Category Archives: General advice

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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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 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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Michael’s Story: A Cautionary Tale

Hey guys, Today I’m going to have a big Internet overshare moment — but I’m doing it all for you.  In writing, compiling, and researching the Underground Guide, we’ve come across the three major things that can derail the otherwise … 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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Our #1 piece of extracurricular advice (video)

HUGS is about 4.5 things: academics, extracurriculars, social life, logistics and career planning.  In our last two videos, we’ve given you our #1 tip on academics and social life.  In this video, we’re giving you the #1 tip on extracurriculars … Continue reading

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The Goods

So we’re excited over here at HUGS World Headquarters because we took delivery of the audiobooks today — woohoo!  And the party’s in 2 days, so all the more reason to celebrate. We also scored 9 copies of The How … Continue reading

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