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The Modern Z

The Modern Z

By Akash
The Modern Z is dedicated to provide young individuals with a platform to share ideas. University students tend to be some of the most opinionated individuals on our planet. Here, you can expect to see the best of Generation Z come together and share inspiring stories and experiences. Tune in, and gather some insight into what I think of the world. It’s about time, isn’t it
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The Joys of Growing Up
Different people may give you different answers if you were to ask them how they feel about Growing Up. For me, the past 8 years have been quite the journey, growing up through high school and university. To expand on this, I was joined by Amy Dong, a twenty-two year old Fulbright Scholar and author whose writing career took off in 2014 when a personal essay she wrote received national acclaim from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. After a series of other accolades, she spent time working as a magazine editor, curriculum designer, and freelance writer during her studies at New York University (NYU). Key discussion points: Reflecting on Growing up (6:00): Appreciating every little bit we've been through Life's purpose? (20:30): Opening up to new experiences and exploring your purpose The Love for Travelling (30:20): The fun, the learning and the humbling Prefer reading? Check out: Full Blog post The Modern Z Website TMZ's Facebook and Instagram I'd like to thank Amy Dong for joining me today. Check out her website here.
July 16, 2021
Cultivating Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship
The term 'Financial Literacy' is often used in today's day and age across various industries. While the term is typically associated with anything to do with banking, investments and money, there's a lot more to it. Cultivating financial literacy can not only help students better manage their expenses at university, but allow for much better clarity as they approach graduation.  My guest today is Riley Oickle, an experienced entrepreneur whose recent venture focuses on teaching people how to manage and purchase income properties profitably and passively. His business aims to help private lenders and partners to safely grow their wealth through obtaining a better understanding about the real estate market. Key discussion points: What is Financial Literacy? (4:44): Dealing with different expenditures, potential impact of poor expense management Prioritising your consumables (9:38): ROI of daily items, how to categorise your various expenses Entrepreneurship & Financial Literacy (13:14): Myths around entrepreneurship, how financial literacy can help What university students can do (20:15): Buying & Renting apartments, learning about the market Prefer reading? Check out: The Modern Z Website Full blog post TMZ's Facebook and Instagram I'd like to thank Riley Oickle for joining me today. Check out his website here. Apps to manage expenses: Mint  Pocketguard Simplifi
July 10, 2021
Mini-series: My experience practicing Stoicism
Last year, I was introduced to the philosophy of Stoicism, and began adopting it into my daily life. In this episode, I share some of the profound experiences I've had over the past year, and how it's making me a better person. Check out: TMZ Website: Article for this podcast available on Do give us a like and follow us on: Facebook: Instagram:
May 19, 2021
Life as a Med student & Technologies in Medicine
With the Covid-19 pandemic effectively changing all of our lives since last year, it's safe to say that there's no better time to discuss the medical industry. Technological advancements have made various aspects of our lives more convenient, while adding value to research and innovation. Today, I'm joined by Aroosa Malik, a 4th year medical student in Bulgaria, as we share some insight into medical teaching practices, and some of the technologies being used in healthcare. Discussion points: The use of Artificial Intelligence and other technologies in medical practice Adopting a 'holistic approach' to medical treatments What high school and university students can look forward to when pursuing medicine today Prefer reading? Check out: The Modern Z Website Full Blog Post TMZ's Facebook and Instagram I'd like to thank Aroosa Malik for joining me today. Aroosa frequently uploads videos on her YouTube channel about lifestyle, fitness, productivity and travel. Check out her content: YouTube channel
April 6, 2021
Becoming a Fitness Coach/Influencer
It's 2021 and the fitness industry is undoubtedly booming. Becoming a fitness coach is what many enthusiasts aspire to these days, but what's like being a fitness coach and actually training people? Today, I'm joined by Patrick Lyons, who shares his experience with fitness, as well as starting his own brand 'The Lyon Shred' to train people and help them achieve their goals. Discussion points: Finding the balance between fitness, building a brand and social life Nutrition and cooking for university students Life as a fitness coach/influencer Prefer reading? Check out: The Modern Z Website Full Blog Post TMZ's Facebook and Instagram I'd like to thank Patrick Lyons for joining me today. Patrick is the founder and owner of 'The Lyon Shred' and the 'Online Coach Academy'. Check out his content: Patrick's Instagram page YouTube channel
March 18, 2021
3 Business & Technology Trends to look out for in 2021
