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 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.

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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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