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Juan David's Newsletter - September 13, 2020
“I Guess That’s What You Do When You’re in College” and How I Study with a Nobel Prize physicist.
This week’s essay about questioning why we do what we do and thinking for ourselves using college and startups as an example.
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Curiosities🙀🧨🤩 include how I study with a Nobel Prize physicist.
PERSONAL UPDATE: I had my first chemistry exam this week. Yes, already! I’m starting to realize how I need to study and what I need to do for my classes.
I’ll also be working with a professor to predict this year’s election. Who do you got? Nope! Don’t tell me. I’ll keep you guys updated on how everything goes as well as any insights we gather.
“I Guess That’s What You Do When You’re in College.”
But what shocked the most was when he said, “I’m looking to start a startup because I guess that’s what you do when you’re in college.” What????? Are you out of your fu**ing mind?
Recently, I started college and one day I was talking to a guy who seemed motivated and driven. As I talked to him, I realized we had the same or very similar goals like getting an internship or doing research.
When I heard that, I knew I was not thinking for myself and I knew I needed to redefine what I want and why I want what I want.
We want what other people want.
I continued talking to him and my eyes suddenly stopped blinking and I looked to the horizon with the “Oh sh*t” gesture as the feeling of amusement and pain raised up in my chest.
But what shocked the most was when he said, “I’m looking to start a startup because I guess that’s what you do when you’re in college.” What????? Are you out of your mind?
I asked myself, “What does doing the opposite look like?”
This essay will attempt to answer this question.
1. COVID-19 Lunch Solution
If you or your kid/student are having in-person classes, I'd love to TALK to YOU.
Here's why: I want to create a solution for students to eat together safely during COVID-19 times.
Here's what I'll ask:
1) What are some current issues? 2) How's the process to have meals? 3) And more questions to help me understand the situation more deeply.
Reply to this email or DM me on Twitter.
2. Biggest College Hack
Ready for this one?
Do homework during office hours.
It works because 1) You have the pressure of doing it so you get focused and get it done quicker. 2) You don't have to go and figure everything else by yourself.
3. New Long Term Stock Exchange
I’ve written about how we might be approaching the end of economic growth and what we can do to create real growth.
In the essay, I explained that this is largely due to how short-term-focused we’ve become, especially in the stock market.
This week, a new stock exchange opened called “The Long-Term Stock Exchange,” which is a public-market option for companies and investors who share a long-term vision.
Read more about them HERE.
4. A.I. Generated Art
Artificial Intelligence generated art is a thing and it’s very promising.
Take a look!
All made using Artificial Intelligence. I wonder what da Vinci or Picasso would think about it?
Check out the website I used HERE.
5. My Nobel Prize Physicist Study Buddy
I casually study with a Nobel Prize physicist. I had a chemistry exam this week and I just changed my wavelength to find him.
How do I study for exams?
I study with Richard Feynman.
Well, maybe not exactly with him.
But almost...!! This is called the Feynman Technique which is how I study for exams.
Watch this 2-min video to learn the technique.
The life of a depressed person could be described as one problem after another after another.
The life of a happy person could be described as one opportunity after another after another.
Choose your side!
Thanks for reading,
Juan David Campolargo