TIMELINE College Going to college gives you the opportunity to study new subjects, make new friends, and become more independent. Most importantly, college gives you the opportunity to become the person you want to be. Make going to college your goal! Doing the following in high school will help put you on the path to college. Take the recommended college prep courses, and get the best grades you can. Develop your skills and talents, and pursue your personal interests. Get involved in school and community activities. Gather information about your college choices and options.