Whoever is a student or animator yourself I'd be glad if you'd offer up some tips.
Some background on me: I'm going to be a junior in high school whose first choice of school is the University of Southern California. My GPA is good and after school activities are well taken care of. I've been drawing since I was 8, a self taught artist (don't worry I swear I draw much better stick figures than I did then) and just recently I've decided to take a art class to make sure I have a excellent portfolio for college. I also have self taught experience with various 2D and 3D computer animation programs. Ever since I was a child I was never able to hold down a solid interest while I never realized animation was a constant that I could never go without ( I swear I was making comics and writing and even one time I drew (what a 10 year old could draw) out a whole cartoon intro on printer paper, scanned it to my mom's laptop and tried to ink and color it until I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I killed so many trees when I was a kid)
So I'm wondering what is the kind of stuff I'll need in my portfolio? I know I'm decent at drawing humans but I seriously need to expand my skills. I'm also considering double majoring in film directing, and I'm sure it will be a lot of work but I want to be sure it's worth completely giving up sleep and taking up an addiction to caffeine patches. I'm interested in working for DreamWorks (first choice at least) and if anyone has experience I'd also like to know how it's like. (Sorry I know it's a lot to ask) I'm also interested in the story creation process if anyone knows how to get there from animating. Honestly I know it's a lot of work but when I just think about simply just being able to associate myself with such amazing work I get overwhelmed with excitement of being able to work with people who are (hopefully) just as passionate as I am.