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1/ Read, read, read. Warren Buffett was rumored to read 1,000 pages a day, about the economy, about companies, about industries.
2/ Invest! Even if it’s just $100. Do your research, write down why you like a stock, why you don’t like a stock, and start. There is no better teacher than failure.
3/ Start working for a finance firm. Typically, folks get an internship at an asset management firm, and then investment banking, and then they get opportunities to apply to hedge funds. Persistence is key!
In the college, I would recommend you could choose the relevant major and minor, eg Finance, Economic, Accounting, Business, etc.
During your summer vacation, you can look for intern opportunities with the prestige Financial Institutions or Hedge Fund companies. They may post the openings on the job portal or you can also consider to proactively send an email to their HR to look for opportunities.
On the other hand, you can plan to work on relevant professional qualifications, eg CFA, FRM, etc
Hope this helps! Good Luck!