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Why You Need To Spend Less Time On Social Media

Hey hey happy minisode Friday! This week’s interview with Nicholas Collins was a fun one and one thing we talked about a lot was social media and the presence it plays in kids lives.

As someone that started their career in social media, I’ve always had a weird relationship with it. Like, part of me loves it and it’s brought me to some of my closest friends. It can definitely be used for inspiration and connection.

But the other part of me really struggles with it because I don’t want to feel constantly tied to my phone and to be honest, I like having part of my life private. I don’t want to share EVERYTHING about my life.

It’s hard for me to completely disconnect because it is very tied to my job, but at times I do have to completely step away.

In today’s minisode, I share reasons why we should ALL spend less time on social media and 3 tips on how you can limit your time.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Why You Need To Spend Less Time On Social Media: Do you feel totally drained from the incessant scrolling on social media that you do every day? I think we all do. During this podcast episode, you'll learn why you need to spend less time on social media and 3 tips on how can start limiting your time on social media. #socialmedia #marketing #addiction #truths

MINI-SODE | Why You Need To Spend Less Time On Social Media

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Why You Need To Spend Less Time On Social Media: Do you feel totally drained from the incessant scrolling on social media that you do every day? I think we all do. During this podcast episode, you'll learn why you need to spend less time on social media and 3 tips on how can start limiting your time on social media. #socialmedia #marketing #addiction #truths

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Day in the Life of Nicholas Collins, Middle School Principal

On today’s show, I have Nicholas Collins who is a middle school principal in southeastern Wisconsin.

Nicholas and I chat about his career path to becoming a principal, what he thinks people misconceive about his career, what he wished parents knew about his role, social media and the effect it has on a children’s school day, how he handles difficult situations (that occur nearly EVERY day), advice he’d give to aspiring principals and so much more.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Nicholas Collins | Middle School Principal: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Middle School Principal? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Nicholas Collins to find out! #education #school #middleschool #principal #classroom

Nicholas Collins | Middle School Principal in Southeast Wisconsin

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How he became an Assistant Principal.
  • Advice he would give to anyone who wants to work as a principal.
  • One thing people misconceive about his job.
  • The biggest struggle he’s experienced in his career as a principal.
  • What he wishes parents knew about his role.
  • His thoughts on social media and cell phones in schools.
Nicholas Collins | Middle School Principal: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Middle School Principal? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Nicholas Collins to find out! #education #school #middleschool #principal #classroom
Nicholas grew up on a dairy farm, and was 1 of 5 kids, with great parents and family around him every day. He wouldn’t trade his childhood for anything. He grew up in a strong Christian home and established the morals and work ethic he has today.
He graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology & Education, minor in Spanish. He taught Science & Literature at Whitefish Bay Middle School for 8 years and lived in Franklin, WI for those 8 years. He was then hired as Assistant Principal in Sheboygan, WI and held this position for 3 years and promoted to Principal in the same school moving into his 4th year and we have lived in neighboring village of Kohler for those 3 years. He’s been blessed to be married to my beautiful and intelligent wife Laura for almost 10 years and she has been an amazing mother to our two kids Lyla (6) and Wyatt (3).
He enjoys playing rec basketball, 4-man sand volleyball, snowboarding, exercising any way he can, fishing with his kids, Sci-Fi movie and book lover, eating & making great food, making cheese when he has the time, enjoying craft beer, and spending time with his family every day.
Nicholas Collins | Middle School Principal: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Middle School Principal? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Nicholas Collins to find out! #education #school #middleschool #principal #classroom

Key takeaways from this episode

I fell in love with middle school from day 1. – Nicholas Collins

I found myself more and more drawn to working and building the capacity of adults. Leading other teachers, creating programs and curriculum. – Nicholas Collins

There's never a boring day. Ever. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet

Over half of my student population is below the poverty line. – Nicholas Collins

If cell phones and social media didn't exist, my job requirements would shrink by 25%. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet

As soon as 7 am hits, I basically surrender myself to the school. – Nicholas Collins

In the world of inequality for kids, that phone may be the only thing that each family member has. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet

You know your kid, but you shouldn’t trust your kid completely. You need to check their phones. – Nicholas Collins

Cell phones really don't have to be in the classroom or on them, ever, during school. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet

You have to be on from7:40 am to 3 pm. You don’t get a break. – Nicholas Collins

I wanted to impact more people. I wanted to impact an entire school. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet

You have to be flexible and willing to prioritize. – Nicholas Collins

The number 1 thing I want parents to know is that I care about their kids. - Nicholas Collins Click To Tweet
Nicholas Collins | Middle School Principal: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Middle School Principal? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Nicholas Collins to find out! #education #school #middleschool #principal #classroom

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Nicholas Collins | Middle School Principal: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Middle School Principal? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Nicholas Collins to find out! #education #school #middleschool #principal #classroom

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Compilation Of The Best Parts of People’s Days

Today’s minisode we’re featuring a compilation of the best parts of people’s days!

