You may be involved on your high school campus now, but when you become a college freshman, you will be entering into a world that is bigger, tougher, and much more difficult to feel connected. What you know now as comforts will be gone, at least for temporarily. Here's some advice-be prepared.
This may not be as drastic if you are attending a junior college because your community of friends will not be as rudely disrupted and your family likely lives close. However, when you go away to school, you will have to find a completely different community of friends and for some adjusting to college life is tougher than others.
Your biggest sense of involvement will come in your time with the individual friends you make. These relationships will take some time to develop, but they will come...with roommate(s), classmates, and perhaps the library. The key is finding an encouraging community and choosing it wisely.
You might not be able to imagine life without friends you have in high school, but this will change. There might be a few of your high school friends that you keep in touch with, but most you will only see at reunions. Most move on, grow up, and have a life that doesn't include high school friends. You will probably do the same. It's not a bad thing. It just happens.
The friends you are closest to in college will be your friends in life and will be around much more than your high school friends ever were or will be. Some will have the same life direction, major, and goals. They want what you want. You sit in classes with them--multiple ones. You study for tests, write papers, and present projects together. You will study at the local...