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“Why do you deserve this scholarship?”

December 5, 2014

How should I go about answering “Why do you deserve to win this scholarship?” without sounding cocky? This is my first scholarship application and I’m a freshman student at a community college. -Emilio Good question, Emilio – why do you deserve a scholarship?  Notice the emphasis on the “you” and not necessarily the “why.”  Anyone can […]

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Wait to start college to find more affordable option?

December 2, 2014

I have read a lot of your answers to questions on the site and I know you recommend that people go to community college than transfer to save money. I have been known to suggest that, Nick – this is true. I thought about this for a little while than when I talked to my […]

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Process of applying for law school?

November 25, 2014

Hey Mr.Josh, I’m an Indian student and i really want to complete my undergraduate degree in the US, however the thing is that I don’t know the procedure of applying to those law schools. I asked for help from a counseller but shes charging way too much just for helping me out. Please tell me […]

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What to do on a college visit?

November 21, 2014

Hey Judge Josh, I’ve read your book and it has helped me a lot! Awesome !  Comments like this are the reason I write the books.  Glad you enjoyed it! But my question has nothing to do with the never ending quest for money, it has to do with college visits. I really can’t get […]

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What is the best major for an enjoyable, better paying job?

November 18, 2014

Myron is a military man who’s ready to hang up the uniform and head to college. Thanks for your service, Myron! I am 30 and want to go back to school full time and get a degree, I want to separate from the military and use my G.I. Bill and get a bachelor’s degree while […]

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Will Attending College In Australia Leave Me With No Connections?

November 14, 2014

Hi Judge Josh! Well hello there! I’ve been following your advice columns for a while now and like your practical approach to education. I’ve got a tough question for ya, and would appreciate your take on the situation. Here goes: Glad to give you my 2 cents. I’m a 35 year old Canadian and I’ve […]

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Pay Back Loans On A Nurse’s Salary?

November 11, 2014

Okay so im a high school student in the 11th grade. Money is really tight. My mom is a correction officer, which means she should be able to afford a $214,000 tuition for all four years, but shes very selfish. Which means im on my own when it comes to college. WHOA – hold it […]

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Should I Get My Associate’s Degree Or Just Transfer?

November 6, 2014

Hello my name is Jasmine and I have a little dilemma. Hi Jasmine – thanks for stopping by.  Let me see if I can help. I am currently attending a community college. I have decided that I wanted to complete my core classes here then transfer. However not everyone has been supported of my decision. […]

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From Paris, With Love

November 3, 2014

Hi Judge Josh, Thank you for what you’re doing, it always helps me a lot to hear your advice and now I must ask my own question in this great time of need. Well thank you for reading – and I hope I can help! Here’s the statement: I’m 25, working on my bachelor’s, and […]

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I Regret Not Studying Music, But Abuse Led Me Down Another Path. Should I Tell The Committee That?

October 30, 2014

I’m writing the optional statement for my law school app. The question is “What is something you regret not doing?” I chose to write about my decision not to study music in college. A large part of the reason I chose not to study music is because I was in an abusive relationship that impacted […]

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How Can A Non-U.S. Citizen Get Financial Aid?

October 27, 2014

Hi Judge Josh! I’m writing you a question on behalf of a friend. She’s from Germany, and a German citizen, but married to a coworker of mine in the U.S. Navy and working here with a valid green card and visa. She wants a college education – but she is blown away by how expensive […]

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Should I Tell The Committee That I Was Raped?

October 23, 2014

Rape is a very difficult subject for anyone to talk about, but it’s real, it happens, and when it does it derails lives.  This courageous young lady was raped, but she got help & battled back – and is now ready to move forward.  But how should she deal with what happened to her? Hey […]

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What Language Should I Study?

October 17, 2014

Dear Judge Josh, I started following your site last year after I applied to college and I’d just like to say you’re doing a great thing here. On that note, I need your help! Thanks, Sara! I am a first year student who just came out of a meeting with a professor with a lot […]

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Am I Emotionally Ready To Go Back To School?

October 15, 2014

Hi Josh, Thank you so much for the advice you give! I’ve been on your mailing list for a long time and I’d gladly link back to you, but I don’t really have anywhere I can do that. This question is time-sensitive, so I hope you can answer it quickly. This is really long, but […]

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Can Allyson Get There From Here?

October 13, 2014

Judge Josh, I read your column pretty much religiously. You give great advice, and you’re entertaining! Awww, shucks…thanks! Here’s my dilemma: I am a 20 year old junior going to a state school in New York. I started college at a community college on the other end of the county, and graduated there this past […]

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Veteran Scholarships

October 8, 2014

I’m a veteran, but the GI Bill only covers 60% of my school. I’m also in my 30’s. Are there any specialized scholarships for me? – John First of all, John, thank you for your service.  As I’ve said on here many times before, I’m an Air Force brat, so my father – as well as […]

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Expensive Dream School vs. Cheaper, Not-Dream School?

