Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
For the first semester, especially being 16 years old, I'd say take 12 hours -- just enough to be a full-time student. Don't push it -- give yourself a chance to get used to the environment, the pace, the rhythms of college life. Learn good time management skills. This will help a lot at the end of the semester when papers are due and finals start piling up.
Reading my advice, I realize it seems like I was saying take as many classes as possible. But I didn't really mean that--what I meant is take some classes in different areas and don't necessarily limit yourself. I agree it is stupid to take so many classes you are overwhelmed--especially at first and especially if you are 16.