Admisssions Process Made Easy
GET ACTIVE
Join extra-curricular activities you're passionate about. 
Take on a leadership role in a club or activity you're really into.
Community service.  Volunteer. Admissions officers perfer to see committement over a period of time rather than the one time service trip during spring break.  Being involved in a minimum of two community service projects, over a period of time is looked at more closely, than being involved in many small projects for 2-3 hours a year.

ACING THE TESTS
You can study for standardize test; you can't just cram.  Waiting until a last minute to study for the ACT/SAT is not a good idea.
Take practice tests and study over a period of time prior to taking the tests. Taking a minium of 30 minutes a day will help you to enhance your ability to do well on the test.
Practice tests will allow you to work on your strengths and weaknesses.
Start practicing at the end of your sophomore year (summer).
Register to take the test at the end of your junior year (summer).

PICKING YOUR DREAM SCHOOL
Make a list with two columns-which things you must have in college and which factors do not matter.

SURVIVING THE ADMISSIONS APPLICATION
The Apply Texas and the Common Application is a good way to juggle online admissions.
Keep track of the supplements/supporting documents for each school.
Write a unique essay.  Write about something that makes you stand out.  Open up, write about something that is not on your admissions application or resume.

WHAT IF I DON'T GET IN?
Always have a plan B for your plan A.
Apply to local institutions (vocational, technical, 2-year).