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5 podcasts that will help you get through your final year at university

Podcasts can be inspirational, informative, or just help you manage to laugh after crying over recent diss feedback.

Here's a list of some incredible podcasts that you need to listen to.

The one for the entrepreneur: How I Built This with Guy Raz

For those who have the dream of owning their own business post-graduation, or are simply looking for a kick to get themselves in gear, Guy Raz's podcast, which interviews highly successful entrepreneurs and innovators, might just be the inspiration you need. The podcast's concept is best described by Gaz himself, who labels each episode 'a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity, and insight—told by the founders of some of the world's best-known companies and brands'. Interviews include the creators of Instagram Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and co-founder of AirB&B Joe Gebbia.

The one for honest talk about mental health: Happy Place

The stress of final year can be felt even before summer ends. It's a well-known fact that the commitments of dissertations, grad-job applications and the looming notion that university is nearly over can induce, well, a bit of an existential crisis. Fearne Cotton talks openly with different public figures about mental health in a casual, normalised way that reassures you and puts things into perspective. The podcast will leave you with a feeling akin to having a deep chat with your closest friends. Great for mid-semester panic mode.

The one for respite: My Dad Wrote A Porno
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Consistently at number one of the UK comedy podcasts, you'll struggle to find a podcast or radio show that makes you laugh as much as My Dad Wrote A Porno. The premise is in the name as Jamie Morton does what most people would avoid at all cost in reading aloud his dad's erotic fiction. Yes, it is just as funny as you can imagine. The podcast has now generated a cult following which, if anything, makes the series even funnier to see how invested people have become in perhaps the most terribly written pornographic book series in the world.

The one for information and inspiration: Ted Talks Daily

A lot of students spend their life reading books, articles, reports and pages of research. Sometimes it's nice to gain knowledge just through listening, TED Talks Daily offers precisely this. With talks from people across all walks of life and experts in their own sector, each episode can provide real insight into fields that you might previously have had no time to learn about. The episodes are often incredibly inspiring, which can be exactly what you need when writing that mid-term paper just doesn't seem to be happening.

The one for feelings of despondency: How to Fail: Elizabeth Day

Final year means putting a lot of yourself out there in terms of coursework, exams, applications and interviews. Failure is something constantly faced nearing the end of university, which is why it's so important to see our defeats in a different light. Elizabeth Day's podcast, in which she chats with highly successful individuals about their biggest failures, reminds us all of the value of failing. Each episode reveals how failure can often be more useful to personal development than our successes in teaching us how to come back better than before.

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