#101 – What’s Ahead for the College Parent Central Podcast?

In this episode Vicki and Lynn take a look ahead to Season 5 of the podcast and describe some of the exciting changes we’re planning. We introduce two new co-hosts who will be joining the College Parent Central Podcast Team.  Elizabeth Hamblet and Sarah Share will be adding their voices to the season ahead. We’re excited about exploring new topics and perspectives while continuing to provide the support for parents we’ve shared in the past four seasons. We also reviewed a few of the themes we may be talking about as we move forward.

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In our last episode we spent some time looking backward and celebrating the 100th episode of the College Parent Central podcast.  That’s 100! We were excited and in a celebratory mood.  In this episode we take some time to look ahead to our next season of the podcast and we share with you some ways we hope to “shake it up” a bit.

Changing our schedule (slightly)

For four seasons we’ve released two new episodes a each month – on the first and third Wednesdays of the month – and for Season 5 we’ll be moving to releasing a new episode on the first Wednesday of every month and adding in occasional bonus episodes or occasional re-releases  of a few podcast episodes that have been popular and still have important information for parents – just in case you missed them or they weren’t what you needed when they released. We’re allowing ourselves a little more flexibility while still providing you lots of food for thought as you discover your role as a college parent – or pre-college parent.

We’re adding some new voices!

We’re excited to share that we have two new co-hosts joining us for this upcoming season. We know they’ll bring expanded perspectives and information to share with you.

Elizabeth Hamblet has been a guest on the podcast twice before so listeners may be familiar with her. She is an expert in disability services and is the author of Seven Steps to College Success: A Pathway for Students with Disabilities. Elizabeth will bring her expertise in working with neuro-diverse students and also in preparing students for college. Elizabeth is also the parent of two college graduates so she wears the parent hat as well.

Sarah Shane is Director of Advising and Academic Success at Curry College. She brings a wealth of experience working with students and their parents. Sarah will be able to share her insights about successful and not-so-successful students as well as some of what she hears from the parents she works with. Sarah is also the parent of two sons – one about to graduate from college and one about to begin college – so she will also be wearing her parent hat.

In this episode we also put out an appeal to our listeners to share with us ideas of topics you’d like to hear about or questions you’d like us to try to answer. We have lots of ideas, but we want to include topics you want to hear about. Please let us know what you think.

We also talked a bit about some of the topics and themes we think we’ll be seeing as we move into Season 5 – continued Covid fallout and changes to higher education as a whole, student engagement and isolation, flexibility in the pathways students take through college, student anxiety and readiness, student resilience and self-advocacy, and naturally – your role as college parent. Still so much to talk about!

We hope you’ll join us as we move ahead into Season 5! New voices, new topics, some outstanding new interviews, still so much to talk about! We’ll see what topics and challenges the new year brings.

Please let us know in the comments  what you hope to hear about in Season 5! We want to talk about the things you need and want to hear.

Don’t forget that you can listen to all of our previous podcast episodes here or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also go to followthepodcast.com/collegeparentcentral to add our podcast (it’s free!) so that you’ll receive each new episode as we release it.

Let us know what you’d like to hear about on future podcasts! Leave a comment below or email us at podcast@collegeparentcentral.com.

You can also email Vicki directly at vnelson@collegeparentcentral.com

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Thanks for joining us!


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