Get into a local college right away out of highschool and take generals like english, speech, math etc along with a few subjects that you are interested in but not sure if you want to go full swing into them. Don't go full time your first semester either. Then once you have a better idea of what to expect, with college life and classes and subjects of interest, find a college that matches your ideals and has a special emphasis on the degree you want. Once you find your degree and your college and have finished at least one semester of school at a local college move out of your parent's house and either get an apartment or dorm. Most important though, make sure you have finances for school but leave taking out a loan as a last resort. If you need to get a job don't work more than 20 hours a week and don't start until after a few weeks of adjusting to school and dorm life. Start appling for grants and scholarships at every chance, from your senior year of highschool until you graduate from college.