Since I started this website I’ve had to keep the “comments” turned off due to an omnipresent and insidious thing on the internet called “comment spam.” It can even lead to a website going down due to an infection, which happened here once before, so I don’t take chances. But that also has prevented readers from seeing what real-life students and parents say about both their situation and the site. At the request of some readers I’ve created a page where they could post their comments (used by permission, fully anonymous, and submitted by them). This page was started in the summer of 2015.
If you would like your own comments considered for this page, please submit them via the contact form. I reserve the right to edit out personal information or shorten their length. My comments are in blue.
From Students And Parents
You probably don’t remember me but I have a son, “Kyle,” who I wrote you about in 2013. He was failing in college and had a history of depression and anxiety. You took your time to write to me and help me figure things out. I just wanted to write to thank you for the time you took to guide me on what to do. You were right on about everything and I can’t thank you enough! Kyle moved on to a smaller school as you suggested, began regular sessions with a great therapist and made great strides both psychologically and at school and socially. He graduated this spring with both a major and a minor and is now employed by a very good company. He’s taking the transition well and has grown into a happy person. Not many people understand these kinds of issues and/or take the time to help parents of complex situations such as ours You helped me. You helped us. Keep doing what you do.
Thank you ~ Belinda”
Jeff: Belinda wrote to me in late August of 2016. I was so happy to hear that Kyle made it. While my work is strictly educational, I often point out to parents that some students need a more specialized plan in order to succeed.
“You have always tried to help students and parents. It’s such a wonderful thing that when we find no one and no way ahead, someone like you is there to lead us. This is the best thing about you and your team. Let’s not give up hope….”
Jeff: I’ve had an ongoing correspondence with Rosey, who is outside the U.S. She’s intelligent, very sweet, and someone I want to keep in touch with. Thank you Rosey!
“Hi Jeff. I am not sure if you have talked with “Eric” since the university’s decision about his status, but I wanted you to know he’s off probation and is a student in good standing once again! And he is quite excited about the plans he is making for his upcoming 5th (and hopefully final) year. It is wonderful to see how much he has internalized what he has learned from you. He tells us he would like to continue to work with you in the fall, and we hope you feel the same and will save a place for him in your schedule. Jeff, I can’t tell you how much we appreciate all you have done. Thank you most sincerely. Wishing you a peaceful summer,
“Catherine” – Florida
Jeff: The subject line to Catherine’s email was “Follow-up to a scary semester,” and it certainly was. Eric, who is infinitely bright but is carrying two tough STEM majors, was at risk of having to leave his honors program. He did great with me in the Spring of 2015, and I look forward to continuing with him in the future.
Dear Mr. Ludovici, After countless months of searching the internet, I couldn’t be anymore grateful to have found your website! My name is “Ashley,” I’m 20 years old and go to school in college in Ohio. I read your post about a student named James who was failing out of school and I must admit that my college story parallels his.
Jeff: I always appreciate kind words about my work, thanks Ashley.
Hello Jeff, I just wanted to say thank you for doing what you do. I have continued to read through your posts over the last year and they have been so helpful in my life. Your words are powerful and that feeling of being understood, even from someone who lives miles away, means more than words could explain.
Jeff: Nicole and I corresponded at length, she’s wonderful.
First, I would like to start by letting you know how inspiring it is that you can recognize and empathize with struggling college students, and you have chosen to create an approach that strategizes to help students become successful. It also gives me great hope to know that I’m not the only one struggling with my college career.
“Morgan” – Florida
I’ve been having similar issues to those described in your blog. In high school I had a 3.825 GPA and got a 2020 of 2400 on the SAT (720 Math, 680 Writing, 620 Verbal).
Jeff: Even good students can run in to problems in college, I see this quite often.
I am a senior in an international American high school in Karachi, Pakistan. Although I have some exceptional teachers and guidance counselors who are providing me with their expert advice; I could use your assistance.
“Ayusha” – Pakistan
Jeff: I hear from students all over the world, including Russia, England, India, Canada, Asia, and more.
Jeff, you really “hit the nail on the head” with your articles and what’s going on with my daughter. Thanks for talking today.
“Donald” – Chicago
Hey Jeff, I was fascinated by your blog entries. I have a 19 year old son who did fine in his freshman year in Boston but then did poorly his sophomore year.
“Janet” – Pennsylvania