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Knowledge Quest: A Student Experience Podcast

Knowledge Quest: A Student Experience Podcast

By Slade Thackeray
Getting through college is no joke. Whether attending community college, trade school, or a four year university, this podcast the place for students of all kinds (I'm talking to adult learners too) to learn, grow and uncover answers to questions they might have in relation to their personal and professional development. Ask a question, get the answer.

In case you're wondering, Slade works at Oregon State University teaching personal and professional development (sorry for redundancies). His background is in clinical mental health, teaching, and writing.
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3.7 Bravery and Compassion
Is it compassionate to be brave? Is it brave to show compassion? On this episode we tease a part the relationship between compassion and bravery. We explore what outward compassion looks like, along with a close look at bravery and self-compassion. Come along as Ryan Spencer teaches us new ways to grow our bravery and love. 
November 12, 2021
3.6 Bravery Form and Function
As humans we talk about bravery all the time, who has it, who doesn't, but do we ever consider how amazing it is that we live in a world where we get to witness bravery in others and ourselves. Do we take time to be inspired, or awestruck by the potential and wonder of bravery? On this week's episode, Maria Vasquez teaches us techniques from her background as an art historian for really seeing and experiencing the form and function of bravery. Get ready to touch life with your eyes, as Maria says.
November 05, 2021
3.5 The Art of Being Brave with Mya Cluff
Bravery is more than just facing failure, it's actually failing and then determining what to do next. Mya Cluff, ceramic artist out of Bozeman, Montana uses her art and her experience as mother and fellow human being to remind us that the art of bravery requires flexibility, creativity, perseverance, and self-kindness.  Music Credit: Quantum Jazz, All About the Sun. Trimmed to fit audio needs.
October 29, 2021
3.4 The Cost of Bravery with Joseph Frederick Allen
This week on the show we look at bravery through the lens of performance and owning the self. Bravery can sometimes feel slippery or elusive, but Joseph Frederick Allen provides insights and inspiration from his work as an actor and creator during the best and worst of times. Come join us as we discuss the cost of bravery.
October 22, 2021
3.3: Other Ways of Knowing Bravery with Tonio Nguyen
Where do our ideas of bravery come from? Are they from pop culture? Are they from stories? Do they come from our culture and our people? In this episode Tonio Nguyen calls us to consider the stories of our ancestors as power source capable of filling us with bravery and strength. Journey through this conversation as we call on ethno-cultural truths to uncover other ways of knowing bravery. 
October 15, 2021
3.2 Bravery and the Void of the Unknown
This week sit down with Slade as he meets with Darcie Chin who talks through the chilling nature of the unknown and how she utilizes bravery to overcome life's challenges and mysteries. Darcie's story is about mental health, it's about her journey to motherhood, it's about being a human being. Learn how to "do differently" as Darcie says, and build your bravery. 
October 08, 2021
Welcome to Season 3: On Bravery
Early this year I had an experience where someone called me brave. No joke, I didn't know why they said that about me. At the same time, I was reading reflection after reflection from my students where they wished they had more bravery. I believe things happen for a reason, so I went with it and dedicated this entire season to uncovering as much as I could about bravery. 
October 07, 2021
3.1: Different Kinds Of Bravery with Dr. Jeremy Van Tress
Where does bravery come from? How do we grow it? How do we call on it when we need it? This episode explores perhaps both familiar and unfamiliar questions when it comes to being brave. Join the conversation with Dr. Jeremy Van Tress, Founder and President of Smile Inside, as he shares his story of navigating early childhood trauma, military service as an Army Ranger, and now as he battles ALS. Jeremy's not trying to be a superstar, he just wants what's best for those around him. What Jeremy teaches us here, is that in anything we face, "the person is the product", and that being brave is an every day choice. 
October 01, 2021
2.4 Facing the Fear of Loss and Letting Go
Who are you without your job? Your family? Your hopes or dreams? Join me as I talk with my friend Jo, who tells her story of letting go and redefining what it means to face our fears of loss. You will not believe the turn of events that turned Jo's life upside down and inside out. 
December 18, 2020
2.3 Facing our Fears and Claiming our Passions
How do we put our passions together and claim our dream job? There are lots of answers for that question, but to get started on finding some answers I talk with my friend Kyle Kuhns, CEO of XX Artists. He is a social media guru who represents the likes of Lilly Singh and Brie Larson, and on this episode he talks through how he faced his fears as a young college students, departed from the normal path, and built his dream job from the ground up. You won't want to miss this. 
