choosing a school

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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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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I Want Baylor. Parents Want Ivy League.

December 15, 2010

Danielle wants to a be a neo-natal nurse, and she wants to go to Baylor, which is an expensive private school. Mom & Dad don’t approve…but not for the reasons you might expect. Hello there. Hi. I’m a Senior in high school in Oklahoma City. I’ve known all of my life that I’ve wanted to […]

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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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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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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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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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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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