What brought you to Fairmont State University and why did you join the Honors Program?
I had heard so many wonderful things about Fairmont’s campus, especially about their
education program, that it did not take much thinking. After I had toured the campus,
I was sold. Coming from a big city, I was definitely nervous about being in such a
small town. Truly, that is the best thing about our university. I have never felt
such a strong familial bond! Joining the Honors Program was also an easy choice. I
had applied myself rigorously in high school and wanted to continue to surpass those
standards. Most importantly, the program would give me a community. A lot of my first
friends were made through the Honors program.
What are some of your favorite or most impactful memories regarding your time with
the Honors Program at Fairmont State?
My most favorite memory so far has been the mentor/mentee luncheon. Since I had been
admitted to the university during the onset of COVID, activities across campus were
limited. When I attended campus during my sophomore year, I got to see the campus
come alive. During the luncheon, we had an icebreaker event where I found some new
friends (and enemies who liked pineapple on their pizza).
Where do you hope life takes you after you’ve graduated from the Honors Program at
After graduation, I plan to begin my education career in the general area. I am extremely
hopeful that I will be placed at one of my host schools after my clinical field experience.
On top of that, I have recently been appointed as the Lead Outreach Specialist for
the Marion County Family Resource Network. This position allows me to connect to the
community and create informational events for all demographics. Depending on how this
year of employment goes, I might find myself a temporary home working for this wonderful
What advice would you offer to future Honors students at Fairmont State University?
Future Honors students, you are going to love it here! Do not be afraid to attend
campus-wide activities as well as Honors functions. There are far too many wonderful
things happening to be holed up in your dorm room! Do not be afraid to step outside
of your comfort zone because you will run into so many people along the way that are
going through the same things you are. Make friends, study hard, and remember to have
Why the Spotlight?
Tori is one of the 2022/2023 recipients of the J. Robert Baker Scholarship for Excellence