Since you are still in college, I sincerely suggest you to shadow a CRNA, not only one time, but multiple times. Not in just one hospital, but different ones. Not just in OR, IR, but also the private clinical settings. What do they really do, not just intubate patients, and manage their vs. What do they do when they are on call and the hospital calls the Airway Management. Talk to SRNAs, or CRNAs to see if you want to committee your life to Anesthesia. It's not that everyone like it.
First things first. I suggest you contact the schools that you are really interested in applying in future. Most of the CRNA directors will guide you what you need to be competitive; and work really hard to archive them all. For example, I contacted multiple schools when I was in my college. They told me to study hard and get highest grades that I could. Shadow, volunteer, and do mission trips if you can. Get involved to your nursing school. Be active in nursing clubs. Apply to all of scholarships
. Work really hard while you are in school. It's worth it. And I am telling you why.
After graduation, you need a job. You really need strong letter of recommendations from the nursing director/professors in your school showing your leadership abilities, how helpful you are. Then you get a job. If you get an ICU job, great. If you got an ICU position in an academic/level 1 teaching hospital- Awesome !!! But if not, take anything that you get offered, then work your way to get to ICU. How ? get certifications, nursing conferences, networking. You again work hard to get the best ICU experience that you can ... then move to the next steps!
ICU experience .. You work in an awesome ICU where you take care of the sickest patients. Now time for you to get CCRN certified (TNCC, ect...), take GRE, and get a good score.After one-two or three years, be a charge nurse, precept new hires, join any ICU committee, get involved and make your unit better... why? you need VERY STRONG letters of recommendation from your Manager/supervisors/coworkers later !
I can tell you ....a million things what to do to be competitive, and I am still working on it myself. The bottom line is ... Little by little. "Rome was not built in one day". I hope your overwhelming desire to be CRNA never fades away !!! But again first things first, and you have to do it WELL ! Get highest Grades that you can, volunteer, get involved in your school, shadow, graduate, study hard for NCLEX, pass it, and get a job...