Reddit Book Project
When I first started redditing about two years ago, I had no idea what to expect, how involved I’d become, or how much I would grow to love the conversations I’ve had. I spent my first couple of months lurking, just trying to learn how to reddit and figuring out how I could fit into the A2C community. As soon as I realized I could actually offer some simple advice, I began responding to questions that I could answer.
The dedication of the students and adults on A2C inspires me everyday, as they help each other through the college admissions journey that can turn into—you guessed it—the Admissions Stress Monster. Through talking to individuals and reading their words to others, I began to realize just how important it was that parents, other students, and even colleges hear these amazing perspectives—what makes our students stressed, their opinions and their amazing advice to each other about schools, essays, applications, extracurriculars, interviews, and how to try to stay mindful throughout the entire process. So a few months ago, I decided to create a book that could help many other students beyond the ones who can find our amazing subreddit, but not a book full of my thoughts and words—one developed around the the ideas and words from members of our subreddit, and especially from those in the trenches–our students! The posts and comments by these teens on A2C not only impress me, they humble me, and I think that others should know what this special generation is thinking and feeling about college admissions. The variety of perspectives and experiences demonstrated as they apply to college can benefit all students, so that they can see that their concerns, frustrations, and hopes are not at all uncommon.
Additionally, I’m creating an AdmissionsMom’s Mom (AMom’s Mom) Foundation scholarship, collecting from the sales of the book to help applicants from the A2C subreddit with the financial burdens and fees of the process, like submitting test scores and application fees.
During my time on Reddit, I have talked to thousands of applicants, given advice, and tried to help countless students—crazy, right? And just like the /r/ApplyingToCollege community couldn’t exist without their voices, neither can the perspectives in my book.
I am really looking forward to this book writing endeavor, and I hope that many of my fellow ApplyingToCollege subredditors will help me share our experiences—good, bad, anxious, excited, overwhelmed, and crazy. And, if you are a member or have been active on the ApplyingToCollege subreddit at any time since August 2016, and you’d like me to include your words, get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to have your participation!