Off Campus is an inspiring, motivational online community and podcast of interviews, stories, and advice about life in college, getting a job in the real world, going to graduate school, and pursuing the career you want. It’s a show about navigating all the successes, failures, and unexpected twists that define this thing called life. Past interviews have included yoga instructors right out of college to freelance photographers to doctors to master winemakers in the Napa Valley. Each interviewee talks about the obstacles and hurdles they faced while in school and trying to have a career while providing solutions and guidance.
Upcoming interviews will feature:
Malik Yoba- Actor on FOX hit show Empire. Born and raised in NYC. Did not attend college.
Margaret Sullivan -Public Editor of The New York Times. B.A. in English, Master's in Journalism. Transfer student.
Kristen Kish- Top Chef Season 10 Winner, adopted by Michigan family, born in South Korea. Culinary school in Chicago. Transfer student.
Jen & Jonathan- Co-Founders of the Brooklyn Brainery. Entrepreneurs that started own business out of NYC apartment. UVA & Williams College.
Professor Ian Harnarine- NYU Tisch Professor, born and raised in Toronto. Working on script with Spike Lee. York University and University of Illinois.
Nicholas Woo- Academic Director of Highbridge Voices. Dedicated to education and learning. UC Irvine undergrad, Harvard grad school.
Kris Hayes- Proprietor of Easy Plateau Productions. Professional musician who gave up life on the road to be audio engineer and music teacher.
When I graduated college in 2009 and worked doing a number of different jobs, I realized there was no limit to the paths I could take. These experiences inspired me to learn about the ways other people had gotten to where they are, and I started interviewing recent grads and established professionals and telling their stories. I launched the show with funds from my own savings, but with paying student loans every month and trying to get by in New York City, I’m running out.
Off Campus launched in 2013 out of my apartment in Brooklyn and in the 39 interviews we have produced, we have proven we can tell good stories, get interesting people, and give interviewees a chance to showcase and promote what they are up to. Each interviewee doesn’t just talk about life in college–they get to share their career path and and promote their social media and personal brand to a whole new audience.
Listeners can expect authentic, personal information and advice from someone who has been in your shoes! Thinking of starting your own business but have a degree in Art History? Want to know what it is like to study for the MCAT while working a full-time job? Pondering going to graduate school but don't want to take out more loans? Determining whether to major in Film or History? All these questions and more are covered and discussed with real people that range in age, ambition, and background. All the questions that you type into google regarding your life and school decisions are now answered by other people just like you.
And this is where you come in. There has been no marketing budget for this but I quit my real estate job because I believe in the show and I believe in the people. Now, I want to take it to the next level. I want to create a new, innovative way for students to graduate and enter the “real world” while also showcasing the amazing things people do on a daily basis. If you can donate any amount of money to this Kickstarter campaign, it will help me hire interns and editors and producers, get new microphones, build and design a studio space, and give us a chance to interview more people and continue to take positive strides in our lives while telling stories.
Thank you for considering this project!
Available on Amazon and funded entirely through Kickstarter, Now What?! Conversations about College, Graduation, and the Next Step features over sixty interviews with recent college graduates (22-26 years old) and older, more established graduates (27-75 years old) about their experiences transitioning from college students to the real world looking for work, applying for graduate school, and trying to figure out what to do next. From the budding marine biologist who studied abroad in Saint Croix to the driven journalist who graduated early for a newspaper job, Now What?! is packed full of advice for students and alumni alike. Now What?! features interviews with a writer and former pro basketball player who found himself on academic probation twice, a C-suite executive who contemplated ballet or TV reporting, a university president who never left school, a producer for Modern Family and Will & Grace, a systems engineer for the U.S. Navy with dreams of teaching kindergarten, a job-hopping competitive rower who won gold at the 1984 Olympics, and more! This is the book which spawned the idea for Off Campus.
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Risks and challenges
Although we do not anticipate any obstacles or delays for Off Campus, we will tackle them head on and make sure the show is the best it can be. Additionally, we will keep all of our backers updated throughout! This is a show for the people, by the people.
From my previous kickstarter which was used to fund and publish Now What?!, I've realized how important community is. I would not have been able to publish my book, let alone write it, without the help of the people. The book and this show is dependent on people wanting to tell their stories and help each other out. Throughout this process I have learned there is equal importance on the interviewees and the audience/listeners.
Additionally, I know how time consuming it can take to provide all the rewards to the generous contributors. As a result, rewards will be handled properly and efficiently and be executed on time. As this is my second round with kickstarter, everything will (hopefully) go smoothly!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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