The Activities Section



As part of the whole-person review process, the Yale Admissions Committee consider each applicant’s engagement with “extracurricular activities” – pursuits and commitments outside of typical academic work. Admissions officer Reed joins Hannah and Mark to discuss how application readers evaluate extracurricular activities and how applicants can stand out in this part of the application. The trio expand on some simple advice for selecting and engaging with activities: Be Active. At the right level for you. Doing what you like.


Mythbusters 2



The second installment in an occasional miniseries. Hannah, Mark, and Jill review and debunk six more persistent myths about the admissions process. For each myth, they identify a small kernel of truth while explaining why the myth is inaccurate. Topics include international admissions, course scheduling, and essay choices.


Mental, Physical & Spiritual Health with Shino Prater and R. Kweku Smith



What’s our perspective as we all deal with challenges and traumas in our lives and the lives of those around us? How do we find balance between giving to and caring for our communities, while not spreading ourselves too thin? And how do we meet people where they are, with sincerity, empathy and compassion, without being dismissive? This week, NYC Pastor, Shino Prater, and Psychologist, activist, and urban education expert, Dr. R. Kweku Smith, join for an honest, challenging, refreshing and relatable conversation about their mental, physical and spiritual health journeys over the last year, both in their personal lives and professionally. Join us, as we also consider practical ways we can all strive for balance, perspective, & holistic health in our current moment.


Cardinals and Bulldogs



President Salovey discusses leadership lessons from the pandemic, favorite baseball memories, the role of athletics at Yale, and the rise of sabermetrics with William O. DeWitt Jr. ’63, chairman and CEO of the St. Louis Cardinals, and William O. DeWitt III ’90, president of the St. Louis Cardinals.


Episode Two: When a door closes, a wind(ow) opens



The rural United States has produced the nation’s energy through the extraction of fossil fuel for over a century. What has this practice of extraction and consumption meant for communities, and how can we find meaningful replacements for the fossil fuel industry in rural America?

In our second episode, we look at how the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating the demise of the fossil fuel industry, and how this clean energy transition can bring benefits to rural communities if we use stimulus money to create more jobs. Dr. Laura Bozzi, Governor Phil Bredesen, and Adele Ferranti all contribute to our understanding of an equitable transition for rural communities in this episode.


Episode One: Toxic Work Culture



The rural United States has produced the nation’s energy through the extraction of fossil fuel for over a century. What has this practice of extraction and consumption meant for communities, and how can we find meaningful replacements for the fossil fuel industry in rural America?

In our first episode, we talk about the impacts of coal on rural communities and how the pandemic has exacerbated these health effects. We also explain how the cultural significance and long history of the fossil fuel industry has been manipulated to artificially inflate coal’s popularity. Our guests this episode are Yale professors Dr. Laura Bozzi, Dr. Justin Farrell, and Dr. Rob Klee.


Athlete Life, Stigma, Body Image & Wellness w/ Victoria Garrick



This week, influencer, mental health & body image advocate, and former D1 athlete, Victoria Garrick, joins for an honest conversation about life as a competitive student athlete and high performing individual. We’ll chat about the differences between mental health and mental toughness, and wrestle with the line between pushing forward towards peak performance versus stepping back, in athletic pursuits and in life. Join in, as we also talk through the differences between sadness and depression, nervousness and anxiety and chat about our life perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic.


Episode Zero: Yale Clean Energy Future Podcast Trailer



Our podcast was created with the idea that information about the clean energy transition should be in the hands of the public. We believe that if executed with equity and inclusivity at its core, the clean energy transition can play a key role in achieving justice, prosperity, and human dignity for all.

Given the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic and recent transition of U.S. presidential power, we talk about the impacts of the pandemic on the clean energy transition as well as the opportunities to “Build Back Better.”

At the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale [CBEY], our mission when it comes to clean energy, is to inspire and educate interdisciplinary leaders to accelerate the deployment and financing of clean energy. This podcast is one of the many tools in our toolbox to foster greater dialogue, educate the general public on energy, justice, and the transition, and a great excuse for us to keep learning from experts at Yale and beyond.

So come learn with us this season as we talk to experts, unpack studies, and figure out how to create a just, equitable, and clean energy future.

Please contact us at cbey.podcast@yale.edu for questions, comments, and feedback! For more info, check out our website at cbey.yale.edu/research/yale-clean-energy-future