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December

December is a great time to complete some key action steps
in the college process, listed below for grades 9-12.
Seniors
Complete any outstanding work on upcoming January and February application deadlines. Put the finishing touches on your Common Application, personal essay, and school specific supplemental essays. Ensure that you send all necessary information to the schools you are applying to including transcripts and official SAT or ACT score reports. Please remember to set up and carefully monitor your application portals. Application portals show you when your application is complete and ready for review. They often also show your admissions decision. Nationally, applications are on the rise this year. Make sure that you are continuing to check in and update your college list based on news you receive. Remember as decisions are released that there is not only one path to success. Click HERE for more information on how to handle college admissions decisions.  Strive to have a list that is healthy, balanced, and will provide you with options you are excited about. If you are invited to interview at any colleges, click HERE to read some tips to keep in mind to ace the interview.  

Finals are just around the corner! Remember these tips to help you prepare: Pay attention in class, get quality sleep, eat balanced meals, study in intervals, organize your priorities, work on one thing at a time, do your best to eliminate distractions, and ask for help when you need it! After submitting your applications, make sure to take some time to unplug, take time for yourself, and don’t worry about what is out of your control. Rick Clark, the Director of Admissions at Georgia Tech said “People want so desperately to predict and analyze admission decisions that are influenced by macro institutional goals and made in rooms they will never enter. This is your one and only senior year. Do well, but more importantly do good. Don’t worry about these rooms hundreds of miles away, but rather the ones you walk into every day. Be a good friend. Be a good sibling. Be a good teammate. Go thank a teacher that wrote a recommendation for you. Hug your mama.”
Juniors 
Now is the time to be focused on building out, refining, and researching the schools on your exploratory list. Sign up for admission mailing lists and start showing interest in the programs. Remember to use all of the resources available to you  - click HERE  to see some of CACG's favorite books and HERE for a list of helpful websites that can also support your search. Check to see if there are any colleges that will be visiting with your school or in your local area, in person or virtually. Click HERE for a list of questions that can be asked on tours, at info sessions, in interviews, and to current students or faculty. Seek leadership roles and look for ways to challenge yourself and deepen your involvement. Colleges will be looking for commitment and achievement in their applicants. If you have not done so already, take a practice ACT and SAT, or a combination diagnostic test. Register for the real ACT or SAT. Finals are just around the corner! Remember these tips to help you prepare: Pay attention in class, get quality sleep, eat balanced meals, study in intervals, organize your priorities, work on one thing at a time, do your best to eliminate distractions, and ask for help when you need it!
Sophomores
Remain focused on deepening your involvement in both your academic and extracurriculars. Build a trajectory toward leadership positions. This is a great year to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. If you have not already, start to develop a list of exploratory colleges and conduct preliminary research on schools you might be interested in attending. Click HERE to see some of CACG's favorite books and HERE for a list of helpful websites that can aid in your list building and help you get to know schools in a meaningful way.
Start thinking about in person or virtual visits if time allows. If there is a college fair at your school, virtually, or in the area, be sure to attend and collect materials. Continue to update your resume as it is important to keep track of your accomplishments, summer experience, and extracurricular activities. 
Finals are just around the corner! Remember these tips to help you prepare: Pay attention in class, get quality sleep, eat balanced meals, study in intervals, organize your priorities, work on one thing at a time, do your best to eliminate distractions, and ask for help when you need it!
Freshmen

If you have not already, start to build out your resume or continue to update it. It is helpful to begin this process early in your high school career by keeping track of your school involvement and accomplishments, including extracurricular activities, summer experiences, and academic honors.  If there is a college fair at your school, in the area, or virtually, try to attend, collect materials, and take notes. If time or travel allows, it is not too early to see a few colleges and universities – in person or virtually. Make sure that you have met with the counselor at your high school and started building a relationship with them by meeting regularly. Finals are just around the corner! Remember these tips to help you prepare: Pay attention in class, get quality sleep, eat balanced meals, study in intervals, organize your priorities, work on one thing at a time, do your best to eliminate distractions, and ask for help when you need it! Over break, make sure to check your habits – turn off devices, read, and spend time outside.

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