The Priority Deadline: Guest Post by Anjilee Dodge

November 3, 2010

Today we have a helpful guest post from Anjilee, a financial aid advisor from Seattle. As an advisor, Anjilee insists you meet the deadline for filling out your FAFSA. She also has some answers for the feeble excuses students give when they can’t seem to allocate 20 minutes every year for their financial well being. […]

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Questionable Letters of Reference (Bonus…we need guest posts!)

November 1, 2010

Before I get to Kristina’s question today, let me first announce that WE NEED GUEST POSTS! For the next two weeks, anyway. I’ll be on the road constantly for the ad agency over the next two weeks (Santa Fe, N.M. and Vienna, Austria), so if any of you razor-sharp co-eds out there feel like pounding […]

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Unique & Obscure Degrees: Worth it?

October 29, 2010

María has a question about college life outside the U.S., but that’s cool, because, in the immortal words of Lil’ Wayne, “We worldwide, hustlas!” I have a question regarding college majors. My situation is unique for this site because I don’t live in the US. But I read the advice you give and you’re always […]

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Double Degree: What’s The Point?

October 27, 2010

Tamorie is a woman of few words. But every word counts. Love your work! Aw, shucks… I have a quick question. What’s the benefit of a second bachelor’s degree? Is there one? Great question. I’ll assume that what’s given rise to this question is you being in some proximity to students pursuing or discussing double-degree […]

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Work Promotion While In College?

October 25, 2010

Maggie’s been offered a promotion! But it’s the one time in life where she’s not actually sure if she wants one — while she’s a full-time college student. Dear Judge Josh, I’m a junior in college, but I plan on being in school for a couple more years at least. No rush on graduation! Good […]

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Study Abroad in Australia?

October 22, 2010

Allyson’s debating whether to leave the friendly confines of Boston University for Sydney, Australia. On the surface, it seems like an embarrassment of riches; BU is pretty swank in its own right (at least it was 18 years ago when I was a freshman there), and Sydney is — well, it’s in Australia, where all […]

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17 on the ACT: Good Enough?

October 21, 2010

Christine is a high school senior who has a 3.7 GPA, but got a 17 on her ACT. What now? I’m afraid of how strongly colleges will judge me off my ACT score. Yep — it’s a valid concern, I’m afraid. A lot of the initial screening of college applicants involves a mathematical formula, a […]

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How To Deal With College App Stress

October 20, 2010

Alex wrote me this short and sweet email which I almost declined to answer because it was so brief and general. But then I thought, hey, maybe the high school folks out there getting ready for college need a little bit of a primer on what to worry about and what’s not worth stressing over. […]

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Sob Stories: Should You Tell Them?

October 19, 2010

Sandra is from Serbia. She’s multilingual and also survived some ferocious circumstances in the war-torn Balkans during the early ’90s. Will those help her win money for college? When it comes to students who speak English as their second language, how helpful is it to colleges to accept students of different cultural backgrounds? Personally, I […]

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Single Mom Pursuing 3 Careers

October 18, 2010

Mala’s a Canadian single mom going through a divorce here in the States, and in my opinion, she’s trying to do too much. What do you think? Just like everyone else, I have a very unique situation. I love the irony! True, though, I think. It’s a long story too, but as you noted-detalis provide […]

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Free Degree at Home vs. Spendy Journalism School

October 15, 2010

Oh, Claire. If only you were born 20 or 30 years earlier. I am a senior in high school who is currently filling out college applications. I have applied to many places, some more prestigious than others. Ever since I was in middle school, it has been my goal to get into Columbia University and […]

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Should I Go To Law School?

October 13, 2010

Erik is poised to become one of our nation’s 8.7 trillion practicing attorneys. Is it a good idea? Hey Judge Josh, My name is Erik. I really dig all the insightful school and career advice Outlaw Student and has to offer. Thank you and keep up the good work! Thanks, man! I really appreciate that! […]

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Honors Classes: Worth the GPA Hit?

October 12, 2010

Monaco’s question has an interesting twist on several subjects we’ve touched on ’round these parts: honors programs, GPA and grad school. I have a long question but I will try to keep it short. Lay it on me. Oh and BTW, before I forget, Monaco is a stellar name. If my wife weren’t so tough […]

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Does Everyone Starve in Graduate School?

