About the Episode

For a change of pace, this episode we interviewed Chicago sixth-grader Theo Schuler. Theo was looking for people who host podcasts to interview for his school’s “Genius Hour” project. Co-host Emily Shields shared her insights and asked him a few questions in return. We delved into Theo’s views on education, his plans for college and beyond, and what sixth graders are talking about in the lunch room. The hosts also shared what they were like in sixth grade and, well, it got weird.

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Theo Schuler
I am in 6th grade and 11 years old. I am a smart kid and I have applied to an academic center. I love school and I look forward to high school and college.

Your Hosts

Andrew Seligsohn


Emily J. Shields

Executive Director, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact

J.R. Jamison

Executive Director, Indiana Campus Compact