Currently I am a freshman in high school in the United States. I have been interested in physics for a while and have been studying on my own. Last summer I studied calculus using Calculus by James Stewart, which covered differentiation, integration, multivariable, and vector calculus. I have also studied physics from several books in the Dover series. In school I am currently taking physics and AP physics AB. I was wondering about which courses would prepare me the most for college? I won't be able to take any more physics courses directly from my school after this year, so I wanted to know what other non-physics classes were good for preparing myself for college physics. I know that math is very important, and computer science and chemistry would also probably benefit me. Are their any less obvious classes that could help me? I was also wondering if work outside of school could help. Like I mentioned above I have been studying on my own and I am not really sure how this would affect my college experience. I am guessing that unless I have proof from an actual school that I know the information colleges will not care about my self studying. Am I correct in making this assumption? Even if it does not have a direct effect on my entrance into college would it have any significant advantages for my classes in college? What resources should I study from? I have also been thinking of doing a physics project for about a year now. So far I have not settled on any large project, but have been doing small things with the Arduino and other simple home experiments. The idea of building a cyclotron interested me for a while (and still does), but I realize that this is unlikely (because of the high vacuum, high voltage, other necessary materials, and a lack of knowledge and guidance) and even if I did I would still need to think of an experiment to do with it. The people that I have talked to about building one have actually suggest that I build a solid state laser instead. I realize that these also require a high vacuum, high voltage, oscilloscope, etc., but they have said that this would be easier and a good project to do. Are either of these good projects? What are some other good projects that I could do? I plan on entering it in a science fair, and hopefully earning a scholarship at one. Is their any other benefit to doing a project in high school? Would it look good on a college application? Thanks for reading, I would greatly appreciate any advice.