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O-Week Podcast, 2023

Welcome (back) to campus!

On the 2023 O-Week podcast, Jake, Pravan, and Greg offer advice to first-years adjusting to UChicago life and reflect on their past two years in the College. They’re joined by alumnus Carter Beckstein, Lead Podcasts Editor from 2022–2023, who offers insight into life after UChicago.

Hosted by: Jake Zucker, Pravan Chakravarthy, and Gregory Caesar
Featuring: Carter Beckstein
Edited by: Gregory Caesar

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Jake Zucker, Head Podcasts Editor
Jake Zucker is a third-year in the College from Brookline, Massachusetts. Jake is a devoted fan of Mitski, the Boston Celtics, and long walks. He spent the summer working as a counselor at his old sleepaway camp, where he taught campers to play tennis, volleyball, and baseball, and once cosplayed as William Jennings Bryan. When on campus, you might find him in the basement of the Logan Center recording a podcast. Jake is committed to the podcast section’s mission of telling the stories of the expansive University community through conversation. Email him if you believe you have a story to tell!
Pravan Chakravarthy, Head Crossword Editor & Deputy Podcast Editor
Pravan Chakravarthy is a third-year in the College studying physics and linguistics, and serves as head crossword editor and deputy podcast editor for The Maroon. Some notable contributions he has made in these roles include co-running the inaugural UChicago Crossword Puzzle Tournament (October 2022), hosting the Maroon Weekly’s 100th episode (March 2023), and writing a puzzle for the Maroon-Daily Northwestern joint issue (June 2023). Though he is relatively new to podcasting (having started only in his second year), he has been constructing crosswords since high school, with published work in the Los Angeles Times, the Universal Crossword, and the American Values Crossword Club. Outside of these pursuits, he enjoys running, making music, and reading.
Gregory Caesar, Head Podcasts Editor, Senior Copy Editor, Associate Developer
Gregory is a third-year in the College from New York, studying computer science and data science. Since becoming head editor for Podcasts in 2022, he has led the branch through several milestones, including The Maroon Weekly's 100th episode, a crossover podcast with Northwestern, and live recordings at The Study Hotel at the University of Chicago. This year, he is committed to reimagining the section’s utility within The Maroon by diversifying its content, collaborating with other sections, and expanding its reach to better amplify campus and community voices. Outside of Podcasts, he has served as a senior copy editor since spring 2021 and is involved with data visualization tasks. He is an avid aviation enthusiast and Regenstein denizen.
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