Hey, Leslie! Great question! Here are some answers from Instagram users:
"Maintain GPA, shadow dentists, and volunteering"
"Start shadowing and start volunteering"
"Star pre-reqs early! Don't compare yourself to others, get those shadowing hours in!"
"Get straight A's, start shadowing a bit, join your pre-dental club"
"Get you shadowing hours done ASAP so they're over with and you start to learn!"
"I would recommend shadowing as much as you can and join a predental club/volunteering"
"Shadow, work on building extracurriculars, and start any pre-reqs"
"Get all your shadowing in early!"
As you can see, there are a lot of things you can do to get your predental journey started, but it's important not to get overwhelmed.
Since you're just getting started in college, the most important thing you can do is get good grades. It can be very difficult to raise your GPA after starting out badly, so I would make that your main focus your first semester while you're still adjusting to college.
I would also recommend joining your predental club as soon as the semester begins, it is usually a fairly small commitment and will help you learn a ton!
If things go well that first semester, start adding in more shadowing and volunteering while still maintaining that great GPA!
We hope this helps! :)