Episode 019: Discovering Your True Potential with Kate Szumanski
"[Reaching out for help] is not a sign of weakness;
it’s a sign of strength."
Some Questions I Ask:
[7:09] How did your parents’ divorce impact you, your siblings, and your upbringing?
[11:03] What would define as your passion and how did you find it?
[15:31] What have you been doing to enhance and nourish your mindset of growth and progression?
[21:13] How has having kids of your affected or altered your perspective in how you teach your students and how you interact with you children?
[30:25] What do you think in particular, the education system is missing right now?
[35:44] How do you go about helping a student realize the endless potential they have when they don’t see it themselves?
[47:22] What do you do for you?
[49:04] When do you feel that you are at your strongest?
Some Things You'll Learn:
[2:15] Kate’s upbringing and history
[4:30] Kate’s professional career journey and how she came to non-profits and education
[12:15] The competitive nature of finding summer internships in college
[16:01] How to demonstrate initiative and leadership
[25:02] The idea of privilege and how much it impacts us and our experience
[27:43] Changing societal “norms” by breaking them down and reconstructing them with BOTH classroom learning, and experiential learning
[30:55] Financial need and the extreme negative effects it has on a student
[33:57] The biggest opportunity that most college students are not taking advantage of
[35:50] How YOU can fully attain your greatest potential professionally as a college student
[39:34] All it takes is just ONE person to
[42:05] Learning to reach out for help. It’s OK
[42:57] Kate’s personal strategies to manage stress, anxiety, setbacks, and using your experiences to “fuel” your journey forward
[44:31] Kate’s Mother’s GOLDEN ADVICE
[44:57] Taking a BREATH, understanding the scenario, and taking responsibility when necessary
[45:52] The importance of honesty and vulnerability
[49:20] Power of being prepared and scheduling your weeks
[52:36] The absolute importance of negotiation both personally and professionally
[54:16] Leading with gratitude