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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 Thursday, September 14th.
  • If your video is selected, we’ll pay you $100!

Topic: Adulting

Have you “adulted” today? If you’ve thrown in a load of your own laundry (and maybe even folded it after), run your own errands, or managed to negotiate with the internet giant for a better deal, congrats—you’ve been granted grown-up points. That’s something to celebrate. Students often leave high school or enter college without having fully developed essential life skills that are learned outside of a classroom environment. These include making doctor’s appointments, waking up and getting to class on time, keeping their space clean and organized, setting up a schedule for sleep, studying, and outside activities, and generally learning to manage themselves and their time without the support of parents or caregivers.

Tell us how you’re mastering (or learning to master) adulting.

  • Think about the biggest challenge you’ve faced becoming an independent adult. How did you, or are you, overcoming it? What skills did you have to develop?
  • How could your school help new and current students develop some of these life skills? What resources would be most helpful?
  • Share your best advice for high school graduates looking to expand their “adulting” skills before coming to college. Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?


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?”