October 7, 2010

Mike’s headed off to grad school — that lovely purgatory between the dream-world of college and the hellish incinerator that is the working world. Is grad school the bread line that it’s mythologized to be? Hey, thank you for taking the time to answer my question and give advice on others. You’re welcome. Thanks for […]

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17-Year-Old Freshman Wants Out of Mom & Dad’s House

October 5, 2010

Usually when students ask me questions about residence issues, they usually want to move off-campus and get out of their dorms. But Kseinya has the opposite problem. She lives cheaply off-campus but wants a dorm life. Hi my name is Kseinya and I am a freshman at Whitworth University. Spokane, Washington. Just in case you […]

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Robert Davis (4th Quarter, 2009)

October 4, 2010

4th Quarter, 2009 Law School Scholarship Robert Davis I was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas. I first became interested in government and law when I was appointed a page for the summer of 2001. I received a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University in 2006 and an MA in Comparative World […]

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Evelin Zalaya (4th Quarter, 2009)

October 4, 2010

My name is Evelin Zelaya and I am a 21-year-old student at Woodland Community College. I was born in El Salvador and came to the United States when I was seven. It has been a blessing for me to live here and to receive the education that I have. I’m currently investigating career opportunities in […]

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Brianna Adams (4th Quarter, 2009)

October 4, 2010

4th Quarter, 2009 Law Enforcement Scholarship Brianna Adams I am a graduate of Lemoore High School in Lemoore, California.  I am currently a student at California State University – Fresno where I am majoring in Forensic Behavioral Science.  I plan to become an FBI Agent in the future. A Portion of Brianna’s Winning Essay: My […]

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Education Management: Study Education or Business?

October 4, 2010

Anita is steadily climbing the ladder in the education industry, and because she’s an older student, it’s important that she chooses her steps carefully. When you don’t have a couple of spare decades to recover from mistakes, it’s important you make as few as possible! I am a non-traditonal student (43) and just got my […]

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Finding a Career Outside Your Major

October 1, 2010

Emma’s note is a great way to start a Friday for me, because it’s 180 degrees from what I normally get. When it comes to jobs, most of you guys want to know how you can find jobs related to your major and doing what you went to school to do. But Emma wants to […]

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Transferring Colleges: A Waste of Time?

September 30, 2010

Even though Michelle likes her school, she feels like transferring to another one. She suspects her business-degree program isn’t delivering the goods, and has her eye on Northeastern University. Hi Judge Josh, is it too late to transfer schools, as a junior? No! But let’s have more detail. I am in a minor dilemma and […]

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Too Sick For School. Online Degree?

September 29, 2010

Casey has some health problems & needs a transplant. And although she’s still plugging away at her college classes, things would be a lot easier on her if she could switch to an online degree. Hi Josh, I really love your website, and enjoy reading your advice everyday, so thank you for that. Thanks, and […]

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Ready To Give Up

September 28, 2010

Darius is a little beaten down and, IM-not-so-HO, dangerously close to making a decision he’ll regret for a long time. And since I’ve dispensed with any suspense about what my response is gonna be, I hope you’ll read and give him your advice, too. Firstly, I want to say that your blog is very informative/helpful/interesting. […]

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Early Childhood Education vs. Teaching Degree

September 27, 2010

Amanda dropped out of high school, realized the error of her ways and clawed herself back into the college game. But when she missed that senior year of high school, she missed some key college advice that I’m trying to fill in today. Feel free to read along and help! Dear Judge Josh, I have […]

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Hate My School. Should I Transfer?

September 24, 2010

Mary Jane’s in a spot that millions of current and former college students can identify with: She hates her school and wants out. For an unfortunately large chunk of first-year students, college life ends up sucking once you get to campus. That super-awesome orgy of intellectual, cultural and social stimulation promised in your campus tour […]

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Should You Go To Grad School Somewhere Else?

September 23, 2010

Jeeves is not a butler. He’s a pretty accomplished undergrad at Illinois who isn’t sure whether to trust the traditional wisdom that says you oughta go to grad school somewhere different from where you did undergrad. After all, what if your undergrad school has an absolutely phenomenal, world-renowned grad program? Hello! As everyone has already […]

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Retake SAT after a 2090?

September 22, 2010

Erica must know how conflicted I feel about parents who want certain things for their kids, seemingly independent of what those kids actually want for themselves. My gut reaction is to get pissy with the mom or dad and tell them to quit trying to impose their will on their adult (or nearly adult) children, […]

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Are There Scholarships To Pay Off Student Loans?

September 20, 2010

There are scholarships you can get while you’re still in high school, and of course there are scholarships for undergraduate school and graduate degrees. But what about money for life AFTER college? That’s what Olga wants to know. Hello, I have $26,000 in student loans for bachelors in org. behavior and leadership. I graduated Dec. […]

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Use Grants To Repay Student Loans?

September 17, 2010

Kara’s done pretty well by herself. Good grades, community service, grants, and now admission to grad school at one of the best universities in the world. Yes, the entire world. But even the most accomplished among us can rarely escape student loans, and she’s no exception. Up rises the question once again, then, about how […]

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Rejected From Colleges, Part 2: The Italian Job

September 16, 2010

Chiara is Italian. And not the kind of Italian where the family has been here in the U.S. for five generations but still calls themselves “Italian” — I mean, she’s from Italy. She has an email address that ends with “.it” — that kind of Italian. Apparently she’s had a rough go of it with […]

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