91: Quick Tips: College Focused Episode with Information on Waitlists, Rejections, Scholarships, and More Featuring Monica Matthews Anne Vaccaro Brady Carolyn Allison Caplan and Katy Oliveira

91: Quick Tips: College Focused Episode with Information on Waitlists, Rejections, Scholarships, and More Featuring Monica Matthews Anne Vaccaro Brady Carolyn Allison Caplan and Katy Oliveira

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
We are back with another Quick Tips episode! We are talking all things college in today’s episode. 
 

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Tips Shared in this Episode 

  1. College Scholarship Tips
  2. What To Do When Your High School Senior Is Rejected By Every College
  3. What To Do When Your High School Senior Is On A College Waitlist
  4. When Your Student Is Home For An Extended Period Of Time
  5. And More!

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For those who are freaking out about the empty nest years. It is time to make the rest of your life the best of your life!

66: Quick Tips, Your Empty Nest Coach College Scholarships and Visit Planning with Discomfort and Some Intimacy featuring Gretchen Hoffmann, Carolyn Caplan, 5 Kilo Traveller, Monica Matthews & Leah Carey

66: Quick Tips: College Scholarships and Visit Planning with Discomfort and Some Intimacy featuring Gretchen Hoffmann, Carolyn Caplan, 5 Kilo Traveller, Monica Matthews & Leah Carey

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
Enjoy this Quick Tips team episode.
 

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Tips Shared in this Episode: 

  1. Project Planning Tip
  2. More Meaningful College Visits
  3. Traveling: Take What You Need
  4. S of SMART Method of Applying to Scholarships
  5. Re-establishing Intimacy with Your Partner
  6. Choosing Discomfort

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For those who are freaking out about the empty nest years. It is time to make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Book Review: hey admissionsmom: REAL TALK from reddit

I’m excited to share this book with you! 
 
I purchased it as soon as I found out it was available. It is a hefty reference book for the college admission process. It took me more time than I care to admit to look through it enough to share my thoughts with you. Thankfully, my recent camping retreat allowed me the time needed to bring this review to you. 

Book Title: Hey admissionsmom: REAL TALK from reddit, a no-nonsense, unconventional approach to college admissions from the voices of r/ApplyingToCollege

Author: Carolyn Allison Caplan and the voices of r/ApplyingToCollege

# of Pages: 379

Copyright: 2019

Review: I love this book. It is a fantastic resource for all things during the college admission process.

Some of my favorite chapters are:

  • Letters of Recommendations (with a cheat sheet)
  • Do I need a Resume? 
  • The Rankings of a College
  • Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Disciplinary Infractions
  • The Importance of Demonstrating Interest

If you have a question about the admission process, more than likely, it is covered in this book. I love it when Carolyn includes her thoughts in a chapter as her practical advice is fantastic.  

There is a Gen Z Glossary – oh my goodness, I love it!

Carolyn’s inclusion of two specific chapters: one specifically for parents and one specifically for students, is where her book delivers more than one might expect. Just as most college books are wrapping up with “Congratulations, you were accepted, here is what you do next,” Carolyn is just getting started. She includes incredible life skills, parenting advice, and my favorite the idea of being a “polar bear parent,” – you’ll have to read the book yourself for the inside scoop on that. 

Every family with high school students should have this book on their shelf at home. I wish I had it four years ago!

Carolyn’s name may sound familiar as she was a guest on my podcast! In that episode she discussed being star-shaped when it comes to Extra Curriculars (ECs) and dives into her star-shaped philosophy in her book as well.

Carolyn is the real deal. Find her on Reddit, or purchase her book now for you, your child, or a friend who has someone going through the college admission process!

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

College Moms Conversation on The Scholarship Shark Podcast

Recently, I was a guest on the Scholarship Shark podcast!

The lovely Pam Andrews hosts this podcast and invited a couple of amazing ladies and me to share our thoughts and experiences as college moms. I had a tremendous amount of fun chatting with Pam, Monica, and Debbie!

