Get to Know Your Fellow Commuter Students, Your Commuter Assistant and Your Fairmont State!
Commuter JumpStart is a new, innovative program that will make the transition from High School to college easier by bridging the gap between New Student Orientation and Welcome Weekend by allowing commuter students to build their team of fellow commuter students but also their Commuter Assistant!
Commuter Assistants are high impact student leaders who provide mentorship, leadership and programming opportunities for first year commuter students. They specialize in helping off campus students transition to collegiate academics and finding a place on campus (whether that be campus hang-out spots to microwaves to lockers they know all of the secrets of campus!) as well as creating a welcoming, inclusive environment.
Commuter students often do not get the most out their First Year Experience as they spend a majority of their time on campus in, believe it or not, their cars! We want to help students connect to Fairmont State by participating in Team Building activities, a campus art project, student involvement how-to, and a career development pathway program.
Students will know at least 10 other students plus their Commuter Assistant, made their mark on campus, get a leg up on college academics, learn how easy it is to get involved at Fairmont State and walk through their career path all before the day is through!
Check-out these testimonials of University Seniors who wished they would have branched out and connected to campus sooner:
"For me looking back on freshman year now as a senior, I wish I would have been more active my first semester, rather than waiting around for the spring to join different clubs. In my first semester, I really did not make any friends and was a hermit. If I had not joined Student Government and broke out of my introverted shell, I do not think my college experience would have been the same."- James Shafer, Information Systems Management
"Being involved helped me to meet people that I never thought I would, get help when I thought there was no hope, and build friendships that will last a life lifetime. Now, I’m not saying that you have to try to do everything all at once like I did, but what I learned through this process is that the more you are involved, the more administrators, campus staff, and professors learn your name/face and that definitely helps out in the long run when you need help with something on campus." -Kayla Plauger, National Security and Intelligence Major
Commuters don't miss this opportunity to connect long before the semester begins! Attendees can expect the program to run from 9:30am to 4:30pm with check-in running from 8:15am-9:00am in Falcon Center 1st Floor Lobby.