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Study Up: This Is Where the Ladies of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Went to College
Get your degree in this crash course on where your favorite Jersey 'Wives studied.
Housewives' kids: They grow up so fast. While it seems like just yesterday that Gia Giudice was a young girl writing melodious odes to her younger sister, the years have flown by in a flash. Now, the Jersey teen is college hunting with her mom, Teresa Giudice. Can you imagine being on those campus tours? And furthermore, can you imagine going to frat parties or being roommates with one of the Jersey Housewives themselves?
These fantastical thoughts got us wondering: Where did our favorite Jersey ladies go to college? We put on our sleuthing caps (and gowns), pulled out our old diplomas for inspiration, and did a little old-fashioned research. (Though, sadly, not in the library during an all-nighter with some vending-machine Skittles to keep us company. Or was that just our college experience?) Keep scrolling to see what we, um, learned.
Since we have her on the brain (heh), let's start with Teresa Giudice. According to Wikipedia, the bodybuilding champ studied fashion marketing at New York's Berkley College. And she put her education to good use! After graduating, she worked as an associate buyer at Macy's. Werk that degree, T!
See this diploma?
That certifies that Melissa Gorga received her Bachelor of Arts from New Jersey City University, where she studied elementary education — but not without a side hustle. The always enterprising New Jersey native held down a job in school, reportedly working at a Jersey tanning salon. We love it.
Dolores Catania once told her father she wanted to go to college. His response? "Haha! Who's paying for it?" But while the former cop never received a formal education, her kids have different circumstances. In 2017, the proud mama announced that her son Frankie was off to Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.
The so-called "powerhohuse in pigtails" Margaret Josephs heads up the MacBeth Collection — but she didn't come by her fashion-business savvy without hitting the books. The entrepreneur earned a degree in fashion design from Fashion Institute of Technology; she also worked as a dress designer at New York's Garment Center.
Season 9 rookie Jennifer Aydin grew up in the jewelry business, and has said that she opened up her own jewelry store right after college. No word on where the Jersey rookie earned her degree, but we do know that education is still very important to her. The mother of five often proudly posts to social media about her tots' scholastic accomplishments. Check out exhibit A:
High Honor Roll is no joke!
Jackie Goldschneider is another Season 9 newbie. She's a former lawyer, which means she has a law degree — and a quick search suggests that she obtained it at Fordham University School of Law. (Don't sue us if we're wrong, Jackie!) These days, the columnist and mother of two sets of twins writes up parenting advice for weekly papers; she also contributes to the blog Scary Mommy.