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Looking to get a college degree? Higher Ed Hacks is here to help. Hosted by college student, Lily Swindell, we’ll dig deep into topics that will help you apply to, get ready for and be successful at college, breaking them down so you know exactly how to get started.

Higher Ed Hacks

Welcome to Higher Ed Hacks! Tips, tricks, resources and all things college prep for students, parents and educators. Now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Podcast Index, PlayerFM, Deezer, Stitcher, RadioPublic, TuneIn, Pocket Casts.

Podcast host Lily

Meet Your Host, Lily!

“Working with GEAR UP on the Higher Ed Hacks podcast has truly been a joy. It has reinforced my commitment to making higher ed attainable for all students.”

Lilian Swindell is a recent graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned her degree in Strategic Communications and Leadership. As a first-generation student who pieced together financing for her degree, Lily has a passion for making higher education attainable for all students. At UCO, Lily was the leader for UCO's National Student Advertising Competition team, the Marketing Intern for Campus Enterprises, and a participant in the Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship organization. Since 2019, Lily has owned and operated a small business, Lil Bit of My Closet, where she sells secondhand and sustainable clothing online. Since graduating, Lily has continued to grow her business, manage social media accounts for a variety of clients and help students plan and prepare for college. Lily also is newly married to her husband and best friend, Blake, and they live in Oklahoma City with their dog, Otis.