What advice would you share with high school students thinking about participating in 3-1-3?
Don't overextend yourself! I wasn't involved in many extracurricular activities my first year, and found the adjustment to college easy. However, I had some friends that joined many different clubs, and were unable to focus on their work. Know your limitations, and don't be afraid to ask for help!
You really need to be prepared for professors that will have strict attendance policies, and strict policies about when you turn in your work. Turning in assignments and essays is not acceptable what-so-ever, but at the same time professors are very understanding and are willing to negotiate if you let them know far ahead of when an assignment is due. It was an amazing experience, and the worst part was having to go back to high school classes.
Don't worry! It is no harder than any AP or advanced classes in high school you might've taken; in some cases it will be easier. Just think of it no differently than any other class.
Freedom is a scary thing. You won’t realize it until you want to skip your first class. It's nice to know you can skip a class and "no-one" really cares or notices. But certain teachers do and there are repercussions. Control the freedom you’re giving. And always check your email and ANGEL daily.
Be prepared to see a huge difference between the high school and the college classes.
When entering SUNY Fredonia, do not expect it to be a breeze. Automatically assume it will be rather difficult because either on the first day you will be surprised by how simple it may be or it will be exactly how you expected it. Each course has a different professor with a different way of teaching.
Don't stress out. Professors are usually reasonable about any absences and missed work. If you explain that you're in 3-1-3 they are willing to work with you to make sure you can do everything. Also actually show up for class. It’s worth it.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. The professors are great and are more than willing to help you, but you have to ask. Also make sure you do the reading you will really regret it if you don't. And don't be afraid to talk to people in your class, most of them are really nice and they think you are a college student. No one knows you're in high school and it's your decision whether or not you tell them. And most importantly just enjoy it; it will fly by and it was one of the smartest things I ever did.
I would advise you to enter the program with an open mind because then you will get everything you can out of the program.
A huge range of amount of homework.
You have to expect to be able to be accountable for your own work and your own grades, you might not be reminded all the time, so keep track of the syllabus and it might be helpful to have a planner. Also, some professors have extremely different policies so communication with them is really important.
To stay on top of papers don't wait for last minute get them done.
Make sure you take classes you think you will enjoy. It's not as much fun if you are constantly stressing and unsure. Talk to your advisors.
Do not expect to be able to hand anything in late, because none of my professors either semester accepted late work.
ACTUALLY read all assignments and do everything you can, even if it isn't for a grade. It will help at the end of year.
Always come into your new college experiences with an open mind. Things will be scary at first, but you are going to fit in. No one knows that you are a 3-1-3 student, so you no less a college student than they are.
Be prepared to work hard and to put as much effort into your classes as you can. In a sense this is the real deal.
Be outgoing and try to talk to and become friends with your classmates. You'll be grateful that you did.
Meet as many people as you can, don't be afraid of your professors, they're very understanding and helpful, don't feel like you don't belong, it's very easy to fit in and succeed.
I think the most important thing is to learn how to use your time. You need time to study and do homework, but you also need time to be social. You have you have to find the perfect balance.