One question I ask every guest on the Day in the Life podcast is “what is the best part of your day.” I think it’s a great question to ask because it’s a reminder that on most days, there is a highlight or something good or great happened. Of course, we all have bad days, but I like to try and focus on the positive even when your day is subpar.

This compilation features a variety of past Day in the Life guests and what their best parts of their days are.

I hope you enjoy!

The Best Parts of People's Days: Ever wonder what the best part of the day is for a counterterrorism expert? Or a full time entrepreneur? Check out this compilation of interviews of the best parts of people's days on the Day in the Life podcast! #productivity #motivation #success #positivity #mindset #inspiration

MINI-SODE | Compilation: The Best Parts of People’s Days

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Day in the Life of Haiyun Damon-Feng, Staff Attorney at KIND

On today’s show, I have Haiyun Damon-Feng who is a Staff Attorney at KIND, which stands for Kids in Need of Defense.

Haiyun and I attended college together and lived in the same house and she had recently traveled to the Texas/Mexico border with KIND to speak with parents who had been detained and taken away from their children.

Haiyun shared her experience on her Facebook profile and this prompted me to ask her to come onto the podcast to share what a day in her life is like, what KIND does, what people misconstrue about refugee families, how she handles a career that is very emotionally and mentally taxing, what she struggles with the most and so much more.

At times this episode is gut wrenching but I think it’s an important topic to discuss publicly, especially for those of us living in the States. If you want to talk about this topic more with other listeners, I’d love to have you in the Day in the Life Facebook group.

Haiyun Damon-Feng | Staff Attorney at KIND: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Staff Attorney who works with unaccompanied children who are refugees in the U.S.? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview Haiyun Damon-Feng to find out! #refugee #children #help #education

Haiyun Damon-Feng | Staff Attorney at KIND

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How KIND helps unaccompanied children coming into the United States.
  • What her experience was like recently visiting the border and speaking with parents who have been separated from their children.
  • What people misconstrue about the refugee families and the children KIND helps.
  • How she handles a career that is very emotionally taxing.
  • The one thing she struggles with most in her career.
  • Ways people can help refugee parents and children in need right now and how you can continuously help.

Haiyun is a Staff Attorney with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), resident in KIND’s Los Angeles office. Haiyun works to ensure that unaccompanied children who arrive in the U.S. fleeing violence, abuse and instability in their home countries are represented by counsel as they go through their immigration proceedings. Recently, she has been a part of KIND’s work with children and families affected by the new immigration and family separation policies. Haiyun received her J.D. from Yale Law School and is admitted to practice law in California and New York. She speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. In her free time, Haiyun likes to go hiking with her husband, Grant, and her and newly adopted puppy, Latte.

Haiyun Damon-Feng | Staff Attorney at KIND: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Staff Attorney who works with unaccompanied children who are refugees in the U.S.? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview Haiyun Damon-Feng to find out! #refugee #children #help #education

Key takeaways from this episode

Kids in the U.S. immigration systems are not appointed attorneys in immigration court. - Haiyun Damon-Feng Click To Tweet The bulk of parents hadn't spoken to their kids or didn't know where their kids were and had been detained separately for a month or month and a half. - Haiyun Damon-Feng Click To Tweet

So you can imagine what it is that they’re fleeing. This is not a secret. Everyone know’s this journey is incredibly difficult and what awaits you when you get to the border is a lot of uncertainty. – Haiyun Damon-Feng

It was really difficult emotionally. It was a lot more difficult for me working with the parents. - Haiyun Damon-Feng Click To Tweet

These are parents who came with their children and didn’t expect to be jailed or detained for a month and half. They didn’t expect for their kids to be taken from them. – Haiyun Damon-Feng

It was really difficult emotionally. It was a lot more difficult for me working with the parents. - Haiyun Damon-Feng Click To Tweet

These are parents who came with their children and didn’t expect to be jailed or detained for a month and half. They didn’t expect for their kids to be taken from them. – Haiyun Damon-Feng

Each person had a story about how they were taken from their children. It was really difficult watching the parents. - Haiyun Damon-Feng Click To Tweet

It was so hard to hear these parents stories and to know that their kids are suffering, to know that they’re suffering, and not be able to help. – Haiyun Damon-Feng

