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UAlbany Student Stories

UAlbany Student Stories

By UAlbany Podcast Team
Contains podcasts produced and narrated by UAlbany students and alumni on successfully navigating their time at UAlbany. The first five episodes we published were recorded before the Covid-19 pandemic. The podcast team decided to address the Covid-19 issues in episode 6. Sponsored by The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) & The Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies (LACS) Recipient of the UAlbany StAR Grant (Strategic Allocation of Resources) program.
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Episode 7: Student Stories- Living in Languages

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Episode 7: Student Stories- Living in Languages
Living in Languages The students explore what it is like to live in languages: Catherine teaches English as a foreign/new language, Diona teaches Spanish as a foreign/new language and Ariah is bilingual native speaker. They each bring three original perspectives on how they use language in teaching and in their everyday lives. 2:00 Learning a new language 4:43 How do you teach a new language? 6:18 Teaching ESL 10:00 Code-switching and translating thoughts 13:00 Learning different dialects 17:00 We are creating diversity  This is our final episode! We end the season by returning to our planned programming (before our Covid-19 chapters). Contributors:   Catherine Dennis-Greener (storyteller), Diona Espinosa (storyteller), Ariah Matias (storyteller), Ariah Matias (co-producer), James Ashley (co-producer), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Stories, Episode 7 [Podcast].
20:13
June 30, 2020
Episode 6.4- Covid-19 Student Stories
Episode 6.4- Covid-19 Student Stories, UAlbany students share their hopes and fears about living through this pandemic. If you would like to share your experiences, please send a SoundNote or Voice Memo to cserrano4@albany.edu or abronfman@albany.edu Contributors:  Ariah Matias (co-producer), James Ashley (co-producer), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction),  Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Stories, Episode 6.4 [Podcast].
08:39
May 22, 2020
Episode 6.3- Covid-19 Student Stories: Kelvin and Penelope
Episode 6.3- Covid-19 Student Stories: Kelvin and Penelope UAlbany students share their hopes and fears about living through this pandemic. Some of our heroic students are essential workers too.  If you would like to share your experiences, please send a SoundNote or Voice Memo to cserrano4@albany.edu or abronfman@albany.edu Contributors: Kelvin  Urbaez(storyteller), Penelope Medina (storyteller),  Ariah Matias (co-producer), James Ashley (co-producer), Derick Pilgrim (co-producer), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction),  Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Stories, Episode 6.3 [Podcast].
05:37
May 18, 2020
Episode 6.2- Covid-19 Student Stories: Linda, Brittney, and Imari
Episode 6.2- Covid-19 Student Stories: Linda, Imari, and Brittney UAlbany students share their hopes and fears about living through this pandemic. Some of our heroic students are essential workers too.  If you would like to share your experiences, please send a SoundNote or Voice Memo to cserrano4@albany.edu or abronfman@albany.edu Contributors: Linda Aldana (storyteller), Imari Powe (storyteller), Brittney Wisdom (storyteller),  Ariah Matias (co-producer), James Ashley (co-producer), Derick Pilgrim (co-producer), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction),  Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Stories, Episode 6.2 [Podcast].
07:08
May 6, 2020
Episode 6.1- Covid-19 Student Stories: Natalia and Amber
Students have sent us SoundNotes  and Voice memos that chronicle their transition to online learning during this Covid-19 pandemic.  Listen to their stories. If you would like to share your experiences, please send a SoundNote or Voice Memo to cserrano4@albany.edu or abronfman@albany.edu Contributors: Natalia Davila (storyteller),  Amber Bradley (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Chris Andre (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 6 [Podcast].
07:26
April 28, 2020
Episode 5.2: Neshana and Ruth "Eat the World"
In this episode of Student Success Stories Neshana and Ruth share their inspiring journeys and tells us what it took to get to where they are today. Coming from South and Central America, Neshana and Ruth narrate their experiences and converse about their struggles growing up and going to school. They talk about the people who have helped them most on their journeys and how they overcame obstacles before coming to UAlbany and after they arrived. Their resilience and perseverance will show you that working through your challenges now will eventually get you to where you want to be.  Chapter 2 “Eat the World” :00 - Ruth’s Start After High School :53 - Ruth and Neshana’s Greatest Supports 2:01 - Neshana’s Struggles Growing Up 3:36 - The Importance of Family 6:31 - Dealing with Mental Health Struggles 10:53 - What’s Next for Them Contributors: Neshana (storyteller), Ruth (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Chris Andre (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 5.2 [Podcast].
