Hi there! I know that building a network takes time and can be discouraging when you haven't made the progress you think you should be - BUT I'd guess that you are probably already halfway there! My recommendation would be to chat with people that you already know well - a professor, teacher, coach or even friends of relatives - and let them know that you are looking to expand your professional network and to ask for their recommendation on who to speak with. That will both give you some credibility right off the bat (as a mutual acquaintance) but these people may already know a bit more about your strengths and interests. I'd ask a few adults you trust to introduce you to someone, and ask if you can take them out for a cup of coffee or schedule a phone call for an informational interview. Once you have that conversation, don't forget to thank them and follow up with them on any advice they shared that you have put into action! I hope that helps!