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Laura Newland
Laura Newland graduated cum laude from Duke University in 2010 with a bachelor of science in economics. She is the author of Chasing Zeroes: The Rise of Student Debt, the Fall of the College Ideal, and One Overachiever's Misguided Pursuit of Success. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times’s DealBook, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Newland now lives, works, and writes in Chicago. Learn more and get in touch at

Entries by Laura Newland

Hey Ivy League--You Banned R.O.T.C., So Why Not Wall Street?

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Over the last few years, some Ivy League universities have begun welcoming R.O.T.C. to campus for the first time in over four decades, ending a standoff that began in protest of the Vietnam War and was later attributed to the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. By holding out until that...

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The Surprising Upside of an Untraditional Summer Experience

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 11:35 AM

Summer has begun, and with it comes not only the flock of interns descending on cities like D.C. and New York but the return of media coverage -- in the form of advice for interns, reassurance for non-interns, discussions of privilege and unfairness --...

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What the Guidebooks Won't Tell You About College Life

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 6:38 PM

At a time when students are working harder than ever to gain admission to college -- and paying more than ever to attend -- it's comforting to think of universities as bastions of academic inquiry, where students debate grand ideas and discover how they can best serve society. But the...

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