Take a listen to The Scholarship Shark, episode #92 wherever you listen to podcasts or click here to listen now, via her website.

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 19: Let’s Talk about Extracurriculars

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
I am unbelievably excited to have Carolyn Allison Caplan AKA Admissions Mom as a guest on my episode, today. Honestly, I could have spoken with Carolyn for hours, but, alas, I had to return to work from my lunch break.  But, no worries, we already discussed having her back on the podcast. Yay! 
 
In this episode, we chat about those extracurricular activities that are so necessary for a college application. Carolyn’s viewpoint is one that I adore, and her heart for the students she assists is evident and infectious. Seriously, take a look at the karma this amazing lady has on Reddit! Good stuff!
 
Whether you have a kiddo heading off to college in the next few years or not, there are tremendous nuggets of wisdom in this conversation with Carolyn. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed chatting with her (look at that screenshot)! As always, thanks for listening!
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode 

  • How important extracurricular activities are in the college admission process.
  • Is there a magic number of extracurricular activities?
  • Is there such a thing as too many extracurricular activities? 
  • Should I, as a mother, be concerned about my child’s lack of participation in school activities?
  • The importance of leadership in your own life.
  • Carolyn’s Star Shaped Philosophy
  • Great Community extracurricular activity suggestions.
  • How awesome Houston’s weather is most of the year
  • And more!

Episode Resources

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Did AdmissonsMom give you a new perspective on extracurriculars? 
  2. How do you feel about extracurriculars? 

Where to find this episode’s guest, AdmissionsMom:

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For those who are freaking out about the empty nest years. It is time to make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 14: What To Do Before Going to College: Now That the Decision Has Been Made, What Should We Do Next?

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
This is my first episode with a guest for the entire episode. My guest today is Anne Vaccaro Brady. Anne is the founder of Parents’ Guide to the College Puzzle, a blog that helps families navigate the college admission process and freshman year experience.
 
This is an information-packed episode. Now that most colleges have sent out (or will be sending out their decisions, soon) your child gets to choose a college! Then what?
 
My guest today, has your back and has an action plan for you. Take a listen, request the checklist and enjoy your preparations!
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode

  • Plan for college orientation
  • Second-guessing is normal
  • Keeping your senior focused
  • Confirm AP, IB & Dual Enrolled scores/credits are sent to the college
  • Moving off of a college waitlist 
  • Medical forms and health matters
  • Finalize how to pay the college bill
  • College communication plan
  • Note the college academic calendar
  • Create your fun to-do list

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Do you have a question about what is next in the college process, that you would like addressed in an upcoming episode?
  2. Do you have a tip to share with us for getting ready for college?

Where to find this episode’s guest, Anne:

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For those who are freaking out about the empty nest years. It is time to make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 10: What Your College Enrollment Office Wants You to Know About Admission and Financial Aid

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
Today, I have six guests joining me from Ursinus College. They share their best advice for parents and students embarking on the admission and financial aid process.
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • Advice from Ursinus College’s Admission and Financial Aid Office
  • That the college search should be fun
  • College representatives are your resources – use them
  • and more

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. If you could tell your child’s college enrollment team one thing, what would you want them to know?
  2. What is the most important thing for you, in your child’s college search?

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For those who are freaking out about the empty nest years. It is time to make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Changes in four years since I first created this page: moved twice as a family, navigated all four years of out of state college for daughter (now graduated), I lost weight, started taking better care of myself, started working full-time while building this business, turned 50-years-old, hubby above is now ex-hubby, got a great new job, cranked out 150+ podcast episodes, attended my first podcasting conference, spoke at the next one, and just bought a manufactured home for me (and my daughter for as long as she needs to be there) to live in, changed my last name, podcast hit 100K downloads, and I’m working on a book!

Empty Nest Success doesn’t always look like over the moon happiness. Sometimes, it looks like accepting what is, processing emotions, and moving forward as peacefully as possible with little drama – and that feels amazing!