You also need to study some of the history of Wicca, Paganism, or whatever it is your studying and also be prepared, this is is not to try and get you to change religions but some people when they tell their friends that they are studying the craft lose friends in the process because of lies that our spread about our religion to people who have not educated themselves on witchcraft and therefore, it gives people a bad opinion of it, but who knows all your friends could understand you and wish to know more, all of my friends are like that.
Study hard, get your fingers of knowledge into every honey pot there is. Divide lies from truth based upon what you learn and know. Speak to other practioners, be deicated, be active. Don't give up if its too hard or if it takes too long. You'll get there in time, its not a race. Be curious and patient. Trust yourself and believe in yourself, because you and your opinion is all that really matters. Ask for help if you need it. Learn to stand alone when you feel it's time. Choose the path thats right for you, not what others think you choose. I suggest you practice your basic's, it helps build a more solid foundation.