As students are challenged to find the proper balance between their academics and personal relationships, Castleton’s non-traditional student and Computer Information Systems senior, Marcus Kusi has found the perfect equilibrium to juggle classes, marriage, fatherhood, and employment.
Kusi, originally from Ghana, Africa, has been a resident of the United States since 2008 and happily married to his wife, Ashley, for the past four years.
The couple said their relationship has not been without its growing pains since exchanging vows. In hopes of helping others overcome the obstacles they experienced, the Kusi’s have created a podcast called The First Year Marriage Show to discuss the challenges of sustaining a healthy relationship after saying “I do.”
“The podcast is about helping newlyweds adjust to married life by learning from the first year stories of married couples who have been there before,” he said. “Even though we focus on the first year of marriage, the lessons and advice shared can be applied in any relationship.”
Since its launch in October of this year The First Year Marriage Show has consistently ranked in the New and Noteworthy section of all podcasts on iTunes. On November 21 the show climbed to #1 in the New and Noteworthy for the Kids and Family category.
“Ranking number one on New and Noteworthy is a goal many podcasters want to achieve and it takes a lot of hard work,” Kusi said.
According to his supervisor in Castleton’s IT Department and Chief Technology Officer Gayle Malinowski, Kusi mirrors this dedication and work ethic in his role as a student computer technician.
“He’s an incredibly hard worker and very helpful,” Malinowski said, “ I frequently get unsolicited positive comments from people that he’s worked with.”
Beyond the Castleton community Kusi has proved to appeal to a much wider audience.
“We have also received a lot of great feedback from listeners on how the podcast is impacting their marriage and lives,” he said.