First Key to Success Is Getting Involved

From his first semester, Jaron Hollida knew the key to his success would be getting involved on campus. “I didn’t know anyone when I came here. I was three hours from home. I joined clubs and instantly made the right group of friends. Involve yourself in clubs. Getting involved adds to what you learn and helps you build more independence,” says the Martinsburg native. A Civil Engineering Technology major, Jaron is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter and has helped with its regional championship Concrete Canoe Team for two years. An active member of Student Government, Jaron was elected Vice President in 2011. More than that, getting involved in campus life helped him discover his love for engineering and land an internship. In the summers and over winter break, he works for Michael Baker Corp. in Baltimore. “I get to go out on runways and parking lots at airports like BWI (Baltimore Washington International Airport). You learn a lot that is academic, but you learn even more going out as intern, more than what you can in a book,” he says. Hollida hopes his internship – and all that he has learned from the people and programs of Fairmont State – will help him with his admission to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in transportation or aviation administration.

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