April is a great time to complete some key action steps
in the college process, listed below for grades 9-12.
Please join us in welcoming Terry Knaus to the CACG Team. Terry has over 30 years of industry experience and has worked in both college admissions and college counseling. For more information on Terry and his background please click HERE.

In early April, Kristen and Terry attended the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) annual conference.  

As the year comes to a close, make sure you are taking time to check in with yourself and your mental health. Click HERE for a 5-minute meditation you can do anywhere to help you reset and destress. 
The May 1st admissions deposit deadline is rapidly approaching. It is important that you are working on making your decision of which college to attend. Participate in admitted student programs (in person and virtually), talk with current students, consider the financials, and make campus visits. Withdraw other active deposits you made for colleges you do not plan to attend. Decline the offers of admission at the colleges you do not plan to attend. (This can be done on most application portals.) If you were waitlisted and remain interested in the school, accept the spot on the waitlist and send an email to the college restating your strong interest and the reasons you would like to attend the school. Click HERE for more information on steps you can take if waitlisted.

Students located in Florida, now is the time to apply for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. Click HERE for more information on state scholarship and grant programs and click HERE for some answers to frequently asked questions. Also, click HERE for information on Florida Prepaid Plans.  

Make sure to make the most of the remainder of your high school career - work hard, have fun, and be kind. Click HERE for some perspective on the college admission process. Remember to spend time with your family and friends and remember that it will all work out like it is supposed to! 
As the end of your junior year approaches, make sure you are working on the following.

1) Request two academic letters of recommendation. Occasionally, a third letter of recommendation may be appropriate - speak with the CACG folks or your school counselor to discuss this option. 
2) Finalize your resume to date - check in with Nataly Lambert if you have not already.
3) Begin work on your Common Application. 
4) Write a working draft of your main Common Application essay. Click HERE to see the essay prompts. As you begin crafting your personal essay, click HERE for some things to keep in mind and HERE for some brainstorming tips. 
5) Do the work to develop a list of colleges that makes good sense for you - utilize research books, websites, virtual tours, and campus visits. Click HERE to learn about 13 college admissions myths that have been debunked. 
6) Complete your YouScience inventories. Contact Kristen if you need access to your account. 

Continue to conduct thoughtful research of schools on your list and make sure the list makes good sense for you - utilize research books, websites, virtual tours, and campus visits. Click HERE to read about eight factors that should NOT be considered when choosing where to attend school.
If you have not already, now is a good time to begin creating and executing your standardized testing preparation plan. It can be very helpful to take mock tests, which can help you determine what standardized test might be best for you. Please ask the CACG team if you need help locating good practice test options! 

If you have not already, confirm your meaningful summer plans.  If you are still exploring options, click HERE for a list of potential summer programs you can explore.

Make sure you are taking time to reflect on your year to date and consider how you would like to finish up this school year. Review your time management and organizational skills. Do you need or want to make changes next year? It's a great time to set goals for 11th grade! 

This summer, take advantage of your time off to reset, relax, and do something you care about. If you are still developing your meaningful summer plans, click HERE for a list of summer programs you can explore.  

In March of 2024 the SAT will begin to be offered digitally. Click HERE for more information on the timeline for the roll out of the digital SAT. Click HERE to see what is changing on this new version of the test. 

Continue your planning for 10th grade. Take a strong academic program that will challenge you but allow you to succeed. Work hard and enjoy the end of your first year!

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