With time, it got easier to be able to compartmentalize job and home life. But when I went to Texas and I came back, I was having nightmares. - Haiyun Damon-Feng Click To Tweet

I think the best that you can do is remember that you’re doing something and that you’re striving towards something. – Haiyun Damon-Feng

Haiyun Damon-Feng | Staff Attorney at KIND: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Staff Attorney who works with unaccompanied children who are refugees in the U.S.? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview Haiyun Damon-Feng to find out! #refugee #children #help #education

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Haiyun Damon-Feng | Staff Attorney at KIND: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Staff Attorney who works with unaccompanied children who are refugees in the U.S.? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview Haiyun Damon-Feng to find out! #refugee #children #help #education

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A Behind The Scenes Look At How I Budget Our Finances

Today’s minisode we’re talking about budgeting! I was not always a budgeter, that’s for sure. In fact, I really didn’t start budgeting until about 6 years ago, when I was 24 years old.

There are plenty of ways to budget: some people prefer using apps, others prefer using a specific spreadsheet.

One thing that I’ve learned as an adult is that it’s extremely important to plan ahead and budget. Budgeting is what allowed me to start my own business and get ahead at life.

In this episode, I share why budgeting is important and more importantly, how to get started!

Enjoy!

A Behind The Scenes Look At How I Budget Our Finances: As someone who paid off $50,000 worth of debt, budgeting is extremely important to me. Click to learn how I budget our finances and how you can start your own budget! #budget #finance #finances #financialplanning #budgetingforbeginners #livingonabudget #tips

MINI-SODE | A Behind The Scenes Look At How I Budget Our Finances

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A Behind The Scenes Look At How I Budget Our Finances: As someone who paid off $50,000 worth of debt, budgeting is extremely important to me. Click to learn how I budget our finances and how you can start your own budget! #budget #finance #finances #financialplanning #budgetingforbeginners #livingonabudget #tips

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Day in the Life of Ericka Young, Certified Financial Coach

On today’s show, I have Ericka Young who is a Certified Financial Coach located in Fishers, Indiana.

Ericka is another one of my amazing clients that I initially met at the FinCon conference in 2017. We quickly bonded over living in Indiana, being Dave Ramsey followers and paying off massive amounts of debt, and even Purdue University which is where her daughter is attending college and where I attended as well!

Ericka and I chat about how she got started as a financial coach and how her and her husband paid off over $90k worth of debt, her best tips for starting a budget, how people can set realistic, attainable financial goals for themselves, the top personal financial mistakes people make and so much more.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Ericka Young | Certified Financial Coach: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Financial Coach? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Ericka Young to find out! #debt #finance #money #budgeting #daveramsey #budget #advice #career #planning

Ericka Young | Certified Financial Coach

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • Common personal finance mistakes people make and what you can do to correct them.
  • Her top personal finance tip for listeners and what she’d recommend everyone do when they’re starting to pay attention to their finances.
  • How she got started as a financial coach and how her and her husband paid off $90k of debt.
  • The #1 tip on how people can start budgeting their money.
  • How you can set realistic, attainable financial goals for yourself.
  • What she struggles with the most as a financial coach.
Ericka Young | Certified Financial Coach: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Financial Coach? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Ericka Young to find out! #debt #finance #money #budgeting #daveramsey #budget #advice #career #planning

Ericka Young is the president and founder of Tailor-Made Budgets which she opened in 2005 after she and her husband Chris climbed their way out of nearly $100,000 in debt. She became a certified financial coach by Dave Ramsey’s Lampo Group in 2006 and combines her passion for helping people with creative debt reduction techniques so everyone can have a path to financial freedom. Ericka is a recognized financial expert who inspires people to significantly improve their finances, family and their future with a solid plan. Ericka’s Best-Selling book, “Naked and Unashamed: 10 Money Conversations Every Couple Must Have” was released online in February 2017 worldwide. She currently teaches her message of debt freedom through her e-newsletters, personal and group coaching, workshops and speaking engagements. Ericka, Chris and their two teenage daughters, Faith and Olivia reside in Fishers, IN.

