Author Archives: Ali Binazir

How to be more confident in college

I just taught a couple of classes in the Harvard Wellness Conference during Wintersession, and got this letter from one of the students: “Thank you so much for speaking at our conference; it was really nice meeting you. Although I … Continue reading

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Oh, the languages you will learn: which one to take at Harvard?

One of the biggest pieces of advice that I dispense to the rising Harvard freshmen is to take language classes.  Harvard does a fantastic job of teaching them, they’re a super-useful lifelong skill, and they’re generally an easy ‘A’.  You … Continue reading

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Stress levels in college freshman at all-time high

An article in the New York Times discusses the results from a long-term study of stress in college freshmen. Conclusion: they’re all little stress-baskets. It’s been particularly bad for the women. Here’s how the article begins: Record Level of Stress … Continue reading

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The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

My good friend brought this article to my attention, and all of you who are getting started on your college careers at fancypants universities need to read this.  I was always struck by how my classmates could ace exams but … Continue reading

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The science of good study habits

This article in the New York Times summarizes some well-known but seldom-practiced techniques for effective learning.  For example: Vary the places you study.  Vary the type of material studied in a single sitting.  Have shorter, more regular study sessions instead … Continue reading

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Awesome lectures: Science and Cooking

This may very well be the coolest thing Harvard has ever put on.  The course itself is open only to current undergrads — hey, wait, that’s you!  You can also attend the public lectures in Science Center B on Monday … Continue reading

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The Tao of breaking up before college

I’d like to do a brief clarification of our most controversial and most proven piece of HUGS advice — namely, to end your hometown relationship before going to college (or “before you go, let go of your sig-o”). We are … Continue reading

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How to be a douchebag in college: 5.5 ways

Generally, I prefer to talk about what to do, as opposed to what not to do.  That said, I feel a rant coming on, so here we go. Before we start, I want you to go ahead and look up … Continue reading

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How to pick awesome courses: use the magic number

In this here HUGS (aka Enter to Grow in Wisdom) Video #6, we introduce you to the concept of the Magic Number and the real way to pick truly awesome courses.  It ain’t by reading the descriptions in the course … Continue reading

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