October 6, 2014

Dear Judge Josh, First, I just wanted to say I think you are great! I read your posts everyday and not only have I learned quite a bit, but I have been thoroughly entertained. Go on, Whitney, I’m listening… Now for my question. Since I was ten years old my dream school was a small […]

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Enter The Workforce Or Start All Over?

October 3, 2014

Judge Josh– Damn, man, I wish I’d come across outlawstudent.com back in high school. Better late than never, Zach! Here’s my elaborate dilemma: I’m a senior at Alfred University. I have 36k in student loan debt (before interest), assuming I graduate in the spring. Welcome to the wonderful world of student loan debt – where […]

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Should I Give Law Schools Details About My Disorder?

October 1, 2014

Hello Judge Josh! I am currently in the process of applying to law schools. I wanted to ask you what you thought about the extent of appropriate discussion for my personal statements. Basically, in the middle of my freshman year I took a leave of absence due to an out of control eating disorder. I […]

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Should I Quit A Decent Job To Join A Vet Tech Program At Age 55?

September 29, 2014

Hi, Judge Josh. I think the Outlaw Student website is great. Thanks for the scholarship offers, and the good advice. Glad to do it, Ellen! I’m 55 years old, with a decent paying job, a mortgage, no savings and some money in 401Ks. My husband is retired and getting Social Security payments. I’ve been going […]

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Passion For Fashion, But Brain For Business.

September 26, 2014

Hey Josh, I just want to start off saying thanks for creating this blogspot I religiously read the posts. My pleasure, Tasnim – thanks for being a loyal reader! I have picked some useful information through the months i have been reading them. Now i have question of my own i was wondering if you […]

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I’m Starting My Own Business – Should I Finish My Degree?

September 24, 2014

At 25 and 8 months pregnant, I decided to finally go back to school at my husband’s “You always say ‘next semester’, you’re not this time” insistence. But it all was moving so quickly, I just took universally necessary courses until I could figure out what I wanted to do. I found out about Instructional […]

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Can I Be A Leader From The Sidelines?

September 22, 2014

Hey Josh! I’ve enjoyed getting all of your helpful advice and messages in my e-mail inbox every day– sometimes I feel like they’re written about exactly what’s going in my life at the time. Thanks, Kelly – I always like to hear testimonials from students that I’ve helped.  Makes a guy feel good, ya know? […]

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Tough-Love Advice On Having Pride In What You Put Out To The World.

September 19, 2014

i transferred 60 credits from a community college to the university of pittsburgh. my gpa from community was a 4.0 but of course, that doesnt transfer. i have been taking all the tough courses that i would need to get into medical school and my schedule does not have any fluff filler easy A classes. […]

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Arachnophobia Tanked My GPA – What Now?

September 17, 2014

Hi Josh, I’ve been reading your column for a few weeks now and must say I am impressed with your ability to combine brevity and artistic writing style. You strike me as the perfect person to query regarding my dilemma! I will be a Senior at Idaho State University in the fall so I am […]

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Should I Go To Europe Or College?

September 15, 2014

Hello your honor, Thank you…you may be seated. 😉 Well, I’ve been debating whether or not to ask you a question for a while now. I thought I’d finally thought I’d go for it. I decided to cram like fifty different questions into one…It’s long so PLEASE bear with me Go for it! I’m a […]

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Should I Go To Go To My Dream School, Or Stay In-State & Pay Less?

September 11, 2014

Okay, so I don’t know what to do. I want to go down the “pre-med” track in college, and I have always thought that I would go to a big, showy, pricey university with lots of bells and whistles. I was always content with the amount of college debt I would have after school as […]

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I Want To Be A Stay At Home Mom, But Also Want A Degree. What Should I Major In?

September 9, 2014

Hi Judge Josh, I have a rather unoriginal, yet complicated dilemma. I’m a college sophomore with zero direction. I went to a Minnesota college last year and transferred this fall to a college in my home state of South Dakota. I like this college much better, and feel its a better fit. I declared my […]

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What Are The Best Jobs For Students?

September 8, 2014

I want to continue being a full time student… but I also need to find some source of income. What kind of jobs should I be soliciting that will not take up too much of my time but will still be somewhat profitable? -Danae Hi Danae, and thanks for stopping by!  The standard answer, of […]

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Will My Son Be A “Show Off” At A Scholarship Interview?

September 4, 2014

Hi! My son is a year high school old senior. He has been invited to a “scholar’s day” event this weekend at a college where he has been accepted. He has been offered a partial scholarship. They will be conducting interviews with small groups of students. From these interviews, certain students will be selected to […]

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