Key takeaways from this episode

No one said what happens after you get that job. No one taught us how to manage money together as a team. – Ericka Young

That’s what a lot of people do when you’re broke and you don’t have cash. You just get a better car. – Ericka Young

The snowball happens when that smallest debt is paid off and you can take that full amount you were putting to that smallest debt and put it to the next one. - @budgetsbyericka Click To Tweet

One of the things I caution people on is if you are in debt, you still need to pay attention to your credit score. – Ericka Young

People come to me to fix it. They want me to be the fixer. They are the only ones that can fix it.- Ericka Young

Money likes attention. Money thrives in an environment where it's well taken care of. - @budgetsbyericka Click To Tweet

When you are paying attention to your money and you are being purposeful with where it’s going, it’s going to serve you well. – Ericka Young

Here's what I find to be mind blowing to me: they really focus in on how expensive groceries are yet they have no concept of how expensive dining out is. - @budgetsbyericka Click To Tweet

I’m hear to say budgeting doesn’t have to be drudgery. It doesn’t have to be a straight jacket. It doesn’t have to be deprivation. It can be freeing because you’re telling your money what to do. – Ericka Young

When my clients don't listen to me, that's hard. It's probably the hardest thing about being a financial coach. @budgetsbyericka Click To Tweet

80-90% of my clients want to get out of debt. – Ericka Young

To stay motivated, I totally believe in rewarding yourself. - @budgetsbyericka Click To Tweet
Ericka Young | Certified Financial Coach: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Financial Coach? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Ericka Young to find out! #debt #finance #money #budgeting #daveramsey #budget #advice #career #planning

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Ericka Young | Certified Financial Coach: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Financial Coach? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Ericka Young to find out! #debt #finance #money #budgeting #daveramsey #budget #advice #career #planning

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Ericka Young | Certified Financial Coach: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Financial Coach? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Ericka Young to find out! #debt #finance #money #budgeting #daveramsey #budget #advice #career #planning

3 Moments When I Wanted To Give Up & 3 Things To Do When You Want To Give Up

Today’s minisode we’re talking about those moments in your life where you want to give up.

We’ve all been there before. Everyone experiences the ups and downs of life and there are times that hit you harder and it can feel like the world is against you.

During this week’s interview, Sarah and I chat about moments when she wanted to give up on her non-profit, Kula Project and it got me thinking about moments throughout my life where I wanted to give up.

In this episode, I share 3 moments where I wanted to give up and 3 things to do when you feel like you want to give up.

I hope you’re able to learn a lesson from my own personal experiences and have this as inspiration the next time you feel like giving up. I’m there rooting for you!

3 Moments When I Wanted To Give Up & 3 Things To Do When You Want To Give Up | Ever feel like the world is beating down on you and you want to just give up? Click to check out this podcast episode where I share 3 personal moments where I wanted to give up and 3 tips on what to do when you want to give up. #inspiration #motivation #life #quotes #tips #positivity #personaldevelopment #confidence #selfimprovement #wisdom

MINI-SODE | 3 Moments When I Wanted To Give Up & 3 Things To Do When You Want To Give Up

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3 Moments When I Wanted To Give Up & 3 Things To Do When You Want To Give Up | Ever feel like the world is beating down on you and you want to just give up? Click to check out this podcast episode where I share 3 personal moments where I wanted to give up and 3 tips on what to do when you want to give up. #inspiration #motivation #life #quotes #tips #positivity #personaldevelopment #confidence #selfimprovement #wisdom

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Day in the Life of Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, Founder and Executive Director, Kula Project

On today’s show, I have Sarah Buchanan-Sasson who is the Founder & Executive Director of Kula Project.

Sarah and I talk about how the idea of Kula Project came to be and how she got started, the hardships of growing a non-profit and one particular moment she wanted to give up, what she’d do differently if she were to start over again, what she’d suggest to someone who wants to start their own non-profit, and so much more!

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Sarah Buchanan-Sasson | Founder & Executive Director of Kula Project: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Founder of a non-profit? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, founder of Kula Project to find out!

Sarah Buchanan-Sasson | Founder and Executive Director, Kula Project

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Sarah started Kula Project and why she wanted to focus on helping families in Rwanda.
  • Some of the biggest struggles she’s had while running a non-profit.
  • One moment where she wanted to give up and how she found motivation again.
  • What she’d do differently if she were to start over again.
  • Advice she’d give to someone who wants to start their own non-profit.
  • One of the best things about running a non-profit.
  • How listeners can get involved with Kula Project.

Sarah Buchanan is the Founder and Director of Kula Project. She has a degree in International Development and has been working in East Africa since 2009. She started her organization with the belief that charity will not eradicate poverty, business will, so Kula develops entrepreneurs through a 15-fellowship. Sarah splits her time between Atlanta and Kigali, Rwanda. 

Sarah Buchanan-Sasson | Founder & Executive Director of Kula Project: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Founder of a non-profit? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, founder of Kula Project to find out!

