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NABS NOW Podcast

NABS NOW Podcast

By National Association of Blind Students
Produced by students for students: NABS NOW focuses on subjects that students, educators, professionals and others come to learn, share, and voice. Hear stories from fellow blind students and professionals in education and career fields, learn tips, tricks and advice to pave the way towards success, and more. Podcast brought to you by the National Association of Blind Students, a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind
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Innumerable Possibilities - Why Bother with Internships Anyway?
Internships are an important part of the college experience. In this episode, hear from two students about their internship adventures, how to land a good internship, and why they have found internships to be important. Thank you to special guests Anna Price and Emily Kiehl. Created and produced by Kinshuk Tella,  Nina Marranca and Seyoon Choi Visit us on the web at nabslink.org Facebook: facebook.com/nabspage/ Twitter and Instagram: @nabslink
12:34
May 01, 2022
Spring into Traveling with NABS - Tips & Advice on Your Adventures Ahead
Are you ready to jump on a plane and go where your travel whims take you? Us, too! That’s why this episode of the NABS Now podcast is all about planning an executing a great and accessible trip. Planning isn’t your thing? That’s cool, but you should still give us a listen on your impromptu flight. Make sure those seatbelts are fastened and tray table at an up-right position! ! 😉 Thank you to our special guests Skye Dunfield and Kyle Garcia. Created and produced by Nina Marranca, Kinshuk Tella and Seyoon Choi Visit us on the web at nabslink.org Facebook: Facebook.com/nabspage/ Twitter & Instagram handle: @nabslink
35:47
April 01, 2022
Advocacy in Action - Testing Our Knowledge of Your Rights in Online Classes
Join us this month as we put a new spin on learning about advocacy. In this episode, we present a variety of quiz questions on many advocacy topics relating to online learning. Feel free to keep track of how many answers you got right and what you learned from those you got incorrect. Much of this information is also applicable to on campus course offerings. The NABS Now team thanks our Legislative and Self-Advocacy committee for assisting and collaborating on this episode. Thank you to special guests Lina Howard and Elizabeth Rouse. Created and produced by Kinshuk Tella, Melissa Sprouse, Nina Marranca, and Seyoon Choi Visit us on the web at: https://nabslink.org Follow us on social: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Twitter & Instagram: @nabslink
21:03
March 01, 2022
Teamwork Makes The Dream Work - Adaptive Team Blind Sports
In this episode, we explore adaptive team sports. Blind athletes share what it's like to play some of these sports, from Goalball to Blind Hockey. Learn how these sports work, how to get involved, and about the athletes that play them. We also discuss the unique challenges of navigating the world of blind sports and balancing it with the life of a student. Want more? Check out our previous episode on accessible fitness.  Thank you to our special guests Joshua and Tim Olukanni Created and produced by Kinshuk Tella, Melissa Sprouse, Nina Marranca, and Seyoon Choi Visit us on the web at: https://nabslink.org Follow us on social: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Twitter IG: @nabslink
27:08
February 02, 2022
Beginning Blindness Skills Training - Deciding If It Is Right For You
Blindness skills training offers an opportunity to develop the skills necessary for independence during college and beyond. While we know training is beneficial, deciding if this type of program is right can constitute a challenge. In this episode, we sit down with our students who have all completed blindness skills training at the various training centers located across the United States. Finally, we discuss how to come to this important decision and what that decision means for you. we also combat a few of the stereotypes surrounding who should participate in blindness skills training. Thank you to our special guests Erin Daring, Gene Kim, and Ammar Ahmad Tarin Created and produced by Kinshuk Tella, Melissa Sprouse, Nina Marranca, and Seyoon Choi Visit us on the web at: https://nabslink.org Follow us on social: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Twitter & IG: @nabslink
27:01
January 01, 2022
Setting Yourself Apart - Building Soft Skills
This episode is all about soft skills. Building on our previous conversations about careers, we discuss why soft skills are important and how to gain them. We also offer tips for marketing your soft skills to schools and employers. It’s a must listen for anyone who wants to stand out in an application pool since soft skills are what can set you apart. Thank you to special guest Anthony Goettl Created and produced by Nina Marranca, Seyoon Choi and Kinshuk Tella Interested in assisting with the production of our next NABS now episode? Contact Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com nabslink.org Facebook.com/nabspage/ Twitter and IG: @nabslink
23:41
December 02, 2021
Taking Ownership of Entrepreneurship
On the NABS Now Podcast, we take the time to explore a variety of paths students can choose to take. This is because we believe that blind students should have just as many opportunities for their future as anyone  else. This episode is all about starting your own business. It may seem risky and a bit frightening, but many students are finding that the benefits far outweigh the downsides. Listen to learn more! Thank you to special guest Zhenya Pankova Created and produced by Nina Marranca and Seyoon Choi Want to learn more about the work we do at the National Association of Blind Students? Visit us on the web at: https://nabslink.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Twitter & Instagram: @nabslink Are you interested in assisting with the production of the NABS Now Podcast? Email Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com
