A few weeks into November and I know that all of you are busy grinding as we have already past or will pass critical deadlines in the admissions process for both our school and independent counselors as well as for our college admissions officers. Whether it is your first time or you are passing through yet another set of early decision deadlines, I know that every year brings along a new and refreshing experience as you work with a new set of students with different goals and aspirations. Students all across the state of New Jersey are better because of your hard work. They are grateful and humbled by your efforts from every side of the table: from getting out transcripts and recommendation letters to timely review and sending of a final decision.

With this in mind, NJACAC will be utilizing #NJACACSaysThanks to take an opportunity to thank something or someone that makes us better for what we do in the realm of college admissions. I hope that we all take even just a moment to reflect on where we are in our respective careers and say thanks to that one person or one thing that got us here. Take to social media and share using #NJACACSaysThanks! Our social media feeds will then repost and share some of the best of the best posts.

In the past few weeks, our friends in the south experienced one of the worst hurricanes in history and our friends in the west have been experiencing some of the worst forest fires we have ever seen. I sent out messages to our colleagues working at colleges and universities asking for their support in assisting students from affected regions as it regards to application deadlines, document submission, and anything else related to the college admissions process for students affected by these natural disasters. It is important that near or far, we support our sister affiliates and their students in any way possible. I thank you all here in our great state for everything and anything you have been able to do in support of our students affected.

The NJACAC Executive Board will have its last meeting of 2018 on December 6th and will then hold its annual summer retreat on January 12th at Rowan University. If there are any topics of concerns or areas that you would like for the board to potentially look into or discuss, please email me directly at president@njacac.org. As always, we are here for you and want to make sure we are providing you with the best of the best in terms of resources and development.

On behalf of the entire NJACAC Executive Board, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time off with family and friends. Thank you for all that you do for students and for our profession.


Carlos O. Cano
NJACAC President