It is officially time for students to complete the FASFA so college is on the top of mind for high school students and their parents. Today we launch Episode 7 of Upgraded by Hobsons, a free monthly podcast accessible through iTunes. Join more than 1.6 million listeners as we explore the world of education with leaders in the field by listening here:

In this episode, we hear from a man recognized by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Freeman Hrabowski shares his views on helping more minorities enroll in and succeed at college. Also, you will hear the story of a man who once had to bus over a mountain to attend a better school, reflecting on his struggles with racism, ostracization back home, and his relentless pursuit of a better life. Learn about the fascinating correlation between what you study in school and your earning potential, and take a moment to reflect on your kindergarten days, as we look at how we’re helping students through this transformative year.

Here’s a preview:

College Majors and Earning Potential: The relationship between what you study in college and what you stand to earn when you graduate may not be as obvious as you might think. Tony Carnevale of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce also addresses the growing divide at some of America’s most prestigious colleges.

Minorities in College: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has some pretty clear and inspiring ideas on how to best move education forward. He talks about how graduation rates have changed over time, what we need to do now to help more minorities get into college, and the power of our thoughts.

Getting Over the Mountain: This is a story of a boy who had to bus over a mountain to get to a better school. Now grown, he reflects of his own struggles with racism and how he came to be an expert in student success.

Keeping Kindergarten Lesson-Light: Kindergarten is a transformative year for students – recent toddlers turning into big kids. There are many transitions during kindergarten to prepare children for what’s ahead, but how we’re getting them ready is what’s in question in this segment.

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