18:18
November 04, 2021
Building Your Resume - Tips for Success & Myths to Avoid
Resumes are an important part of the job hunting process, but what, exactly, makes up a good resume? Why do we need resumes at all, and where do you even begin when starting one? In this month’s episode, we explore these questions and more. After listening, you will have a diverse knowledge base to craft a great resume. Thank you to special guest Richard Davis. Created and produced by Seyoon Choi, Nina Marranca, and Kinshuk Tella Want to learn more about the work we do at the National Association of Blind Students? Visit us on the web at: https://nabslink.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Twitter & Instagram: @nabslink
38:49
October 01, 2021
A Conversation About Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
In this episode, we examine diversity, equity, and inclusion. While we understand that this may be an uncomfortable topic for some, DEI is an important subject in creating an inclusive, positive world. We will discuss how those in the DEI space have found their passion for the work they do. We will also discuss how anyone can contribute to accessibility and inclusivity. Whether you have experience in this space or whether you are brand new, we highly encourage everyone to listen and reflect on the points discussed here. Thank you to special guests Monica Wegner, Qualik Ford, Sara Luna, and Ellen Bartelt. Created and produced by Nina Marranca, Seyoon Choi, and Kinshuk Tella Visit NABS website at: nabslink.org Facebook: facebook.com/nabspage Twitter & Instagram: @nabslink Interested in assisting with the production of the NABS Now podcast? Contact Nina at ninam0814@gmail.com Seyoon: schoi09@outlook.com
33:34
August 01, 2021
Guiding Your Future - The Decision to Own a Guide Dog as a Blind Student
The process of owning a guide dog is a rich and rewarding one. Still, certain considerations must be made in several key areas when making this important life decision. In this episode, you will hear from two blind student guide dog handlers and receive advice from an experienced professional who works with both guide dogs and handlers alike. Please note that the NABS Now Podcast does not endorse one guide dog school or program and that this episode is intended for general informational uses only. Thank you to special guests Alycia Howard, Seyoon Choi, and Lisa Derleth. Created and produced by Nina Marranca, Kinshuk Tella, and Seyoon Choi. Visit us on the web at: https://nabslink.org Find the National Association of Blind Students on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Twitter and Instagram: @nabslink Are you interested in assisting with the production of the NABS Now podcasts? Email Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com
27:29
June 01, 2021
Crafty & Careful Spending - A Beginner’s Guide to Credit Cards
Credit cards are obtained by students for various reasons, but learning to select and smartly use a credit card can be tricky. In this episode, we explore some important terms to both recognize and understand when applying for a credit card, how to get the most out of  a credit card, and what to consider when deciding if a credit card is right for you. Thank you to special guests Janae Peterson and Santiago Hernandez. Created and produced by Nina Marranca, Seyoon Choi, and Kinshuk Tella. Interested in assisting with the production of the NABS Now podcast? Email Nina at ninam0814@gmail.com for more information. Visit the NABS website: https://nabslink.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Twitter & Instagram: @nabslink
33:44
May 01, 2021
Prioritizing Us - Self-Care in the Era of COVID-19
The NABS Now team loves to create episodes about meaningful ways to use your brain; however, this month, we want to give you some tips on how to let your brain rest and recover. It’s no secret that finals are quickly approaching (insert cringe here,) but in between the cramming and coffee sessions, it’s important to take care of yourself. In this episode, we explore why self-care is so important and how to integrate it into our busy lives. Stick around until the end of this episode, and you will have the chance to take part in a mindfulness activity that will leave you feeling calm and ready to conquer anything! Thank you to special guests Candice Chapman and Sanho Steele-Louchart. Created and produced by Seyoon Choi and Nina Marranca
49:23
April 02, 2021
Wisdom & Willpower - Celebrating Womens’ Empowerment
In celebration of Womens’ History Month, the NABS Now team created an episode focused on female leaders in the Federation. From humorous to emotionally inspiring, this episode is all about what it means to be a woman in countless realms. We talked with women about discovering empowerment, using their voices, and identifying those who have come before us, blazing a trail for future leaders to follow. Whether you are a member of our national student division, an elected officer at any level, or simply a Federation friend, this episode can teach you a thing or two about finding your own sense of empowerment and even a few new ways to empower others. Thank you to special guests Ever Lee Hairston, Jennifer Bazer, and Samantha Flax. Created and produced by Nina Marranca, Elizabeth Rouse, Kenia Flores, and Seyoon Choi. Are you interested in assisting with the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? Email Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com for more information.