Trends are amazing, they come when we least expect them to, and go before we even realise it. With 2020 wrapped up, there are plenty of trends to look forward to in 2021. My guest today is Aaron Schnoor, a full time student pursuing Business Administration and Economics with a major in Trust and Wealth Management at Campbell University, North Carolina. In this episode, we discuss 3 Business & Technology trends to look out for in 2021: Work from home culture: Why it's here to stay Business ecosystems: How companies tie customers in, while also drawing inspiration from competitors Companies being more socially responsible: A shift towards data privacy, security and eco-friendly alternatives. Prefer reading? Check out: The Modern Z Website Full Blog Post Summary on Medium TMZ's Facebook and Instagram I'd like to thank Aaron Schnoor for joining me today. Aaron is an occasional writer, having his own publication on Medium titled 'The Intelligence of Everything' where he writes pieces on Business, Technology, Productivity and Lifestyle. Aaron's Medium page:
January 22, 2021
Mini-series: Why 2020 wasn't such a bad year after all
2020 is nearly over and what better way to part ways than with an honest and transparent reflection? This year wasn't so bad after all, if seen with a different lens... Check out: Our Website: Article for this podcast: Do give us a like and follow us on: Facebook: Instagram:
December 29, 2020
For the Love of Running!
Today I'm glad to have chatted with Zack McCarty and Nathan Gupta, founders of My First Finish (M1F). M1F is an online running community designed to help aspiring runners and marathoners share goals and progress. In this episode, we discuss The passion for running Having a community based system to help with staying motivated The balance between accountability and enjoyment Everything happens for a reason Prefer reading? Check out: Our Website Full Blog Post Do visit our Facebook and Instagram for latest updates on episodes.  Check out M1F's details here: My First Finish website Instagram page
December 8, 2020
Entering the Post-Covid Job Market
Today, I'm joined by a principal of a Venture Capitalist fund: 1517 Fund: Zak Slayback, to talk about today's job market after the effects of Covid-19. With a large number of students graduating this year, and in the first half of next year, the job market can appear to be quite intimidating, given the direction in which our economy is headed.  However, in this episode, we discuss:  What to expect when you enter the job market now What industries/sectors are prime for work  How to apply for a job you're not qualified for  Learning relevant skills now that you probably won't in university  Prefer reading? Check out:  TMZ Website Full Blog Post Summary on Medium Facebook & Instagram Zak Slayback studied Philosophy at The University of Pennsylvania, and recently published a book with McGraw Hill on how to build a strong personal brand. His writing involves tech, careers and education, and has been featured on acclaimed publications such as The Business Insider.   Zak's website- Blog on applying for a job:
November 6, 2020
Data Privacy, Deep-fakes and Marketing
In Episode 7, I'm joined by Yannick Bikker, an International Business student at Tilburg University. We highlight one of the most commonly spoken about topic in 2020: Data. With so many technological advancements over the past 20 years, data has become an integral aspect of how we work and interact with one another. In this episode, we cover: How companies use data-driven marketing to their advantage Data privacy and the ethical aspect of it Data manipulation with Artificial Intelligence (Deep-fake technology) The future of data Check out: Our Website: Full Blog Post: Summary on Medium: We offer our sincere gratitude to today's guest- Yannick Bikker for joining us. Check out: Yannick's website- Medium page- YouTube video of Deep-fake technology:
November 2, 2020
Mini-series: Forging Discipline as a University Student
Discipline is a principle that most university students are missing these days. In this episode, I lay out 3 types of discipline and how university students can forge it.  Check out: Our Website: Full Blog Post: Short summary on Medium: Do give us a like and follow us on:  Facebook: Instagram:
September 28, 2020
Mini-Series: My Top 3 Non-Fiction Books for Inquisitiveness
Episode 1 of the mini-series is different to what I've done in the past. With these mini-series episodes, I'm going to put out short 7-15 minute pieces on stuff I do in my daily life. Today, I share 3 of my favourite non-fiction books that made me feel curious, inquisitive and zealous. These were books that made me think beyond myself and wonder about this life of ours, the society we're shaping ourselves into, and explore the depths of consciousness as far in as the mind allows.  Prefer reading? Check out:  Our Website: Full Blog Post: Short summary on Medium: Do give us a like and follow us on: Facebook: Instagram:
August 20, 2020
Mindfulness, Stagnation and the path of Self-awareness
Mindfulness is often used interchangeably with meditation. Nowadays, we get so fixated with our daily routine and problems that we forget to take time out for ourselves, when in reality our problems seem futile in relation to the universe. With episode 6, we cover: Mindfulness and Meditation: when they're different and when they can be combined The role of introspection and self-awareness The concept of stagnation in life: why it's detrimental to our overall well-being The importance of sustainable growth Check out: Our Website: Full Blog Post: Summary on Medium: Follow us on: Facebook: Instagram: We offer our sincere gratitude to today's guest- Taneesh Raj Ahmad, for sharing his ideas and experiences on this topic.
