I'm in high school (9th grade) and have been thinking a lot about college for the past year now. I lvie in Louisiana and have done my research on the schools here and am really not impressed with any of them except for LSU. Though LSU seems like a good school, I really don't know if I'd want to attend there because I want to get away from home and be on my own. I live 30 minutes from LSU, so if I went there I would probably live at home. My mom keeps telling my I need to go to school in LA because the TOPS Program will pay for my college if I get a 21+ on my ACT. My current GPA is 3.3, I take honors english (and plan to take it for the remainder of highschool), and am in BETA. I feel like I could have done better this year and even slacked a bit at times. I plan to get my GPA up to around a 3.7 or higher next year and for the rest of my high school years. I have been looking at schools in Texas, but have been focusing on the smaller schools because of the difficulty of getting into the big schools like UT, Rice, etc. I am not exactly sure what school I'd like to attend, so I was hoping for some opinions. I am interested in becoming a psychologist, by the way. How hard would it be to get a near full ride/full ride scholarship? What type of grades should I maintain to get into a school out of state? I really just want to know how difficult it will be and, what schools are good, and how I can get there. Thanks.