First, I decided to look into Fairmont State because it has perhaps the best program in the state for my major, Criminal Justice. However, once I visited for the first time, I simply felt at home here. After visiting a couple more times, I also found that the students and faculty I met were simply much friendlier and more helpful than those I had encountered when looking into other schools.
Upon arriving at FSU, I was truly surprised at how small my classes were. If you pick up any newspaper today, you will probably find an article about overcrowded classrooms and enormous, 200-student classes as the norm at “all universities in the United States;” Even my high school teachers warned us about the exorbitantly large class sizes in college. However, I have not found that to be the case as of yet at Fairmont State.
The Honors program at Fairmont State has been, so far, excellent. As I was looking at other colleges, I felt that the honors programs at other schools seemed impersonal and had a sort of a hands-off, let-the-student-be-independent-and-find-their-own-way, policy. However, in the Honors program at FSU, I feel that I can have the independency to study in my own way and take the classes I want and need to take for my major, but there will still be many people I can ask for help or guidance. Also, I am very much looking forward to taking part in the different events coordinated by the Honors program throughout the year.
I would advise any student who is starting their journey to figure out where they want to go to college to be open-minded about the process. Do not just pick a college because they have a cool website or because all your friends are going there or because you want to party on the weekends. Since you are going to be spending at least the next four years of your life there, make sure you like the campus, feel safe in that the education you will receive there will help to prepare you for a life outside of school, and can enjoy being at the college. Also, do not ignore your family’s advice; chances are they have been through college or a similar situation at some point in their lives and probably know what they are talking about. Ultimately, though, what college you attend is your decision.
As an Honors student, I have had the opportunity to take Honors courses, which have been, so far, a little different than my classes in high school. As a high school student, I had the ability to take courses for college credit, which were also, in turn, slightly more rigorous than some of the other classes offered there. However, I have found, so far, that the Honors courses here probably require about the same level of discipline and hard work of the college courses I took in high school, if not a bit more. In saying that though, my classes at FSU have been more about how I as a student can reason through a passage in a book or how a topic can relate to the modern world or life in general, which, honestly, is much more enjoyable and helpful to me as a person than simply reading a book or doing some worksheets on the topic and taking a standardized test at the end of the year.