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Podcasting into summer

Podcasting into summer

Jayonna Johnson May 15, 2024

Ikeyaira Metcalf, a junior going into her senior year with a major in political science and International Studies, has taken on many opportunities for the summer on campus.

Throughout the semester she has not only studied hard but started her very own podcast thanks to the new podcast recording studio on the basement floor of Roesch Library. Ikeyaira's podcast is called Godly Girlies where she invites fellow Christian women to talk about a range of topics like dating, life after college, navigating a Christ-centered life in college and much more.

Her motivation to start this show came from her desire to start a YouTube channel at a young age.

"God gave me a vision about the podcast including the name and the list of guest He wanted me to have," she said.

Her goal is to share the Gospel and wisdom for those who are seeking God. She desires to continue this podcast over the summer with more exciting guests and topics. 

Not only will she be recording her podcast but she will also be traveling to Santiago, Chile. She will be taking classes where she and other students will be learning about human rights in Latin America. She will meet with Chilean students who are learning English and will get to know them and their culture. Ikeyaira is most excited to visit the Atacama Desert where she will experience a stargazing tour. 

When she returns to the states the work doesn’t stop as she will be conducting research for the Dean Summer Fellowship assisting her mentor, Dr. Shannon Williams, associate professor in history, as she [Williams] is in the process of writing her book centered around the history of Black Catholic nuns.

Metcalf will be transcribing documents and seeking out archives to help Williams.

"Research is very important and useful for me in my further of being a lawyer. Doing this fellowship prepares me with the skills required for my desired career," Metcalf said.