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.

*Note: I receive a small commission if you purchase through the Amazon affiliate links in this post.

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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Episode 39: Courage Addiction

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
I have a quick message for you today about being courageous. 
 
Enjoy! 
 
Take a listen or read the full transcript below. 
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • To consider doing things while being afraid
    • To gain confidence by stepping into situations that require courage
    • That you are stronger than any emotion that will arise when you are afraid

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. What have you done that required courage? 
  2. Are you ready to notice where you need to challenge yourself more?

Announcements

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Episode 38: Michele’s Story, Loving Through the Empty Nest, Raped as a Teenager and How it Changed Her Life

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
In this episode, Michele shares a portion of her life story with us and opens up to show us what helped her get through the remaining emotions and trauma she had from a teenage rape – or should I say, “who helped her.” The gift she received is one we all can learn from for our life. 
 
Your complete presence in any moment will allow you to comfort others in a way that they may not even know they need.
 
I invite you to listen to Michele’s story and share it with anyone who needs to hear it. 
 
Take a listen or read the full transcript below. 
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • An introduction to Michele
    • Michele’s story of overcoming a teenage rape
    • How Michele tells her story
    • What helped Michele to move on and own her story
    • Michele’s advice to parents
    • What Michele can’t live without
    • And more!

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. What have you had to overcome to become who you are today?
  2. How are you telling your story?

Announcements

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🎙🎙🎙 New episode!🎙🎙🎙 Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend! In this episode, Michele shares a portion of her life story with us and opens up to show us what helped her get through the remaining emotions and trauma she had from a teenage rape – or should I say, "who helped her." The gift she received is one we all can learn from for our life. Your complete presence in any moment will allow you to comfort others in a way that they may not even know they need. I invite you to listen to Michele's story and share it with anyone who needs to hear it. Take a listen, or read full transcript, found on my website (link in bio). https://youremptynestcoach.com/p38/ . 🐦What You Will Learn in this Episode: 🎙An introduction to Michele 🎙Michele's story of overcoming a teenage rape 🎙How Michele tells her story 🎙What helped Michele to move on and own her story 🎙Michele's advice to parents 🎙What Michele can't live without 🎙And more! 🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦 #EmptyNestPrep #EmptyNestSyndrome #FridayThoughts #NewEpisode #MomHelp #GreenPopsicleSticks #EmptyNestTransition #Patience #KidsAreOffToCollege #Love #DifficultSituations #OvercomingRape #YourStory #yourstorymatters

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Episode 37: Laughing Through the Empty Nest Transition with Jenn Musselman

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
My guest, today, Jenn Musselman, is so much fun. She’s a closet coach, a certified professional life coach with a niche in closet coaching (more about that in the episode), and also manages one of my favorite places to hang out – and get my hair done – Reveal Salon, located in Chester Springs, PA. One visit there and you’ll know why I think of it so fondly.
 
Jenn chose to be open and honest with us in sharing some of the thoughts she’s had as her youngest heads off to college. She surprised herself with a couple of them and one she even had herself questioning, “where did this thought come from?” Now, if you have listened to a few of my episodes or more, you know I view observing and questioning your thoughts as healthy.
 
A special thanks to Jenn for joining me and for opening up to us in this way. May you find some comfort in what she shares. Take a moment to follow her on Instagram or Facebook while you are here. Links are below!
 
Take a listen or read the full transcript below. 
 
⇓⇓⇓ More goodies below, too! Scroll all the way down ⇓ so you don’t miss anything! ⇓⇓⇓
 
Want to subscribe to this podcast? Great news – it is free!
You may either:
> Subscribe to my Thursday Thoughts about email for an email reminder every Thursday that includes a link to listen to the newest episode on my website, like the page you are on now.
OR
> Click here, and then choose your favorite podcast app – be sure to hit subscribe or follow, once you choose your favorite!
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: 

    • An introduction to Jenn Musselman
    • The freedom in laughing at your thoughts
    • How your thoughts may be a bit more unusual than what you are used to
    • To consider talking about your emotions and thoughts
    • What Jenn offers as a closet coach
    • What Jenn is addicted to
    • And more!

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. What is the wildest thought you have had leading up to or going through the empty nest transition?
  2. Do you think Jenn should do stand-up because I think she’d be great! 

Where to Find Jenn

Announcements

Episode Resources

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🎙🎙🎙 New episode!🎙🎙🎙 Hello, my Empty Nest Friend! My guest, today, Jenn Musselman, is so much fun. She's a closet coach, a certified professional life coach with a niche in closet coaching (more about that in the episode), and also manages one of my favorite places to hang out – and get my hair done – Reveal Salon, located in Chester Springs, PA. One visit there and you'll know why I think of it so fondly. Jenn chose to be open and honest with us in sharing some of the thoughts she's had as her youngest heads off to college. She surprised herself with a couple of them and one she even had herself questioning, "where did this thought come from?" Now, if you have listened to a few of my episodes or more, you know I view observing and questioning your thoughts as healthy. A special thanks to Jenn for joining me and for opening up to us in this way. May you find some comfort in what she shares. Take a moment to follow her on Instagram or Facebook while you are here. Links are below! Take a listen, or read full transcript, found on my website (link in bio). https://youremptynestcoach.com/p37/ . 🐦What You Will Learn in this Episode: 🎙An introduction to Jenn Musselman 🎙The freedom in laughing at your thoughts 🎙How your thoughts may be a bit more unusual than what you are used to 🎙To consider talking about your emotions and thoughts 🎙What Jenn offers as a closet coach 🎙What Jenn is addicted to 🎙And more! 🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦 #EmptyNest #NewEpisode #GreenPopsicleSticks #Quote #EmptyNestPrep #YourEmptyNestCoach #EmptyNestCoach #FridayThoughts #Humor #Laughing #CollegeParent #newemptynest

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