Paden City, West Virginia
High School: 
Paden City High School
Why Attend?: 

I mainly chose to attend Fairmont because I was impressed by the campus and because I was offered the opportunity to play volleyball. I had heard from friends who have attended Fairmont State University that it is a fine establishment that offers an optimal education. After receiving solid reinforcement from teachers, family, friends, and my teammates, I knew that Fairmont was the place for me.

Most Surprised: 

Upon arrival at Fairmont State University, I have been most surprised by the friendly atmosphere on campus. Not an hour goes by that I am not greeted by multiple other students, all of whom are friendly and wanting to carry on a conversation. I have also been surprised by the cafeteria food, which I must admit I eat too much of.


Honestly, it’s still pretty early in the game to say that the Honors Program is any easier or more difficult than my honors courses in high school. However, I predict (and somewhat fear) that the honors courses will gradually become more and more difficult. However, I do look forward to having Doctor Baker for Honors Seminar and Doctor Harvey for Chemistry. They both keep class entertaining yet informative, and constantly have me laughing.


I would advise high school seniors who are college hunting to choose a college that they want to attend purely because they LIKE THE SCHOOL. Don’t go where your friends are going, don’t choose a college that’s too small or too big simply because you want to play sports, and don’t choose a school because you feel like you were pressured to. Really invest some quality time into researching each possible school, seeing which ones are strong in your major, and which colleges have reasonable class sizes. If all of these things are done, one is very likely to have a fun, happy, successful college career.


Difference between courses: 

As I previously stated, not many differences can be seen between these Honors courses and those from high school. I do notice one similarity- high expectations. Other than that, I would say the main difference would be more work is assigned in class now than was assigned in my high school honors courses.

Contact Info

Dr. J. Robert Baker, Director
Fairmont State Honors Program
Room 311 Jaynes Hall
Phone: 304.367.4260