Chasing Zeroes: The Rise of Student Debt, the Fall of the College Ideal, and One Overachiever's Misguided Pursuit of Success

In this provocative account of college life, Laura Newland exposes the challenges facing her generation. She arrives at Duke University with unbridled ambition, but student loans leave her susceptible to a Wall Street recruiting machine that is winning over the best and brightest. On her turbulent journey to Wall Street’s doorstep, Newland reveals an alarming side of our higher education system. More

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About Laura Newland

Laura Newland grew up in Auburn, Alabama, a small college town with an 87,000-seat football stadium and just one high school. She attended Duke University and began writing "Chasing Zeroes" during her final semester. In 2010, Newland graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in economics. She moved to Philadelphia for a new job and finished "Chasing Zeroes" by writing for hours every morning before heading to the office. Newland now lives, works, and writes in Chicago.

Her work has appeared in the "New York Times DealBook" and the "Huffington Post." Learn more and get in touch at


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