating UC Berkeley as a low-income, first-gen, pregnant student of color. Cecilia Caballero is a Afro-Chicana single mother-scholar-poet. She is the mother of a ten year old boy, Alonzo, who was born during her time as an undergraduate student. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She also holds BAs in English and Chicanx Studies from UC Berkeley and an AA in Liberal Arts from Los Medanos Community College. Her dissertation focuses on narratives of Chicana mothering, feminism, gender, sexuality, and spiritual activism in Chicana literature and cultural production and her next creative project focuses on the intersections between Black and Chicana feminist speculative theory in the works of Octavia Butler and Gloria Anzaldua. Cecilia is co-founder of the Chicana M(other)work collective and is co-editor of the Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolucion. She is also an essayist, poet, and creative writer and is founder of the Bookworm Por Vida podcast and project which celebrates BIPOC literature for liberation. Please tune in to learn more from her experiences and advice. 
47:24
February 14, 2020
18: ABCs of Grad School - Part 2
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu continues sharing grad school terms. This is the first episode where I share a listener review and give a shout out. Listener reviewers featured on my podcast get a special prize. Tune in to learn more!
36:06
February 09, 2020
17: ABCs of Grad School - Part 1
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu shares and defines common terms related to grad school. She shares them in hopes that you can feel more comfortable, aware, and informed in academic settings. 
30:25
February 02, 2020
16: Thriving as a Low-Income, First-Gen, or Underrepresented Student in Grad School
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu answers a series of discussion questions to teach you how to thrive graduate school.  Key terms mentioned include imposter syndrome, microaggressions, and family achievement guilt. Tune in to learn more. 
23:15
January 26, 2020
15: Self-Care and Stress Management in Academia
Dra. Martinez-Vu shares her advice for implementing self-care and stress-management practices to take care of your mind, body, and soul while also managing your academic work. This episode is for you if you're an undergrad, grad student, or early career academic who feels overwhelmed, burned out, and stuck. If you take care of yourself, you can experience more joy and thrive in all areas of your life. 
24:49
January 19, 2020
14: The Grad School Open House or Campus Visit
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu shares what to do if you've been invited to a grad school open house. 
10:15
January 12, 2020
13: Preparing for a Grad School Interview
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu walks you through how to prepare for a grad school interview and shares the most common interview questions. Tune in to learn more. 
21:33
January 05, 2020
12: PhD Admissions Timeline
If you recently applied to PhD programs and wondering what comes next in the process then this episode is for you. Learn more about the PhD admissions timeline, when you’ll hear back from programs, and what to prepare for after that.
13:13
December 29, 2019
11: Balancing Family and Academia
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu shares advice on harmonizing between family and academic work expectations especially during the holiday season.
22:44
December 22, 2019
10: Your GRE, Transcript, and Fee Waiver Questions Answered
In this episode, Dra. Martinez-Vu answers common questions about sending GRE scores, ordering transcripts, and applying for fee waivers for grad school applications.
14:36
December 15, 2019
9: Demystifying Grad School Myths
In this episode, Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu demystifies seven common grad school myths. Check it out to learn more!
16:51
December 08, 2019
8: Imposter Syndrome and Managing Feelings of Doubt
In this episode Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu shares how she manages feelings of doubt as well as the advice she gives to her students who struggle with imposter syndrome.
17:50
December 01, 2019
7. Writing Personal and Diversity Statements
Dra. Martinez-Vu defines what is a personal statement and diversity statement, shares sample grad school essay prompts, and offers ideas for what to write about in these statements.
15:04
November 24, 2019
6: Identifying a Good Grad Program
Are you interested in finding a good graduate program but don’t know where to start? Then listen to the three tips that Dra. Martinez-Vu offers to help you find a program that is a good fit for you.
15:13
November 17, 2019
5: Writing the Statement of Purpose
Dra. Yvette Martinez-Vu talks about the essential components of a statement of purpose and shares tips for how to get started on a draft.
16:19
November 10, 2019
4: Grad School Funding
Learn about what types of funding are available in grad school and what a good PhD funding package looks like.
18:44
November 03, 2019
3: GRE Exam and Scores
Are you curious about the GRE exam? Do you wonder- how important is it? Should you study? Is it necessary to take this exam? If you want to learn more, then listen to this episode as Dra. Martinez-Vu explains what you need to know about the GRE before taking it.
09:03
October 27, 2019
2: Asking for Letters of Recommendation
This episode will teach you how to identify letter recommenders for grad school apps and how to make the dreaded ask to get them to write you the letter
11:24
October 20, 2019
1: The Grad School List
Dra. Martinez-Vu shares what to include in your graduate school list as you begin to prepare to apply for master’s and PhD programs
15:13
October 13, 2019