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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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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Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 15: Being Brave When Your Child Picks a Non-local School, or Going Far Away to College; How to be The Emotional Adult in The Room

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
Anne (my guest) and I touched on this in my last episode – how to be the emotional adult in the room.  College is a significant change – and when they go far enough away that they can’t stop by for dinner – it is a REALLY SIGNIFICANT change. 
 
You can handle it. I know you can. Take some deep breaths, do some thought work and you’ve got this. 
 
Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode

  • How to be the emotional adult in the room. Sneak Peek: Check Your Thoughts
  • Benefits of your child moving away/going far away to college
  • The thoughts I used to adjust to the transition

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Are you having to deal with this situation?
  2. Have you dealt with this situation and do you have advice for others who are about to go through it?

Announcements

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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 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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Want to subscribe to this podcast? Great news – it is free!
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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?

Announcements

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