Marion County, West Virginia
High School: 
North Marion High School
Why Attend?: 

Choosing to attend Fairmont State University was a no-brainer for me. My family lives right next to the college so I can save money by not living in the dorms. For the two years that my brother went to Fairmont State while I was still in high school all I heard were stories he told about his professors and new friends. I spent most of me free time during my senior year hanging out on the campus with my friends and meeting all of Aaron’s friends.

Most Surprised: 

I don’t run into quite as many people that I know as I had expected. I knew I would meet tons of new people but didn’t quite grasp how many new faces I would see. I am also very grateful for the respectful treatment the students get from our professors. All my life I was talked to as a child and it’s surprising and nice to be treated like an adult. I also enjoy my homework more than I did in high school.


The Honors program has been very helpful with my scheduling and figuring out what exactly my major is. When I came to orientation I was very nervous because they had me in a group with the education majors and I knew I wanted to be anything but a teacher. My friend Eliza is in the Honors Program and she helped me get where I was supposed to be. I also felt much more at ease when Dr. Baker recognized me as my brother’s sister. It was very relieving to know that I was taken care of. Dr. Baker also helped me figure out how to get in touch with Dr. Spears about chamber choir auditions and was very patient as he talked to me on the phone and listened to a bit of frantic panicking.


When choosing a college, one of the most important things to consider is practicality. I had to think through what I wanted to do in life and how I could get the best education in the most reasonable and practical manner. Life doesn’t boil down to which college you choose to attend, its what you do with the education you get. Big name colleges get their reputation because the students who graduate from them do great things with what they learned. Also, do something you really want to do because you are going to have a lot of homework in that area and if you like it you are more likely to do a better job.

Difference between courses: 

My Honors courses have been more seminar style classes. They are more based on discussion and the professors give us more responsibility but they also seem to trust us more and I appreciate that. My high school teachers trusted me personally to do my work and stay on task but in my honors classes the professors can trust the entire class and I don’t feel like such an over-achiever.

Contact Info

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