Trajectory: A Student Success Podcast

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Trajectory is a bi-weekly production that focuses on the voices and narratives of UMass Amherst students as they share their journeys defining and achieving their own college success. Honoring that there are as many paths to success as there are students, our primary goal is giving students space to tell their stories while allowing others to listen and learn – and become inspired.

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Episode 10: Colleen

Colleen joins us on Trajectory to tell us about her experience as a transfer student who arrived at UMass and challenged herself to get involved and make a big impact on campus. Colleen's journey serves as an example of how putting ourselves out there can lead to substantial changes and new initiatives that help others.

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 11: Randy

Randy Le talks to us about his experience as a first-generation, low-income student at UMass. Our conversation touches on his Vietnamese-American heritage, his comfort zone (and how he pushed himself outside of it), and the importance of community on campus.

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 12: Sarah

Sarah has a super unique story: she’s a transfer student who took a gap year between her freshman and sophomore year to really figure out what she wanted to do, and where she wanted to do it. We spoke with her about what led her to UMass, what it’s like to have only a remote experience at UMass so far and how she manages to stay organized. You’ll want to listen for the Google Calendar tips alone! Thanks so much, Sarah.

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 13: Trust

Trust's drive and dedication in high school earned him a spot in the Emerging Scholars RAP his first year on campus. His ambition and insight helped guide him through the rest of his UMass journey. As a senior, Trust reflects on the ups and downs of attending a PWI as a Black man. Be sure to listen!

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 14: Kiara

We were honored with Kiara Batista’s time today, and you won’t have to listen long to understand why. In this episode, you’ll hear about her experiences as a Cape Verdian American at a PWI, her understanding of colonialism and white supremacy through her lens as a language and translation scholar, and her hopes for a global BLM movement. We’re excited to have you here at UMass for another year, Kiara!

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 15: Niajah

Writer and sociology student, Niajah, walks us through what it has been like to finally get to college, experience a semester of student independence, and pack it all up to take classes remotely for the next year-and-a-half. This semester Nia wrote a heartfelt article for Her Campus; I got to talk with her about her experience writing that piece, what it meant to her, and what she hopes it means to us. Don’t miss this episode, and be sure to read Nia’s piece, “A Sincere Letter From an ‘Angry,’ Upset and Heartbroken Black Woman” (link below).

https://www.hercampus.com/school/u-mass-amherst/sincere-letter-angry-upset-and-heartbroken-black-woman

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 1: Emma

We sat down and spoke with rising Junior Emma Martin about balancing a double major in Neuroscience and Biology, learning to advocate for herself, and her hopes for Fall 2020…oh, and that time she repped the UMass Marching Band for the Patriots!

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 2: Kira

Heading into her junior year at UMass, the name of Kira Levenson’s game is community. We sat down with Kira and learned about how she found her place in unexpected places.

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 3: Hallie

Our latest episode of Trajectory: a Student Success podcast is near and dear to us because it was the first episode we ever recorded! And we're so thankful it was Hallie Martin -- her insights and experience made for a super engaging conversation.⁠

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 4: Kieto

In this episode of Trajectory, Kieto shares with us in detail about his unique transition from high school to UMass, and the wisdom he acquired during the experience. As a student, Kieto has learned to maximize his time pursuing his interests while finding many layers of success as a UMass community member. Take a listen for his insights!

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 5: Zach

This summer we interviewed Zach Steward to learn more about his transition to UMass and what experiences have been most impactful for him. Join us as we listen to Zach share what it was like to make campus his home while navigating various components of racism, and what steps he is taking to make change in the community.

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 6: Aidan

Aidan Provost brings his helpful insights and wisdom to this episode of Trajectory. We talked to Aidan about what it means to ask for help, self-advocate, and build a support network on campus.

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 7: Helen

Helen Sajo joins us to talk about the importance of feeling like we matter, offering support to others who need it, and being kind while prioritizing our goals and wellbeing. Thanks for all of your insight, Helen!

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 8: Kevin

Kevin shares with us what it was like for him to transfer to UMass. Listen in as he talks about self-advocacy, persistence, and self-care -- especially in the world of COVID-19.

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Episode 9: Daniel

During this episode, Daniel talks with us about his unorthodox -- and compelling! -- road to UMass. Committed to helping people find their way and connect with each other in meaningful ways, Daniels offer his insights on student success -- and strategies for finding it.

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Trajectory Trailer

Interested in learning more about Trajectory? Check out the trailer here!

Created by:
Adam Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst