Excel on the Field and in the Classroom

When Daniel Monroe made the decision to transfer to Fairmont State University from another university in Florida, he didn’t visit First—he made a leap of faith. “I just came right up and fell in place and it seems to be a good decision,” says the Miami native. Majoring in Accounting and Finance, Monroe quickly felt at home in the School of Business and on Duvall-Rosier Field as a running back for the Fighting Falcons. He takes game day seriously, but he’s more focused on academic success. “When I was younger, my parents always preached that they loved seeing me on the football field, but school always comes First. That’s always been my thing. A degree is something nobody can take away from you. Football is just one injury away and I’m done. I’ve always kept that in mind,” Monroe says. He has found Fairmont State to be a good fit. “I like smaller class sizes and actually having a relationship with my professors,” he says. Accounting faculty members share real-world experience beyond the textbook and help students make internship connections to gain experience. Monroe has been working as a junior commercial credit analyst for MVB Bank. “That’s phenomenal,” he says. “I never thought about working in a bank before. I like what I do. It’s definitely a possible career choice for me—even if the NFL is an option.”