November 06, 2020
2.2 Facing our Fears of Personal Finance with Tyler Coles
You work hard for your money, so why be afraid of it. Take a moment and sit down, or stand, and explore the philosophies and perceptions that might prevent us from overcoming our financial fears. My friend Tyler Coles shares his experience with finance, anxiety, and creating a meaningful relationship with money. You definitely won't want to miss it. 
October 23, 2020
2.1 Mindset and Fear with Jordan Giannoni Harless
This season we are exploring something we all experience -- fear. This first episode of season two we will briefly examine the anatomy of fear and then talk about utilizing a growth mindset to overcome our fears. Join us as Jordan shares her story of working through depression, along with tools for cultivating a growth mindset and moving in the direction you want to go.  Episode Notes:  0:00-9:09: Understanding fear, just the basics:  9:09: 25:38: Discover the power of mindset (props to Carol S. Dweck: 25:48-47:55: How to use a growth mindset to face my fears  References:  *Fail early, fail often...from John C. Maxwell (think I say in the show fail first, fail hard) *Cell of your circumstance from Neal A. Maxwell
October 09, 2020
Meditation for Closure
Are you transition to something new, saying goodbye, coming through something hard? Let's take a moment together and mark this moment with reflection and intention. 
August 12, 2020
BONUS: Meditation for a Weary Heart
Finals are over, the summer is beginning, and yet this is still so much to weigh on our hearts and minds. Take a moment and slow down with me to give your heart a little TLC. 
June 12, 2020
07 Graduate School, Oh Graduate School What You Need To Know with Dr. Christine Pollard
Applying to graduate school in the future? Thinking about applying to graduate school? Join me as I talk with Dr. Christine Pollard, the founding director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at OSU Cascades. Yes, we talk about applying to PT school, but her wisdom is so applicable to all journeys.
June 05, 2020
06 *Rocking the Interview with Linda Thackeray Director of the Microsoft Garage Dublin
Interviews are so tricky, not to mention nerve wrecking. Could you use some tips? Join me, and my guest Linda Thackeray as we talk though the ins and outs of a great interview. Linda shares her top 4 tips for killing the interview, and later she shares her top 6 tips to move your career forward. You won't want to miss this.  This podcast was previously titled: 'Killing the interview...'  In light of the violence and associations with 'killing' I changed it.
May 26, 2020
05 Perspectives on Higher Ed: Learning from an Adult Learner
For Jonathan Champney, a senior at Oregon State University, the path he took to a bachelors degree was nothing like he thought it would be. Join us on this episode of Knowledge Quest as Jon tells his story of discouragement, perseverance, and overcoming to reach his ultimate goal. Don't think you fit the student mold? This episode is for you. 
May 15, 2020
04 Going from Dreaming to Doing with Megan MacDonald, Ph.D
We all have dreams, but getting up the courage to go after them is the hardest part. Join Megan MacDonald, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, and me, as we use Megan's story to understand better the ways we can go from dreaming to doing in our own lives. 
May 08, 2020
03 Special Topics: Why do we procrastinate? With A. Rose Gillis, Psychotherapist
We all do it, we wait and wait to do that assignment, finish the project, or even just go to bed -- could there be a reason. Join me and my friend A. Rose Gillis, a psychotherapist from the greater Seattle area as we talk about cognitive dissonance and how it affects about ability to function, and how relates to our habits of procrastination.  Take a listen, and tell us what you think. Have a question yourself? Drop me a message at
May 01, 2020
02 Mental Health Minutes: Getting the mind back in the body
This week we explore the work of Marsha Linehan and Peter Levine, two of my favorite mental health practitioners to understand how we can find peace, and cope when we feel like our mind is not really where we want it to be.  Reference texts:  Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents, by Alec L. Miller, , Charles Robert Swenson, , Marsha M. Linehan, , and Jill H. Rathus, Guilford Publications, 2006.  In an Unspoken Voice, by Peter Levine, North Atlantic Books, 2010
April 24, 2020
01 Two Truths and a Lie: What it takes to build your private business practice
In this episode of Knowledge Quest, I sit down with Becky Darrington, the business manager from Darrington Physical Therapy in Dallas, Oregon. She dispels some common misconceptions and some awesome truths when it comes to building your own business/practices. You can check in with Becky and her husband Brent at 
April 18, 2020
Bonus: What is Vulnerability?
Vulnerability is hot topic with coaches, counselors, educators, and leaders alike. Students can get lost in the clarion call for more vulnerability, and sometimes wonder what it is. So here's a little ditty, and my two cents on vulnerability and how you can use it in your life.
April 16, 2020