6 Podcasts to Get You Through This Winter

Hey everyone! I’ve been thinking the last few weeks about how crazy it is that winter seems to be right around the corner. It’s also no secret that everything going on with COVID is going to make this winter pretty different from previous ones in terms of our ability to easily socialize and do some of the things that we are normally used to doing. So, in preparation for being bundled up indoors for the next few months (woo!), I thought it would be helpful to release some resources and tips on things to help students survive this winter. First up, podcasts!  

NPR Life Kit 

Available on Spotify, NPR App, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, & Pocket Casts

I am going to be honest with you guys. I don’t listen to very many podcasts because I usually find them difficult to listen along to and I get easily distracted. HOWEVER, NPR Life Kit is one podcast that I genuinely enjoy listening to, because the content varies episode by episode, and the episodes are rarely longer than 20 minutes. The podcast covers lots of current events with episodes on the election and how to vote, dealing with the pandemic, and making the most of online college. While not every episode might be specifically of interest to you, you will be sure to find a bunch that are both interesting and helpful.


How I Built This with Guy Raz 

Available on Spotify, NPR App, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, & Pocket Casts

If you’re the type of person who is curious about the world of business and entrepreneurship, then this podcast is for you. In each episode, Guy Raz (the host) goes into the story of a popular and well-known company, business, or organization and discusses how it got its start and the types of movements that its innovators built. What’s great about How I Built This is that you can pick and choose episodes to listen to based on the companies you are interested in. Some of the episodes I recommend are Ben & Jerry’s (episode 60 - I’m a huuuge ice cream girl so I loved this one), Wikipedia (episode 70), and Spanx (episode 1!). 

Ear Biscuits 

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube, & Soundcloud 

If you’re into comedy podcasts, you might want to give Ear Biscuits a listen. This podcast was a submission from an Access Scholarships IG follower, so admittedly, I am not a loyal listener, but after listening to a few snippets and reading up about the podcast’s content, I can understand why it has 4.9 stars and almost 20,000 ratings on Apple Podcasts! Ear Biscuits follows hosts Rhett and Link through their weekly candid conversations, stories, and thoughts. What seems cool about this podcast is that Rhett and Link cover all topics of life and give each conversation a personal spin, so you are learning more about their personal lives and experiences as you listen. Check it out!



Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, & Pandora 

Calling all investigators!! Serial is an AWESOME, thrilling, and intense podcast narrated by investigative journalist Sarah Koenig. Each nonfiction story spans over the course of one whole season, so in each episode, you learn more and more information about the case, the people involved, and what’s going down. There are currently three seasons (stories) and each season has approximately ten episodes in it that are, of course, meant to be listened to in order. Have a listen and prepare to be captivated and glued to your device, waiting to hear what unfolds next.

College Prep Podcast 

Available on Apple Podcasts & Google Podcasts

If you’re currently in high school and therefore likely preparing for college, this podcast is exactly what you should be listening to this winter. The podcast covers topics such as improving study skills, test prep, applying to college, and practically anything else you can think of in that realm. The episodes are extremely informative and will leave you feeling accomplished simply by having listened along. Two recent episodes that I really enjoyed were Ten Tips for Learning from a Screen and How Colleges Evaluate Applicants.


Behind the Mind 

Available on the website, here

Behind the Mind Media Podcast is a great one that I also have featured on our new Health & Wellness page! The podcast is hosted by Kevin Meiselman, a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University and mental health advocate. In each episode, Kevin talks with someone new about his or her life, career, and mental health journey. What I find awesome about this podcast is that he talks with people across a wide range of ages, life stages, and careers, which is a great reminder that everybody, no matter who you are or where you come from, can struggle with mental illness.  

There you have it - 6 great podcasts to listen to while you bundle up under blankets with hot chocolate in hand this winter. Keep on the lookout for more blog posts with tips on making it through the chilly weather!! PS - if you have recs for podcasts that you ~love~ and think I should feature them in this post, DM me on the gram (@accessscholarships) 🙂

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