I chose to attend Fairmont State because I planned to major in Education and they have a highly accredited Education department. I also attended the Fairmont State Future Teachers Academy which is offered in the summer and I really loved the campus and the relationships I saw between students and teachers. The teachers truly wanted their students to be as successful as possible and did everything they could to help them. I also love that the classes are much smaller than what you find at other Universities because it allows for more one on one instruction from professors.
What has surprised me most since my arrival at Fairmont State is how welcoming the upper classmen have been, especially the freshman counselors. When you are a freshman in high school, the upper classmen are scary and usually treat under classmen quite poorly. However, here at Fairmont, they welcomed all of us with open arms and offer any help they can with classes, getting around campus, or even personal problems.
My experience with the Honors program so far has been a wonderful one. By being in the Honors program you have access to smaller classes, the best teachers, and an Honors Mentor, who is assigned to you as a freshman to show you around campus, answer all of your questions, and be an all around resource. Everyone involved is helpful and friendly. It takes off a lot of the stress of being a freshman and not knowing how college works. So far, my favorite activity has been the Honor’s Luau; seeing Dr. Baker in a grass skirt will be the highlight of my year.
My advice to a high school senior beginning the process of choosing a college would be to visit as many schools as it takes to find the one that you feel comfortable at. Also, take a private tour of the campus and ask questions; it’s the best way to find out if it’s the right school for you. If you can, get in touch with someone who is attending or has attended the school because they will give you the most honest answers.
The biggest difference between my Honors courses and my high school classes would be the way the professors treat us. They have higher expectations and do not baby us through our work. This makes classes much more interesting because they do not re-teach the things we already know. Also, the professors have the highest knowledge of their subjects and a true passion for them, which allows students to take a lot more out of the class.