This summer I got a glimpse into the world of adulthood, and I’ve come to the conclusion that morning commutes are the absolute worst. I underestimated my morning commute: my internship was supposedly about a 50-minute drive away, but with rush hour traffic, it took me about 2 hours. I dreaded every morning I had to drive to my internship, and I was waking up in a bad mood.
Eventually, though, my discovery of podcasts saved me. Not only did I listen to them on the rides to and from work, I also listened while I was working. I’m obsessed with podcasts now and I can’t wait to incorporate them into my study routine at school.
If you’re suffering through your morning commute and are looking for an alternative to your go-to playlist, definitely give these podcasts a listen.
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Here are 10 podcasts that I listen to regularly:
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Skimm’d from the Couch
We’re the Ladies with Carrie Murray and Julia Giaimo
The Goop Podcast
Gals on the Go with Danielle Carolan and Brooke Miccio
Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Swish & Flick: A Harry Potter Podcast
Young, Dumb & 21 with Joey Kidney
Don’t Blame Me with Meghan Rienks
If you’re looking for some inspiring girlboss talk, definitely give Skimm’d from the Couch, “The Goop Podcast,” and “Girlboss Radio” a listen. All three podcasts feature interviews with amazing women. Some of my favorite interviews have been with Oprah (“The Goop Podcast”), Joanna Cole (“Skimm’d” and “Girlboss Radio”), and Sarah Jessica Parker (“The Goop Podcast”). Listening to these podcasts make me feel empowered and ready to conquer the world.
If you’re looking for an advice podcast, “Young, Dumb & 21”, “Don’t Blame Me”, and “Anna Faris Is Unqualified” are all amazing options. Joey Kidney keeps it real on his podcast and gives advice about everything from mental health to relationships. Meghan Rienks and Anna Faris never fail to crack me up on my morning commute as they answer questions from callers. Callers can ask almost anything from relationship advice to friendship advice to career advice.
“We’re the Ladies” was actually the first podcast I discovered and listened to. I was familiar with Carrie and Julia because of their YouTube channels, which I watch. These NYC ladies are absolutely hilarious and they definitely keep it real. I love the style of their podcast—it’s just two women sitting down and talking about life. In some recent podcasts, they've covered concerts, tattoos, and their favorite NYC spots; their recent trip to Italy, Harry Styles, and Tess's birthday; and Incredibles 2, drunken mistakes, and "beautiful boy."
Another podcast featuring two of my favorite YouTubers is “Gals on the Go”. Danielle Carolan and Brooke Miccio just released their first episode last week, and it made my day. I loved hearing two fellow college girls chat about college life, traveling, and tips on being productive. Although “Gals on the Go” doesn’t have many episodes out yet, I’m excited to listen to more of Danielle and Brooke. I know in the future they plan on featuring other YouTubers, college students, and influencers.
Now, if you’re a Harry Potter nerd like I am, then you need to listen to “Swish & Flick.” It fulfills all of my magical dreams and desires. I’ve learned so much more about the world of Harry Potter since listening to this podcast, and considering I’ve read the books at least seven times, I didn’t think learning more was possible.
Podcasts are a great alternative to listening to music, especially on your morning commute. Armed with an iced coffee and a good podcast, you’ll be able to stay awake and be engaged throughout your drive. You might even wish your commute was a little longer.
My name is Emma Berry, I'm 20 years old and I am a junior at the College of the Holy Cross. I'm an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. I also joined the Pre-Business program, as I hope to get a job in the publishing field after I graduate. I basically run on iced coffee and when I have free time I love to just read or watch Netflix (and Game of Thrones).