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The Scholar Mindset

The Scholar Mindset

By Dr. Mario Vazquez
Here we will discuss the best strategies to maximize your time in college. Your success in college lies in the palm of your hands. You will learn about how to be successful in higher education settings and beyond. If you are not attending a college or university, feel free to share this resource with someone attending school, and benefit from academic advice.
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Episode 32: New Year Goals
In this episode, I shared several achievable goals for the new year. These include; investing in yourself, learning to say no, learning mindfulness, learning about financial matters, and practicing healthy habits.
January 02, 2022
Episode 31: Learn to Avoid Procrastination
In this episode, I shared several tips on how to avoid procrastination.
December 02, 2021
Episode 30: Creative Arts Degrees
In this episode, I shared several creative arts careers for college students to consider. If you are talented in the arts, consider the best fit for you and pursue a career in the arts.
November 01, 2021
Episode 29: Visualize Your Success
In this episode, I shared the steps to create a digital vision board and how it can help you stay focused on your goals.
October 01, 2021
Episode 28: Student Reminders for the Fall Semester
In this episode, I shared several tips and reminders for students for the fall semester. Follow these suggestions to help you be successful during the upcoming academic semester and beyond. Remember to schedule an academic advising appointment during this semester for individual guidance.
September 01, 2021
Episode 27: Intentional Success in College
In this episode, I shared several tips to stay focused with intention while you attend college. Intentional success is something that students can reach while continually evaluating what works and does not work for them to achieve ultimate success.
August 01, 2021
Episode 26: Reminders for Undecided College Students
In this episode, I shared several tips for undecided college students. 1. Plan ahead of time. 2. Apply for financial aid and scholarships. 3. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. 4. Become proactive on campus by joining a club or an organization. 5. Conduct research on your selected career pathway. I hope you enjoy this episode.
July 01, 2021
Episode 25: Stress Management Tips
In this episode, I shared several stress management tips for college students. Stress management is essential for all students to be successful in school and beyond. As a college student, you will encounter stressful situations, and you should be prepared to manage your stress wisely to avoid being overwhelmed. 
December 30, 2020
Episode 24: End of Semester Reminders
In this episode, I shared several tips for the end of the semester to-do list. Be mindful that you should always prepare yourself for your next semester. Be safe and have fun over your semester seasonal break.
December 16, 2020
Episode 23: Finals Week Tips for Success
In this episode, I shared five tips for a successful final exams week in college. The suggestions can help you lower your stress and anxiety level before finals week. Be prepared, stay organized, and prioritize your study time.
December 01, 2020
Episode 22: Differences Between a Job and a Career
In this episode, I shared the differences between a job and a career. Students in college and those entering the workforce must understand the expectations, experience, and knowledge needed to succeed in their career of choice. A job is temporary, but a career is a lifelong journey. 
November 15, 2020
Episode 21: Avoid Distractions and Focus on Your Success
In this episode, I shared several tips to avoid distractions while attending school. Avoid FOMO - "Fear of missing out." Focus on things that help you succeed academically and professionally.
November 01, 2020
Episode 20: Tips for Finding a Mentor
In this episode, I shared five tips for finding a mentor in college. Mentorship is a valuable experience for all students in any field. The more you are prepared for the workforce, the more successful you will become at your craft.
October 16, 2020
Episode 19: Midterm Exam Tips for College Students
In this episode, I shared tips for students to prepare for midterm exams. Preparing for exams ahead of time is vital. Avoid test anxiety and join a study group to help you stay on track with your study habits. Create a list during your midterm semester checkpoint and be prepared for your next semester.
October 01, 2020
Episode 18: Register to Vote #Vote2020
In this episode, I shared the importance of registering to vote. Please register to vote ahead of time and before your state's designated deadline. Visit 
September 15, 2020
Episode 17: Everyone Counts #2020Census
In this episode, I shared the importance of completing the U.S Census. By completing the census questionnaire, you are helping your community obtain future funding for programs that help children, adults, and seniors. Be a team player and complete the 2020 Census questionnaire at    Resources 
August 31, 2020
Episode 16: Tips for a Successful Start in College
In this episode, I shared 10 tips for a successful start of your academic year in college. These tips will help you stay focused on the essential things that matter when you begin your academic semester.  Resources: Federal Student Aid - - 
August 16, 2020
Episode 15: The Study Buddy Support System
In this episode, I shared the importance of a study buddy in college and its benefits in student success. College students should be mindful of selecting a like-minded individual to share their college learning experiences. 
