This Dude is Winning at College… (Ep. 44)

StefanoEver think to yourself, “Dude, Tom – why can’t you publish more often?”

I get it. Three times a week isn’t nearly enough for your college hacking fix – so it’s a good thing there are other great college blogs out there to complement this one.

Collegetopia is, in my opinion, one of the best – and today, I’ve got its founder on the podcast to talk about how he’s been making the most of his own college experience.

Stefano Ganddini is the creator of Collegetopia and is also a senior at the University of Southern California.

In this episode, you’ll learn how Stefano has been able to hack his studies, win scholarships, massively impress his internship bosses, and why we both love taking cold showers.

Things mentioned in this episode:

Wondering where the Resources of the Week segment is? I’ve decided to use the 80/20 principle to enable myself to focus my attention completely on the things that matter, so I’ve trimmed it – but worry not, because you can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.

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  1. Hey Thomas. I tried using the links to Collegetopia, but they didn’t work. I used to go there all the time, but now I can’t seem to find it. Has Stefano taken down or is it a different problem?

    • It looks like he has – and I’m not seeing any articles on his new personal site either. I did find his Medium account: – maybe you’ll find what you’re looking for there? Otherwise, I’d say hit him up on Twitter to see if he’s archived his content somewhere.

  2. Great episode, Thomas. Nice to hear from a current student–makes for a good change of perspective.

    I have a couple suggestions for HabitRPG CIG Guild challenges inspired by topics in this episode. First, a “Take A Cold Shower Everyday” challenge. I’ve been wanting to try this after hearing you, Joel Runyon, and now Stefano endorse them, but I think it would be easier with some community support/motivation. I know you already take them, but I’m sure some other guild members would like to start.

    Second, a “Talk to Someone New Every Day” challenge. We could all stand to do this more, I’m sure.

    Stay excellent.

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