Nick Kazarian: Da BearsFit Trainer

If you talk to any athlete, they would say the coolest job you could ever have is being a trainer! Tony and Will from the Tony G Show and I would tend to agree!

We sat down with BearsFit Trainer, Nick Kazarian, to discuss his journey to becoming a trainer, working with a multitude of different people, including professional athletes. Nick has an incredible story as a Veteran, Athlete, and Chicago Sports Fan. You’ve never seen Bears and Packer Fans get along so well!

Tune in for a great show about personal growth, athletic success, and the do’s and don’ts of the gym!

Travels with Cultural Mad Scientist, Norm Schriever

This week, I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing my favorite travel author, Norm Schriever. Norm is the author of South of Normal, Pushups in the Prayer Room, The Queens of Dragon Town and more! He is a self-proclaimed cultural mad scientist, and loves to share his travel advice and experiences. His stories are incredibly relatable, and hilariously crazy!

In this episode, we talk about his adventures around the world and reflect on a few of my favorite stories from South of Normal and Pushups in the Prayer Room. We also talk about Norm’s passion for connecting with others and meeting new people on his travels. He was uniquely impacted by COVID in the fact that he left the Philippines right before a strict lockdown. He hasn’t seen his girlfriend in 8 months!

Norm uses his writing to connect with people from all walks of life. His stories show the impact on how travel increases empathy and human connection. It was truly an honor to interview him!

Although we cannot travel now, this interview is a wonderful way to reminiscence on the power of travel! Tune in for a wonderful episode and stay tuned for part 2 in November 2020!

Pushups in the Prayer Room documents Norm’s trip around the world in 2000. His stories are crazy and extremely relatable for any traveler!
South of Normal documents Norm’s big move to Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
This is Norm’s newest book. His story is fiction, inspired by his own experience following a massive typhoon in the Philippines. His story follows an island girl, and the difficulties she has to endure to survive.

Diana Delbecchi: A Trailblazer in Education Access and Social Justice

This week, I had the wonderful opportunity of reconnecting with Diana Delbecchi. I know her as the former Assistant Director of the St. Norbert College Gap Experience. However, she wears many hats in the Green Bay community. She is the founder of United Resisters, a non-profit program for Somali women. She is currently a Schools Resource coordinator at the Green Bay Area Public School System, where she created a program for children to receive eye glasses. If there is a problem regarding education access in the community, Diana creates a project to solve it. As a graduate of UWGB, Diana created the FLITE (Future Leaders Inspired Through Empowerment) program to encourage and educate high school students about college!

Diana with her Somali friends. She is the founder of United ReSisters in Green Bay!
St. Norbert Gap Experience right before we left for the Boundary Waters in 2018.

Diana has a very unique international perspective and a love for traveling to new places. She received her Masters in Gender, Globalization, and Human Rights from University of Ireland, Galway. She also worked in a refugee camp in Greece during the Refugee Crisis of 2015.

In our episode, we explore her passion, her involvement in the community, our experience on Gap, and her experience abroad. We also discuss the power of experiential learning, and how it has shaped our growth as human beings. This interview is filled with positive energy and empowering stories. I highly recommend you listen!

You can learn more about Diana’s journey here.

St. Norbert Gap Experience on a Volcano in Guatemala. November, 2018

Navigating Neuropsychology with Will McBride

This week I had a unique conversation on Going Places with Will McBride. I have always been interested in the lives of STEM majors. Will is currently in a neuropsychology fellowship at University of Virginia. He works with people suffering from Alzheimers and Dementia. In our conversation, we talk about his journey through his field, his role in the society for Black Neuropsychology, and his goals for the future. Will is an extremely empathetic and caring person. He likes his role because of his ability to gain wisdom from his elderly patients. He has always been the person his friends came to for help, and this talent fueled his career choice. His story will resonate with anyone, including people with careers outside of STEM.

Laura Naylor Colbert: Soldier, Author, Badger

This week, I interviewed Laura Naylor Colbert. She is a veteran who served in Iraq in 2003 for 16 months, a UW Madison Alum, and now a middle school principal. Our conversation explored her book: Sirens: How to Pee Standing Up, as well as where her life picked up after book ends.

Laura’s book was recently nominated for a bronze medal in the Military Writer’s Society of America 2020 Awards Ceremony! Her self-narrated audio book will be coming out November 30th! The amazon link to her book is below.

Laura is a wonderful human being with a TON of stories from her time deployed in Iraq. She talks about her experience going to basic training, and then getting deployed to Iraq. She touches on her mindset and mantras she used during difficult times throughout her time in Iraq, and she discusses the many differences in Iraqi culture. She also opens up about the difficulties of PTSD coming back to the US. Her perspectives are extremely insightful and provide a unique perspective from a soldier.

Half-way into the interview, we discuss her book writing experience and her travels after coming home. She took a year of exploring called her “Year of Laura.” She also ended up living in England as a teacher! We also discuss her current role as a middle school principal.

This conversation is one you will not want to miss!

Dr. Jennifer Fraser: Healing the Brain After Trauma

I had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Jennifer Fraser, an author, educator, and consultant studying brain health and brain power. She is a wonderful resource for victims of abusive coaching, and works to change the way coaches interact with their athletes. She is currently writing two new books: “10 Fixes for the Bullied Brain” and “Brain Drain: The Loss of Adolescent Brain Power in the Workplace”. Jennifer was an integral part of my healing process after experiencing two different counts of abusive coaching, and I loved reconnecting with her for this episode. She also provides excellent resources on adolescent brain health and how the brain responds to entering the workforce. This episode covers a multitude of information regarding the brain and how to heal it. You can learn more about the wonderful work she does here.

Kristina Shelton: A New Voice for Green Bay

This week, I had the wonderful opportunity of doing a webinar with Kristina Shelton. Kristina is a candidate for the 90th Assembly District of Wisconsin. Her message is to amplify the voices of all community members. You can read more about her campaign here. We discuss the Green Bay community, her journey into politics, and what made her run for 90th Assembly District. Kristina values empathy and adaptability in everything she does. This is a powerful conversation that you don’t want to miss!

Joidon Jennings: Networking, Confidence, and the Green Bay Packers

I had the wonderful opportunity this week to interview Joidon Jennings, Digital UX Coordinator of the Green Bay packers. In my conversation with Joidon, we discuss the ins-and-outs of the professional sports industry. Her experience working in such a competitive field provides insights to all students about the importance of networking, self-marketing, and confidence. She opens up about her journey to finding her dream job. We discuss her experience with the Baltimore Ravens, and her job switch to the Packers during COVID. Joidon provides a plethora of insights for students in all industries.

Jacob Patrick: Experiencing Rome During COVID

Today I talked to Jacob Patrick for the second time about his experience studying abroad in Rome. We discuss the impacts of COVID, the classes he took, the food, and cultural differences between Rome and the US. He talks about his crazy trip home from the US: having to leave for the airport in the middle of the night without a ticket! We also discuss the positive experiences from his shortened time abroad! This was a great start to season 2 of Going Places

Here is a photo of Jacob and me at the “Wedding Cake” Monument in Rome!
This is where the interview took place in my apartment!

Going Places 2.0

I am looking a bit bigger this semester by including more voices outside of travel.

When I started Going Places, I was about to study abroad. The only thing on my mind was travel, and I wanted every nugget of wisdom I could find. Now, I want to hear more perspectives in different fields.

I want to reiterate: I am not done with hearing about international perspectives. I just want to learn more about people who are succeeding in their careers, in their studies, and in their passions.

This semester, you will find new voices with unique stories, and I can’t wait for my wonderful guests to share their experiences!