Student Health 101
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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 Wednesday, March 28th.
  • If your video is selected, we’ll pay you $100!

Topic: Building credit

Knowing how to manage credit and build your credit score is an essential life skill—after all, good credit can make it easier to get a loan for a car, a lease for an apartment, or a mortgage for a house in the future. It can also help you save money by being offered a loan or credit card with a lower interest rate. If you have any experience with credit cards or building credit (or even if you don’t because it confuses the heck out of you) tell us about it in a short video. Please address one or more of the following questions in your video:

  • Have you opened a credit card or started to build credit? How did you start building credit? How is this working (or not working) for you?

  • If you haven’t started to build credit yet, tell us what your plans are for the future. How do you plan to build your credit score?

  • Why do you think building credit is important? For example, how might it help you in the short- and long-term?

  • What tips do you have for other students who want to start building credit? (E.g., paying your credit card bill on time, not spending more money than you have, etc.)

  • Ever experienced a credit card or financial scam of some sort? What advice do you have for others on how to lookout for and avoid credit card/financial scams?


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?”