That's wonderful that you are interested in engineering & STEM! If you are planning on looking at different types of engineering, I would suggest researching the different projects that each department is currently working on at local colleges and universities to see if any of them interest you. The websites listed below also include the faculty/staff emails for the different departments which could be a great resource if you want to learn more about their programs including the types of classes that each major would need to take. There are a lot of great STEM and engineering organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) that are available during your collegiate career that you can get involved in now in high school before going to college in the fall, check out the resources and activities to see what sparks your interest!
There are also summer internships at companies like 3M that can be a great way to get your foot in the door to a future company in your career and to learn about how you like to work in a professional setting. It can help you figure out what kind of work you enjoy; research & development (R&D), quality assurance, supply chain, or other parts of the engineering discipline at a company. Your high school teachers may have connections to local universities and are a great first step in researching more about engineering!
Alyssa recommends the following next steps:
- Visit https://cset.mnsu.edu/departments/
- Visit https://cse.umn.edu/college/undergraduate-majors
- Visit https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/careers-us/students/
- Visit https://swe.org/k-12-outreach/youth-programs/