June 24, 2020
The Purpose of University
Episode 5 is one dedicated to all the students out there struggling with their study plan or worried about their careers. Many of us get anxious about our study path, career prospects and what the future holds. In this podcast, we cover: The societal norm of going to university right after high school What expectations we have when we decide to go to university The idea of choosing one subject path for study, and for your career Anxiety regarding jobs and the future Check out: Our Website: Full Blog Post: Summary on Medium: Follow us on: Facebook: Instagram: We offer our sincere gratitude to today's guest- Laura van Rens,  founder of The 20 Something Grad. Check out:
June 3, 2020
Building a hair-styling enterprise in 2020
The hairstyling industry has been growing rapidly over the past few years or so. Hairstyle and beauty trends across the internet and social media have got more and more people interested in revamping their personal style image.  But is this enough to have your own hair-styling business? Is a hair-styling startup a profitable and sustainable business venture? University student Shaun believes it is. Find out about his story now.  Points we cover: Having a career in hair-styling Managing time between studies and business at university Importance of personal grooming and appearance The motivation to start your own business as a student We offer our sincere gratitude to today's guest- Shaun Fanaeian,  founder of Fanaeian's hair and skin. Check out:  Fanaeian's- Facebook- Instagram: Shaun Fanaeian:
May 23, 2020
Sustainable Living: What the health & fitness industry doesn't tell you
Sustainability is one of the buzzwords of the 21st century. It is often used in conjunction with environmental phenomenon such as global warming and climate change. With episode 3, we've taken a different approach, one on the individual level. Our approach lies within the idea that sustainability is a choice, not a privilege. We believe that sustainability is interdependent with longevity.  Points we cover:  The Importance of movement in today's lifestyle Organic vs. non-organic food consumption  A few myths surrounding food groups and saturated fat  Fostering inclusivity and a better understanding of food  The two driving forces that alter physiological change  Check out: Our Website: Full Blog Post: Summary on Medium: Follow us on: Facebook: Instagram: We offer our sincere gratitude to today's guest- Ritesh Shaiwal,  founder of Easy Human cafe.  Check out: Sources used for information: 13 Reasons Why Sitting Too Much Is Bad for Your › Fitness & Exercise › Slideshows
May 3, 2020
'Being Yourself' VS 'Loving Yourself'
The terms 'being yourself' and 'love yourself' are often used interchangeably these days. Social media has emphasized the fact that each of us deserves to be loved and accepted by society.  I disagree.   Tune into The Modern Z podcast and find out why.   Website  Facebook & Instagram Medium Publication Email -
April 24, 2020
Gen Z, Gratitude and a Uni Student's approach to the Pandemic
Introduction of the hosts of The Modern Z. Topics covered include the evolution of generations, having gratitude in life, living through the pandemic and sharing some of our own personal stories.  Website Facebook & Instagram Medium publication Email:
April 17, 2020