“Becoming a Bearcat: What You Need To Know” Podcast Series

“Becoming a Bearcat” Podcast is an informative series covering topics on everything new students and their families should know about Binghamton University! 

Season 1 was recorded in Summer 2021 and was hosted by Sarah Boniche, a Binghamton University alumna/professional staff member, and Victoria Barics, a returning Orientation Advisor mentor. Sarah continues on Season 2 with students Kylie Gottlieb and Mo Adeoye, both of whom are returning Orientation Advisor Mentors for Summer 2022.

Please note that some information shared during Season 1 (Summer 2021) about COVID-19 and its effect on University policies and practices may not be currently relevant. Disclaimers have been added to such information and the most up-to-date policies can be found on the COVID-19 Guidance Website

Season 2 will be released for the Summer 2022 Orientation season starting on July 1st, 2022!


Podcast Series

The “Becoming a Bearcat” podcast series has been developed to provide incoming students and their families informative tips and resources to aid in a successful start to Binghamton University. Student leaders and professional staff on campus will join each episode to share their experiences, insight, and advice on what new students should know before starting college. Topics for each episode cover major themes a college student experiences as they prepare to arrive in August and through their first year. This podcast series will provide a new modality for busy students and families to hear helpful information on the go! 

Season 1:

  • Episode 1 - Welcome!: We welcome you to the series and set the foundation for what is to come.

  • Episode 2 - Student Wellness: Guests cover a range of wellness themes including mental health, physical fitness, and students share their personal stories of overcoming difficulties when they arrived on campus as new students.

  • Episode 3 - Building an Identity: Extracurricular exploration of over 250 student-run clubs on campus and ways to build upon skills and passions are discussed.

  • Episode 4 - The Binghamton Community: On-campus facilities and services are discussed, including dining options and meal plans. Turning Binghamton University, and the surrounding community, into a new home away from home is also explored.

  • Episode 5 - Campus Safety: We chat with important offices and entities on campus that help keep our community safe. 

  • Episode 6 - Student Success and Exploration: There are many resources on campus that offer career exploration services and academic success services, we talk with a few and discuss finding jobs and internships as a student.

  • Episode 7 - Transition and Belonging: We focus on how students can find their place on campus and our many diversity and inclusion resources and affinity groups.

  • Episode 8 - Preparing for Move-In: On this final episode of Season 1, we talk about preparing for the move-in process, including what to expect for 2021 Fall move-in and what to pack.

Season 2:

  • Episode 1 - The First-Year Perspective: Hear from students who have just completed their first year at Binghamton University! They share their tips and tricks on navigating the transition to college life and share great resources to connect with. Also hear about our UNIV101 courses, which are exclusive to new students and focused on skill-building and acclimating to campus. 
    • Released Date: July 1st, 2022
  • Episode 2 - Campus Community Wellness: A Part 2 to episodes 2 and 5 of Season 1, this episode shares even more resources available to students on campus focused on safety, health, and wellness.
    • Released Date: July 8th, 2022
  • Episode 3 - Academic Excellence: Academic success resources are shared, including University Tutorial Services and the many systems we have in place to promote student success and graduation within 4 years.
    • Released Date: July 15th, 2022
  • Episode 4 - Preparing for Move-In: In this final episode of the season, the hosts will discuss their tips for move-in and packing, as well as what move-in 2022 will look like and BWelcome week programming, held to welcome new and returning students back to campus for a new academic year!
    • Released Date: July 22nd, 2022

How To Access

“Becoming a Bearcat: What You Need To Know” is available on most podcast streaming platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Be sure to “subscribe” to our page to get notifications when a new episode is uploaded.

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