The main reason I even looked at Fairmont State was for the aviation program in Clarksburg. After a campus visit and an introduction to the honors program Fairmont State looked better and better. Truthfully, the Florida Institute of Technology stole my heart with their botanical garden campus but the cost of tuition was simply too much and Fairmont allowed me to keep my promise scholarship. The fact that I only live about an hour and a half away made a small contribution to my decision.
The sheer amount of extracurricular groups and activities has pleasantly surprised me. I had always kind of figured if I wasn’t doing homework, I’d just be sitting in the dorm bored.
So far the honors program has been a great experience. I only knew 2 or three people coming up here and no one from my graduating class at George Washington was coming to Fairmont. The honors program has allowed me to step into a group that is very open and laid back. I almost feel like some of the people I’ve met I’ve actually known forever. I knew going in that meeting new people was one of the most important things I could do to get started and honors greatly helped with that.
My main advice to seniors trying to pick a college is go with somewhere you feel comfortable. Campus visits are everything. Don’t base your decision on the food either. It all depends on whether or not you actually feel comfortable with the fact you’ll be living there for weeks if not months at a time. Five minutes in Morgantown told me that WVU was simply not my speed.
As of a week and a half in, I have not noticed much difference between my high school honors/AP classes and my college honors classes. There is a slight change in the fact that there is actually less busy work and more test and quiz preparation. However this seems to be true with almost any high school to college transition.