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Major Insight

71 EpisodesProduced by Miami UniversityWebsite

Find your place and purpose on campus. Honest conversations between college students about choosing majors, getting involved, making friends, finding faculty mentorship, overcoming fears, and more.

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February 22nd, 2024


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Making College Feel Like Home

February 24th, 2024


Nyah Smith has gone from an uncertain first-year student to a true student leader as the university’s student body president, and it’s been a …

The Ice Breaker Ep. (or Having Fun Conversations in College)

January 19th, 2024


Before every episode of Major Insight, we start with ice breakers. It’s just a way to have fun, to get warmed up, and to get to know each other a …

A Game-Changing Guide to Personal Growth

December 5th, 2023


College is a time of intellectual and personal growth. And Liz Grossman has excelled at both by combining her many interests into a dynamic …

Staging Success in Film and in Life

November 7th, 2023


Acting is life for Jonathan Erwin, who has been inspired to move audiences to laughter, tears, and applause ever since he began performing at a young age. We’ll also talk about what it takes to pursue a career in film, …

Aspiring to Inspire for Generations to Come

October 24th, 2023


Lauren McCann understands how truly transformative great educators can be. As a primary education major and aspiring teacher, she hopes to help new …

The Road to Recovery Leads to Opportunity

October 10th, 2023


Avery Holmes knows how to find amazing opportunities from challenging situations. After playing a lot of sports, which came with lots of injuries, …

Surviving Culture Shock (Part 1: Studying Abroad)

September 26th, 2023


Maya Mehlman loves meeting new people, being creative, telling stories, and the kinds of experiences that a career in Media and Communications can bring. She’s also back from a semester-long study abroad, which led to …

Oh, How You’ll Grow (Part 2: Studying Away)

September 26th, 2023


Studying away and going abroad is about more than just seeing new places and meeting new people. It’s also about growing as a person and about the life-lessons learned along the way. On this episode, Maya and Meredith …

Mental Health in College: A Student Roundtable

September 5th, 2023


Mental health struggles among young people have skyrocketed. Many college students are facing anxiety and depression, drowning in stress, worried …

Advice for My First-Year Self: Finding Yourself

August 8th, 2023


College can be an amazing time of personal growth and self-discovery. But the journey is not always easy and the path is never very clear. So as our …

Advice for My First-Year Self: Finding Community

July 18th, 2023


Have you ever been away from home, feeling homesick, and unsure of your future? Many people have. And it’s one of the biggest challenges for college …

The Sounds of College Life

June 13th, 2023


Take an immersive journey into the many different sides of campus life. Hear fascinating soundscapes capturing the magical moments and life-changing experiences that make the university experience come alive. 

Great Game Design + Finding Friends Over Time

May 1st, 2023


Gianni Dimacchia ‘24 brings immersive worlds and inspired characters to life as an artist, storyteller, and video game designer. We'll also talk …

Embracing Uncertainty in Your Environment

April 11th, 2023


Uncertainly is a big part of life, especially for college students who are figuring out their future. For Alexandria Coffman ‘23, embracing …

The Domino Effect of Success and Social Support

March 27th, 2023


Never let the fear of rejection hold you back. That’s one of the most valuable lessons Kailey Kraft has learned in college so far. As an economics …

Finding Yourself Through Film and Philosophy

March 6th, 2023


It was a love of movies and music that inspired Ryan Rosu to study film in college. But along the way, he also became interested in the kinds of …

Artfully Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

February 16th, 2023


Zoë Neubig ’23 creates personal works of art that circumvent the elitist mentalities often found in the art world. Her work also focuses on the experiences of growing up as a woman in today’s society, and her …

Daring to Dream of Neural Networks

February 1st, 2023


Ben Maldonado '23 has always loved math and problem solving, which is why he’s now exploring the new frontiers of machine learning, artificial …

Making Media That Matters

December 1st, 2022


Makenzie Knore is a true storyteller who hopes to inspire curiosity and to enrich lives through many forms of media including screenwriting, …

When Acting on Intuition Takes Center Stage

November 10th, 2022


Theatre has the power to inspire, educate, and even change the world. And for Charlotte Perez ‘23, it’s the perfect way to address important social issues through the power of art and performance. She’s been a …

Letting College Growth Unfold Naturally

October 24th, 2022


When Laura Schonken decided to help plant flowers for club in high school, she never imagined how that experience would change her life forever. …

How One Email Can Change Everything

October 6th, 2022


When Eckhardt Karsten ‘24 first took the initiative to email a professor for a simple recommendation, he never imagined the life changing paths it …

Finding a Voice through a Love of Languages

September 20th, 2022


After finding her passion to connect with people from different backgrounds, Victoria Lopez Rangel is combing a love of languages with a career field …

Creating Connections Across Campus

August 30th, 2022


On this episode, we welcome Meredith Aliff '24 to the podcast as the new host of Major Insight. An all new season is here as our hosts talk about …