32:05
March 01, 2021
Live Your Life with Love
Valentine’s Day is a time designated to the celebration of every kind of love, including familial, friendly, and romantic. In this episode of the NABS Now Podcast, we hear from Texas Affiliate President Norma Crosby and her First Gentleman Glenn as they allow listeners a glance into their story, which begins with a friendship founded in the Federation. This couple, approaching their 32nd anniversary, offers a personal and humorous take on navigating the world of love alongside your best friend. Whether you’re celebrating on February 14 this year or not, this episode will introduce you to both a set of fantastic Federation leaders and a kindhearted couple that can teach us all a thing or two about laughing, living, and loving. Also in this episode, you will find sporatic dating safety tips that can help ensure you’re starting off into the world of love as safely and confidently as possible. For more information, visit https://www.adt.com/resources/dating-safety-tips?back=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fsearch%3Fclient%3Dsafari%26as_qdr%3Dall%26as_occt%3Dany%26safe%3Dactive%26as_q%3Dsafety+tips+for+dating%26channel%3Daplab%26source%3Da-app1%26hl%3Den. Thank you to special guests Norma and Glenn Crosby. Created and produced by Nina Marranca, Elizabeth Rouse, Kenia Flores, and Seyoon Choi. Are you interested in assisting with the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? Email Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com   for more information.
26:34
February 01, 2021
Ready, Set, Goal
The NABS Now team wishes you and yours a very happy and healthy 2021! Keeping with the spirit of the new year, this episode focuses on goals, motivation, and what is needed to make those accomplishments happen. Certified coach Haley Sumner shares tips and advice for creating goals, getting and staying motivated, and what to do if a goal is not reached. We hope you find this episode helpful as you navigate your 2021 resolutions. Thank you to special guest Haley Sumner. Created and produced by Nina Marranca and Seyoon Choi. Are you interested in assisting with the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? Email Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com  for more information. Find us on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/47rJlZrFHD4EIqvgLRNhHM%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nabs-now-podcast/id1507437256?uo=4%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYWRjNWZmNC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank See our Anchor page: https://anchor.fm/nabs-now%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank for more ways to listen!
13:49
January 01, 2021
Handling Holiday Hazards & Hiccups
Holiday gatherings and interactions can bring on both unexpected challenges and stress alongside the joy and delicious food typical of a family gathering, and no one understands the potential struggles better than fellow blind students. Join us for a conversation dedicated to navigating the ups and downs of traveling home, spending time with family, defining boundaries, and serving in roles, ranging from disability educator to tree decorator. Each year brings about changes in ourselves and our families, so before you head home for a month long break from classes, stop to reflect with the NABS Now team on how best to navigate whatever’s coming your way. We hope these humorous stories, proactive pointers, and thoughtful encouragements help you have a wonderful holiday season! Thank you to our special guests: Mausam Mehta, Ally Mendez, and Qualik Ford. Created and produced by: Nina Marranca, Elizabeth Rouse, and Seyoon Choi. Are you interested in assisting with the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? Email Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com for more information. Find us on Spotify , Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts, or see our Anchor page for more ways to listen!
36:47
December 01, 2020
Accessible Fitness - Only a Throw, Rep, or Flip Away
Physical fitness comes with a variety of benefits, including improving an individual’s confidence, health, and motivation. Blind students can succeed in athletics, and as our guests in this episode explain, getting and staying active simply takes a bit of creativity and excitement. In this episode, hear from a diverse student panel on overcoming accessibility challenges in sports, competing with sighted peers, and getting started in the world of fitness. Looking for more info? Check out The Student Slate’s October blog post on accessible fitness:https://thestudentslate.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/awaited-answers-an-introduction-to-adaptive-sports-and-accessible-athletics-by-matthew-duffell-hoffman-and-francesco-magisano/ Thank you to our special guests Megan Hale, Josh Olukanni, and Katy Olsen. Created and produced by: Nina Marranca and Seyoon Choi Find the National Association of Blind Students on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Follow the National Association of Blind Students on Twitter and Instagram: @nabslink Visit the National Association of Blind Students website: http://nabslink.org Are you interested in assisting with the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? Email Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com  for more information.
