Wow, can I say how sorry I am for replying to the both of you so, so late? I really do apologize.
Both of your comments were extremely helpful, thank you. As Oshawott predicted, I am at one of the bigger schools in the region that's (apparently) research heavy so I was hoping I could work something out! Anyways, I did some research on one of the professors I was going to email and I hope to get to work with them at one point or another. Not for the sake of padding my application, but mainly because I think their work is super cool. They are doing researching involving LGBT communities - which is what I'm mainly interested in - and I am actually taking their second semester gender studies course (and of course PSYC100).
Re: handling research experience + university. I will admit I'm pretty scared to make the transition from high school to university, but I worked about 25-30 hour every week this passing school year while still maintaining good grades so I definitely have the time management down. I think the real hurdle is figuring out how to handle the rigour of university level work, since I assume it's going to be a lot harder than high school work -- that I can't confidently say I'm ready for. But, I'll figure it out. And there's a good chance I won't even a get a volunteer position and if that's the case then I can just focus 100% on my grades (which I still am).
As I've said before, both of you were really helpful and I appreciate your advice. Thank you!