Hometown: 
Hambleton, West Virginia
High School: 
Tucker County High School
Why Attend?: 

I didn’t even begin considering Fairmont State University as the school for me until my senior year in high school; I was extremely set on attending WVU, but a lot changes during your senior year. Class size becomes extremely important when you begin comparing colleges in figuring out which one suit you best. I attended a very small high school with a graduating class of ninety-one students so I knew I needed smaller class sizes. I also had a very influential chemistry teacher who graduated from FSU a few years ago. In my search for choosing the right college for me I talked to him several times. We discussed class sizes, the close relationships with professors, the opportunities a small campus offers as well as the honors program. Talking amongst my family, influential teachers and important factors is what ultimately lead me to choosing Fairmont State University as my new home.

Most Surprised: 

Since I have arrived at Fairmont State University I have been quite surprised with my classes. My professors are genuinely concerned with learning each and every one of their student’s name and forming a lasting relationship with them. As crazy as this sounds one professor offered to take some fellow students mountain biking while the other gave out her cell phone number in case anyone needed help if they began struggling in the class. I suppose I was most surprised with the open arm welcome I have received. It feels like I am very much at home.

Experiences: 

My experience in the honors program has been very good. My mentor is a wonderful person who has offered a lot of helpful advice, and is someone who I can look up to. She also has a similar major so if I am ever in need of any help she is the person I can count on. You can rely on the honors program to be there for you. The honors students share their previous experiences and mistakes with hopes of helping their new members and making them feel at home.

Advice: 

There are several differences between honors high school courses and college courses. No one can explain how much reading or independent studying you have to do, but it is necessary. There aren’t many differences in taking an honors course though. Your professor will usually give you a list of extra assignments to do. Generally you may choose which assignments out of a certain number that must be completed by the end of the semester. Being an honors student may seem like extra work, but it really isn’t and the extra work you do is worth the results.

Difference between courses: 

There are a few key things I would like to leave as advice for high school seniors. When searching for a school you need to explore all options and do not ignore costs. Visits are also very important; you should visit the school and see if the people and the campus suit your liking. It is also very nice to have your family’s cooperation with whichever school you choose to attend. Distance may also be a problem for some, do not burden yourself leaving home far if you know you can’t bare it. College is ultimately a transition and it takes time, but it is one of the most memorable and important times of your life.

Contact Info

Dr. J. Robert Baker, Director
Fairmont State Honors Program
Room 311 Jaynes Hall
Phone: 304.367.4260
E-Mail:
jbaker@fairmontstate.edu