I'm not in a position to give advice about what to do after high school, but here's one thing I learned/wish I did definitely.
  1. Don't take a year off between high school and college.
  2. It may seem like a good: a break from school, save up money, have fun.
  3. But it's a bad idea, because a year later you will have nothing to show for it,
  4. All your friends will be a year ahead of you,
  5. Going back to school will be so much harder,
  6. And you'll have tacked on an additional year of working a crappy part time job,
  7. And you'll be a year further away from working a job you're passionate about.
  8. So, don't be like me.
  9. Don't take a year off.