College Application Fees: A-Mom’s Mom Club Can Help

After a few months of being on the subreddit, r/Applying ToCollege, it was obvious that college application fees were a barrier to many in our community.  I wanted to fix that, but how could I help?

My Mom — My Role Model

I was lucky enough to have an amazing role model and mom. She was a college dropout who didn’t return to college until her forties. Yet, she was a hard-working, caring, intelligent person, never failing to bring food to the homeless or push education for the undereducated. After earning her master’s in early childhood education at 48, she developed the Early Childhood Program at her local college. Here, she found her voice and began engaging students in college life who otherwise wouldn’t have been engaged.

Adventures on A2C

When she died a few years ago after a long illness, I was devastated. A wise friend encouraged me to find a way to live my life in ways to honor her. This advice led me to my adventures on r/ApplyingToCollege, where I found a place to follow her example. And, I began helping students in the college process who were looking for help. A2C is also where I can help others weave their way through the intricacies of admissions with  just a little bit less stress. Of course, I’m putting my spin on it with mindfulness and my own more open-minded philosophies of life, but my time on Reddit has her roots.

Discovered a Barrier

During my first few months on the subreddit, the number of kids who couldn’t afford college application fees frustrated me. Since then, the College Board, ACT, and many colleges themselves have made efforts to mitigate the costs. But, the fact remains that many high school seniors looking to go to college are still limited by the cost of applications.

A-Mom’s Mom Club

So in my mom’s memory—and  in honor of countless Redditors who’ve inspired me—I’ve decided to create the A-Mom’s Mom Club. I’ll be collecting from the sales of my book to help r/ApplyingToCollege applicants with college application fees. So, by buying the book, you’ll be helping out applicants, from literally every corner of the world, reach their goals and discover their future lives. You can learn more about Hey AdmissionsMom: Real Talk from Reddit and the Reddit Book Project here. 

AdmissionsMom and her mom at The University of Texas at Austin, junior year

A-Mom’s mom at work

Baby AdmissionsMom and Mom, Hawaii