You cannot will your way out of choosing a college unless you do not have plans to attend one and this is not a task to be done by the student but the parents should be invested in too, and it is better for everyone if it is done early. It is true that having a college education gives you a better chance of landing a job but this is not always the case which is why you have to figure out what your objective for going through college is and how you are going to finance your studies. When you plan ahead, you are going to get everything in order which means when the times comes for you to apply for college you will not just make haphazard choices. Different colleges have different strong points and when you know the kind of future you want you will be able to choose a college that will help you get there sooner. It is better to take control of your life while you are still young instead of waiting to make mistakes and learn from them.
When you know the college you will get into, you will be able to develop a game plan that will get you there. The future you want will include gaining entry to a certain college but you should have a plan to get there and that means setting short-term goals to make sure this does happen. You should work hard academically as well as outside the classroom, and if this is done from an early age, it will not be hard getting into the college of the dreams because if you start doing that a semester before you apply for college you will give the reviewers the idea of being desperate to get in thus doing anything you can at the last minute. This should all be a part of the college planning strategy and you have to keep reviewing the strategies you are using so that you are not stuck with a dead end one for long.
Let no one lie to you that you can sail through life without getting into problems and it will be much better if you learn about this early. When there is success there is also failure and you need to learn how to be resilient enough to take your failures in a stride. Note that nothing can change if you are repeating old habits and you need to be uncomfortable enough to push yourself to the limit. Depending on the strategy you have chosen in your planning, you will face challenges that will make you have to make difficult decision but this is how character is born. You will be an asset to the college you are applying to with such a character and you can be sure there will be many calling letters sent to you.