Advice for My First-year Self: Getting Involved

August 1st, 2022


Hear stories from students who found the courage to step out of their comfort zone, embrace exciting opportunities, join new clubs, and get involved …

Advice for My First-year Self: Leaving Home

July 18th, 2022


Hear stories from students who found themselves away from home for the first time, trying to make new friends, and learning how to adapt and thrive in new and unfamiliar environments. As we prepare to bring you a new …

A Revitalization of Knowing, Speaking, and Being

May 23rd, 2022

Gretchen Spenn is highly involved in the academic and cultural sides of campus life. As a Kinesiology and Nutrition major, she combines her interests …

The Zen of Building Confidence and Character: On and Off the Court

May 3rd, 2022


Wil Stevens ‘23 has come a long way from his Chicago neighborhood to Miami University, where he plays on the Men’s Basketball team and studies East …

From the Dance Floor To Psychology and More

April 15th, 2022


After seeing how the pressures of ballet dancing affected the mental health of many close friends, Kristina Miljkovic ‘22 became interested in …

Finding Harmony Between Animals and Music

April 4th, 2022

Music performance and zoology define two different sides of James Lukenda ‘23. He is not only studying animals in an academic setting, he’s also the …

How Nursing Becomes a Labor of Love

March 17th, 2022


Molly Ferguson ‘23 discovered her passion for nursing early on. When a memorable experience at a young age showed her the difference a caring and …

Venture Into the Metaverse with a Web 3.0 Startup

March 2nd, 2022


Startup entrepreneurship is an area that Blake Faulkner ‘23 knows well. As a junior, Blake is already working on scaling up his own venture-backed …

Following a Passion for Teaching and Travel

February 17th, 2022

Teaching is almost a family tradition for Olivia Casey ‘22. As a Middle Childhood Education major, Olivia is preparing to teach math and social …

Designing a Lifestyle Brand Through Social Media Marketing

January 31st, 2022


Emily Coyne is already a successful YouTuber, entrepreneur, and influencer who runs the popular lifestyle, fashion and digital media company,

How to Architect a Sustainable Future

November 24th, 2021


As an architecture major, Julie Bohlen ‘22 is passionate about community-focused projects that champion sustainable designs. Her work recently earned …

Finding the Social Support to Succeed in Sales, Finance, and in School

November 1st, 2021


As a first-generation student, Clinton Ransom ‘22 came to college with a background that was different from many of those he would meet on campus. …

Making Education Accessible for All Learners

October 15th, 2021


Mary Culp ’21 has deep convictions about making education accessible for all learners, and she is well on her way to becoming a special education …

The Major League Potential of Connecting Business and Sport Analytics

October 1st, 2021


Data is completely transforming the way we watch and play sports, and Caroline Brega is interested in how this “analytics revolution” connects her …

When Photography and Fashion Meet Business Analytics and Marketing

September 16th, 2021


Annie David ‘22 is always searching for ways to combine creativity and analytics. As a senior studying marketing and business, Annie is also passionate about a career in fashion and photography.

She is also the Creative …

Balancing Biomedical Engineering, Virtual Reality, and Video Games

September 1st, 2021


Imagine smart prosthetics that anticipate and respond to the user. Unlocking the secrets of human balance inside virtual worlds. Or combining computer programing with genetic engineering. It may sound like science …

How to Discover the Illuminating and Life-Changing Opportunities of College

May 25th, 2021


College is always a time of growth, transition, and change. As podcast host Peter Everett ‘21 prepares for life after graduation, this episode also …

For the Love of Human Movement, High-Tech Health and Medicine

May 11th, 2021


After a career-ending injury derailed her plans to play college soccer, Grace Chaney used the experience as an opportunity to find her true passions …

How Art Education Can Make a Powerful Impact

April 30th, 2021


As an artist and educator, Lucy Osborne ‘22 is always excited share her love of art with others. As art education and art therapy double major, Lucy uses art to enhance the development of children, as well as the …

Balancing Athletics, Academics, and AI: From Tennis Courts to Computer Code

April 13th, 2021


Janelle Ghanem ‘21 has become extraordinarily adept at balancing two very different worlds. As a member of the Miami Women’s tennis team, Janelle was …

Connecting the Dots Between Nutrition and Sustainability

March 26th, 2021


Olivia Ferrazza seamlessly connects her interests in nutrition, food insecurity, and environmental sustainability. But it didn’t happen overnight. …

Increasing Access for First Gen Students and Citizens

February 18th, 2021


Amitoj Kaur understands how to seize every opportunity that comes her way. As a freshman, she was appointed by the governor of Ohio to serve on Miami University’s Board of Trustees, where she advocates for the student …

Manufacturing Innovation Between Engineering and Business

December 1st, 2020


As a mechanical and manufacturing engineering double major, Laura Mayer is fascinated by how things work, how they’re put together, and how they can be built even better.

