Monday, May 30, 2011

June 2 - Interview with Cal Newport on "Being a High School Superstar"

Join me Thursday, June 2nd, for a live and interactive Future of Education with Cal Newport, author of How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out).  For three years Cal interviewed what he calls "relaxed superstars:" students who live relaxed and happy high school lives and who get admitted to the colleges of their choice. He brings a unique perspective to the "student success" literature, by recommending that students who want to do well should 1) "underschedule" themselves so they have free time for exploring, 2) master one serious interest, and 3) pursue accomplishments that are "hard to explain, not hard to do."

"Disguised as a peppy college-admission guide, Newport's book is actually a profound, life-affirming manifesto for ambitious high school students. Forego the sleepless and cynical path to college acceptance. Instead, blaze your trail to the Ivy League by living a full life and immersing yourself in things that matter. Relax. Find meaning. Be you."  -- David Shenk, author of The Genius in All of Us

Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event here.
Event Recording: The full Elluminate recording is  The audio-only mp3 version is at  The LearnCentral event page is

Cal Newport graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 2004, and earned a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2009. He's currently a postdoctoral associate at MIT and is the author of How to Become a Straight-A Student (Broadway Books, 2006) and How to Win at College (Broadway Books, 2005). His third book, How to Be a High School Superstar, was published in 2010.

Newport has appeared as a student success expert on ABC, NBC, and CBS and on over 50 radio networks, including ABC Radio, USA Radio, and XM Satellite Radio. His advice has been featured in major print publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Seattle Times, and on some of the Internet's most popular sites, including Lifehacker and Boing Boing. His books have been taught in college classrooms and included in college textbooks, and his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's College Journal, the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Flak Magazine, FLYP Magazine, and College Bound Magazine. In addition, Newport runs Study Hacks, the Internet's most visited student advice blog.

How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)


  1. Anonymous8:00 PM

    I couldn't download the mp3 recording. It's just a blank file without file extension. I tried adding .mp3 but it didn't work... Can any one help?

  2. Sorry! Should work now.


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