Category Archives: Career

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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Highlights from the HUGS party (video)

Last Saturday, Aug 7, was the big day.  We had the seventh annual HUGS for THUGS party, and good times were had by all.  About 45 rising freshmen showed up to the picnic, in line with previous years.  Besides myself, … Continue reading

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What makes a person cool?

I have a confession to make: in high school, I was totally not cool. Not only was I not cool, I was completely oblivious to what cool was.  I had just come to LA from Tehran — a big, smoggy, … Continue reading

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How to make $5000 in your first 2.5 months at Harvard

Some headlines try to get your attention with lurid references to sex.  I think money works so much better for that.  And don’t worry — we’ll have the lurid stuff later. So a couple of years ago, I started adding … Continue reading

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