Whittier College News Release


For Immediate Release - April 19, 1999
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The Judds: A Family Affair


The odds of a student running into a friend on the Whittier College campus are good, especially with a population of about 1,500 students. But what are the odds of a student meeting up with her mom, or her daughter? For Dana and Robin Judd, the odds are fairly good because they go to the same school.

Dana Judd, a 42-year-old mother of two, decided to return to college after her daughter Robin became a freshman in high school. "I was never one to leave things undone, and this just seemed like the right time to return," said Dana, who transferred to Whittier last fall as a junior. "I always liked what I saw in the college, and knew I wanted to come here," said the Whittier native.

Robin, Dana's daughter, was uninterested in attending Whittier College-that is, until she happened to accompany her mother on a tour of the campus. "I hated the idea of attending a school this close to my parents," said the nineteen-year-old freshman. "But I feel very lucky now to have this opportunity that most will never have-to go to college with their mom."

Dana and Robin even help each other with their studies. "She edits my papers and does a fantastic job," said Dana. "But I think she's just humoring me when she asks me to edit hers."

Some things about attending the same college are awkward, though. "It would be uncomfortable to be in the same class," said Dana. "I'm not sure I want to know more about Robin's personal college life than any other college student's mother would."

But in their current situation, they both agree, "We have a very happy balance here."

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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