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I’m Recruiting Students for a New Season of College Chronicles

August 12th, 2008 · 9 comments

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Last fall I launched an interesting experiment: College Chronicles. It was a blog-based reality show in which I followed three students struggling to improve their study habits. They kept me updated on their progress and allowed me to post regular articles about the trials they faced.

College Chronicles 2: From Stressed to Zen

This fall I want to produce a new season of College Chronicles. Here’s the twist: the focus will be on students who want to make the transition from overloaded to becoming a Zen Valedictorian. That is, I will follow busy students who are trying to make significant reductions to their obligations and rediscover some sense of balance and purpose — all the while trying to maintain or even improve their impressiveness.

This means I need new volunteers. I’m looking for students who:

  1. Are overloaded, heading toward a burn out, and are looking for relief.
  2. Are willing to attempt the Zen Valedictorian lifestyle for a semester. This means, among other things, steep reductions in your obligations, the rediscovery of free time, and the careful cultivation of a small number of activities toward becoming intensely impressive.
  3. Are willing to send me regular updates on their progress and have me post about their experience. (I’m happy to use pseudonyms.)

If you’re interested in taking part in this new season of College Chronicles send me an e-mail briefly describing your situation.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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9 thoughts on “I’m Recruiting Students for a New Season of College Chronicles

  1. Blake says:

    Hey there Cal. Sounds like an awesome idea. I’ll be sending you an email shortly. 😀

  2. ero says:

    im interested but i cant send email through that link
    my email: erdal_y1@hotmail.com

  3. penny stock says:

    you can count me in too! Great idea!

  4. Daisy says:

    Looking forward to the new series! 😀

  5. supergirl says:

    Do they have to be American college students?

  6. Katie says:

    I second supergirl- i’d love to take part, but i’m at a British university.

  7. Study Hacks says:

    If you’re interested in volunteering send me an e-mail at author [at] calnewport.com briefly explaining your situation. I’ll probably select the final group at the end of this week. (supergirl and Katie: international students are fine…)

  8. Klara says:

    Could you chose someone, who is majoring in math / physics/ engineering /.. ?
    While your article on problem sets was great, there aren’t too many articles on how to deal with the specific requirements of those subjects.. (a totally selfish request, as I’m double majoring in math and theoretical physics..:-)

    Great page btw, loved both books, and especially the ‘Apply to 10 scholarships a year’- idea. And the grand project – I’m working on a book and my dream is to get it discussed in class 🙂 By the lack of German text books in my field, it’s not that unreasonable.

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