Hometown: 
Fairmont, West Virginia
High School: 
Fairmont Senior High School
Why Attend?: 

I decided to attend FSU for several reasons.  The first is that I want to go into the teaching field, and Fairmont State has an excellent reputation for education.  Another reason I decided to come here is that it’s close to home.  It’s convenient, and really pretty necessary for me to attend a nearby university, since I really can’t afford housing on top of tuition at all.  Not that I want to whine and complain, but that was a main reason why I came here.

Most Surprised: 

One of the first things I noticed about Fairmont State is how easy the campus is to navigate.  I have been up here several times in my life, and every time I was either with somebody who knew where they were going, or I got hopelessly lost.  But now that I’m actually studying here, I have come to find that pretty much everything is located in an easy-to-navigate circle.  I was very relieved to find this out.

Experiences: 

I have had a very limited experience so far in the honors program.  I have only been to one Honors Seminar class.  I have, however, done a fair amount of work for the class, and have found it very stimulating.  Nothing is really difficult to understand, but it is all very interesting, and really pretty useful, especially the Analytic Thinking piece.

Advice: 

If I were to advise a high school student who is looking for a college, I would tell him that Fairmont State is great.  I’m in love with this college.  Although, if it’s not what he’s looking for, he should read up on the colleges and universities in his general area of the country.  There’s seldom a need to travel thousands of miles away for college.  He should talk to his advisors about where he can get the best education for what field he’s going into.  And if that doesn’t help, see what outside sources say about different colleges; don’t allow the colleges to speak for themselves.

Difference between courses: 

This course has shown itself to be light-years away from anything I had to do in high school.  I have very little homework, using the definition a high school student would use.  However, I have lots of reading and note-taking to do, and altogether it takes up much more of my time than the worksheets and essays of days gone by, but it is nowhere near as tiring.  I feel like the things I’m reading about are actually important, and if not quite enjoyable, they’re at least interesting.

Contact Info

Dr. J. Robert Baker, Director
Fairmont State Honors Program
Room 311 Jaynes Hall
Phone: 304.367.4260
E-Mail:
jbaker@fairmontstate.edu