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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Quick Tips: The FAFSA, Texting Your Child & You are Amazing

This episode is a fun test of an idea I have for 2020 where I share quick tips from some of my favorite guests.
 
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42: My first retreat: An Audio Experience

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
I not only survived my very first retreat, but I had an amazing time, too! It exceeded my expectations, and I can’t wait to do it again. What crazy idea do you have that you should try? This one was mine, and I’m so thankful I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it.
 
In honor of my crazy idea, this episode is also an experiment for me, so if this is your first time listening, know that this is not my usual format. It is more of a narrative and an audio journey. Whether you are a first-time listener or not, thanks for giving this episode a try. I open with the sounds of nature that I heard as I laid in my tent during my very first GPS Reset Weekend Retreat.
 
I’m thankful to my first retreat attendee, who took a chance on my idea, signed up, and uncovered how brave she is.
 
Join me on my very first retreat, by listening to this episode – or watching it – yes, I have an accompanying video!
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • The details of my first retreat
    • What I bought myself on the retreat
    • What to expect on a GPS Reset Weekend

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Have you ever done anything like this? 
  2. Would you ever do anything like this? 

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Episode 41: How early is too early to plan for the empty nest?

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 

A Green Popsicle Stick Facebook group member asked me, “How early is too early to prepare for the empty nest.” 

 I share my answer in this episode.

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • When to start preparing for the empty nest
    • What you can do now to prepare for the empty nest

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Where are you on the empty nest journey? 
  2. Do you agree or disagree with my timing?

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Episode 40: The problem with HUGE goals

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
Do you have huge goals in your life but don’t know where to start? The huge goals are just the beginning. Today, I talk about how to view your big goals in a way that will allow you to take action in your life. I can’t wait to see what you do! 
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • Why a big goal may cause inaction in your life
    • How to notice your go-to big thought that causes inaction
    • What to do when you notice your too-big thoughts and goals

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Do you have a BIG goal that is causing inaction in your life?
  2. Are you ready to notice where you need to challenge yourself more?

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Hello, my Empty Nest Friend! Do you have huge goals in your life but don't know where to start? The huge goals are just the beginning. Today, I talk about how to view your big goals in a way that will allow you to take action in your life. I can't wait to see what you do! #10 is me accomplishing one of my big goals this weekend- my very first weekend retreat- took some solo time before it got started. Listen wherever you listen to podcasts – or use link in bio! Full transcript is available on my website. https://youremptynestcoach.com/p40/ 🐦What You Will Learn in this Episode: 🎙Why a big goal may cause inaction in your life 🎙How to notice your go-to big thought that causes inaction 🎙What to do when you notice your too-big thoughts and goals . . 🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦 #EmptyNestPrep #EmptyNestSyndrome #FridayThoughts #NewEpisode #MomHelp #GreenPopsicleSticks #Goals #EmptyNestTransition #BigGoals #FutureYou #HugeGoals #Inaction #EmpoweringWomen

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