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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, October 12th.
  • If your video is selected, we’ll pay you $100!

Topic: Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a hot topic and the evidence backs it up—it’s been proven to reduce stress, promote calm, and increase focus. Mindfulness can include anything that involves spending time in the present moment: for example, a meditation practice, deep breathing, or taking a few minutes to log off and pay closer attention to yourself and your surroundings. Tell us how you make mindfulness work in your life.

Answer 1-2 of the following questions in your video and feel free to get creative.

  • How do you incorporate mindfulness into your everyday—often hectic, busy, and crammed—life?

  • If you have a regular mindfulness practice, what benefits have you noticed in your life since starting it? Please use specific examples. Tell viewers what exactly your practice involves and what the effect has been on your everyday life.

  • Sometimes we can feel too tired, bored, stressed, or busy to actually practice mindfulness (ironically, those times may be when we need it the most). How do you overcome these feelings? How have you convinced yourself to make mindfulness a priority in your life, and what helps you do that?

  • Our mindfulness expert tells us that there is no need to clear your mind when practicing meditation. Instead, it’s about noticing your thoughts, allowing them to pass, and bringing your attention back to your breath or whatever focal point your using. What tips do you have for other students about this process? What helps you do this?


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?”