Hometown: 
Parkersburg, West Virginia
High School: 
Parkersburg South High School
Why Attend?: 

I decided to attend Fairmont State for many different reasons.  I first came to the campus when my sister was a student here and I really enjoyed the atmosphere of it all.  The campus is just the right size for me and I think for most people it would not be too bad.  After visiting here I decided to look into Fairmont’s programs to see if they had what I wanted.  When I realized they had a very good nursing program that really sealed the deal for me and I made my decision.

Most Surprised: 

The one thing that has surprised me since I have been here, however, is that I have a lot more extra time than I expected.  I believe the reason for this is that I have been doing the majority of my homework ahead of time and managing my time well.

Experiences: 

So far the Honors Program has helped me out tremendously. A few weeks before school began, I realized that I did not have the classes I needed this semester for my major.  When I went online to register for these classes they were all full except for the ones which were honors.  If I would not have been in the honors program I would not have been able to get the classes I need, and would have more than likely been in school longer than I expected.  Also, my honors classes have fewer students in them, so therefore, it is easier to get to know my professors, and receive help.

Advice: 

When choosing your college, be very smart.  Do not just go to a college or university because of your friends or the sports.  I know many people who have gone to WVU for the simple reason of wanting to stand in the student section and they regret it.  Look at the size of the campus and think about how far you really want to walk to your classes.  The main thing you want to look at though is your major.  Make sure that wherever you decide to attend, that it has your major and it is a good program.  Do not choose a college based on the fun; choose based on your education and life goals.

Difference between courses: 

My honors courses here so far have been a lot like my honors classes in high school.  They are more challenging, but I really feel like I am learning in these courses as I did in high school.  Also, another similarity is that in my classes most of the students remain the same.  This makes it a lot easier to get to know people on campus and to make new friends.

Contact Info

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