There were a few reasons that I chose to attend Fairmont State. I had previously attended West Virginia Wesleyan College for two years but decided that I wanted to find a school with a stronger Criminal Justice program. Through research I found out that Fairmont has a strong Criminal Justice program with dedicated faculty. There is also the unique US Marshal CSCEP internship program opportunity at Fairmont State that I hope to take part in.
The thing that has surprised me most about Fairmont State is the small school feeling that it offers. I assumed that because it was a public school with several thousand students, classes would be impersonal and professors distant. But this has not been the case and professors have been engaging and there is a feeling of community on campus.
I am just getting started in the Honors Program and am looking forward to what it has to offer. Being in the Honors Program allows students to have priority registration when scheduling. I enjoyed this benefit when registering for classes this fall as it allowed me to get into several closes that would have been closed otherwise. So far the experience has been a positive one.
If I were to give advice to a high school senior who is beginning the process of choosing a college, I would tell them to make sure that they find a college compatible with all their needs that offers a strong program in their intended major.
Although I am just starting out in my first Honors course, there seem to be some distinct differences between Honors courses and my past high school courses. Honors courses demand more critical thinking and require a greater deal of effort. The class size of Honors courses is smaller than classes I had in high school and are usually more discussion oriented.