You did not state what level of schooling you are at. I assume you are in high school. A really great way to directly experience what it is like to be an engineer is to join a chapter of Engineers without Borders. Each chapter has one or more active projects helping small, third-world communities. The project may involve a piped water system, a new well, better sanitation, an upgraded road, a new bridge, etc. You get to work directly with a community and address its needs, as you would do everyday as an engineer. You will be involved in the project concept, design of the project and raise money for the project. You could even go overseas on a trip to the community to help build the project.
This volunteer work will give you a very good idea of the challenges and fulfillment that a professional engineer faces.
Many colleges have local chapters of Engineers without Borders. You can join early in your freshman year and gain good experience in time to declare a major, later on in college. I guarantee this will be a great experience for you and heartily recommend it. Below is the Link. You should be able to find a listing of participating colleges.
Good Luck, Pete Sturtevant
Peter recommends the following next steps:
- Try this EWB Link: https://www.ewb-usa.org/