- Begin the college application process - Seriously, start now. Once senior year begins the work load will increase and your stress level will rise. Wouldn't it be nice if filling out college applications was one less thing on your to-do list?
- Open a bank account - If the senior is under 18 years old, the parents will be co-owners of the account. This is a good opportunity for the senior to begin practicing financial accountability (not independence) and budgeting as they figure out how to pay for gas, fun times with their friends, and graduation expenses. Even if parents are actually paying the bills, put the money in the senior’s account and give them the responsibility to pay these bills on time.
- Take a family vacation whether it's a day trip, weekend, or week long adventure. Spend some time together before the fast pace of senior year hits.
- Get a job - That’s right. Start now to make and save money. The work experience gives your college applications a strong advantage.
- Take college trips – Schedule a tour. Then you can narrow your dream list of schools by visiting campuses and seeing firsthand the area and community life. In the Fall, return to the campuses of your top picks to see the campus when the college students are there.
- Go on a mission trip - Take time to serve others in a completely different culture. See the world and see what God is doing.