13:10
April 26, 2020
Episode 5.1: Neshana and Ruth "Never Throw Away a Dream"
In this episode of Student Success Stories Neshana and Ruth share their  inspiring journeys and tells us what it took to get to where they are  today. Coming from South and Central America, Neshana and Ruth narrate  their experiences and converse about their struggles growing up and  going to school. They talk about the people who have helped them most on  their journeys and how they overcame obstacles before coming to UAlbany  and after they arrived. Their resilience and perseverance will show you  that working through your challenges now will eventually get you to  where you want to be. Chapter 1 “Never Throw Away the Dream” :00 - Coming to UAlbany 2:27 - Striving for a Dream 3:13 - Encouragement in College 5:57 - Having a Support System  7:13 - Life in El Salvador  Contributors: Neshana (storyteller), Ruth (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Chris Andre (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 5.1 [Podcast].
10:10
April 26, 2020
Episode 4.3: Carla and Chris - “Don’t be Afraid”
In this episode of Student Success Stories we hear a profound conversation between undergraduate students Chris, a Senior, and Carla, a Freshman. They give us insight into their experiences as current students, and share why it’s so important to join organizations early and take big steps to get yourself out there. Hearing their stories about branching out and making connections will inspire you to do the same and take those strides you may think are too risky. Listen to all three chapters! Chapter 3 “Don’t be Afraid” :00 - Carla’s Path So Far 1:38 - Becoming a Scholar 3:40 - Communicating with Family 6:56 - Don’t Be Afraid of Uncertainty Contributors: Carla Ellis (storyteller), Chris Andre (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Chris Andre (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 4 [Podcast]. Music from El Pañuelo de Pepa by Javier Colina and Pepe Rivero. José Cruz, Executive Producer
09:20
March 7, 2020
Episode 4.2: Carla and Chris- “It’s OK to Not Know”
In this episode of Student Success Stories we hear a profound conversation between undergraduate students Chris, a Senior, and Carla, a Freshman. They give us insight into their experiences as current students, and share why it’s so important to join organizations early and take big steps to get yourself out there. Hearing their stories about branching out and making connections will inspire you to do the same and take those strides you may think are too risky. Listen to all three chapters! Chapter 2 “It’s OK to Not Know” :00 - Connections through Branching Out 4:06 - Making Your Own Way 5:15 - It’s Okay to Not Know 8:20 - Involving yourself in Class Contributors: Carla Ellis (storyteller), Chris Andre (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Chris Andre (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 4 [Podcast]. Music from El Pañuelo de Pepa by Javier Colina and Pepe Rivero. José Cruz, Executive Producer
11:06
March 7, 2020
Episode 4.1: Carla and Chris- “Taking Big Steps”
In this episode of Student Success Stories we hear a profound conversation between undergraduate students Chris, a Senior, and Carla, a Freshman. They give us insight into their experiences as current students, and share why it’s so important to join organizations early and take big steps to get yourself out there. Hearing their stories about branching out and making connections will inspire you to do the same and take those strides you may think are too risky. Listen to all three chapters! Chapter 1 “Taking Big Steps” :00 - Introductions :25 - How did they meet? 1:44 - Joining Organizations 4:08 - Encouragement through Experience 7:17 - Taking Big Steps Contributors: Carla Ellis (storyteller), Chris Andre (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Chris Andre (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 4 [Podcast]. Music from El Pañuelo de Pepa by Javier Colina and Pepe Rivero. José Cruz, Executive Producer
09:44
March 7, 2020
Episode 3.2: Shirley and Thania - "You Have to Keep Pushing"
This episode of Student Success Stories shows us the importance of having a mentor. Thania and Shirley share their motivational stories about how their mentors have been a great help on their journeys through college. They explain how having a mentor influenced them to do better, and strive for things of which they didn’t know they were capable. This podcast will make you want to seek a mentor that can guide you through your college experience, and help you on your journey afterwards. :00 - Finding Your Mentor 2:50 - What’s Next for Thania 4:18 - How Shirley’s Mentor Influenced Her 6:19 - Shirley’s Future Plans Shirley Machado (storyteller), Thania Rodas (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor), Chris Andre (postproduction), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 3 [Podcast]. Music from El Pañuelo de Pepa by Javier Colina and Pepe Rivero. José Cruz, Executive Producer.
