Ronceverte, West Virginia
High School: 
Greenbrier East High School
Why Attend?: 

When making my decision to which college I would soon be attending I looked at location, student to teacher ratio, and affordability. Fairmont met all of my criteria by being far away enough from home for my suitability, having relatively small class sizes, and by not breaking the bank (just chipping it severely), when it came to tuition. Fairmont also is the hometown to my uncle who is a staff member here which further pushed me into my decision to attend.

Most Surprised: 

Considering I have only been a resident of Fairmont for less than two weeks, one of the things that have surprised me is the honest kindness of every staff member I have met. I have yet to come across one unfriendly or grouchy teacher. (Although I’m sure a day will come. . .) One other aspect that has surprised me is that I have not been completely overwhelmed yet with work and assignments. But throughout all of these details, my favorite is the freshly spray-painted bell outside of the education building, waiting every morning to be seen by all with its brilliant new color shining in the sun.


My experience in the honors program so far has been a great one of meeting many new people and friends who often have similar interests. Being in honors I feel will be an experience that can teach me not just many valuable lessons in the classroom, but in a personal way too. Hopefully I will be able to take part in every honors activity.


Advice that I would give to any upcoming high school senior in choosing a college would be to start early!, to not take advantage of the free time they might have and go out and take college tours and visit campuses so they can preview what their experience may be like.  Apply for as many scholarships as they can, even if they are unsure about what college they want to attend yet. When looking at schools, ask questions about programs they have and if they carry your major. Choose a school that can be designed to fit you perfectly.

Difference between courses: 

My previous honors courses were challenging and I appreciate my teachers for pushing so hard and expanding my mind to broader horizons. The honors courses here will do the same, only more so. The work load hasn’t been outrageous yet but the school year has barely started. I expect my college honors courses will be more difficult and my skills will be taken to new levels from my high school classes.

Contact Info

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