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Alyssa is right.
I wrote this for someone else -
"Focus on your classes (grades are super important), so are extra curricular activities, and volunteer whenever possible (local animal shelter, fire house...). Reach out to colleges and universities professors in the department you are interested in. Ask them if you can shadow an undergrad or grad student. They also the way to get in. Likewise talk with companies you are interested to work at and see if they program for students.
If you think about it - the first 20-22 years of our lives supports us for the rest of our lives."
Since you're starting early, you have plenty of time to look at colleges near where you are now, and farther away. A couple of important things to consider are, which colleges have programs that you are interested in? Which colleges fit your budget? And, once you've started visiting, which colleges seem like a good fit for you in terms of living arrangements and social life? Depending on which colleges you choose, the earliest time you can submit your application might be as early as the spring of your junior year or as late as the fall of your senior year of high school. Some of these applications might include essays, and if you plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time, your high school teachers will be glad to help proofread and edit them. But most importantly for you right now:
Study hard and keep your grades up!
Participate in extracurricular activities and volunteer in your community!
Have fun, and while it's great to have a head start, don't worry too much about college yet!
Nicole Olivia Jackson
I remember looking for colleges at your age and it was both confusing and exciting!
First thing I would do is some research. I would make a list of schools and ask myself some questions like:
What are the costs?
Are there scholarships or grants that I can apply for that will help me reduce costs?
What clubs and organizations can I join?
Does the college offer a freshman experience program? (These programs are made to help freshman transition from high school to college life. Most colleges have these programs.)
What majors and minors do they offer?
How far away will I be willing to go for college?
I recommend asking your high school counselor their advice on colleges they recommend. They have great information to give to students. When I worked as a recruiter, I would often leave my information with them.
Another tip I can give you would be to go on campus visits. That helped me decide where I wanted to go. Websites can give you an idea of what it would be like however, it's best to be there physically to ask questions and take tours of the facility.
Best of luck to you!