We Went There Podcast

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It was an unseasonably warm March afternoon in Washington, DC. Like I said in my NYFLC write up, attending the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. is like Christmas in March to me. Last year’s conference was especially meaningful to me, as I was less than sixty days away from my impending graduation from college date in May. I was teeming with ideas of how to spend my future.

At that point, I had already accepted a job (my current job) at a PR firm representing renewable energy and law firm clients. I knew that with my new job, I would be helping my clients make a difference. After hearing about how artists, activists, politicians and more were making a difference all week, I was wondering myself…. How would I make a difference?

The last day of the conference was congressional lobby day. I spent all day discussing current policy affecting my home area with local politicians. I was imagining myself in all types of positions. Could I be the lobbyer? Could I be the congressional staff getting lobbied to? Could I be the janitor at the white house? Could I be working the ticket kiosk at the museum I went to after? Could I be a curator?

It didn’t help that it was a beautiful day in one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. I was falling in love with all of it, D.C., adulthood, warm weather – I was looking forward to and falling in love with the life ahead of me. How would I get there? How can I figure out what I want to do, how to change the world?

Word of a happy hour that included $1 margaritas was spreading around the group I was in. I was deciding whether to go, and at the last minute, I made a decision to go. Little did I know that this decision would have a huge effect on my life right now. I’ll spare the details of margaritas, tequila shots, hummus and falafel, but I wound up in a giggly Uber ride back to the hotel with my friend Carly. We were talking about wanting to create more and make a difference. We simultaneously said “we should make a podcast”.

For the rest of the school year, I kept saying to Carly to not think that I was joking about this for a minute. Over the summer, Carly and I attended a few workshops at the podcast garage in Allston, MA. I divvied up a quick marketing plan, and started garnering a social media presence. I bought two microphones and pop filters.

Carly and I recorded season during the fall semester, so from September – December 2017. There definitely wasn’t a lack of bumps in the road. We had to re-record at least three episodes thanks to technical difficulties. We also had to work around our hectic schedules. It was all worth it for our passion project, however.

I can’t believe that we can finally say that we’re a “published” podcast on various streaming services. We’re doing something bigger than ourselves and joining in the conversation. Season 1 of the We Went There podcasts is now live where podcasts are found. We highlight important conversations with fascinating individuals who are creating and participating in important projects. Each episode, we start off with their segment “Big Question Little Question”, then get into the main part of the episode. If we have a guest, we will discuss the guest’s background and current projects. If we don’t have a guest, there’s a dedicated topic for every episode. We’d love for you to tune in!


About Author

Nikki Vergakes is a 22-year-old writer, podcaster and PR Specialist. She enjoys writing and making content for digital media. She also dedicates her time to political activism. She'll take any chance she gets to combine the two. In her free time, she takes a break from the computer with... the computer. She enjoys deep-diving into memes, YouTube videos, Netflix originals and vine compilations (no wonder her glasses prescription is so high!) She does run half marathons and hikes occasionally, however, so she does get outside. E-mail her with tips, story ideas, ways to collaborate on digital content and any YouTube drama!

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