Podcasts are a great source of information, particularly for anyone who doesn't have the time to read a book or sift through online articles. As the medium has become more popular, there are now podcasts for every niche, including higher education. Whether you need to file the FAFSA or just want to get motivated for finals week, there's an option for every college student.
The College Investor Audio Show
How to Find Grants to Pay for College
WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: A podcast intended to help students get out of debt, host Robert Farrington gives financial advice to students and recent college graduates. This episode covers general information, such as the difference between grants and scholarships, and how to apply for both.
Other episodes range from solid practical advice, such as "How To File Taxes Early Before The Rush," to good ways to save money, such as "How To Watch Sports Online For Free." With quick 10-minute podcasts, "The College Investor Audio Show" suits any student with general financial questions.
LISTEN TO IT WHEN: You are preparing to apply for scholarships or grants, or have any general questions about how taxes work.
Nursing Podcast by NRSNG
You Can Do This!
WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: Hosted by Jon Haws, this podcast offers a wealth of information to nursing students. With topics like "How to Avoid Burnout" and "How to Handle Med Errors," there are more than 200 available episodes for prospective nurses. Haws is an experienced nurse and he speaks compassionately about the mental health of nursing students. In his episode, "You Can Do This!," he offers a quick, seven-minute inspirational boost.
LISTEN TO IT WHEN: You are studying for the NCLEX exam or working through nursing school.
TED Radio Hour
WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: Hosted by popular podcast host Guy Raz, this podcast addresses different perspectives on how to fail well in life. Interviewees include Leticia Gasca from the Failure Institute, psychology professor Alison Ledgerwood, astronomer Phil Plait, former professional athlete Charly Haversat, and UPS training manager Jon Bowers.
With a variety of perspectives on how failure can shape individuals, this podcast is equal parts inspiring and insightful. In typical TED fashion, each speaker recounts their personal experiences throughout a 54-minute episode, discussing how looking at failure as a setback can help turn a negative experience into a positive one. Though it's not directed at any particular audience, students can benefit from the program's encouraging and unique perspectives.
LISTEN TO IT WHEN: Any time you are generally feeling in a rut.
Getting In: Your College Admissions Companion
Tips for Nontraditional Students
WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: In this episode, host Jule Lythcott-Haims sits down with Parke Muth, a private college counselor and former admissions officer at the University of Virginia. While Muth primarily talks about nontraditional students, he also addresses vocational schools and colleges with alternative grading systems. The topics are real questions from listeners who call in, and while most of listeners are parents of college students, the material is widely applicable to listeners who did not take a conventional path to school.
One question you won't want to miss comes near the end when a community college professor asks about students who transfer from a two-year to a traditional four-year school. Muth's answers are quick, informative, and thoughtful.
LISTEN TO IT WHEN: You or your child is considering an alternative path to college or you are contemplating returning to school.
What's Wrong With Saying Something Is "Very Unique"?
WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: If you know the website, you'll love the podcast. Hosted by the Grammar Girl herself, Mignon Fogarty, the podcast addresses listeners' questions and suggestions. In this episode, Fogarty offers help with professional emails and how to avoid common email phrasing, while also touching on email etiquette.
Other episodes include topics that range from basic grammar conventions like "Commas with Transition Words. Double Whammy," to college advice such as "What Can Anyone Learn From the College Essay Process," to even popular culture topics like "The Language of 'Game of Thrones.'"
LISTEN TO IT WHEN: Any time you're looking for inspiration to touch up your own writing skills.
The Daily Boost
WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: These quick and helpful podcasts offer tips to start your day with a jolt of motivation. In this episode, Scott Smith focuses on how to be productive and efficient. While his podcast is geared towards working individuals, his recommendations for improving efficiency are equally applicable to students.
Smith's tips include reminding listeners to be aware of daily interruptions and to never schedule more than half of your day. Other episodes include topics like "Keep Things Simple. Get Stuff Done," and "Stepping into Your Success Spotlight."
LISTEN TO IT WHEN: You are struggling through your final semester, entering graduate school, or preparing to enter the workforce.
TED Talks Education
Inside the Mind of the Master Procrastinator
WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: In this hilarious and insightful podcast, Tim Urban, founder of the popular website Wait But Why, speaks about his experience with procrastination. While originally given as a TED Talk, the video is included in the Apple podcast app so you can also see the illustrations that he refers to throughout his presentation. Urban uses his personal college experience to explain just how bad of a procrastinator he was -- even waiting until the last 72 hours to write his thesis.
Through his witty commentary, he offers tidbits that will make you laugh and cringe. Urban also takes time to explain to "non-procrastinators of the world" how procrastinators work and offers advice while making the inner, or outer, procrastinator in all of us feel a little better.
LISTEN TO IT WHEN: You are putting off your to-do list.