Fairmont State had a promising IT program that I was interested in and it was among the top few schools I was considering. Partnered with the fact that the atmosphere during the school visit was friendly and engaging, along with the promise of major-specific internships, it was not hard to make the decision to attend.
I believe what surprised me most was the cafeteria and eateries in the Falcon Center. I didn't expect there to be such a large variety of food available at college.
Being invited to join was the most exciting part. I like the idea of the Seminar where we discuss our current projects and share ideas. The other benefits, such as the priority class registration, smaller classes, and use of the Honors Lab, are also fantastic.
Start early because it's a long, tedious process. Make sure you don't neglect FAFSA, grants, or scholarships as you'll need the money. You should also get a summer job and save money. When choosing a college, be sure to pick one that has an excellent program for your intended Major.
I haven't noticed any difference so far, except that the classes are much smaller.