Early college prep
Get to know your school counselor. This person will be there to help you navigate the maze of college applications when the time comes. Here’s the reality of your school counselor: the vast majority of them are ludicrously overloaded. Some may have to deal with up to a thousand of people just like you. Are you high-maintenance? Multiply you by a thousand. Take this into consideration and be ready to drive your quest for college with the following steps.
Visit local colleges. You don’t need to take a formal tour right now. No need to meet with an admissions representative. Save that for later. Just walk around and see if you like the general vibe you get. Talk to some students (we know it can be scary). Get a feel for a couple of different types of colleges and campuses -- small, big, private, public. This is the fun part.