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Student Caring Interviews Ari King
Student Caring Interviews Ari King

In this podcast, Student Caring's Daniel and David interview Ari King about his new book, NOW WHAT?! - Conversations about College Graduation and the Next Step.

College acts as a giant umbrella when you transition from high school. There are majors to declare, dorms to live in, and peers to bond with. Not only can you can rely on older students, family members, and the college’s staff to assist you, guide you, and answer questions, but all of the options are pre- sented to you. However, when you graduate from college, there is little to no structure about what comes next. So what are you supposed to do?

Now What?! Conversations about College, Graduation, and the Next Step features over sixty interviews with college graduates about their experiences transitioning from college students to recent graduates looking for work, applying for graduate school, and trying to figure out what to do next. From the budding marine biologist who studied abroad in Saint Croix to the driven journalist who graduated early for a newspaper job, Now What?! is packed full of advice for students and alumni alike. Now What?! features interviews with a writer and former pro basketball player who found himself on academic probation twice, a C-suite executive who contemplated ballet or TV reporting, a university president who never left school, a producer for Modern Family and Will & Grace, a systems engineer for the U.S. Navy with dreams of teaching kindergarten, a job-hopping competitive rower who won gold at the 1984 Olympics, and more!

DANIEL: Today, we welcome a man who was one of the first to become a member of the Student Caring community. In March of 2012 we published an interview with Ari: Listener Ari King: The College Graduates Handbook.

Our Questions for Mr. Ari King:

  • One of the things that our project has been concerned about that you really tackle in Now What?! is the overemphasis on getting to college but not on what to do when you graduate.  What do you see as the sources of the problem of overemphasizing admission to college, and what can we as a society do about it?
  • In the interviews you conducted, where did professors play a positive role in preparing their students what comes after college?  If you were a prof today, what would you do to make a difference for your students in this area?
  • You have divided your interview into four categories of people:  "know-it-alls," "roundabouts," "no-ideas," and "pathswitchers."  Could you describe the characteristics of each group just a little?  Into which category would you put yourself?
  • You interview a lot of successful people in your book who have obtained success in very different ways.  Which of the paths you encountered are of the most interest to you?
  • Tell us just a little about the experience of writing this book.  How much work was involved on both the writing and publishing ends?

Sound Bites:

  • When I graduated, I realized that there was not a blueprint to life in post-college, like there was for getting into college.
  • It would be beneficial, for the professor if there could be a little bit more than just information giving.
  • I am a professor and I also a human being on the side. My door is always open.
  • Just as my mom said, "You just put one foot in front of the other and it will get figured out."
  • If you are still in college, you should be proud and happy about that.


Now What?!
Ari King
Ari King
Why Your Opinion Matters: 

Our upcoming book:The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching, was written with feedback from many educators and students, which was our plan all along. We began by outlining our thoughts on a series of topics, then we recorded them to share with the world. From the feedback we received, we were informed about the needs of the student caring community. We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.

Thank you!

Daniel & David

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Category:Higher Education -- posted at: 8:30am PDT