prepare repetoire that you have ready for any audition, that way, when the youth symphony has auditions you are always ready, a good teacher in your area should be able to help you build a good varied repetoire which would include orchestral solos
I'm way beyond school & college.
I got into flutes by repairing them (amongst other instruments) - just don't ask me to play the things!
I'll stick with the bigger things in life & appreciate a well played flute from a distance.
Started playing as an adult, and have now played for almost three years. I feel silly struggling with the flute at times because there are so many excellent flutists who have played since they were young. I don't really know what kind of goals I should have, and with a full time work it is a struggle to find practice time at all. People who are not into music always seem to think it is crazy to spend so much time on something not really useful. Nonetheless, somehow I don't want to quit. I just love every moment of playing and am so amazed when something happens to sound good or I learn something new (that ten year old flutists would play better!). I have had the luck to meet very inspiring and wonderful teachers which helps of course.