Listen Up! Podcasts to Elevate Your Summer Goals

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May 16, 2024  |  by Chrystal Thomas, Recruiter for Online Programs |     min read

What are your plans this summer? Will you be lounging poolside or at the beach with a good read? Or are you more inclined to lace up your hiking boots and conquer a mountain for that breathtaking view? Summer is the season of fun and relaxation and it is also a crucial time to keep your academic goals in sight.

Katie Bailey, Alyson Ballew, and Keith Lewis (left to right)

Maintaining a balance between work, life, and school can be challenging but it is possible. Seriously! There are student success stories like Katie Bailey, who sharpened her self-discipline to excel at work and earn her bachelor's degree. Then there's Keith Lewis, who utilized his downtime while living in Italy to pursue a master's degree. And major props to Alyson Ballew, who managed to juggle work and single motherhood while earning a doctoral degree. Their journeys prove that, with determination, anything is possible.

Online degree programs offer a flexible and affordable pathway to success. You will need to maintain a positive mindset and stay connected with your support systems. Need an extra boost of motivation? Dive into some podcasts! These audio gems are packed with ideas and skills to get you started and keep you fired up throughout your educational journey. Here's a curated list of podcasts to fuel your ambition and help you stay on track:


The College Life Podcast seeks to bring out the best in every college student. Hosted by Alicia Sepulveda, an academic life coach, the podcast will help you build your confidence, connect to your purpose, and make the difference you want to make in the world.

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Everyone experiences mental health struggles. Paul Gilmartin is no exception, having been diagnosed with clinical depression in 1999. Through The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast, Paul has set out to help people return to a place of hope using comedy as the vehicle that gets us there.

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Don't be so hard on yourself. You have what it takes to reach your goals and live out your wildest dreams.
Fear of our inadequacies hinders our own progress but a little self-kindness is the healing balm we all need to unleash our full potential. Andy J. Pizza, not exactly his real name, will be your podcast companion on your creative journey. Through conversations, with other creatives or just himself, you will find that Creative Pep Talk is just what you need.

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Are negative thoughts living inside your head rent free? These can drain your motivation, creative energy, and leave you in a deep rut. How can you get to a better you? It is all about the mindset in this podcast. Rob Dial helps you understand yourself in order to make the changes you need to succeed. Tune in to The Mindset Mentor and transform your life today.

Recommended Listen: Stop BS'ing Yourself



As the saying goes, intentional work is hard to find. Well, that may not be the actual saying but the sentiment is felt by many navigating the job market. What exactly is meaningful work? How do you find it? And how do you stay true to yourself on the career journey? Happen To Your Career has the answers you are looking for. With an unconventional approach to career happiness, they will help you as you embark on a transformative journey toward professional fulfillment and personal satisfaction.

Recommended Listen: Refusing to Settle for Anything Less Than Meaningful Work

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Chrystal Thomas

Recruiter for Online Programs

Chrystal Thomas is a recruiter for online programs for the Global Campus at the University of Arkansas. An interest in the experiences of students has led to working in the higher education sector, where her hope is to help students find paths to achieve their goals. She can be reached at

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