The Psychologists Podcast

What’s the Point? (of College)

July 11, 2021 Dave Englund and Joanne Englund Season 1 Episode 10
The Psychologists Podcast
What’s the Point? (of College)
Show Notes

Welcome to The Psychologists Podcast, where we talk about all things psychology through a very personal lens.

Dave Englund, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS and his wife, Joanne Englund, CPA reflect on Dave’s Benjamin Button-like journey back to college as a 65-year-old. What factors impact our biggest life decisions? Is it ever too late to finish unfinished business? And is doing extra credit genetic?

Honorable Mentions:

-“You don’t know what you don’t know”

-Is it really true that ANYONE can (or should) go to college?

-Matching law

-Paper? ceilings 

-Shame and motivation

-MAI designation in real estate appraisal (it’s a big deal) › our-designations

-“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”

-Don’t go to college till you’re ready

-How your reason for going to school impacts your approach in the classroom

-1974 vs. 2021 college pressures

-Curiosity pulls, pressure pushes 

Memorable Moments:

“I was taking a history course when Confederate statues were finally being taken down; I was in government class during an impeachment trial” (Dave)

“You have to answer the right question…not, Do you feel like going to college and studying for 4 years and taking tests? That’s not the question. The question is, Where do you wanna be?” (Joanne)


Dave Englund lives in Austin with his wife Joanne. He is a commercial real estate appraiser with 35 years in the business, and currently works as a commercial review appraiser for Frost Bank. Joanne is a CPA and works as a Senior Auditor for Travis County. Their hobbies are hanging out with each other and spending all their money on DIY home and yard improvement projects.

Gill Strait PhD and Julia Strait PhD are both Licensed Psychologists (TX) and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs, TX). They are alumni of The University of South Carolina School Psychology Doctoral Program (Go Gamecocks).

Gill is a teacher, researcher, and supervisor at a university graduate psychology training program.

Julia is a testing psychologist at Stepping Stone Therapy in Houston, TX: Instagram: @drjuliatx