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The RockCast

The RockCast is a college podcast made by Rockhurst University students for Rockhurst University students... and anyone interested in life at Rockhurst. Students hold discussions on current events, campus news and activities, advice for thriving at Rockhurst... and almost everything the listeners submit for discussion topics. You can find the RockCast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. To watch the Zoomcast, see our YouTube page.

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Three students studying at Einstein's on Rockhurst's campus
This week on The RockCast, Bri'Yana and Sydney talk about how choosing a major doesn't mean cementing your future. We discuss why we chose our majors, what goes into choosing a major, how and why to switch a major, and getting rid of the stigma that being "undecided" is a bad thing. We welcome Rob Hamilton from Academic Advising and Tina Wendling from Career Development for their insights into where students can get tips on what to do next.

We also talk about conflict management in college – what works and what totally didn't work.
Students working on a group project
This week on The RockCast, Bri'Yana and Sydney talk about how choosing a major doesn't mean cementing your future. We discuss why we chose our majors, what goes into choosing a major, how and why to switch a major, and getting rid of the stigma that being "undecided" is a bad thing. We welcome Rob Hamilton from Academic Advising and Tina Wendling from Career Development for their insights into where students can get tips on what to do next.

We also talk about conflict management in college – what works and what totally didn't work.
Orientation 2021 Block Party - Students cheering
Season 2 of the RockCast kicks off with some new faces talking about familiar places. It’s a new year at Rockhurst University and the cast talks about how there’s a different feel this year. The group discusses the new year and what’s different, as well as how “fitting in” or “finding your people” takes priority this time of year. How long does that take? What’s the best way to do it? How do you make friends in college during Covid?

We’ll also hear from freshmen on Move-In Day about their expectations for the year and the cast reflects on their first days of college.

Finally, in “I Wish I Knew,” our messages to our freshmen selves are filled with timely advice about how to make and increase our circle of friends.
Freshmen students move in for the 2020 academic year at Rockhurst
In our final episode of the first season of The RockCast, we talk about Move-in Days and orientation quickly approaching and the fun and embarrassing memories those bring back.

We’ll also hear from recent grads and what advice they have for incoming freshmen and talk about the mask (re-)mandate in KCMO to start the year.

Finally, for our listener-submitted question, the students give their opinions on Critical Race Theory and the difficult discussions that come up with friends. This particular conversation involves not only CRT, but the students discuss how to get your opinion heard (Hint: It involves your ears).

Beach chairs in Cancun, Mexico
The RockCast is back for Episode 15, recapping the Class of 2021's graduation ceremonies from the graduates' point of view. We also look at summer, summer jobs, and stepping into the job world after you've graduated. Also on the show: The cast reacts to Rockhurst requiring students to be vaccinated, and in our "I Wish I Knew" segment, the group talks about ways to help yourself prepare for the fall semester before it begins.
2018 Orientation Olympics

In the final episode before the 2021 Commencement ceremonies, our seniors look back on their time at Rockhurst and pick out their favorite memories. They also get some deep questions from their co-hosts.

Artist rendering of new Rockhurst cafeteria
The cast interviews Jason Riordan, who talks about the future of Sedgwick Hall, designing a new cafeteria, the future of Einstein's and X-L, putting in a new east entrance off The Paseo, and initial plans for another new building (and more parking) coming soon.

Also in Episode 13: A recap of RockStock, a discussion about mental health resources available to students, and an “I wish I knew” segment about how to prepare for exams. Happy Finals Week, by the way! #yougotthis
students singing at orientation
The group gives their reality checks on college life in a concluding semester, including seniors getting ready for what’s next. Also: A recap of our Rockhurst MLK Commemoration event and Paseo steps service project, Bri and Jerrit’s performances from the event, identifying college stressors and how to manage them, as well as our favorite restaurants or coffee shops near campus (In which one has Vince spent more than $800 over his four years?).
Students chatting in a coffee shop
In Episode 11 we welcome Tony Gambino from Admissions to talk about the process involved from the point someone decides to apply to Rockhurst to living on campus. We also discuss building relationships with potential students, finding and keeping roommates, as well as Ride to the Rock and other events.
Rockhurst baseball players
We've hit double-digits! In our 10th episode of The RockCast, the group welcomes two student-athletes and one of our coaches to discuss being in NCAA D2 sports at an academic school.

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