Episode 11 – Eddie Mendoza

Episode 11 – Eddie Mendoza

“The 20-Something Life” is the radio show that gives stories and advice for twenty-first century twenty-somethings. This week, host Colenn Berracasa talks with Eddie Mendoza, a UCSB alum (grad school and undergrad) who works for a non-profit here in Santa Barbara, about learning the history of his hometown only after coming to UCSB, tips for first-generation college students, discovering one’s own culture, exploring other cultures as a non-white person, going to grad school right after undergrad, being one of the first people in the world to get a master’s degree in global studies, what global studies is, not learning about internships until junior year of college then getting a ton of them, whether grad school is harder than undergrad, reading in college, learning how to become a college student, how to figure out what to when you grow up, motivation, finishing grad school with no plan but finding a cool job anyway, working in the non-profit sector, the idea that we all have agency, what agency is, keeping it fresh after working at the same company for five years, how to work with dumb people and not go crazy, how to not be a boring grown-up, figuring out relationships with family as a late-twenty-something, the precarious balance of being from many cultures and holding on to all of them, identity, code-switching, how to be accepted in a culture that’s not your own, and the life of a Latino hipster in Santa Barbara.

The 20-Something Life airs on Tuesdays from 9-10am during Summer 2013 on 91.9 FM KCSB in Santa Barbara and kcsb.org. Listen to past episodes on 20somethingliferadio.com.




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