08:16
March 7, 2020
Episode 3.1: Shirley and Thania - "She Believes in Me, Which Makes Me Want to Believe in Myself More"
This episode of Student Success Stories shows us the importance of having a mentor. Thania and Shirley share their motivational stories about how their mentors have been a great help on their journeys through college. They explain how having a mentor influenced them to do better, and strive for things of which they didn’t know they were capable. This podcast will make you want to seek a mentor that can guide you through your college experience, and help you on your journey afterwards. :00 - Introductions :56 - What is a Mentor? 1:28 - Thania's and Shirley's UAlbany Mentors 5:40 - How They Help Navigate College Shirley Machado (storyteller), Thania Rodas (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor), Chris Andre (postproduction), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 3 [Podcast]. Music from El Pañuelo de Pepa by Javier Colina and Pepe Rivero. José Cruz, Executive Producer.
10:39
March 7, 2020
Episode 2.2: Kaitlin and Liza - "Being Open to What’s Next
In this episode of Student Success Stories, we explore the paths of Liza and Kaitlin. We get to hear about their lives before deciding to finish college and what it’s like being ‘non-traditional’ college students. It’s motivating to hear their perspectives on college and their desire to complete what they started. They tell stimulating stories about the risks they took and the big steps they didn't expect, but don’t regret.  :00 - Perfecting Spanish and Using it as an Asset 2:35 - Taking Risks and Realizing Potential 5:01 - Everything Happens for a Reason 8:04 - Being Open to What’s Next Contributors: Liza Muñoz (storyteller), Kaitlin Moen (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor), Chris Andre (postproduction), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 2 [Podcast]. 
09:40
March 7, 2020
Episode 2.1: Kaitlin and Liza - "Doubt is Part of the Process"
In this episode of Student Success Stories, we explore the paths of Liza and Kaitlin. We get to hear about their lives before deciding to finish college and what it’s like being ‘non-traditional’ college students. It’s motivating to hear their perspectives on college and their desire to complete what they started. They tell stimulating stories about the risks they took and the big steps they didn't expect, but don’t regret.  :00 - Introduction 1:00 - Kaitlin After High School 2:01 - Liza’s Life Before College 3:25 - Experience of Choosing College Non-Traditionally 4:37 - Kaitlin’s Travel Bug and Study Abroad 5:49 - Deciding to go to College 8:43 - Path to UAlbany 11:40 - Taking Studies a Step Further 13:53 - Doubt is Part of the Process Contributors: Liza Muñoz (storyteller), Kaitlin Moen (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Chris Andre (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 2 [Podcast]. Music from El Pañuelo de Pepa by Javier Colina and Pepe Rivero. José Cruz, Executive Producer.
15:05
March 7, 2020
Episode 1.2: Mauricio and Steven - "Failure is not Final"
In this episode, UAlbany graduate students Steven and Mauricio speak about their experiences becoming college students, the hurdles they encountered along the way, and the paths they chose to put them on the road to success. Listen to this conversation between Steven and Mauricio—you will connect to their stories of finding community, resilience and empowerment, and reflect on your own choices.  :00 - Identity Crisis 3:00 - Using Spanish as an Opportunity 6:21 -Bonding through Culture, Friends, and Food 10:38 - Becoming Independent Through College 14:15 - What’s Next? Contributors: Mauricio Ramirez (storyteller), Steven Caraballo (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor),  Chris Andre (postproduction), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 1 [podcast]. Music from El Pañuelo de Pepa by Javier Colina and Pepe Rivero. José Cruz, Executive Producer.
18:43
March 7, 2020
Episode 1.1: Mauricio and Steven -"It Takes a Community"
In this episode, UAlbany graduate students Steven and Mauricio speak about their experiences becoming college students, the hurdles they encountered along the way, and the paths they chose to put them on the road to success. Listen to this conversation between Steven and Mauricio—you will connect to their stories of finding community, resilience and empowerment, and reflect on your own choices.  :00 - Introduction :48 - Mauricio’s Path to College 2:25 - Steven’s Focus on Education 4:34 - Using Education to Give Back 6:43 - Developing Resiliency in College 11:20 - It Takes a Community Contributors: Mauricio Ramirez (storyteller), Steven Caraballo (storyteller), Ariah Matias (sound editor), James Ashley (sound editor), Derick Pilgrim (sound editor),  Chris Andre (postproduction), Alejandra Bronfman (postproduction), Ilka Kressner (postproduction), Joanna Dreby (preproduction), Carmen Serrano (Editor/Executive Producer). UAlbany Student Success Stories, Episode 1 [podcast]. Music from El Pañuelo de Pepa by Javier Colina and Pepe Rivero. José Cruz, Executive Producer.
12:44
March 7, 2020