26:03
November 02, 2020
Uncovering The Undergrad Application - Applying to College as a Blind Student
Applying to college marks a time filled with choices, uncertainty, and excitement. You are starting a brand-new chapter of your life, after all! We’ve all felt lost about just how to navigate this new chapter, so here we are! Hear from blind students on everything from choosing a school, to disclosing your blindness, to finding inspiration for that dreaded essay. Later, hear from NABS Secretary Mausam Mehta on all you should know when filing financial aid and how to pay as little for college as possible. This episode is like that secret handbook for undergrad applications that we all wish we had at one time or another. Thank you to special guests Lauren Flener, Logan Stenzel, Cricket Bidleman, and Mausam Mehta. Create and Produced by: Seyoon Choi and Nina Marranca Find the National Association of Blind Students on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Follow the National Association of Blind Students on Twitter and Instagram: @nabslink Are you interested in assisting with the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? email Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com  for more information.
46:30
October 01, 2020
Getting Involved - Not As Scary As You 🤔
Please NOTE: This content was created before the COVID-19 pandemic. Please ensure that you are following all safety guidelines when becoming involved on your campus. College is an exciting time of exploration and discovery. Many students enjoy branching out through new clubs, sports, and other activities while earning their degree(s). In this episode, students share their campus involvement experiences and offer tips for making the most of your campus involvement. From funny,  embarrassing, and serious and meaningful experiences, this episode is sure to prepare you for campus life. Thank you to special guests: Tarik Williams, Santiago Hernandez, and Robert Parsons Created and produced by: Seyoon Choi & Nina Marranca Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Twitter& Instagram: @nabslink NABS website: http://nabslink.org Interested in assisting with the podcast? Contact Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com Seyoon: schoi09@outlook.com
28:13
September 02, 2020
Accessibility in the Classroom
A huge concern of blind students everywhere is accessibility within the classroom. This episode focuses on what you need to know to make the jump from high school to college, ensuring that you will receive an equal education to your sighted peers. This episode offers tons of important tips and tricks that are applicable to any blind student, regardless of their education level. Hear from fellow students and an accessibility coordinator who has worked on a college campus with students with disabilities for a number of years. Thank you to special guests Tim Olukanni, Naim Abu-ElHawa, and Genevieve Kruly. Created and produced by: Nina Marranca and Seyoon Choi Interested in assisting with the creation of our podcasts? Contact Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com Seyoon Choi: schoi09@outlook.com Visit NABS website at: www.nabslink.org Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Twitter & Instagram: @nabslink
30:32
August 02, 2020
#NFB20 - National Convention Sneak Peek
The Zoom where it happens! The National Federation of the Blind convention goes virtual for the very first time, allowing thousands of members to assemble virtually for what will potentially be the largest gathering of blind people across the nation. Join us as we hear the sneak peek of our upcoming convention, scheduled to take place from July 14-18, 2020. Special thanks to President Mark Riccobono, Pam Allen, Patty Chang, and NABS board members Kathryn Webster, Dustin Cather, Mausam Mehta, and Johna Wright. Created and produced by: Seyoon Choi and Nina Marranca Find the National Association of Blind Students on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Follow the National Association of Blind Students on Twitter and Instagram: @nabslink Are you interested in assisting in the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? Email Nina at: ninam0814@gmail.com and Seyoon Choi at: schoi09@outlook.com for more information.
02:41
July 13, 2020
Diving into Diversity - Learning to Appreciate Differences Amongst Students and Beyond
It is no question that diversity is a huge part of our world. We each possess a unique perspective, and in this episode, we have open discussions as to what diversity really means. How can we learn to appreciate and protect diversity? Which diverse part of yourself are you most proud of? What challenges related to diversity have you faced? Listen to students discuss these complex questions and more. Also, learn about the NABS Diversity and Inclusion Committee and how you can become involved. Learning is how we grow, and discussions like this one are a perfect place to start! Thank you to special guests Jessica Karim, Adriana Mendez, Rilee Sloan, Syed Rizby, and Johna Wright. Created and produced by: Nina Marranca and Seyoon Choi Music credit: Tony Gebhard Find the National Association of Blind Students on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/  Follow the National Association of Blind Students on Twitter: @nabslink Are you interested in assisting in the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? Email  email: ninam0814@gmail.com
43:30
June 01, 2020
Taking The Stage - Participating in Performing Arts as a Blind Student
Have you ever considered taking a dance class, starring in your school’s theater production, tackling a solo in a band/choir, or performing in some other way? Maybe, you are already an experienced performer who loves to hear stories from other students who are just as passionate about the performing arts as you are. In this episode of the NABS Now Podcast, we dive into the world of performing arts. Whether it is music, dance, or theater, special guests Elizabeth Rouse, DJ Robinson, and Francesco Magisano share their experiences performing and ways to maximize accessibility within performing arts for blind students. Later, we hear from Juli McGinnity stars information about the Performing Arts Division of the National Federation of the Blind. Thank you to special guests Elizabeth Rouse, DJ Robinson, Francesco Magisano, and Julie McGinnity. Created and Produced by: Seyoon Choi and Nina Marranca - Music credit: Tony Gebhard Find the National Association of Blind Students on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Follow the National Association of Blind Students on Twitter: @nabslink NABS website: nabslink.org Are you interested in assisting with the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? Email ninam0814@gmail.com for more information.
