Student Health 101
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Got video skills?
Share them and reach viewers other than your cat…

  • Check out the topic below for more information about video options and submission.
  • Submit your short video by midnight on Friday, January 19th.
  • If your video is selected, we’ll pay you $100!

Topic: Cutting back on caffeine

School can be tiring. So if you’re drinking a cup of coffee (or two) to up your energy levels, you’re not alone. Caffeine is fine in moderation. Experts say up to 400 mg per day is generally considered safe for adults, and up to 100 mg a day is safe for teens, but going over that mark can be problematic (just for a visual, one Venti 20-ounce Starbucks coffee contains 475 mg of caffeine). Between coffee, soda, and energy drinks, you may be racking up more caffeine than you realize. While there are some benefits associated with drinking caffeine, there are a lot of not-so-great side effects too, from hindering your sleep to causing anxiety and increasing your heart rate. Many of us have benefited from cutting back on our caffeine intake. Does this sound like you? Tell us about your relationship with caffeine in a short video—and how you cut back.

  • What are your best tips for cutting back on caffeine? Tell us where you started and how you took it down a notch.

  • How do you feel when you’ve had too much caffeine? How do you feel when you cut back? What benefits have you noticed since cutting back? E.g., better sleep, less anxious.

  • What are other ways, besides consuming caffeine, that help you stay awake and alert in classes or when studying? Please be specific and provide any tips you have for other students.


Tips for making video magic:

  1. Be specific: Don’t try to cover too much. Start thinking about an anecdote or “headline” that captures the theme. Look to the questions for suggested angles.
  2. Focus on your own experience and/or the experience of people you know: What worked for you? What didn’t work? Resist offering advice (“you should do this…”) unless you have relevant professional qualifications.
  3. Choose an engaging (but not too distracting) environment: Outdoors can work well. A gray wall probably won’t.
  4. Stay short: Keep your video to two minutes or less.
  5. Skip the music unless you have written permission from the copyright holder OR the music was available via editing software.

Ready to submit?

Step 1: Record your video.

Step 2: Submit your video.

Step 3: Watch your email for notification that your video was selected.
*Note: Not all videos will be selected. You will only be compensated for videos that are selected.

Step 4: Bask in the glory of victory.

Suggested video formula:

Time Example

10-second introduction of theme

“Did you know that the healthiest food in the grocery store is usually found along the perimeter?”

10-second personal introduction, including a fun or interesting fact

“Hi, I’m Student X, a sushi-enthusiast, devoted fan of pinstripes, and student at Columbia University.”

1-minute discussion on a particular theme or story, related to the topic and questions pertaining to it

“Today I want to talk about my grocery store triumphs, otherwise known as how I learned to love the nutrition label…”

10-second conclusion

“This is my experience using a nutrition label to find the healthiest food. What’s your greatest grocery store success?”