As you look towards next year, you can practically see the future -- heading off to school, attending the college of your dreams, and graduating into an awesome life.
But where do you start your quest to get into that awesome college? And how do you do it? Should you focus on test scores, sharpen your writing, volunteer for community service, join some clubs, or what?
In reality, the answer to that is "yes" -- you need all of those things at one point or another, but don't get overwhelmed. Take things one step at a time and you'll be on your way to college sooner than you think.