TRACY — Tracy mom Roxanne Ocampo is sharing her secrets on how to land scholarships to top universities with her first book.
Her self-published book, “Flight of the Quetzal Mama: How to Raise Latino Superstars and Get Them Into the Best Colleges,” promises aid for parents to help their students’ resumes and to teach them how to prepare for the college of their choice.
Ocampo references her own success stories with examples of her daughter Gabriella, who is attending Harvard on a full Merit scholarship, and her son Carlos, who attends UC Santa Cruz also on scholarship.
Ocampo herself works for the Tracy school district’s human resources department, and spent much time and effort figuring out how to help her children.
“I started doing research and interviewing people on how to get my own kids into college which led to the inspiration for the book,” said Ocampo, who describes her book as a tool to “empower Latino parents so their children can achieve academic excellence, become the leaders they were intended to be, and make a valuable contribution to humanity.”
Ocampo said it took her about a year to write the book.
“When I finished it, I did a reader focus group and the feedback I got was amazing. The information in my book was very helpful to the group.”
“Queztal Mama” references the beautiful queztal birds, super stars of the bird world, that light up the sky with color when they take flight.
The book is broken down into three sections. The first part emphasizes 10 principles that families should apply early on, and these become the backdrop of the rest of the book.
An example is principle # 3, titled “Clean House Literally.” The reference here has to do with an environment filled with negativity and phrases such as “you can’t do it.” Parents are advised to get rid of the negative words and use positive ones such as “yes you can do it.”
The second section of the book talks about how to “work the system,” and is focused on students from kindergarten through high school grades. Ocampo suggests making personal contacts with teachers, and recommends scheduling meetings with teachers at the start of the new school year and providing each teacher with your child’s profile/school bio. This document, she says, should include STAR test scores, summaries of grades, challenges your child may have and more.
The third and final section of the book focuses on college admissions and what colleges look for in an application/resume. Ocampo focuses an entire chapter on extracurricular activities and five main points to look at before you start.
Those points are: “quality vs. quantity,” dealing with community service; “politics matter,” with picking neutral organizations to list on your college application; “cultural authenticity,” not just checking a one size fits all box; “consistency,” when it comes to student activities and volunteering; and “having a discipline-specific focus,” to help match student activities with the educational goal.
“My book is different from others out there because I talk about having a path to serve humanity and not just being number one for social prestige,” added Ocampo.
“The Flight of the Quetzal Mama,” is sold online at Amazon.com for $12.99. Ocampo will hold a book signing and workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday. Sept. 15 at St. Matthews Baptist Church, at 1239 N. Livermore Ave., Livermore. The workshop will focus on strategies to get scholarships.
More information on the author and book can be found at www.quetzalmama.com.
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Author Roxanne Ocampo will hold a book signing and free workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at St. Matthew Baptist Church, 1239 N. Livermore Ave., Livermore. The workshop will focus on strategies to get scholarships. Details on the book and author can be found at www.quetzalmama.com.