August 01, 2020
Episode 14: Invest in Yourself with a College Education
In this episode, I shared the importance of a college degree and the monetary attainment based on your education level.  Reference:
July 16, 2020
Episode 13: Financial Planning for College Students
In this episode, I shared several financial planning tips for college students. Our money matters mindset must change during challenging economic times. Financial planning, careful budgeting, and wise spending will help you keep more of your money. Resources: - - 
June 22, 2020
Episode 12: SMART Goals
In this episode, I shared the SMART goals concept to help college students create a clear roadmap to success. Your goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based. Goal setting will become part of your career and life goals.
June 09, 2020
Episode 11: Distance Learning - Today's New Normal in Higher Education
In this episode, I shared the differences between remote learning versus online learning options in higher education. Distance learning options are today's new normal in colleges and universities across the United States and the world.
May 26, 2020
Episode 10: Time Management Tips for College Students
In this episode, I shared several strategies to help you manage stress and time effectively while attending college. Balancing school and life responsibilities will be expected of all students during their college years. 
May 17, 2020
Episode 9: Service Learning in College
In the episode, I shared the importance of service-learning in college. Our guest described her experiences in Africa. Please consider participating in a service-learning project as a college student.
May 10, 2020
Episode 8: Save Money in College
In this episode, I shared money-saving tips you should consider in college and beyond. You will learn why you should budget and make mindful decisions related to your finances. Every financial decision matters. 
May 05, 2020
Episode 7: Rock Your Vote!
In this episode, I shared a brief history of voting legislation in America and the importance of this civic engagement. You will learn which age range is the highest in our elections and which gender beats the race to the voting polls. Remember that voting is a civic duty that positively changes the political landscape of our communities. Please register to vote. Resource link:
April 27, 2020
Episode 6: The Gift of Giving
In this episode, I shared the value and importance of donating money, time and things to our charity of choice. Please consider donating to your local charity. Everyone benefits from the gift of giving to our communities. Resource link:
April 20, 2020
Episode 5: Military & Veteran Students in College
In this episode, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran student shared his success story in college. He aspires to become a professor and help other veterans transition into college life. Student engagement on college campuses has a positive effect on student success. Please support our military and veteran students from all branches of the armed forces as they transition into college campuses and become acclimated back into the civilian world. Thank you to all who have served and continue serving in the military.  The U.S. Armed Forces: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and as of Dec. 20, 2019 - The U.S. Space Force.  Music Credit: 244th Marine Corps Birthday Cadence by Marine Corps Recruiting.
April 09, 2020
Episode 4: Graduate Faster with CLEP Exams
In this episode, you will learn how to accelerate your college graduation date and save money by taking CLEP exams. There are 34 exams that offer three or more credits towards a college degree. Eligible military service members receive a fee waiver for the CLEP exam. Visit your academic advisor at your college or university for more details or visit the link provided. Resource link:
April 02, 2020
Episode 3: Virtual Advising - Today's New Normal
In this episode, I shared 10 tips for a successful virtual academic advising session. Be prepared to meet with your college advisor even from a distance using your available technology.
March 28, 2020
Episode 2: Undecided Students - Tips for Success
In this episode, I shared several tips for success for the undecided college student. Follow these steps to ensure your success in college and beyond. Resource link:
March 26, 2020
Episode 1: Academic Advising Appointments Matter
In this episode, I shared 8 tips for a well informed academic advising appointment session. Be prepared with a list of questions so that your appointments with your advisor are well worth your time. Your success requires you to be proactive and consistent in your college journey. Remember that your academic advising appointments matter. 
March 21, 2020