Breanna, it's really terrific (and very smart) to begin to prepare yourself now for college life. It should be a wonderful period between your teenage- and adult- selves, but it can present problems if you're not prepared. Some students, even really smart ones, find themselves in over their heads financially and socially, both areas where college students may be making decisions on their own for the first time. It's a little scary and a lot exciting! So, as a parent of two mid-20 somethings, I will share with you some of the topics my kids and I talked about, both before and during their college years. I hope you find these helpful.
My first suggestion is to think about what you want to get out of college. That may seem like a silly suggestion, since obviously you plan on getting a degree, but think about how you view your college experience. Do you want to leave with top grades and intern/work experience so you are best prepared to work? Do you view college as equal parts learning topics and learning about you? Both of these are valid, I believe, and both will require you to understand who you are and what your values are. Remember that adult choices carry adult consequences, so issues like drugs, drinking and sex need your thoughtful attention. Regardless of your current experiences, being on your own in these areas (or worse, listening to friends who may not share your values) can be challenging.
Finances are another good life skill to prepare for. If you don't already have a bank account you'll want to open one. Even if you plan on using venmo or another instant payment method, you'll need a checking account. Its good practice anyway, to assist with learning to budget and keeping/organizing your financial records. Books, living expenses, extras...where will that money come from? Credit card companies routinely visit college campuses and sign up students, who can then find themselves in over their heads. Plan your budget now and be prepared to stay on track, so you're not caught up in credit card debt before you even leave college.
Hopefully, you've learned to study effectively, but if you're worried about that, look into a course to shore up those skills. Time management is going to be critical and you can maximize your time by knowing how to study most effectively. You'll probably find next year that the time required for you to be successful in each class will be more than you expect.
Laundry, eating well, exercise and getting enough sleep are important but often overlooked. I remember doing laundry in my college dorm bathroom sink because I didn't have time to run down 4 flights of stairs to put clothes in the washer and dryer. Yikes. That was a mess. Keeping your dorm room clean may be a losing proposition, but remember, you'll be responsible for keeping you and your living space healthy.
Lastly, becoming comfortable with making decisions is a process, and you'll have lots of them to make, so be kind to yourself if they make you feel uneasy. Make decisions anyway. Start now, while you have the safety-net of parents. Like any other skill, exercising your thinking and decision-making muscles will make you better and stronger.
The years will fly by, so enjoy your college experience!