Charleston, West Virginia
High School: 
Riverside High School
Why Attend?: 

Basically the primary reason for me attending Fairmont State University was my girlfriend living a mile and a half away from the campus. I love going to college here so far, and the classes are both intriguing and challenging. I’ve gotten along great with all of my professors and I find them to be great in the classroom environment.

Most Surprised: 

I think what has surprised me most about Fairmont is its level of difficulty. Being a rather small and unheard of university I honestly didn’t expect the degree of knowledge we are expected to retain in such a short amount of time.


So far my time in the honors program has been well and enjoyable spent. I have made a few new friends, and have seen the potential of all the students around me. Like Dr. Baker said, the honors program and its students is a community. I’m glad to be a part of such a prestigious course of academic study.


If had to give a piece of advice to someone who is embarking on the journey towards college, I would tell them this: explore every possible opportunity both career and college wise out there. Never settle for less because no matter where you want to go, no matter what you want to be, there is only one person that can decide whether you can achieve it or not; you. When all is said and done and you get down to decision time, make the decision you feel is best for you. However, if for some reason in the future you want to change your mind as for college, or career choices, by any means don’t hold yourself back. The sky is the limit for what you wish to achieve.

Difference between courses: 

The honors courses that I took in high school have a similar purpose to the honors program. Both have a setup to assure that you are more prepared than those who do not partake of them. In that very same way, you have a lot more expected from you. Being in the honors program entitles you to be well-behaved, do well in school, and have the uttermost respect for your teachers and peers. Honors most certainly means more detailed and thoughtful work, but it also better prepares you for a successful lifestyle in future terms.

Contact Info

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