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5 Questions: Simplifying Meals, Saving Your GPA, and Embracing Silence (Ep. 266)

Hey there. If you read the title, you already know what’s going on here.

We took 5 questions from social media, the College Info Geek community on Reddit, and email. Then, we decided to have a conversation where we talk about each of the aforementioned questions. Finally, we uploaded it to the relevant places in podcast format.

Anyway, here are the 5 questions we’re covering this week:

  • I just started reading 10 pages a day, but I’ve been averaging 30+. What other small habits have large upsides for you guys?
  • What do you do for your health when it comes to cooking? I struggle a lot with cooking and always end up ordering takeout, which is quite counterproductive and hurts my wallet.
  • I often find it really difficult to enjoy a dinner, to walk on the street, read a book or even sleep without some sort of background noise. Why does silence cause anxiety for me and other people?
  • I love the energy that coffee gives me, but I don’t want to grow addicted to it. I get jumpy, I’m full of energy and super efficient. What can I do to feel like this all the time?
  • I’m a sophomore and my GPA is a very low 2.4. Because of financial problems, mental stress and family problems I wasn’t able to focus onto studying and even I failed one of my classes. After that, I switched majors to computer science. How can I raise my GPA to a 3.5 from a 2.4?

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This week’s episode is sponsored by:

  • Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at — and if you’re one of the first 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription.

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  • 0:06:41 – Committing to small habits that bring you huge rewards
  • 0:16:24 – Making cooking healthy food easier
  • 0:25:51 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:27:51 – Being too dependent on white noise to focus or fall asleep
  • 0:35:08 – Extending the high energy state you get from drinking coffee
  • 0:47:21 – Raising your GPA and cultivating relationships
  • 0:53:26 – Conclusion

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