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Episode 15: Incorporating Mindfulness into High School and the College Admissions Journey

July 21, 2020

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High schools and colleges are incorporating mindfulness and meditation into all aspects of their curriculum and colleges are investing in wellness centers. Given the current situation, now more than ever students, parents, educators, and businesses are all looking at ways to reduce the anxiety and stress in our daily lives.

We invited Carolyn Caplan (aka AdmissionsMom) on our show today to help us learn more about mindfulness and the benefits of incorporating mindfulness into the high school and college admissions journey. Carolyn’s interest in mitigating stress in college admissions has led her to find mindfulness, meditation, and yoga, and to become both a certified Yoga teacher and a Koru Mindful Meditation teacher.

Key Takeaways:

  • What mindfulness means and its role in the college admissions process
  • How Reddit can help answer your college questions
  • Imaging the college experience that you want as a student and catering your list to those criteria
    • The Bench Test on college visits
  • Essay tips for the Class of 2021
  • Why a little bit of stress is good for you
  • How to stay involved, but not in complete control of your kid’s college process
    • Setting boundaries for when college talk is okay and not okay to minimalize stress

Important Resources and Links:

College Vizzy

Admissions Mom

r/ApplyingToCollege on Reddit 

Hey AdmissionsMom: Real Talk from Reddit




Meet Carolyn Caplan


Carolyn Allison Caplan is a lifelong reader and an admitted all-things education and college admissions junkie. She has a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Liberal Arts (MLA) with a concentration in English from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Additionally, Carolyn has recently completed the UCLA College Counseling certificate. She estimates that in the last three years she has read over 2000 Reddit kid essays, and chatted with over 25,000 kids. 

Carolyn recently published her book,  Hey AdmissionsMom: Real Talk from Reddit, an unconventional, no-nonsense book about college admissions.

Thank you Carolyn for joining us today and sharing your knowledge and insight on how to be more mindful in the college search, how to create a college list in a thoughtful way, and ways we can reduce the stress by incorporating mindfulness techniques into our daily lives. You can find all of our show notes and links to the helpful resources mentioned throughout over conversation on our website at You can learn more about Carolyn on her website at, find her on social media, or buy her book.

Episode 15 Full Transcript

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