Dreams Series Instagram: @dreamsin.progress
Dreams In-Progress is on hiatus! I’m taking a step back to assess the expectations v. realities of the series and how I want to expand it. —S.A.
TEMTT founder Briana B. Franklin on turning experience into innovation (May 16th, 2020): English + writing pathway; founder of The English Major Takes Tech (TEMTT) & Just B. Frank, finding entrepreneurial footing postgrad, difficulty of job market + student loans
Zunaira Iftikhar on investing 100% in your dreams (May 2nd, 2020): Biology Sciences pathway; aspiring doctor, learning limits while balancing responsibilities at SJSU, and breaking a cultural ceiling
Irena Huang on creating a pathway you love (Apr. 18th, 2020): English Lit. pathway; navigating Humanities grad school, the job market, reconnecting with yourself post-grad, and listening to what you truly want
Apollo Rydzik on finding your rhythm as a first gen. student (Jan. 18th, 2020): Sociology pathway; transferring from community college to an elite university, honors thesis on media rep. of policing, applying to grad school, and being a first-gen. college student
Annabel Gong on championing diversity in science (Jan. 4th, 2020): Marine Ecology pathway; LGBTQ+ resources in STEM, researching sharks over the summer, student leadership, and applying to research-focused grad school
Safa Arshadullah on keeping your doors open (Dec. 21st, 2019): Advertising + Strategy pathway; PR internship, MAIP fellowship, thesis on Diversity & Inclusion, graduating early from college, and being a third culture kid
Q: WHAT IS DREAMS IN-PROGRESS ABOUT?
A: This series examines the experiences of Millennials & Gen. Z-ers, who are still on their way from Point A to Point B in their lives. While the people I’ll feature have a variety of academic/career backgrounds, I aim to produce content that centers diversity & storytelling. My first interviews will feature college seniors and recent graduates to learn how they envision their futures. Dreams In-Progress wonders about the nonlinearity of pathways. I love learning about people’s mindsets and processes as they’re figuring out what they want to do in life.
I will be interviewing people to explore…
– How they’re taking steps toward their aspirations
– How they’re feeling in this chapter of their lives
– What challenges + aha! moments they’ve had
– What resources that have helped them along their journeys
Q: WHY DID YOU START IT?
A: The people I know in different areas of my life are all so complex and resilient. The conversations I’ve had during this early post-grad stage of my life have inspired me and affirmed that I’m not alone. I want to share stories, thoughts, and reflections that are specific yet resonant. I’m excited to see what unexpected themes and deep thoughts arise from my conversations. Stay tuned biweekly on Saturdays (PST)! –S.A.
WANT MORE CONTEXT? Here’s my Introduction to Dreams In-Progress (Dec. 14th, 2019): this post provides more context and explores my thought process & vision for what I hope to achieve with this blog interview series
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