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The Freshman 15 Contest: Enter Now to Win a Free Laptop

October 2nd, 2008 · 19 comments

The Contest BeginsHP dv7

Last week I announced the Freshman 15 Contest. If you’ll recall, Study Hacks is one of 15 different student blogs that are each giving away a brand new HP Pavilion dv entertainment laptop, plus a 500 GB external hard drive, and a docking station, and a PhotoSmart printer, and lots of software, and…well, let’s just say it’s a contest worth winning.

Today, our contest begins! The official rules are below:

How to Enter the Contest

Here are the rules for the Study Hacks contest:

  • Send me an e-mail at author [at] calnewport.com that describes:
    • (a) Why you need a laptop (e.g., you don’t have one, or the one you have is terrible); and
    • (b) An innovative, laptop-related study hack you would deploy if you won the laptop (i.e., I would spend each Sunday morning in the outing club’s forest cabin writing up a study guide for my history courses).
  • I must receive the e-mail by midnight EST on Tuesday, October 7th.

My judging will be subjective. I will evaluate how much you need the laptop and the innovativeness of your proposed study hack. The need factor will likely be more important than the innovation factor.

In the meantime, remember, after my contest there are still 11 more chances to win. Here are the blogs giving away laptops after me:

This should be fun…

19 thoughts on “The Freshman 15 Contest: Enter Now to Win a Free Laptop

  1. Isaiah says:

    Hi, just want to ask… Do we need to submit our entry exactly on midnight EST on Tuesday, October 7th?

  2. Michael says:

    Entered! Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. Study Hacks says:

    Hi, just want to ask… Do we need to submit our entry exactly on midnight EST on Tuesday, October 7th?

    No. That’s the deadline. You can enter any time before then.

  4. Sakib says:

    Submitted. Can you please inform me – if you received my mail successfully.

  5. Study Hacks says:

    Can you please inform me – if you received my mail successfully.

    I did. Though in general I won’t be able to respond individually to everyone…too many entries (70 so far in the last day or so…)

  6. Albert says:

    Hi. What are the specs?

  7. Laura says:

    Hi! I was just wondering if this giveaway has any restrictions… I’m so glad this giveaway seems to be open for everyone, not just U.S. residents.

  8. Patrick Michaud says:

    Submitted…I hope my innovation for a study hack falls into the catagory of what has been requested and makes sense.

  9. Hi there…I’ve submitted my request for entry and am now crossing my fingers and hoping for the best…

    -Barb 🙂

  10. Study Hacks says:

    Hi. What are the specs?

    See the original announcement of the contest (linked in the above post). I include links to the laptop and reviews of its performance.

    Hi! I was just wondering if this giveaway has any restrictions… I’m so glad this giveaway seems to be open for everyone, not just U.S. residents.

    No restrictions that I know of…

  11. Jasmine Hathorn says:

    what has to happen in order to enter the contest?

  12. Study Hacks says:

    what has to happen in order to enter the contest?

    See the rules above in the post. You have to send me an e-mail with the requested information by midnight EST tonight.

  13. LMB says:

    When will the winners be announced?

  14. David says:

    I am a 17 year old guy from poor family background.I have just passed SLC and i want to study furthermore.I am going to join the college for computer engineer.I can’t afford that college though i want to study.For my study laptop is essential but i don’t possess it.so,if you can understand my feeling and saying please!please!will you provide me a computer?

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