35:56
May 01, 2020
Planting the Seed: All About STEM
Many students find the prospect of studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics rather daunting. However, with the propper accommodations and determination, blind students are succeeding in STEM fields all across the country and later establishing meaningful STEM careers. Special guests Mausam Mehta, Seyoon Choi, Chancey Fleet, and Kathryn Webster cover everything from obtaining the accommodations right for you to using creativity when solving access issues. Furthermore, through personal anecdotes, they offer advice fto those students who are concerned about committing to STEM, fearing the challenges it may present. Thank you to special guests Mausam Mehta, Seyoon Choi, Chancey Fleet, and Kathryn Webster. Created and produced by: Seyoon Choi and Nina Marranca Music credit: Tony Gebhard Find the National Association of Blind Students on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/Follow the National Association of Blind Students on Twitter:@nabslink Are you interested in assisting with the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? Email ninam0814@gmail.com for more information.
30:14
April 01, 2020
A Trip Across the Globe
Colleges across the country are expanding study abroad programs offered to students, with some schools going as far as requiring that students take part in a studying abroad trip. Studying abroad offers a unique cultural experience that extends far beyond the realm of a traditional classroom. However, as a blind student, it can be tricky to know where to start. Panelists Johna Wright, Precious Perez, and Katelyn Macintyre have studied across the globe in Germany, Africa, and many places in between. They offer helpful insights about enrolling in a study abroad program and ensuring that the courses and excursions are accessible to you. Furthermore, they offer advice on making the most of your time in another country, creating memories that last a life time.   Thank you to our special guests Johna Wright, Precious Perez, and Katelyn Macintyre. Created and produced by: Nina Marranca, Seyoon Choi, and Haley Sumner Music credit: Tony Gebhard Image credit: Walker Chieffe   Are you interested in assisting with the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? We would love to hear from you! Please email ninam0814@gmail.com if interested.   Find the National Association of Blind Students on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/  Follow the National Association of Blind Students on Twitter: @nabslink
39:48
March 01, 2020
Suits & Savings
How to Dress for Success on a College Budget  Whether searching for an internship, nailing a job interview, or advocating on Capitol Hill, dressing for success is the first step in ensuring that you make a great and lasting impression. In this episode, we explore the basics of dressing professionally; it’s not as complicated as you might think. Additionally, we share tips on how to shop smart and save money, so  you can dress for success without breaking your college budget. Thank you to our special guests Alex Castillo and Mary Fernandez. Created and produced by: Nina Marranca, Seyoon Choi, and Mausam Mehta. Music credit: Tony Gebhard Are you interested in assisting with the planning and production of the NABS Now Podcast? We would love to hear from you! Please email ninam0814@gmail.com if interested.   Find the National Association of Blind Students on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/  Follow the National Association of Blind Students on Twitter: @nabslink
20:38
February 01, 2020
Legislation 101
Advocacy for legislation is a driving force in enacting powerful change and equality for all those who are blind. With Washington Seminar quickly approaching, students Kenia Flores and Justin Salisbury share their thoughts on the importance of advocating for legislation as a student. We know that this may seem daunting at first, but we offer some tips for students who wish to gain more experience. Lieutenant Governor Josh Green of Hawaii offers helpful information about the legislative process from the viewpoint of someone in political office as well.  We would like to thank special guests Kenia Flores, Justin Salisbury, and Lieutenant Governor Josh Green of Hawaii.  Created and produced by: Nina Marranca, Seyoon Choi, and Collin Lacki Music credit: Tony Gebhard Image credit: Walker Chieffe  Find the National Association of Blind Students on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabspage/ Follow the National Association of Blind Students on Twitter: @nabslink  Visit our website: www.nasblink.org
24:34
January 01, 2020