Laura is also interested in exploring the …

Building Confidence Through Student Journalism

November 20th, 2020


As the editor-in-chief of one of the oldest college newspapers in the country, Chris Vinel takes human interest stories to heart. Chris currently …

Using Sport Analytics to Help Redefine Hockey

November 3rd, 2020


Jackson Polish aims to help redefine the sport of hockey. As the Founder of SP Analytics, Jackson created a hockey application that makes in-depth …

The Path to Become a Strong Student Leader

October 2nd, 2020


Jannie Kamara came to college with the goal of becoming a leader. Today she is the student body president of the Associated Student Government, where …

Creating Chemistry Between the Arts and Sciences | Ep.20

May 5th, 2020


As a biochemistry major who combines physics and engineering to study self-healing polymers, Jafer Vakil uses chemical reactions to create materials …

Building Communities that Help Everyone Thrive | Ep.19

April 21st, 2020


The community-building efforts of Madison McGirr are aimed at helping other people thrive. As a sophomore in Miami’s interdisciplinary Western Program, she is interested in education reform, reducing poverty, and the …

Engineering a Cleaner, Safer World | Ep.18

April 7th, 2020


As an aspiring Chemical Engineer, with a concentration in Environmental Engineering, Emily Kuehl is using her time as a college student to make our …

How Business Marketing and Sustainability Co-exist | Ep.17

March 17th, 2020


Connor Moreton wants to blur the lines between business and sustainability. As a double Corporate Sustainability and Marketing major, his work …

Empowering Others Through Education and Democracy | Ep.16

March 3rd, 2020


Megan Cremeans wants to cause social and political change by exploring the ways in which democracy and education are inseparably intertwined. As an …

Using Empathy To Understand Religion and the Law | Ep.15

February 18th, 2020


While following her dream to become a criminal prosecutor, Reagan Brown has learned how to craft eloquent arguments, how to stand up for her beliefs, …

Find Your Purpose and Place in the Humanities (Part 2) | Ep.14

February 4th, 2020


In this episode, we dive deep into the heart of human nature by hearing how the humanities can be a powerful way to learn more about ourselves, about …

Find Your Purpose and Place in the Humanities (Part 1) | Ep.13

January 21st, 2020


The humanities enrich our lives in illuminating ways. They teach us to think critically, adapt to change, to ask the right questions. They teach us about ourselves, and even what it means to be human.

As one of Miami’s …

Uncovering the Truth Behind Over-the-Counter Drug Laws | Ep.12

January 7th, 2020


As recently as May of 2019, an ingredient found in many common over-the-counter drugs was linked to the death of an infant. Curiously, use of this ingredient was still legal, and even FDA approved. This led Virginia …

How Borders Affect Our Perception of the World | Ep.11

December 23rd, 2019


On this episode, Terry Tait talks about his research that frames the Iraq War within the emerging field of borderlands studies. Terry looks how individual people try to understand their circumstances in a global world, …

Saving all Species from Extinction with Environmental Science | Ep.10

December 10th, 2019


Max Leveridge wants to protect all species from extinction. On this episode, he talks about connecting a variety of environmental and sociological …

Using Political Science to Fight for Social Change | Ep.9

November 26th, 2019


On this episode, Ellen Florek talks about reexamining the U.S. educational system, her goal to protect women’s rights, and how learning about disabilities studies and social justice can bring valuable insight to …

The Linguistics of Eco-poetics, The Environment, and You | Ep.8

November 5th, 2019


Abby Culpepper wants us to connect with places we’re from and spaces we occupy, right here and right now. As a French and linguistics major, she uses …

Cracking the Code on a Career in Genetics | Ep.7

October 1st, 2019


Few fields are evolving as quickly as the field of genetics. Emily Wyatt found her calling in genetics while working in Miami University’s Killian …

How to Become a Local Civic Leader | Ep.6

September 4th, 2019


For Charles Kennick, there are no boundaries between campus life and community life. During his time at Miami, Charles has become a leading advocate of student voice in all town-gown relations. He has served as the …

LGBTQ+ Activism Through Art And Literature | Ep.5

September 2nd, 2019


As a student activist for LGBTQ rights, Hannah Clarke believes in being vocal and visible about inclusion and acceptance. Her work blurs the lines …

Unraveling the National Debate Around Healthcare | Ep.4

September 2nd, 2019


Where some people see challenges, Sara Rosomoff sees opportunities. While at Miami, Sara used this philosophy to research the complex history of Medicare and Medicaid, which will be published in a new book about U.S. …

How Collecting Sneakers Becomes a Career | Ep.3

September 1st, 2019


Miranda Woods is following her dream of designing sneakers in innovative, unconventional, and socially conscious ways. On this episode, she talks …

Restoring Sight to the Blind | Ep.2

August 31st, 2019


Imagine being able to cure the blind. It may not be as futuristic as you think. Not anymore. In the last decade, there have been serious efforts …

What It Really Means to be a Global Citizen | Ep.1

August 27th, 2019


On this debut episode, Host and Miami student Jacob Bruggeman speaks with Emily Tatum about how her university experiences transformed her passions into internships with the Pentagon and U.S. Department of State, what …

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