First let me say congratulations on your upcoming senior year and all the hard work you have done to have such a high GPA and on getting to graduate early. College was a long time ago for me (over 20 years ago), but I remember what it was like getting ready to go. Home was always my safe zone, so it was really hard for me to leave. I was close enough to go home on weekends, but stayed in a dorm during the week. Maybe being away from home doesn't cause you to be anxious. If it does, will you be going somewhere where you can commute each day? Maybe you could even go somewhere local for the first couple of years and get your feet wet and then transfer later once you get used to college life. I am not sure what you mean about the cruel high school environment. If you are talking about people being mean to you, you will likely find that things get better in college. I experienced some bullying in high school. Luckily I don't recall any in college. That is one nice part about growing up. The only other advice I have to offer is to be sure to make time for fun and not study all the time. I was a study geek, which is not all bad as I had a good GPA, but I think my anxiety may have been lower if I had spent more time with friends. The truth is once you start working, no one will care what your GPA was, so if you stress a lot over grades, try not to.