Think the only benefits of TimesSelect are Maureen Dowd's musings and a blog by that Frank Rich look-alike? Oh no. Not at all. Yesterday evening, TimesSelect members became the very first to learn about this incredibly exciting opportunity:

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Dear TimesSelect Subscriber,

We want you, a loyal TimesSelect subscriber, to know about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before we announce it to the public. On March 14, we will launch the "Win a Trip With Nick Kristof" contest.

Open to all students enrolled in American colleges and graduate schools, the contest will award one winner an all-expenses-paid trip with Nick Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. To enter, each student must write an essay no longer than 700 words explaining why he or she is Nick's perfect traveling companion.

An all-expense paid trip on the Times? A chance to examine the chin dimple up close? It's almost enough to make us get into grad school quick, to become eligible.

Of course, we really hope we'll be going someplace nice with Nick. Paris is lovely in April. Darfur, on the other hand, we understand is dreadful this time of year.

Nicholas D. Kristof [NYT]