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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Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 34: Your Home on College Breaks: Prepping Your Child’s Room

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
Last week, April Force Pardoe shared tips on how to prepare your home for the empty nest. This week, I thought I would share some thoughts I have about your child’s room: how to adapt it as they head off to and attend college. Enjoy!
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • What you can do now to prepare your child’s room for college, for the college years and beyond
    • Why you should talk with your child about their room
    • How to assist your child in letting go of and organizing items accumulated over the years
    • The importance of recognizing that boundaries will change when your child returns home

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. If your child is heading off to college, or in college, what is the condition of their space in your home?
  2. Do you have long-term plans for that space that your child may not be aware of?

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🎙🎙🎙 New episode!🎙🎙🎙 Hello, my Empty Nest Friend! Last week, April Force Pardoe shared tips on how to prepare your home for the empty nest. This week, I thought I would share some thoughts I have about your child's room: how to adapt it as they head off to and attend college. Enjoy! Take a listen, or read full transcript, found on my website (link in bio). https://youremptynestcoach.com/p34/ . 🐦What You Will Learn in this Episode: 🎙 What you can do now to prepare your child's room for college, for the college years and beyond 🎙Why you should talk with your child about their room 🎙How to assist your child in letting go of and organizing items accumulated over the years 🎙The importance of recognizing that boundaries will change when your child returns home 🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦 #EmptyNest #NewEpisode #GreenPopsicleSticks #Quote #EmptyNestPrep #YourEmptyNestCoach #EmptyNestCoach #EmptyNestSupport #EmptyNestMom #HomeFromCollege #CollegeBreaks #YourHome

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Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 32: What Life Skills Should My High School Child Be Mastering Now To Be Successful In College?

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 

This episode topic comes from a Green Popsicle Stick Group Facebook member. Once again, when I sat down to organize and script this out, I had no idea that I had so many thoughts on the subject. Too funny.

Katie asked, “What skills are you glad you taught your daughter before she went off to college? And, is there anything you wished you’d spent more time on with her?”

These are fantastic questions from Katie, whose daughter is already ahead of the game, as you will hear in this episode. 

Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.

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Let me know if you have any additional questions – as I am always happy to explain how podcasts work!

What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • Christine’s thoughts on useful life skills needed for college
    • Laundry: remember the bedding!
    • Consider limited food options and how your child will handle this
    • Cleaning and supplies
    • Money management 
    • Future Document Preparations
      • I-9 Form
      • W-4
      • Memorize Social Security Number
      • Safe Storage of Documents
    • Ditch the “Mom Organization Method”
    • School/life balance
    • Encourage hobbies
    • Tools for emotional health
    • Familiarity with Medical Appointments

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Do you have something to add to my life skills for college list? 
  2. If you attended college, did you feel prepared? 

Announcements

Episode Resources



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🎙🎙🎙 New episode!🎙🎙🎙 Hello, my Empty Nest Friend! This episode topic comes from a Green Popsicle Stick Group Facebook member. Once again, when I sat down to organize and script this out, I had no idea that I had so many thoughts on the subject. Too funny. Katie asked, “What skills are you glad you taught your daughter before she went off to college? And, is there anything you wished you’d spent more time on with her?” These are fantastic questions from Katie, whose daughter is already ahead of the game, as you will hear in this episode. Take a listen, or read full transcript, found on my website (link in bio). https://youremptynestcoach.com/p32/ . 🐦What You Will Learn in this Episode: 🎙 Christine’s thoughts on useful life skills needed for college 🎙 Laundry: remember the bedding! 🎙 Consider limited food options and how your child will handle this 🎙 Cleaning and supplies 🎙 Money management 🎙 Future Document Preparations 🎙 Ditch the “Mom Organization Method” 🎙 School/life balance 🎙 Encourage hobbies 🎙 Tools for emotional health 🎙 Familiarity with Medical Appointments 🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦 #EmptyNest #NewEpisode #GreenPopsicleSticks #Quote #EmptyNestPrep #YourEmptyNestCoach #EmptyNestCoach #FridayThoughts #lifeskills #collegeprep #lifeskillsforcollege #collegelaundry

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Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 28: The First Semester Transition: What to Expect and How Mom Can Help

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 

I am thrilled to bring you this episode!

Not only is if overflowing with content that I wish I had known before my daughter headed off to school, but I also learned a few things.

My guest, Katy Oliveira, Host of the Collegehood Advice podcast, shares her advice and tips on navigating the first semester and how we, as mothers, may help our children.

Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.
 
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My Guest: Katy Oliveira, Host of the Collegehood Advice podcast

What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • Your role as benefactor
  • How grade notifications are handled in college, and a quick chat about FERPA
  • Campus resources that parents should be aware of for their child
  • What are challenges our child might face in the first semester
  • Katy’s best piece of advice

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. What are you most focused on for your child’s first semester?
  2. If you went to college, what are some defining moments from your first semester? Do you remember any?

Where to find this episode’s guest: Katy Oliveira, Host of the Collegehood Advice Podcast

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Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 24: With My Child Heading to College, are the Thoughts I am Having Normal?

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
My future empty nest friend, I want to talk about the normal thoughts that you may expect to have as you prepare for your child heading to school. 
 
Our minds like to be creative. Here are some that I’ve heard from friends, clients, and family: 
 
  • Will they ever bathe in college?
  • Will they find a community that welcomes them?
  • How will they focus enough to study with the many distractions available on a college campus?
  • What the heck am I going to do with my time?
  • Will they eat well?
  • Will they party too much and drop out of school?
  • What if they take seven years to get through school?
  • Motherhood is over!
I’ve got you! Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • A new visualization of your thoughts
  • How to treat your thoughts of your child heading to college (leaving home)
  • How your thoughts are like drops of water on eye glasses
  • And more!

Announcements

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. What silly thought does your mind like to present to you?
  2. How are you doing with noticing your thoughts?

Episode Resources

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