Key takeaways from this episode

Charity can end suffering but it can't eradicate poverty. Only business can do that. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet One of my mentors told me that nothing is invented and perfected at the same time. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet

When we first started, we thought the more places that we were in, the more legitimate we were. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

It was this overwhelming feeling of, this is where you’re supposed to be. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

One of our biggest core values is listening and that's how we got started in Rwanda. Just listening. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet

Getting people to give you money is really hard. Nobody likes to be asked for money. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

I have wanted to quit so many times. I'm lucky I've wanted to keep going at least one more time than I wanted to quit. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet

The week that we had to get $35,000, my first hire quit, we got a check for $40,000 that we thought was real, but it was fake. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

I feel like that moment taught me to have my guard up in healthy ways. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

In the beginning, there's no way you can have a work/life balance. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet As an entrepreneur, I feel like you have to hit absolute rock bottom before you realize you have to have work/life balance. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet

I think the biggest thing I wish is that I would have listened to my gut more in the beginning. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

As an entrepreneur, I feel like you have to hit absolute rock bottom before you realize you have to have work/life balance. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet
Sarah Buchanan-Sasson | Founder & Executive Director of Kula Project: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Founder of a non-profit? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, founder of Kula Project to find out!

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5 Steps To Becoming More Self Motivated

Today’s minisode we’re talking about self motivation!

I’ve always been a self motivated person. I think part of has to do with being an only child and having to come up with ways to entertain myself, but also I think self motivation can be learned.

The people you surround yourself with and the content that you consume matters and can either increase or decrease your self motivation.

Many people have asked me what’s kept me motivated to start my own business or even this podcast. My honest answer is that I feel I have a purpose bigger than me and that’s what keeps me going.

During this mini-sode, I share my purpose in life with my PR business as well as the Day in the Life podcast. I also share 5 tips to help you become more self motivated.

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MINI-SODE | 5 Steps To Becoming More Self Motivated

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Day in the Life of Afshin Zahraee, Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Professor

On today’s show, I have Afshin Zahraee who is a Visiting Instructor/Professor in Mechanical and Civil Engineering Technology at Purdue Northwest.

Afshin and I have been friends for nearly 10 years (fun fact: we even lived in a fraternity together one summer, long story for later 😂) and I’m so excited to bring him onto the show.

Afshin shares why he decided to become a professor and the process it takes, his biggest struggles throughout his career, what people misconceive about professors, funny emails from his students (don’t worry, no names are shared!), and so much more.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

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Afshin Zahraee | Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Professor

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How & why did Afshin decided to go into the Engineering professor career path.
  • The long process it takes to become a professor and all of the different checkpoints you must hit along the way.
  • His biggest struggle being a professor.
  • What people misconceive about people who are professors.
  • Advice he would give to someone who wants to become an Engineering professor.
  • The best email excuses from his students.

Afshin Zahraee is currently a Visiting Instructor/Professor in the Engineering Technology Department at Purdue University Northwest. He is also a PhD Student in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he expects to complete his PhD this Summer. He received his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Afshin is an avid sports fan and enjoys attending sporting events as a release; more specifically he is a big soccer (Chicago Fire and Arsenal) and Purdue sports fan. He tries to be active and exercise as often as possible. Not only does he watch soccer, but he plays in leagues once to twice a week. He also enjoys runs along Lake Michigan.

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Key takeaways from this episode

There have been times that it’s been very, very difficult. – Afshin Zahraee

I think being self-motivated is a good skill to have. But it's not easy. -Afshin Zahraee Click To Tweet

I tend to put an easy thing first. Something that doesn’t take too much time to do. -Afshin Zahraee

I take notes as if I'm in the class. It's funny how much better of a student you become when you have to teach a subject. -Afshin Zahraee Click To Tweet

You can’t learn if someone gives you something. You have to work towards it. -Afshin Zahraee

I take notes as if I'm in the class. It's funny how much better of a student you become when you have to teach a subject. -Afshin Zahraee Click To Tweet

Just be honest. If something is difficult, there’s no shame in not getting it. -Afshin Zahraee

I think a lot of people think, “Oh, these people come in and teach two classes and all there here to do is boss us around.” -Afshin Zahraee

A lot of work that a professor does is not seen. -Afshin Zahraee Click To Tweet

You’re trying to keep a good balance of being a good teacher for your students and also keeping up with research. -Afshin Zahraee

The best part of my day is when you see the lightbulb moment go off for a student. - Afshin Zaharee Click To Tweet
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Afshin Zahraee | Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Professor: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Professor? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Afshin Zahraee to find out! #education #podcast #college #technology #highereducation #learning #masters